DragonflyHill Design Studios: Specializing in DISability Access

DragonflyHill Design Studios is specialized in DISability access, without compromising on design. We understand the importance of inclusion in all social events, locations and activities. We’re also keenly aware of the overt and covert hostility toward inclusion. We can provide guidance and support in both construction/design aspects of inclusion as well as social/community awareness.

Many of the members of our team have DISabilities, which informs our understanding of the human rights issues of exclusion as well as the physical barriers to inclusion.

We can provide the following services:

  • Design and Construction:    Downstairs Bathroom :Tile surround tub with elegant grab bars, a towel warmer, sink with tilting mirror, toilet with grab bars behind and to the left of the toilet, a towel warmer, and just under 5 feet of turn around space.
    • Ramping
    • Widening doorways
    • Referral to lift installation services
    • Meeting and Exceeding ADA requirements
    • Creating Accessible bathrooms
    • Restoring older buildings for access
    • Providing a scent free environment
    • Access issues beyond ramps & doorways
    • Creative Problem solving
  • Workshops and Staff Development 
    • Staff training on access issues
    • Consultation on event planning for full access and inclusion
    • Outreach to DISabled individuals and communities
    • Signage for optimal access
    • Mediation, advocacy and conflict resolutionFront porch with craftsman chairs
    • Creation of accessibility plans
    • Meeting the needs of DISabled people in your community, workplace or organization
    • DISability inclusion and understanding of key issues related to improved customer and employee services
    • DISability access in social justice, human rights, faith based and educational environments, organizations and institutions
    • DISability inclusion for greater profits, improved and increased customer and employee base
    • Hiring people with DISabilities & including DISabled people in all of your programs
    • Recognizing DISabled people as resources and leaders
    • Implementing a social model of DISability
    • Establishing healthy work environments that value the whole worker, whole person
    • Creative Problem solving

Yoga for All Bodies, Most Saturdays at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Last Class until September! Hosted by Real Life Yogi

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am
Next Class: July 15, 2017
-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
Upcoming Class: Suspended until September
Brunch (RSVP) to follow class




Location: DragonflyHill Urban Farm, in the Purple Barn Gallery, down the driveway, behind the house)
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026




Hi, everyone.

Due to my work obligations in Japan and also vacation coming up, we will not be having another class till Saturday, September 2nd. The class that we are having this Saturday will be the last class before the break.

This Saturday we will work with mantras. Mantras are words and sound; many kundalini yoga mantras are written in Gurmukhi, a sacred Indian language, and there are some others in English. The yogic science tells us that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche. Mantra is the use of sound to affect consciousness; man means mind and trang means wave or projection.

With the esoteric teaching aside, as someone who practices yoga daily, I find working

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

with mantra very refreshing and empowering. I believe that it is our nature to “project,” which we do not do nearly enough. Voicing a sound allows us to work with our breathing. And also, speaking in the language that we do not quite understand is refreshing and plain fun!!!

I wanted to leave you with something you can practice at home, so I will try to pack this session with short exercises and meditations that you can do daily, which will make a difference in your life.

Join us this Saturday. People of all ages, body types, physical abilities are invited. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. All proceeds are donated to The WE Empowerment Center.

-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

Shelter From the Heat

It’s very hot this week. Try to check in on neighbors, especially elders and people with DragonflyHill Urban Farm living room with view to the dining roomchronic health conditions. If you need to get out of the heat, we have air conditioning and you’re welcome to come by and relax in our living room or dining room to escape the heat. Children are welcome. Hours of availability: 9:30-5:00. We’re located on Douglas Street, south of Temple, between 2 other heat escaping locations: the library and the pool. We’re busy working so we won’t be able to entertain you, besides a quick, hello, but we have wifi, and you can bring books to read or games to play.DragonflyHill Urban Farm living room

Products We Love: Bedding

Our beds are an essential element of our attention to detail in providing guests with comfort, cleanliness and elegance. We choose products that are healthy and wholesome. Bedding is especially important for guests with allergies and we chose our products with care and consideration. 

The Bed:  Most of our bed frames are folding frames so we can change out a room to Mettle frame folding bed.meet the needs of our guests, should they need an alternative bed configuration. We haven’t settled on any one brand. Some of our frames were purchased new, via Amazon, and others were purchased through craigslist. Folding frames can be stored in a closet or transported in the back seat or trunk of a car.  They are sturdy and supportive.

The Mattress: We get all our mattresses (including our own) from Futon Factory L.A. in 3 inch folding foam mattress. Color: redCulver City. http://www.futonfactoryla.com/. These folding mattresses (again, easy to store, change and rearrange) are light weight (so they are not hard on our backs when we make the beds and preparing the rooms for our guests).  These mattresses are sturdy and up to the task of 6 inch folding foam mattress. Color: greyproviding a good night’s rest to our weary travelers. Guests have commented “Mattress was soft but not too soft” and “Mattress was hard but not too hard.”  It seems to be perfect for everyone. We have a fold out futon in the Parlour in our Lavender Suite and in our Frida Room. When we pull the futons out for guests, we top them with the Futon Factory’s 3 inch foam. All our other mattresses have the 6 inch foam.

Encasements: We use protective encasements for our mattresses and pillows to prevent bedbug, dust mites and reduce allergens. (We also vacuum our mattresses between bed changes with an upholstery attachment and put diatomaceous earth in our vacuum bags, to eliminate any unwanted pests.)  One of our preferred brands is Hospitology Sleep Defense System.   We top the encasement with a mattress protector.

Luxury Linens: We LOVE Clara Clark Sheet Sets and Duvet Covers.  These sheets and Clara Clark Sheet Set: fitted sheet, flat sheet and 2 pillow cases in mocha light brown. duvet covers feel like silk, breathe like cotton and wear like a $200 sheet set, but for a much more affordable price. They come in a variety of colors.  We prefer Hospitology Heavenly Microfiber Goose Down Alternative Hypoallergenic Duvet Insert. These provide wonderful warmth and are hypoallergenic. 

We provide guests with a variety of pillows, and have not settled on any particular brand. Each bed has 4 pillows and a decorative throw pillow.  We also provide two extra blankets per bed, encased in plastic bags and stored in the closet. We ask guests who use the blankets, not to put them back in the bags, as we launder all bedding between guests.

 

 

 

 

Yoga for All Bodies, Most Saturdays at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Hosted by Real Life Yogi

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am
Next Class: July 8, 2017
-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
Upcoming Class: July  15
Brunch (RSVP) to follow class




Location: DragonflyHill Urban Farm, in the Purple Barn Gallery, down the driveway, behind the house)
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026




This Saturday we will be working with our “breath,” because breathing is a tool that brings us calm and peace of mind whenever and wherever.

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

I consider pranayam, breathing exercises, as a band-aid for the soul. In an emergency, it can bring you a quick healing, and it does not cost a dime.

Come practice with us this Saturday. People of all ages, all body types, physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. All proceeds will be donated to The WE Empowerment Center.

Hope to see you there!!!
Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

Yoga for All Bodies, Most Saturdays at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Hosted by Real Life Yogi

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am
Next Class: July 1, 2017
-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
Upcoming Classes: July  8, 15
Brunch (RSVP) to follow class




Location: DragonflyHill Urban Farm, in the Purple Barn Gallery, down the driveway, behind the house)
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026




Leading up to the August 6, Peace Memorial Day, commemorating the 72 anniversary of the humankind’s first attack on self by a Nuclear weapon, we will start exploring the topic of “Peace.”

Let’s start with the premise that Peace starts within each of us. If there aren’t for an

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

individual peace, there won’t be peace for the world. Therefore, we should all be cultivating the sense of peace within us.

How do you describe peace? An absence of aggression? Serenity? Abundance? People working together? An underlying sence of love?

We live in the world where our sense of peace is threatened every day. When we are under the constant emotional assaults, we begin reacting by aggression; we cannot help it. It is part of our self-defense mechanism.

We need to remind ourselves though, that our aggression, even when it is directed outward, actually affects us inward. That is why we need to keep replenishing our sense of inner love and peace.

I have always believed in yoga as a powerful means of self-care. You can do it anywhere, and it does not cost a dime. In that spirit, this Saturday we will learn a trick or two how to keep peace inside ourselves when there are wars happening all around the world.

People of all ages, body types, physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10 – 15. All proceeds will be donated to The We Empowerment Center.

Hope to see you there!!!
Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

DragonflyHill Urban Farm Targeted for Our Defense of Palestinian Human Rights

We recently came under a viral attack over several platforms because of a review we wrote of a book on Amazon  The book negated Palestinians and their history,  (Amazon has deleted the book) Our review affirmed the existence of Palestinians and asserted that the book was racist. Our facebook business page alone for DragonflyHill Urban Farm Community has received over 1700 1 star reviews, including accusations that we have insects and other vermin and that our house is filthy. But they have also accused us of refusing lodging to Jews and Israelis (two of us are Jewish, and we have had Israeli and Jewish guests and roommates) and of being bigots and racists. Some of the reviews included bigoted speech and attacks. You know the rhetoric. Some expressed a desire to put us out of business.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/DragonflyhillUrbanFarm/reviews/ Prior to this campaign, all our facebook, google and yelp reviews were 5 star.

We received dozens of 1 star reviews on Yelp, and over 130 similar reviews on Google My Business.   (Update 7/3/17:  Most of these reviews have been removed on these platforms. A few have been allowed to remain. )

For the record, it takes a certain amount of Jewish self hatred/antisemitism to attack and try to destroy a Jewish owned business overnight, with accusations of vermin and filth.
#WhosTheAntisemiteNOw?
Please don’t engage them. Please report as many of the bad reviews as you can. If you want to write your own review for us, go ahead. We doubt we can ever catch up with them.
Thankfully for our own credibility we have almost 300 stellar reviews on Airbnb, which is our main income source. And Airbnb’s review process is much more accountable. You have to have stayed here through their platform,  to review us. https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/18967912
Please support our business and buy our many products and services. We are a community of 6 workers who rely on this space for our livelihood. By design our social justice work is incorporated into our business and community model. dragonflyhill.wordpress.com Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DragonflyhillUrbanFarm/   Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DHillUrbanFarm Come to breakfast. (The more people here, the more security! Plus we’re a lot of fun and the food is great!) https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/in-the-neighborhood-stop-by-for-breakfast/

Support our nonprofit, The WE Empowerment Center.  https://theweempowermentcenter.wordpress.com/donation-page/ Currently we are asking for donations of $1 for each bad review, with a goal of $1700.

For information on the book that was being sold on Amazon that got a lot of reviews, both negative and positive: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.797333 We don’t know if anyone else who wrote a review of the book was also targeted. We do not have the text of our review since it was deleted by Amazon when they removed the book from their web page.

The book claimed to be the true history of the Palestinian People, but was full of empty pages, implying that there is no Palestinian people. and there is no Palestine. Our review called this book racist for its denial of the existence of Palestine and Palestinians. We included in our review this Zionist poster from 1930s. It shows a painting of Jerusalem with the caption “Visit Palestine” to show that there is in fact a historic Palestine. Thank you to everyone who has written new reviews and has reached out to us. We don’t think this ugly campaign can hurt us if we also have the support from likeminded people. We have created a very magical space here, and look forward to years of collaboration, collectivism, craftwork, artwork, communication, receiving wanderers, creativity and so on!

1930s Zionist poster depicting a view of Jerusalem and the caption: Visit Palestine

Yoga for All Bodies Saturdays at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am
Next Class: June 24,
-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen) 2017
Upcoming Classes: July 1, 8, 15




Location: DragonflyHill Urban Farm, in the Purple Barn Gallery, down the driveway, behind the house)
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026




Hosted by Real Life Yogi

This Saturday we will work on “Fear,” as the fourth installment of a series called “liberation.”
Often fear binds us. When we are afraid, we find ourselves not able to move

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

forward/take actions. We can spend days, weeks, months, or even years being dormant because of fear.

But really is “being afraid” a bad thing? What is fear? Fear is a warning signal; it warns us against material/psychological/emotional danger. If we are a functioning, healthy, living beings, we have fear. Fear is something we should be thankful for.

Thus, we want to be gentle with fear and to embrace fear. The problem is when fear gets out of hand and goes into the “overdrive” mode.

In this session, we go through a series of exercises to release fear. What we experience as a result is spiritual detox and liberation. It puts us into the perfect state of mind to enjoy the weekend.

People of all ages/all body types/physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. All proceeds from the class are donated to WE empowerment center.

I hope to see you there!!!
-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

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Yoga for All Bodies: Saturdays @ DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am
Next Class: June 17, 2017
Upcoming Classes: June  24. July 1, 8, 15




Location: DragonflyHill Urban Farm, in the Purple Barn Gallery, down the driveway, behind the house)
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026




Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

This is the third installment of a series exploring “liberation.” The theme of the class this Saturday is “working with anger.” We tend to think of “anger,” as negative energy, so it may sound odd when we say working “with” anger. In yoga, we operate from the assumption that there is neither positive or negative about any type of emotion. Anger is just a form of energy which can be the force of creation or elimination. Anger can either support us or burn us. This Saturday we engage in exercises and meditation to channel our “anger” energies into creative/productive force.

People of all ages, body types, physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10 to 15; all proceeds are donated to WE Empowerment Center.

Hope to see you there!!!

-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)