Snap Fiction: Storytelling at Ensoma

“Bahala” Filipino Calligraphy by Kristian Kabuay

Sunday, November 9, 2014
7 – 9 pm

Join us for an evening of multi-genre storytelling to celebrate local talent, community, and creativity. They will share their stories, treating our minds to the art of the verve. This month’s lineup features a fresh selection of San Francisco writers: Tommy Butler, Mark AlvarezArvin Temkar, and Wendellen Li.No RSVP required, this is a free event. Enjoy the captivating stories, stimulating conversations, tasty bites and libation in the vibrant ambiance of Ensoma’s Salon de Beauté.


Tommy Butler is an award-winning fiction writer and screenwriter. His fiction has most recently appeared in Oxford Magazine, and he was a 2014 Peter Taylor Fellow at The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. He has also been a Writer-in-Residence at The Screenwriters Colony. His feature screenplay, Half Life, is currently in development with Wishbone Films and Tracey Becker. He currently lives in San Francisco, but has called many places home, including Connecticut, New Hampshire, La Jolla, Boston and New York City. He has recently completed his second novel.

Mark Alvarez is a writer and translator with a comedic flair. He is based in San Francisco where it’s dry, but is originally from Florida where it’s humid. He hopes there is a market for science fiction that combines early modern metaphysics with the latest advances in stupid jokes. He has written for BNP Paribas, La Redoute and SF Fash + Tech and translated for Le Monde, The Next Web and French startups in Silicon Valley. He writes comedy about history at his blog WTFvsWW2.

Arvin Temkar is a San Francisco-based writer and journalist. His essays have appeared in Hyphen and Paste magazines, and his journalism in newspapers from Guam to Brooklyn. He is also a contributing editor at Hyphen, and is into ramen noodles and Hank Williams.

Wendellen Li is a writer, also based in San Francisco. More below.


Snap Fiction is a project by Wendellen Li that curates and refocuses short fiction for the digital age—fiction that fits the eye. It rejects the classic definition of a short story as one that can be “read at one sitting,” in the words of Edgar Allan Poe, and instead proposes a new parameter for consideration: the screen. If evolution of form reflects the changing demands of readership and markets for publication, then traditional measures, i.e. word count, page length, and duration, are less relevant to electronic displays of text. The essence of a work of art being its unity of impression and of effect, limiting text to fit the size of a screen allows for an uninterrupted reading experience—the beauty and immense force derived from totality is preserved.


making time for a significant pause….

Emily yoga

The change of season can be a reminder to nurture each other and ourselves with care. The shift in to the later months of the year is a natural time for slowing down and inward reflection. Restorative yoga classes with Emily at Ensoma are a great opportunity to enjoy a rejuvenating experience with a divine combination of yogic movement, breath awareness, Reiki and aromatherapy.

Restorative Yoga Class Schedule*
Sunday 9:30am to 11am
Monday 12pm to 1pm
Tuesday 12pm to 1pm
Wednesday 6pm to 7:30pm

*Because our Yoga guru, Emily Cyan, will be participating in a deep tissue and myofascial release massage course next week, yoga classes on the following days are canceled.

Sunday 10/26
Sunday 11/02
Monday 11/03
Tuesday 11/04

The regular schedule resumes on Wednesday, 11/05.


Un soir à Ensoma

Photo by Andy Goldsworthy

un soir à ensoma

19 october 2014
6 – 9 pm


you’re invited to a soirée of special treats

we’ve concocted a blend of teasers for your senses
with artist musician Ila Cantor to set the tone, glamorous trends, luxurious bites,
fortune telling, aromatherapy rubs and then some….

seasonal amuse-bouches
gourmet chocolate by Cocoa Absolute
boho chic temporary tattoos
tarot reading by Rhea St Julien
restorative massage and aromatherapy
live music by songwriter and guitarist Ila Cantor


billet d’entrée  $30



In the now

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

― Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Unity, Leif Podhajsky

Unity, Leif Podhajsky

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autumnal equinox pop-up brunch

Photo by Andy Goldsworthy. Source:


Come celebrate our one year anniversary as a team, with an epicurean feast on Sunday, September 21st, crafted by Malik Francis, high-end chef “alchemist,” and Susanne Capello, founder and creative of Chantal Events. The duo will be metamorphosing Ensoma to share a unique and memorable culinary experience. Lillian Madden, our effervescent cocktail expert, will be serving infused mimosas with fresh juices.  Artwork by Charles Papillo.  Hosted by Marion Pernoux, proprietress, Ensoma Skincare & Gallery.

As our special guest, you will receive a gift bag containing a $25 voucher good for any service, 15% coupon from Chantal Events, various skin care goodies, and Cocoa Absolute Chocolate!

The menu, a compelling tease for your taste buds:


Pistachio, Peach, Honey

Summer Scramble
Summer Squash, Chorizo, Basil, Rosemary, Avocado

 Poached Eggs
Bone Marrow, Tomato, Fennel

Brunch Salad
Albacore, Red Pepper, Pear, Quinoa, Arugula

Seasonal Fruit

* We can accommodate all food allergies: please notify us in advance of any food allergies you might have.


reserve now!

Sunday, September 21
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ensoma352 6th St.San Francisco, CA 94103



Malik Francis, Chef
Cooking is a deeply personal passion. Like most passions it is a mixture of love, intimacy, sacrifice, and dedication. I became a professional cook shortly before completing my PhD thesis in Biochemistry and Molecular biology at UC Berkeley. Cooking has previously been a creative outlet to counterbalance the daily grind and stress of graduate school. My experiences as a scientist have shaped my perspective on food. In that I do not strictly adhere to dogma, as I seek to challenge assumptions. I have been fortunate to have worked in some of the best kitchens in San Francisco (Spruce, Beast and the Hare, Ragazza, and Benu), and my experiences have taught me to let star ingredient be the star using both modern and classic techniques.

Susanne Capello, Chantal Events
Chantal Events specializes in creating experiences from weddings, celebrations, corporate events and parties being planned for no particular occasion at all. It is a one stop shop for all your planning, design and production. Founder, owner and creative Susanne Capello was born and raised on the exotic island Curaçao and lived in Holland for 8 years. Her designs are inspired by culinary arts, fashion and her travel experiences. Creatively repurposing materials with an eye on high quality, as well as creating custom décor pieces for your event is highly valued by Chantal Events. Susanne’s goal is to create unique and imaginative experiences for all her clients.

Lillian Madden, Cocktail Expert
A native darling of the Bay Area, Lillian inherited fine gourmet qualities from her father, to fulfill the purpose to deliver inside-and-out beauty rituals, with some of the most inspired juicing recipes. Top it with her natural effervescent disposition: santé! Lili will be serving seasonal infused mimosas and bloody marys.

Charles Papillo, Artist
My work can be viewed as a form of open-ended storytelling that utilizes visual art as a means to convey subjective narratives.The body of work functions as an eclectic collection of thoughts through imagery and object, and the place where the two meet. Through questioning the purpose, function, or narrative of an individual piece, the viewer will recognize various historical, cross-cultural and understandably personal influence. My work is predominantly about compromise.  Taking objects and people out of a particular context yields a new and sometimes ambiguous identity. Through taking these things out of “where they belong,” I attempt to create a new context from which the entire situation can be viewed, examined and interpreted.  My work focuses on themes of identity and categorization through this attempt, with the intention of connectivity. Within my work, I continue to gain inspiration from iconic and religious imagery, archetype and stereotype, ritual and ceremony, reality and surreality, and balance.

Marion Pernoux, Ensoma Skincare & Gallery
A one-on-one privileged rendez-vous at Ensoma is an invitation to surrender to mothering hands, to embrace a touching moment of serendipity, while you are feasting horizontally on exquisite skincare potions.
      Plénitude is her raison d`être, when it comes to servicing You. An artisan of the body & soul, Marion Pernoux crafts refined treatments to restore this sense of fulfillment, enfolding your being to receive efficient & nurturing care. You`ll leave refreshed inside-and-out. The glowing results radiate from within. Let`s make the world a better place: be environmental, be good to yourself.


Lilian Madden, Esthetician “Landscaper” & Juicer at Ensoma


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Lili, a native darling of the Bay Area, initiated her eclectic career as a makeup artist and beauty advisor, she then devoted her inherent confidence to excel at hair removal, hence her eloquent nickname, “Queen of the Wax”. As a skin expert, Lili’s inquisitive mind caters to the most meticulous selection of treatments. The culinary passion she inherited from her father now becomes a purpose to deliver inside-and-out beauty rituals, with some of the most inspired juicing recipes. Top it with her natural effervescent disposition: santé!

Marion and Lili’s encounter in 2007 while working together at a prestigious spa, set the tone to a common vision: impeccable skills and a nurturing presence lead to a soulful practice. We now have the pleasure to work together, and manifest savoir-faire and savoir-être at Ensoma!

Lili is available  Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays.


zen out at ensoma with yoga and bodywork

Emily Cyan

Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Emily Cyan is inspired by the innate ability the human body possesses to self heal through movement and therapeutic bodywork. Through her love of dance as a child, a fascination of the human body led her to study Zen Shiatsu, Thai massage, Reiki, cranial sacral and essential oil therapy. Over the past ten years she has completed teacher trainings in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Prenatal, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga theories. A practitioner with over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training and healing arts studies, her mission is to share relaxation methods to help achieve an improved state of well-being.

Ensoma welcomes Emily Cyan, a healing artisan specializing in advanced bodywork and yoga therapy.

Emily brings a meaningful pause to our treasured practice, through a wholesome ritual of massage and yoga to balance and preserve the sacred integrity of our body-mind connection.

Come experience a massage session and a restorative yoga class, remember what the state of bliss feels like, while you restore.


combining the wisdom of intuitive eastern therapies with subtle blending of aromatherapy, each massage is tailored to support your body & soul.

Receive a 15% off your first session with Emily.
Purchase a series of 3 and receive 15% off.


restorative yoga class with aromatherapy

an all-inclusive healing session of grounding, reconnecting with your breath, with nurturing aromatherapy, calming the nervous system through profound reiki.

New to yoga or new to Ensoma? We welcome you! Between now and Sunday, August 17, enjoy your first yoga class on us. Intimate setting for a maximum of 10 guests.

*** Yoga mats and props will be provided for use during the session ***

Mondays & Tuesdays 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sundays 9:30 am – 11:00 am


Space is limited, reservation is a must. Credit card required to hold your reservation.
Discount applied at checkout.  Cancellation/No Show Policy applies.



Happy Summertime



Enfin, l’été!

Happy summertime, you all!


While Marion will be away July 12th - 23rd, returning on July 24th to the hot waxing pots, body butters and skin care potions, Mesdemoiselles Rahnie, Amy and Mai will be taking care of business. This is a tight team of Wonder Women, and we each stand out with our own special way to catering to your needs.

Embrace the summer solstice!

~ Marion


mother’s day is this weekend!

Give MOM a sweet escape!  Purchase a Mother’s Day Gift Certificate good for any services at Ensoma and save 15% on the face value!  Offer good through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

printable gift certificate


cellulite free for the summer!


Get ready for the summer with a smooth, defined silhouette.  Freshly imported from France, manual lipomassage is a body treatment that eliminates stubborn fat that is resistant to physical exercise and dieting, aka “saddlebag thighs,” “banana bulges.” Fat deposits riddled with cellulite dimples are dissolved, while the blood and lymphatic circulations are being revitalized.

Each 35 minute session is tailored to your preferred body contours, and includes a dry brush stimulation of the tissues, a deep manual lipomassage, and an anti-cellulite serum.  Series of 6 sessions, two per week, is recommended for optimal results.

Special Introductory prices (valid through August 1, 2014)

  • Series of 6 for  $306.00 (reg. $360)
  • Series of 12 for  $612.00 (reg. $720)

buy series