Holly Baade, a self-described shaman, yoga instructor and life coach based in Fairfax, will be among the 46 candidates vying to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Sept. 14 recall election.
Baade said she supported the idea of recalling Newsom from the first, but when she took a look at a list of prospective candidates to replace him, she didn’t see anyone she could support.
“So I felt a little dispirited. I felt a sensation of disappointment,” Baade said. “Then all of a sudden in that same moment, I felt this welling up in my heart. My own heart told me in ways that hearts can whisper, something very soft but also strong, that I could run and that I should.”
Baade said that before the COVID-19 pandemic hit she was operating a yoga studio at 12E School St. in Fairfax.
“We offered yoga and complimentary mind-body-spirit classes: martial arts, reiki, wellness classes, massage and spa treatments,” Baade said.
But she was forced to shut the business down because of the COVID-19 shelter-at-home order.
“So I began investigating what other options I had,” Baade said. “That search brought me to a model for business which is known as a private member association.”
Baade said private membership 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 counties in the South to drink alcohol, “but you can become a membership club and you can drink together.”
“It’s also used by naturopathic doctors and other alternative medical practitioners that have for a long time offered services that otherwise would be seen as maybe falling under malpractice,” Baade said.
“For example, if you wanted to take some herbs that are not approved by the FDA,” she said. “You could find a private member association that has them and get those products.”
So Baade formed her own private member 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 Transformative Healing Arts for the Harmonious Union and Empowerment of the Human Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit.”
About 50 people have paid $10 to join Mettacine. Among the services they become eligible for as members are classes for their children.
“Our PMA is offering for 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,” Baade said.
Baade said she is working with about a dozen children ranging in age from 3 to 12.
“We’re interested as a community in creating a safe environment for our children to grow and to learn without being subjected to abusive practices that are being enforced by the state,” Baade said. “At this point the word vaccine is being used as a marketing tool to put what is clearly poison inside people’s bodies.”
Baade, who is 48, said she was pleased when Gray Davis was recalled in 2003 and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, although she said she doesn’t remember how she voted.
“I believe he brought a certain amount of bipartisan collaborative spirit,” said Baade, a Democrat. “I could do the same thing. I think there is a pathway for me to become the governor of the state of California in 2021.”
Asked if he fears the recall election will further complicate the job of public health officials, Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s public health officer, said, “Since the start of this pandemic politics has played a major role in the response, often at the expense of science.”
“In Marin over 90% of people who can vote have been vaccinated,” Willis said. “This says to me that our voters see how important it is to judge candidates by their commitment to science, safety and health.”
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