Opening November 9
Lagunitas, West Marin

The Western Gate: [R]evolutionary Teahouse and Book Commons is a not-for-profit library, bookstore and community space dedicated to conversation and education about ecological design, alternative economies, health, and cultural transformation. Our classroom space is open for use by local and visiting teachers, authors, and facilitators-  contact us at westerngate.commons@gmail.com  to reserve the space.

All events and classes are by donation.
All proceeds benefit the operation of the Library and Community Space.

Open Tues-Sun 9am to 7pm 



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Weekly Community Yoga Classes (90 minutes)

Tuesdays: 5:30pm- Hatha Yoga with Scott Traffas.

Hatha Yoga is a system of Yoga designed to purify and balance the physical and subtle/emotional aspects of the body in preparation for meditation and absorption into the mysteries of consciousness.  In this 90min class we will explore traditional Hath Yoga techniques such as asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), and mudra/bandha (energy dynamics).

Scott Traffas has been studying and practicing Yoga for over 15 years. His classes are informed by the Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions of India; and he draws special inspiration from the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo.


Thursdays: 9:15am- Kundalini Yoga with Monique Grillet

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient and sacred transmission of yogic teachings that serves to awaken the infinite essence of Soul, bringing guidance on how to be healthy human beings.

DSC_7510Monique Grillet aka Sat Meher Kaur (Princess of Compassion) completed her Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s training under the tutelage of Deva Kaur in 2005, in the lineage of Yogi Bahjan and Guru Ram Das.  She has ever since been gratefully devoted to the linage of Kundalini Yoga upon receiving the transmission of these sacred teachings. Monique, Sat Meher in recent past,  delivered these teachings at Yoga Mountain, and at the Kundalini Yoga Center in community Fairfax, integrally delivering the teachings to those who seek this unique Yogic Path.  Upon completing a necessary sabbatical discourse that lasted 4 years, Monique is now pleased to respond to her soul’s request to return to delivering these sacred teachings.


Sundays: 5:30pm- Candlelight Yoga- Mark Wax & Juliana Birnbaum

This class is geared toward a mindful transition to a new week with slow yoga flow, breath awareness and traditional postures geared to the needs of the students present.

Mark Wax is a certified teacher with 12+ years of experience in studying yoga and other meditative arts.  He is passionate about yoga as a vehicle for cultivating mindfulness and as a force of positive social change in the world.

IMG_6562Juliana Birnbaum  is a certified Interdisciplinary and Prenatal Yoga Teacher with 14 years of teaching experience in various settings.  She began her pursuit of yoga in India and Nepal, then went on train at the Omega Institude in Interdisciplinary Yoga, which combines elements of Ashtanga with the more meditative Kripalu approach, for a balanced vinyasa style. She has completed workshops with masters Richard Freeman, Ana Forrest, and David Life, and has taught prenatal and hatha yoga at numerous studios on the East Coast and in the Bay Area.



Community Movie Night: Thursdays 7pm 


11/20: All in This Tea

Documentary on our local legendary tea importer David Lee Hoffman, who was ahead of the curve in advocating for fair trade and organic tea production and the protection of ancient growing techniques in China.


12/4:  Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog film following an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by humans.

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