Moroccan_slippers_2_1.jpg
(handmade Moroccan leather slip-on babouches)

I find that there is majesty in rituals and celebrations when the intention is about honouring the moment:  the moment of birth; the moment of marriage; the moment of death; the moment of hope when wishing anew at the start of a new year.  And always, simply always, the moment when we fall in love again.


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  Lao-Tzu

Anya Ushakova-Crain
An Intentional Life

Anya_on_Edipsos_Summer_Night_2019.jpg

FACILITATED CONVERSATIONS, INTERVIEWS, LECTURES, RETREATS, CONTEMPLATIVE WORKSHOPS FROM 2009 TO 2019 > AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH SONOMA CREATIVES, SONOMA, CALIFORNIA/Catalina's Salon, January 28, 2016
AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH SONOMA CREATIVES, SONOMA, CALIFORNIA/Catalina's Salon, January 28, 2016
Summary: INDEX-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER | January 21, 2016 LORNA SHERIDAN Inspired by a Mary Oliver poem, Anya Ushakova-Crain is hosting a roundtable discussion for the community on the topic of, “Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?”

Ushakova-Crain is assembling what she describes as a gathering of “five inspirational Sonoma role models who are living their best lives with the goal of listening and learning what it takes to actualize dreams into everyday reality.“ Her featured guests are blues guitarist John Burdick, winemaker Jean Arnold Sessions, Boys and Girls Clubs CEO Robert Hughes, food writer Kathleen Thompson Hill, and yarn artist Lori Goldman.

 “While Martini Madness is one way to gather a crowd, the evening I am creating is about how we can change our thinking, to change our lives and live our most inspired lives. I’ll be in conversation with each guest to talk about the courage it takes and the steps one might expect to take, to bring a dream into everyday reality,” she said. "I thought what better way is there to start the new year than in the midst of inspired company." Ushakova-Crain is a writer and personal life coach, and owner of Catalyst for Change.

She spent more than twenty years in San Francisco working in the design of global strategies, focused on marketing and public relations for international firms. She has a master’s degree in organizational development and transformation, and is a former Ph.D. student of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. “I strive to live a balanced life, working collaboratively with leading-edge thinkers and doers, supporting culture and the arts, discovering gratification in serving one’s community, and engagement in nourishing relationships are some of the characteristics of living an examined life,” she said.

The event will be held at from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 at Catalina’s Salon on Highway 12. Reservations are required, and tickets are available by calling 933-3860, or can be purchased in advance at Catalina’s next to the Sonoma library. Seating is limited and tickets are $45, which includes sparkling wine and small bites.