Yoga For All Bodies: This Saturday, Most Saturdays at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Led by Yogi  Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
When: Saturdays in September from 9:30-10:30
September  23, and 30.
Stay for brunch (RSVP)

Suggested donation: $10-15.
All proceeds go to The WE Empowerment Center

This Saturday, we are working on our “pituitary.” The pituitary is a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain. It is the “master gland” which makes hormones that affect growth and the functions of other glands in the body.

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

We consciously avoid “being technical” in this class, but I wanted to do something different for this week. We will work on activating our pituitary with breaths, movements, and sound, which in turn sharpens our intuition.

Towards the very end of it, there is one of my favorite movement sequences which leave you so open, exhilarated, and liberated. Do not miss it.

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

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

DragonflyHill Urban Farm is wheelchair accessible and DISability and LGBTQIAA affirmative, anti-racist, anti-sexist, decolonialist anti-imperialist, because anything else is just a band aid.

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REPORTING BAD HOSTS AND PARTY HOUSES TO AIRBNB!

The PARTY HOUSE, the terror of airbnb rentals, along with the other terror: abusive and bigoted hosts, can be reported to airbnb and will be removed from the platform.

If you are a guest and find yourself in an unsafe or unwelcoming space, call airbnb (1-855-424-7262) immediately or message them on twitter or facebook for an immediate response and emergency assistance in finding you an alternative accommodation.

If there is a problematic neighbor and you think they are running an airbnb out of their home in ways that are disruptive to your community, airbnb has a web page where you can report them, and if they are violating the community terms of service, they will be banned from the platform, for life:  https://www.airbnb.com/neighbors  

Contacting us at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

There are many ways to contact us:

By far the best way to contact us is via email, dragonflyhill345@gmail.com
We try to get back to everyone as quickly as possible. Unfortunately with all these platforms, spam email, wrong numbers, etc, we may fail to respond as quickly as you would like. We suggest you send us another message to let us know you’re still interested and could we please get back to you.

 

The Return of Yoga For All Bodies at DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Led by Yogi  Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
When: Saturdays in September from 9:30-10:30
September 2, 16, 23, and 30.
Stay for brunch (RSVP)

Suggested donation: $10-15.
All proceeds go to The WE Empowerment Center

 

September 2, 2018:

It is a new school year, and we are slowly transitioning into fall and winter. Let us reflect on how our year has been so far and prepare to make a leap into the year 2018.

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga
Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

At Real Life Yogi, we have always focused upon making resilient and kind body, mind and heart. For the rest of the year, we would like to work on flexibility, resilience of the mind and body, and lots of meditation.

Come experience what you can do with your body and love everything that you can, and cannot. People of all ages, body types, and physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. All proceeds are donated to the WE Empowerment Center.

Being a Welcomed Guest

Each airbnb host is autonomous. Airbnb is a listing service. It does not design, run, own or operate any of the listings.

  • Take the time to read each listing description carefully. There is no unimportant small print. Each host took time in deciding how to describe their listing.
  • Pay attention to the house rules.
  • If the space described does not meet your lifestyle, stay somewhere else.
  • Respect the work that goes into maintaining and providing a space. (Don’t ask for a discount!)
  • Respect the neighborhood. You are on vacation. The neighbors have to get up for work at 6 am the next day.
  • Don’t put in the review something that could have been resolved during your trip that you didn’t discuss with your host. For example, if there was a problem with the internet, or something wasn’t working, or if you would have liked a make up mirror in your room. Your host may have been able to provide or resolve those issues and to have them show up in a review without having been aware of a problem is just unfair. Plus, and more importantly,  you missed an opportunity to make your own experience more comfortable.
  • Don’t complain about features that were described in the listing. If you didn’t like that feature you should have chosen a different venue. For example, if your host is not near the beach, that would have been something known at the time of booking.

Links and Referenc

 

  • At DragonflyHill Urban Farm, we rarely turn down a guest. We welcome people new to airbnb, even without reviews. We welcome guests with bad reviews (with the advisory that that behavior won’t be acceptable here).  We share the experience of hosts who have accepted guests who request (or in some cases demand) a discount. They tend to be guests who are difficult to please, didn’t read the listing or our rules, don’t respect our home or our labor and leave bad reviews often complaining about some feature we were clear about in our listing .  There just isn’t much respect for our labor or our resources. The work of maintaining this space is considerable. 5 of us run this space and this is how we earn our living.  Our prices are already as low as we can afford to offer.
  • How to use a shower curtain (And keep water off the floor.)
    The role of the shower curtain isn’t merely ornamental. It keeps water from the shower off the floor, but only if used correctly. If the floor is full of water after your shower, you’re not using the curtain correctly. Basically, make sure the lining is INSIDE the tub and that the curtain is extended the length of the tub. 

 

 

The Return of Yoga For All Bodies

Led by Yogi  Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
When: Saturdays in September from 9:30-10:30
September 2, 16, 23, and 30.
Stay for brunch (RSVP)

Suggested donation: $10-15.
All proceeds go to The WE Empowerment Center

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

L.A. Times Hit Piece on Home Sharing: Commentary Needed

The Battle for Hearts and Minds Is On!

The L.A. Times published the following hit piece on home sharing.  Those opposed to home sharing are posting this article on their social media pages and walls. This is an opportunity for those who support home sharing to explain the problems with the ordinance and the value of home sharing. The more sunlight this issue gets, the more favorable people are about home sharing.

If you’re not comfortable commenting, take the time to like the comments of others who do speak out. Your support matters.

Comment on the L.A. Times Web page:

Venice has become an epicenter of Los Angeles’ struggle over short-term rentals. Call it the Airbnb problem
http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-venice-housing-20170809-story.html

Comments needed on the following threads:
The L.A. Times also posted the article to their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/latimes/posts/10155725305198010

Here’s my comment:

It’s not just greedy landlords,. It’s also the greedy hotel industry that pushed for elements of this ordinance that would greatly hurt people who use airbnb and other platforms, renting out rooms in their own homes, or who rent out their homes when they are away, often on assignment for work. These are homes many hosts have lived in for decades, in communities they’ve lived in, for many years. They are your neighbors and many are older on fixed incomes, with serious health limitations. Many of these hosts would be displaced by this ordinance, only increasing the need for rental units or adding to the displacement going on in communities. That the so called housing rights activists that are behind this ordinance make no distinction in their policies between working people renting out their own home, and greedy landlords is really outrageous.

The ordinance doesn’t just deal with the apartment buildings turned hotels, but would regulate very intimate aspects of our lives within our residences. These are the portions of the ordinance that holds up the entire issue of regulation. Also, as the article clearly states, the city hasn’t had much interest in going after greedy landlords, ever. Those who think this ordinance would protect against that greed are caught up in the same right wing fantasies about law and order and over regulation of private lives as a way of “deterring” the big fish. But this ordinance gives the city the best excuse for not going after the greedy and abusive landlords because it would require the monitoring of thousands of hosts renting out space in their own homes
This ordinance as written hurts the poorest home sharing hosts the most and would make it much harder for the city to actually go after the bad landlords it has demonstrated for years, it is reluctant to address.
Orange background with green silhouette of a house. Text: Support Home Sharing

More Articles Awaiting Comment: Defending Home Sharing. The Battle for Hearts and Minds.

We’ve been busy with guests, in the summer season, but we can’t get too far away from the struggle to keep our homes, communities and jobs in the ongoing fight to keep the city from legislating the relationships we have in our own homes under the pretext of preventing landlord abuses, abuses this city has never eagerly addressed. How can the creation of a huge apparatus that would be assigned the task of monitoring our in home relationships, in any way free up the city to go after the nominal villains of the antibnb brigade?  The truth seems so clear to many of us. Home sharing is a threat to the hotel industry and blaming airbnb hosts for the housing crisis instead of demanding that the city strengthen and use existing laws to go after abusive landlords, provides an easy bait and switch.  By portraying airbnb hosts as greedy landlords and not who most of us really are: elders, retirees on fixed incomes, DISabled folx, women, working people, using the airbnb platform to create jobs for ourselves and others, and to keep and afford our housing, the hotel industry divides social justice activists in a bizarre series of events that has housing rights organizations literally campaigning to displace many seniors on fixed incomes.  A campaign that openly tried to kick granny from her flat would not be nearly as impressive.

So go to it. The battle for hearts and minds is on. For talking points go to other posts on this blog. Let the city and the people know who we really are and if you know people doing housing rights work and anti-gentrification work, engage them on how any legislation on what we do in our own homes is to wage war on their neighbors, their elders, their family members and their community.

Links to Talking Points:

Links to Articles:

June and July Reviews:

Ged
Ged

From Kidlington, United Kingdom · July 2017  ·   DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Lori
Lori

From Shanghai, China · July 2017  ·   (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Alison
Alison

From Berkeley, CA · July 2017  ·   The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Emily
Emily
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:So sorry to hear you weren’t comfortable. We do wish you had communicated any of this to us while you were here. We had no idea you were uncomfortable and would have worked with you to assure you a good night’s rest. We could have moved beds, and asked people to lower voices. In our check in orientation we specifically ask guests to communicate with us, during their stay if there are any needs of theirs that are not being met, and to give us a chance to meet them. We really wish you had. This review was the only indication we had that you were not please. In addition to the air conditioner, and a solid wood door, we do provide our guest rooms with white noise machines. Most of our guests are very comfortable here. We are very sorry that you were not.

From Sacramento, CA · July 2017  ·   (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Zhipeng
Zhipeng

From China · July 2017  ·   (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Victor
Victor

From Paris, France · July 2017  ·   DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Charla And John
Charla And John

From Salt Lake City, UT · July 2017  ·   The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Zixuan
Zixuan

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Yixue
Yixue

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown



Anne
Anne

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Poetry
Poetry

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Sudheer
Sudheer

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Marianne
Marianne

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Peter
Peter

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Nyana
Nyana

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown



Elektra
Elektra

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


晶

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Rui
Rui

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Zach
Zach

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Sylvia
Sylvia
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:So sorry you had difficulty with the internet. We wish you had told us so we could have addressed that while you were here. We always appreciate it when our guests let us know of any concerns or inconvenience they experience, so we have a chance to address it, to assure you the most comfortable and pleasant stay at DragonflyHill Urban Farm.

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Paulo
Paulo

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Kathleen
Kathleen

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Yuran
Yuran

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Paulo
Paulo

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Marc
Marc

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Thilo
Thilo

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Brenda
Brenda
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:It’s always wonderful having you and your family stay with us. We love having you as part of the DragonflyHill lCommunity.

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Brenda
Brenda
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:It’s always wonderful having you stay with us. Just wanted to clarify that your family rented two of our listings this trip for extra comfortable space. The Lavender Suite can hold 5 people but some guests might want more space than that, and for guests reserving more than one listing, we can provide that.

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Lukáš
Lukáš

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Lili
Lili

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Everett
Everett

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Erin
Erin
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:Thanks for staying with us. You and Ida were wonderful guests. Especially helpful were your private suggestions on how to improve wheelchair accessibility and improved ways to communicate to guests what our access includes and what challenges it presents. We will use your suggestions in the future.

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