New locale suits Songbird fine
Healing center to host its grand reopening Jan. 26
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By Mira Brody  January 18, 2013 12:00 am


The positive energy is palpable in the Songbird Community Healing Center, where Jasmine Gold and Linda Adrain have been working to enhance since their move across the street to their new location in Downtown Cotati.

Surrounded by some of the city’s oldest businesses that have been thriving for more than two decades, the change of scenery is promising, providing them with more space as well as beautifying the neighborhood with new paint and fresh landscaping.

A positive environment
“This is just a place for people to come to be healed or to listen to workshops in a positive environment,” says Adrain, the center coordinator.

Gold, who was trained by bestselling author of “The Four Agreements,” Miguel Ruiz, began practicing alternative healing out of her own home back in 2005 and moved to a storefront in 2010.

She recognizes the frustration and isolation many find when visiting the doctor’s office and wanted a place where members of the community could be exposed to a variety of solutions as well as create friendships in a healthy, safe environment.

Joining forces
Gold and Adrain joined forces more than a year ago, inspired to help others through alternative methods of healing after improving her own self despite a doctor’s diagnosis.

“I started using a walker in 2007 and was told I would need to use it for the rest of my life, and as you can tell I don’t have one anymore – I have a cane. And that transition took place through alternative healing, with me as a client.
“In this day and age I feel we need a place like this. We need to explore and find out what we need in order to live in this type of environment, with the economy and all the stuff we deal with. I feel like people are more open to try alternatives.”

Something for everyone
Because of the versatile nature of alternative healing, Gold and Adrain coordinate the services of more than 15 local practitioners – from chiropractors, yoga, massage therapy, Reiki energy healing, mediation, Tarot Card reading, spiritual guidance, community drum circles and much more. All instructors are professional and work in unity in order to create a niche for every client.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1-4 p.m., the Songbird Healing Center will host a grand reopening celebration in its new location, 8297 Old Redwood Highway.

Many of the practitioners will be there to give mini-sessions and short talks.

 There will be a ribbon cutting by Mayor Mark Landman, who discovered his own chiropractor through Songbird, and a keynote presentation by Marcey Shapiro, MD.

The center regularly provides drop-in hours, weekly classes and is run much like a non-profit organization, in that most resources are compensated by donation, making affordability a miniscule issue. For a full list of practitioners, events and a weekly schedule, go to www.songbirdcenter.org, or call 795-2398.

More prominent downtown
“By moving into this new space, we are trying to focus on becoming a larger part of the downtown community,” says Gold of their new space, one truly intended for instruction as it contained the Rancho Bodega High School for 20 years previous.
“You really can’t help other people unless you help yourself first.”

Adrain describes the cyclical process of teaching. “If you can make yourself grounded and centered and whole, then you can go out and help other people just by being a person.”

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