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Dates at a Glance

  • May 29 evening with Terri Daniel
  • May 30 workshop with Terri Daniel
  • Women's Relaxed Zen Retreat

    Saturday, June 20, 10:00a-4:30p

  • "Singing Our Hearts Song" A Women’s Cancer Support Group

  • Connee L Pike, M.S. Spiritual Midwifery
  • Embrace the Music  House Concerts(spring) 
  • Grief Support               

Classes fill quickly - register today!


Past Events:  


 March 21 Saturday and 22, Sunday 10am to 5pm

A 2-day healing retreat and workshop for healing Grief and Loss

12 ceu hours LAC, MFT, LCSW, RN pending

Dr Anna Bonas DC LAC, and Dr Jane Ellen Health MD will interweave Natural Homeopathic Remedies, with meditation practices of the Brahmaviharas (heavenly Abodes) the Tonglen, (giving and receiving) , along with ‘’reflective exercises’’ to awaken a compassionate view of healing, and allowing a sense of easing and transformation from the grip of grief and loss,  while opening to an experience of a vast spaciousness and rest in a deep awareness of connection within our formless nature.

This course is for anyone who has, or may experience Loss and Grief in their life.

It is for professionals, friends, family and all those who touch our lives.

The workshop is for learning and experiencing ways to heal personal grief and loss, as well as offering you some tools, which you may offer in the compassionate care to others.

Fee sliding scale $175 - $250

Registration by   $145- $250

Location: and mail checks to:

Yumtha Metta Care Center

DR Jane Ellen Heath MD, and Dr Anna Bonas DC LAC OMD

Learn to use Homeopathy to Ease of Life Passages in living and dying.

Why is conscious living and dying important?       


FEB 21-22

Awakening the Mystical Body: Peter Fairfield LAc

(16 LAC ceu's)

Open to all: A weekend of opening for Awakening

please contact Peter Fairfield for information

Feb 21–22: Awakening the Mystical Body with Peter Fairfield LAc. Open to all: A weekend of opening for Awakening. (16 CEU’s) 

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

 Location Yumtha MettaCare Center,  4115 Ross Rd, Sebastopol

Transformational Possibilities, in the Clinical Setting:

 "Awakening the Mystical Body "  Level one

The old paradigms of our world are cracking open, exposing the emergence of a deep spiritual awakening. This training presents an original clinical model to assist our clients and ourselves in this momentous process. It based on the deeper structures of Asian medical & Spiritual systems but incorporates modern ideas of Brain and Bio science. All with the goal of working with the underlying emotional and spiritual aspects of the innate quantum intelligence that guides illness and health in the path of transformation & Awakening

 Some of the areas covered:

  • The meaning of transformation & Spirituality in the clinical setting
  • East-West Heart and emotional energetics

      The deeper spiritual aspects of Shao Yin in treatment

  • Ren-Du polarity shifts in bonding and personality patterns
  • Seasonal prognosis and treatment development
  • Emotional and spiritual aspects of the pulse: chronology and   space
  • 8 Extra Meridians, 2 Divisions and 3 Octaves
  • The energetic transmission of latent influences
  • Energetic pathogens
  • Techniques to utilize neuroplastic ability of the brain and body
  • to affect patterns of mood, behavior and personality 
  • Qigong exercises to balance the brain and Ren-Du polarity shifts
  • Acupuncture and mixed-modality protocols

One Day Women's Retreat

  Saturday, January 3, 2009   10:00 - 4:30  

With Chris Fortin, Meg Alexander and Lane Olson

Please join us for an intimate day of relaxed Zen meditation

on the quiet grounds of the Yumtha Center --  a day of sitting

and walking meditation rounded out with practice talks and

discussion.   Sitting together at the turn of the New Year 

allows a pause in our busy lives, a chance to look backward

and forward.   To review our hopes and regrets.  To let go

of what is ready to release and to clarify our deepest


Cost is $10 (to support Yumtha) plus donation (dana)

to the teachers at the end of the day.  

To register: mail a $10 check made out to Lane Olson 

at 335 Alden Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. 

Space is limited. 

Early registration is advised. 

Lane will send confirmation & directions.

For more information call Meg at 707-431-8767.  

February  2009

Feb Sat 7 10 to 6pm ( 7 LAc ceu's) Class Canceled / instructor needs to Reschedule

Therapeutic Use Of Essential Oils with Dan Kenner, Ph.D, L.Ac.

10 am to 6pm (7 Acu CEU's)
The workshop will cover how to use essential oils in the clinic or in the home. It will explain the use of essential oils by different routes of administration including compresses, massage, inhalation and hydrotherapy. There will also be discussion of the topical use of essential oils for pain relief, joint inflammation, stress reduction and nervous system balancing. The workshop will also cover use of essential oils for regulating the nervous and endocrine systems. Clinical case histories using essential oils for treating asthma, arthritis, thyroid disorders, for acute and chronic infections, including herpes skin infections, and other health problems will be presented. The workshop will discuss the main essential oils as they are used clinically in Europe and profile several important oils individually according to their effects on the autonomic nervous system, endocrine system and the various organ systems. It will also cover how the use of essential
 oils is integrated with other types of botanical treatment, including Western herbs and classical Chinese herbal formulas with case histories.

Yumtha: Providing Training for

                             End-of-Life Care:

                           Being with the Dying:

                Compassion, Contemplation and Care
           2-Day Workshop Dec Sat. 6-Sun 7/ 08

                       10 am to 6 pm Sat & Sun

                      Continuing Education for RN, MFT, LCSW  available

                                                       LAC's  CEU’s
                     Being with the Dying:

              Compassion, Contemplation and Care

                                  This workshop is open to professionals,

                       home caregivers and all those who are interested


                      Yumtha Metta Care Center

                        “Metta” means Lovingkindness
            4115 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

                 Dr Anna Bonas DC LAC OMD 
                 www.yumtha.org   yumtha@msn.com  

 We are all touched by patients, family and friends who are growing older and

some of them are challenged by ill health, difficult medical treatments and

emotional and/or spiritual suffering.
There is no time like the present to become familiar with the territory of death

and dying, and begin to look deeply into our own fears and feelings, so that

we are better prepared to help others. 
Through self-reflection, simple teachings, group exercises, writing and

sharing of our own powerful stories, our collective wisdom will unfold and

allow us to learn more about the practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of

caring for someone who is dying.

We welcome participants from all disciplines, cultures, and spiritual traditions.    


 Redwing Keyssar RN Yumtha facilitator. has served as a Midwife to the

dying for 20 years, in hospitals, care facilities and at the bedside in people's

homes. She was the Director of Patient Care Services for Zen Hospice project

before assuming her current position as Director of the Palliative and

End of Life Care Program for Jewish Family and Children Services of the

Bay Area. One of her dreams is to bring "healing" back into "healthcare."

Dr. Jane Ellen Heath MD, C.Hom. Auricular Acupuncture, Yumtha facilitator,

will introduce natural remedies, and acupuncture protocols to treat grief:

emotional and physical stresses of the patient, family and friends, facing

grief issues involved with the care and support of those who are seriously

ill and dying, and death.

At Yumtha: Metta Care Center it is our intention to create programs that

provide a sense of openness,
mindfulness and compassion in all of our courses for professionals,

home caregivers, and the public.

  No prior experience, nor employment in health care, is necessary. 

                     Tuition: $270.00;  CEUs: $30 additional*

    ~Save with early Registration prior to Nov 11, $250.~

                                    Bring a friend for free

* This workshop meets the qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education for the CA Board of
Registered Nursing (CEP 11733) and the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences MFT, LCSW (BBS  947). 

(LAC, CEU’s CEP709)


DC and LAC trainers  may be assigned, to address the health and issues facing alternative care for the elderly, ill and dying, and the needs of their patients.


Embrace Health Care

Yumtha Metta Care Center


4115 Ross Rd

Sebastopol, CA 95472


Music ~ Classes and Events in our past

 Women's Relaxed Zen Retreat

Saturday, January 12, 10:00a-4:30p

with Chris Fortin, Meg Alexander & Lane Olson

Location: Yumtha Center, 4115 Ross Road, Sebastopol, CA  95472

 A day-long retreat that provides a time and space for women to come together in mutual support to embody and share the deep heart of practice.

 These retreats for women are offered by long time dharma sisters Chris, Meg and Lane on a quarterly basis. The schedule is relaxed with sitting and walking meditation, outside walking meditation as weather permits, a practice talk and time to speak of our lives and practice.


*The cost of the retreat is $10 (which will be a donation to Yumtha) plus the traditional practice of a dana offering for the teacher (in this case, Chris).

Please bring your own meditation cushions, chairs are available at Yumtha.

Please also bring a bag lunch (there is a grocery store in Graton just down the road).


To register, write a check for $10 to Lane Olson and mail it to her at 335 Alden Ave, Rohnert Park, CA  94928.

 For further information, contact Chris at chrisfortin@comcast.net or 707-527-8106, or lane.olson@sonoma.edu, or 707-793-7978. Meg will be away in January but will rejoin us for the spring retreat in April.


We look forward to beginning the New Year together, and to cultivating what is true through this deep and wonderful practice.


One day retreat with Yvonne Rand
December 1, 2007                                          ~RESCHEDULED ~
4115 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, California 95472

In this one day retreat Yvonne will invite participants to consider aspects of the feminine dimension in traditional Buddhist practices for training the mind.  Feminine and masculine aspects of human sensibility arise in men and women alike regardless of biological gender.  A threshold question, therefore, concerns the difference between qualities and capacities, which seem archetypally feminine or masculine.  Contemplation of Buddhist sacred art offers a useful entry point for answering the question.

Wisdom, for example, is embodied in the female figure Prajnaparamita.  Sarasvati with her lute stands for the creative arts.   Green Tara, stepping out into the world, represents engaged compassion.   Avalokiteshvara in male form and White Tara in female form each represent absolute compassion.   Protection in transitions such as childbirth and death is the domain of Jizo Bodhisattva, a monk.   Buddha as healer has male form.

Some of these associations may seem counter-intuitive on first impression.  Yet meditation upon the images can lead to appreciation of their aptness.

How do we categorize dimensions of human experience such as relationality, receptivity, creativity, language, invention, leadership, spirituality, family, community, and the like?   Is the connection between what is feminine and what is masculine best illustrated as a spectrum along a straight line?  As a circle?   As a tapestry?

Are concerns with gain and loss, pleasure and pain, fame and obscurity, and praise and blame feminine or masculine?   And what of generosity, morality, patience, enthusiastic perseverance and concentration?

The distinction between feminine and masculine is itself an aspect of one of the Two Truths.  What happens to the distinction in the other Truth?  Does it persist?  Does it disappear?

In the phrase "this and that", which word(s) are feminine in aspect?  Which are masculine?

Full One-Day Retreat:

$70 includes all class and teaching fees

Send check to:

Yumtha Box 76 Graton, CA 95444 to register and pay prior to class.

Please include Name, Address, Phone, and E-Mail



      You are invited to a Winter Concert

             Embrace the Music of  Wendy  DeMos


     Sunday: December 2, 07    7 PM  *Sunday night *

      Yumtha/Embrace Health Care ~ House Concert

               4115 Ross Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

We are excited to have 

A Holiday House Concert of Sacred Music with a lovely Canadian singer/song writer.

Join us

Share Wendy’s beautiful vibrations warming our hearts in a winters evening with friends.

Wendy DeMos                 

  “Her music is deep, tender and full of love”

                                                   ~Kate Munger, Founder, Threshold Choir~

Listen her Music at her website www.wendydemos.com or www.myspace.com/wendydemos

Advanced Reservations:  $20… Bring your friends… $25 at door

“Embrace the Music”    Online Reservations     yumtha@msn.com

Mail advanced check to:

Embrace/Music Box 76 Graton, CA 95444


Grief Support


Sunday December 9

2-4 pm

Yumtha Center/ Embrace Health Care

4115 Ross Rd Sebastopol,Ca 95472

Reverend Shelley Ruden

Sebastopol, Ca

For information and registration

(707) 794-8272


The Holidays are upon us.

It is a time filled with loved ones and


For those of us who have experienced

loss it can also be a time of sadness

and disorientation.

It might be the very first holiday season

without that special someone.

How do we cope? How do we help

another to cope?

Come and spent a few hours learning

about grief and how it can manifest.

Grief has its cycle and we can learn

how it works.

Understanding that it is normal helps.

The goal is to bring comfort and

support to your self or someone you


Together we will explore and share.

A simple two hours could give you one

of the best gifts you will receive this

holiday season.

Reverend Shelley Ruden has been an

ordained minister for over 25 years. She has

worked with many people in periods of

transition. Recently she has been working

with Hospice in the Foothills of the Sierras.

Workshop fee - $25.00

Minimum 6 people , limited to 12

Register by December 2

One on one grief support also available with Shelly Ruden

For information and registration

(707) 794-8272





September Classes:

4 Evening Classes with Yvonne Rand
September 14, 21, & 28, & October, 5 2007

Friday evenings 6:30- 8:30 PM

Jizo Ceremony for Children Who Have Died,
Saturday, September 15, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Meditations on Dying and Death
A series of four evening classes with YVONNE RAND

Yumtha Center for Conscious Living and Dying
4115 Ross Road, Sebastopol
 Friday, September 14, 21, 28, & Oct 5, 2007
6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

If we are born, inevitably we shall die.  Practicing traditional Buddhist meditations on the certainty of dying can work significant and, paradoxically, life-enhancing changes in the reactivities (such as fearfulness, flight into distraction or fantasy, compulsive hedonism, desire for material things) which facing the fact of dying may ignite.  During this class Yvonne will guide participants through a series of classical meditations on impermanence which offer potent correctives to our culture's dysfunctional attitudes about dying.

Yvonne Rand is a meditation teacher and lay householder priest in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. She began her practice and study of Zen with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. Her other principal teachers and mentors have been Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Maureen Stuart Roshi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Venerable Tara Tulku, and Shodo Harada Roshi. Her primary practice path is Zen, augmented by practices and teachings from the traditions of Theravada and Vajrayana. Ms. Rand incorporates insights from western psychotherapeutic traditions in her teaching. She also investigates the relevance of the arts and gardening for training the mind. Ms. Rand is married and is a mother and a gardener.

For e-mail registration & directions, contact Dr. Anna "Noe" Bonas DC LAC OMD: yumtha@msn.com For further information, call: 707-829-6893.

4 Friday evenings: Class fee range $ 68 to $100. for the Month.     Payable to Yumtha, Box 76,Graton CA 95444

(No one is turned away for inability to pay. Please contact  Dr. Bonas for information  at  yumtha@msn.com )

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A Ceremony for Children Who Have Died


A ceremony for Children who have DieadWe will gather together to acknowledge
and mourn the death of children through
abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, and death
after birth. We will make offerings and say
good-bye in a ceremony of remembrance
and letting go, with the intention of
nurturing and tending both the beings
who have died and beings who continue
to live. Please bring a piece of red cloth,
scissors, needle and thread. Both women
and men are welcome.

Saturday, September 15, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Yumtha Center for Conscious Living and Dying
4115 Ross Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Contact: Dr. Anna “Noe” Bonas DC LAC OMD
Tel: 707-829-6893
E-mail registration & directions: yumtha@msn.com 

Yvonne Rand is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher. For the past 41 years she has attended people suffering from life-threatening illnesses, people in the late stages of dying, and people who have lost a family member or a friend. In recent years she has worked extensively with caregivers who encounter dying and death in connection with their work.

There is no fee for the ceremony

Donations are gratefully accepted.

For a tax deductible donation, make checks payable to The Callipeplon Society, which support for Yvonne’s work

Separate Donations can be made to Yumtha ~ Thank you

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Jami SieberYou Are Invited To a Yumtha Center Benefit House Concert with Jami Sieber, Electric & Acoustic Cellist, Vocalist and composer

Saturday,7:30 pm May 5, 2007
Confirm Your Tickets today

Join us for an evening of music with the “Rumi of sound”, and penetrating music created by the amazing and truly gifted performer Jami Sieber.

The benefit is for Yumtha: Buddhist Residential Care & Hospice, which is being developed in Sebastopol, CA. Yumtha is a Center for Compassionate Care and Trainings, for residents and the public. It is a center for living and education that supports “end of life spiritual practices” from different multi-cultural traditions. These practices nurture us to live fully, while supporting us in a time of need, personally, with friends and with our family.

Reserve your seat

House Concert Space is limited
Seats are Confirmed by mailing a check to:

Box 76
Graton,CA 95444

Contact: Dr Anna “Noe” Bonas DC LAC OMD
Concert Fee: $25~ or your generous donation ~
Location/Directions in Sebastopol given with Reservation Confirmation


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