Holly Baade, a self-proclaimed shaman, yoga instructor and life coach based in Fairfax, will be among the 46 candidates vying to topple Governor Gavin Newsom in the September 14 recall election.
Baade said she supported the idea of âârecalling Newsom from the start, but when she reviewed a list of potential candidates to replace him, she saw no one she could support.
âSo I felt a little discouraged. I felt a sense of disappointment, âBaade said. âThen all of a sudden, at the same time, I felt it rise in my heart. My own heart told me in a way that hearts can whisper, something very sweet but also strong, that I can run and should. “
Baade said that before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she operated a yoga studio at 12E School St. in Fairfax.
âWe have offered yoga classes and free classes for the mind, body and spirit: martial arts, reiki, wellness classes, massages and spa treatments,â Baade said.
But she was forced to shut down the business due to the COVID-19 home shelter order.
âSo I started to look at the other options I had,â Baade said. “This research led me to a business model that is known as a private member association.”
Baade said private associations can allow people to engage in activities that would otherwise be prohibited by state, local or federal laws. For example, Baade said it is illegal in some southern counties to drink alcohol, “but you can become a members’ club and you can drink together.”
“It is also used by naturopathic doctors and other alternative medicine practitioners who have a long history of providing services that would otherwise be viewed as possibly malpractice,” Baade said.
âFor example, if you wanted to take herbs that are not approved by the FDA,â she said. âYou can find a private member association that has them and get these products. “
Baade therefore formed his own private association, Mettacine, which, according to its website, “is a one-of-a-kind private oasis for the study and integral practice of yoga, spiritual enlightenment and the transformative healing arts for the harmonious union and empowerment of the human spirit, body, soul and spirit.
About 50 people paid $ 10 to join Mettacine. Among the services to which they become eligible as members are courses for their children.
âOur PMA offers some of our members the opportunity for their children to be in a learning environment that has no masks, no media and no forced vaccinations,â Baade said.
Baade said she worked with a dozen children between the ages of 3 and 12.
âAs a community, we are interested in creating a safe environment for our children to grow up and learn free from state-imposed abusive practices,â Baade said. âAt this point the word vaccine is being used as a marketing tool to put what is clearly poison into people’s bodies. “
Baade, who is 48, said she was thrilled when Gray Davis was recalled in 2003 and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, although she said she didn’t remember how she voted.
âI think he brought a certain amount of spirit of bipartisan collaboration,â said Baade, a Democrat. âI could do the same. I think there is a path for me to become Governor of the State of California in 2021. â
When asked if he was concerned that the recall election would further complicate the work of public health officials, Dr Matt Willis, public health officer for Marin, said: âSince this began pandemic, politics have played a major role in the response, often at the expense of science. “
âIn Marin, over 90% of the people who can vote have been vaccinated,â Willis said. “It tells me that our constituents see how important it is to judge candidates on their commitment to science, safety and health.”