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The Light Connection News • January 2010

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Archi’s Acres Expanding; Sets Goal of Accreditation at Mira Costa

The Dolphin-Story of a Dreamer Film Released

Shakespeare Unscripted Opens Jan. 10

Terry McBride at Vision Jan. 10–11

Women by Women Art Exhibit Jan. 16–Feb 14

Terry Cole-Whittaker Booksigning

Animal Communication Class Jan. 17

7th Annual Natural Supplements Conference Jan. 21–24

Seminar with Patient Advocate Naomi Judd at Scripps Jan. 22

Yoga USA Day Celebration Jan. 23

No-Fee Classes at Vision Center

Alternative Health Fair Jan. 30


Archi’s Acres Expanding; Sets Goal
of Accreditation at Mira Costa

Since we last wrote about the organic, hydroponic farm Archi’s Acres in Escondido a lot has happened. Last May they had a fundraiser to enable them to serve more vets with PTSD who have had a tough time readjusting to life back in the States.

Vets can get away from the very different types of pressures they experience in daily life when they return from combat. Farming enables them to ease back in and learn a practical skill at the same time.

While the desires for expansion by veteran Colin Archipley and his wife Karen were not immediately realized, they are now building a new green house that is 36 feet by 120 feet and twice the size of their existing green house. They currently sell organic basil in local markets and many farmers’ markets in the San Diego area.

This expansion will enable them to serve even more vets. Talking with them for even a short time it is clear that is their focus, helping vets adjust to the stresses of “normal life.”

They also have recently expanded to an adjacent farm owned by neighbors who are not actively working their land. They can use that additional 2.5 acres, but right now it is a mess. On January 10 they will be having a cleanup potluck from 10am-3pm and invite anyone who is willing to bring their jeans, hedge clippers and dish to share, to help. They are not generally open to the public so it is also a great opportunity to see what they are doing. R-Awesome Happening and the Progressive Democrats of America are supporting the cleanup. See for more information.

Their goal and biggest need for the coming year is to gain the funds and sponsorship to gain accreditation from Mira Coast College. It costs $30,000 to be accredited. Once they are, Veterans can learn at Archi’s Acres and work towards earning a horticultural certificate through Mira Costa, who has one of the best horticultural programs on the West Coast. A program has been put together for Archi’s Acres, but funds are needed to make it a reality.

For more about Archi’s Acres and what they do for veterans see the recent Associated Press article published Dec. 18. Google Archi’s Acres + AP.

The Dolphin-Story of a Dreamer Film Released

The book The Dolphin-Story of a Dreamer by Sergio Bambaren has been made into an animated film. It is one of the 20 animated films submitted that will compete for 5 nominations for the Oscar’s best Animated Movie. Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the North American rights to Peruvian computer-animated picture The Dolphin, Story of a Dreamer. Fox released the toon in October across Latin America and Brazil. It scored the biggest opening weekend for a local film in Peru. Produced by Dolphin Films with Italy’s Password and Germany’s DDG, Eduardo Schuldt directed the picture and Sergio is one of the producers.

The book and the film tell the story of “Daniel Dolphin” who abandons the safety of his pod to explore the ocean and discover the purpose of his life.

Sergio Bambaren is an Australian citizen who was born in Lima Peru. After graduating from college he took a job in Sydney and became General manager of a UK based company at the young age of 34. Ultimately he gave that up to pursue his dreams and find the true purpose of his life. The Dolphin is based on his personal encounter with a lonely dolphin while surfing in Portugal. It is a story of courage and struggle against our own fears and limits.

The book has been translated into more than 40 languages and has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The film is now being scheduled for a Feb 2010 release in the USA. See for updates.

A local San Diego musician, Dick Weaver composed the theme song for the movie, “Fly Dreaming Dolphin Fly.” Dick can be reached at

“There comes a time in life when there is nothing else to do but to go your own way. A time to follow your own dreams. A time to raise the sail of your own beliefs.” —The Dolphin

Shakespeare Unscripted Opens Jan. 10

Impro Theatre and Combined Artform open Shakespeare Unscripted Jan. 10. Performances are at Theatre Asylum at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm.

Impro Theatre presents all-new, improvised plays in the spirit of the Bard. Using only their guts, wits and a few suggestions from the audience to kick off the show, Impro Theatre attempts to “ascend the brightest heaven of invention” and create a completely original and entertaining story for each performance.

Shakespeare Unscripted features Tracy Burns, Brian Jones, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Nick Massouh, Jo McGinley, Dan O’Connor, Paul Rogan, Michele Spears and Floyd Van Buskirk.

Impro Theatre is an unscripted repertory theater company. Since 1988, the company (formerly LA Theatresports) has brought unscripted theatre based on great literature to Los Angeles and the world. The Artistic Director Dan O’Connor, Impro Theatre has performed at festivals from Amsterdam to New Zealand.

Tickets are $20. Running time is 90 minutes. Allow time for street parking. For reservations call: 323-401-9793. For tickets or information see:

Terry McBride at Vision Jan. 10–11

Vision Center for Spiritual Living is hosting a Terry McBride workshop called “You and Your Desires” on Sun, Jan. 10 from 6:30-9:30 pm and Mon, Jan. 11 from 7-10 pm.

The workshop is designed to transform your understanding of choice and how you can use it to create what you want. Imagine how you would feel if you were on track creating your hearts desires. Remember, Jesus said, “All things are possible if you believe they are.” Decide now to step up and take charge of your life.

In 1974, after five years as a practicing Certified Public Accountant, Terry opened his own consulting firm. Since then, he has assisted individuals and organizations by inspiring people to believe in themselves and get the results they want. His speeches and seminars focus on the wonder and magnificence of the human condition and how choice can be used to demonstrate this wonder and magnificence to ourselves.

Terry McBride is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Hell I Can’t. He is certified as a Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming. Terry believes that each of us can take control of the creative process and learn how to create the reality we desire. The cost is $25 for one night or $40 for both. Terry will also speak Jan. 10 at the 10 am Sun service on “The Joy and Wonder of Choice.”

Vision Center for Spiritual Living is located at 11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego. For further information about Vision visit or call VISION at 619-303-6609.

Women by Women Art Exhibit Jan. 16–Feb 14

The San Diego Art Department (SDAD) is hosting an exhibit titled, “Women by Women; Figurative and Conceptual Images of Women” Featuring artwork by The San Diego Women’s Figurative Group.

The exhibition opens on Sat, Jan. 16 from 6–9 pm and runs through Feb 14. The exhibit will be held at The San Diego Art Department (SDAD) located on Ray Street in North Park one block east of 30th, just south of University.

This exhibition features the following artists: Irene Abraham, Jocelyn Duke, Jeanne Dunn, Michele Guieu, Misty Hawkins, Daphne Hill, Maura McHugh, Amy Paul, Ginger Rosser, Therese Rossi, Anna Stump, and Marcella Villasenor. SDAD Featured Artist: San Diego Art Department student, Desolina.

Terry Cole-Whittaker Booksigning

Terry Cole-Whittaker will have a booksigning at The Bodhi Tree Bookstore on Melrose in West Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 13. at 7:30 pm. Details at Her new book (featured in The Light Conection Dec. 09), is Live Your Bliss: Practices that Produce Happiness and Prosperity. See for more.

Animal Communication Class Jan. 17

Reyon & Animal Teacher Puddah will hold an Animal Communication class on Sun, Jan. 17 from 2-5 pm. The class will be held at the Philosophical Library in Escondido and everyone is welcome.

Become one with your animal companions, physically and soulfully. Learn for yourself how to communicate directly with your animal family members and other animal friends via telepathy/thought forms. Learn more about the healing experience that comes from discovering the hidden thoughts of your animal friends as you open to direct communication.

Do your animal companions exhibit behavior problems? Do your pets have health problems? Are the origins of your Animal companions and yourself linked or perhaps the same? Is your Animal companion one of your guides?

Note: Please bring your Animal companions photos to class. The cost is $44/per person and space is limited. Please RSVP is you plan to attend. The Philosophical Library is located at 2091 E Valley Parkway in Escondido 92027. Contact Reyon at 619-271-9461 or .

7th Annual Natural Supplements Conference Jan. 21–24

Join world-renowned faculty for a concise and clinically relevant overview of natural supplements and nutritional medicine to address a wide-range of medical problems such as pain, heart disease, hormone imbalance and cancer at the 7th Annual Natural Supplements Conference: An Evidence-Based Update. This year’s conference is from Jan. 21–24 and will be held at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego.

The faculty of this one-of-a-kind annual conference will present evidence-based research to help physicians and other health care providers understand regulatory issues and discuss the risks and benefits of natural supplement use with their patients. The faculty will provide information about potential herb-drug interactions, review products with potential side effects, and identify supplements that have proven to be beneficial for managing symptoms and improving health. Grammy award winner Naomi Judd is a keynote presenter. To register, or for more information, call 858-652-5400 or e-mail .

Seminar with Patient Advocate
Naomi Judd at Scripps Jan. 22

Join entertainer, bestselling author and patient advocate Naomi Judd on January 22 at 6 pm as she shares practical and innovative tools for recovery and health as well as her own triumphant story of finding a path to health. At the pinnacle of her career, Naomi learned she had contracted Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease, from an infected needle when she worked as a registered nurse. This cut short her musical career and forced her into early retirement to battle the disease.

Now fully recovered from Hepatitis C, she is passionate about advocating for people with chronic conditions, including persistent pain. She knows how debilitating pain can be and how it can affect the whole person — body, mind and spirit — and the whole family. “That’s why I am speaking out - pain can and should be treated. For some people, pain may be inevitable, but suffering is optional,” says Naomi. “Untreated pain can interfere with everyday activities that most of us take for granted: going to work, driving a car, or even hugging your children or grandchildren.”

A book signing follows the seminar. Books will be available for sale. Early bird registration is $15 until January 15. Onsite registration is $20. The event will be held at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego.

Call Scripps Conference Services and CME at 858-652-5400 or e-mail at . A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) project at Camp Pendleton.

Yoga USA Day Celebration Jan. 23

Sat, Jan. 23 is Yoga USA day, which is celebrated all throughout our country. Yoga Day USA was created by Yoga Alliance, the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. In San Diego, Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) will open all their classes to the general public throughout the week of Jan. 18-23. The purpose is to raise awareness for the non-profit, which has provided over 7000 free yoga classes to underserved seniors in our county since 2004. Donations will be gratefully accepted at each class during this week. Every dollar raised will go to Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach to grow this health enhancing program and keep the classes free for the seniors.

No-Fee Classes at Vision Center

The Vision Center is now offering its classes on a No-Fee or love-offering basis. Rev. Patti Paris is committed to helping people “Transform Their Lives Through Practical Spirituality” and will not allow current economic challenges prevent someone from attending a class that could be an invaluable aid in creating a better life. Beginning on Tues., Jan. 5 at 6:30 pm, “Financial Freedom” helps students use spiritual principles in their financial affairs. On Sat, Jan. 9 from 10 am to Noon, Donna Osborne leads a five-week book study on the book The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks. In mid-Jan., Vision will be presenting an updated version of the 10-week “Foundations Class.”, 619-303-6609.

Alternative Health Fair Jan. 30

The Philosophical Library in Escondido will host an Alternative Health Fair with four prominent San Diego County health speakers on Sat, Jan. 30 from 1 to 5 pm. The public is invited, and seating reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Admission is free, and donations to the Library are accepted.

Experts in their field will speak on different aspects of alternative health followed by a question and answer period. Topics include: “Treatable Health Issues with Acupuncture” by Sally Adams, R.N., L.Ac. “How Iridology Helps Create A Happy & Healthy Lifestyle” by Dr. Jon Jensen, Iridologist. “The Enfoldment of Your True Potential” by Dr. Raymond R. Rickards. “Foods, Supplements & Herbs for Immune Support” by Rose Thomas. L.Ac, Herbalist.

The Library is located at 2091 East Valley Parkway, Suite D, Escondido, CA 92027. Hours of operation are Tues. through Sun. from 1-5 pm. 760-745-2724.