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Ignited Women

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Awaken your senses and begin to live more fully as a midlife woman! Through movement, meditation, discussion, and writing, students will be guided through a re-awakening into our physical bodies. This workshop is designed to help women reclaim our significance and value in a safe environment.

“Midlife” for women is a deep time of transition. As our bodies change we are challenged to understand what our role may be for this next phase of our lives. We may get a sense that it's time to let go of old wounds and the notion that we are “not enough.” Instead this is a great opportunity to step into our wisdom and power. In this workshop you will:

  • Re-awaken the connection between self and body through gentle yoga and meditation.
  • Uncover what's most important to you through inspired and stimulating writing and group exercises.
  • Discuss the myths and realities of midlife transitions for women.
  • Identify core desired feelings (words that represent how you want to feel) in various areas of your life, and use them as a guidepost to make choices and set goals.

This workshop includes an Ignited Women Workbook Journal. It contains exercises from The Desire Map, a holistic approach to life planning that uses your core desired feelings as the guidance system for your goal setting. Also included in the workbook are recommended meditations, yoga practices and other resources to support you in your midlife transition.

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes more important information about this class.

Sat. & Sun., June 24 & 25
9 am - 12 noon
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by June 5: $68
Register after June 5: $75
plus $8 materials fee at registration

 

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Beth Nelson is a registered yoga instructor who is passionate about inspiring bold-souled midlife women to reclaim their own vitality in order to lead a deeply fulfilling life. She leads yoga classes, workshops and retreats throughout Santa Cruz County, and has worked at Cabrillo in the Academy for College Excellence.

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Self Defense and Awareness for Women

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Learn to expand your awareness and overcome mental and physical obstacles that keep you from being safe and empowered. Through awareness and skills based training students will achieve confidence in their ability to defend themselves. This class will cover the awareness traits that many victims exhibit and how to avoid them, and how to recognize and diffuse potentially dangerous situations. We will practice physical self-defense tactics, centering and self-control techniques, and the tactics and training of mind and body.

You will leave this class with greater self-confidence combined with physical and emotional skills to assess and avoid, or control, potentially dangerous situations.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a water bottle. This class involves physical contact with trainers and fellow students as part of the exercises.

Sat., June 3
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520

Fee: $155

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Sat., June 10
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520

Fee: $155

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Ninja Sensei Mark Roemke is a Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Kenpo Kung Fu instructor. He has studied extensively in over 5 unique forms of marital arts. He has taught self-defense and de-escalation skills for the County of Santa Cruz, and served in the US Army for 3.5 years as light infantry.

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You're Retired...Now What?

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It’s time to rethink getting old. You don’t have to jump out of an airplane or join an expedition to discover ancient civilizations (unless you want to). This is your unique time to create inspired moments for yourself and those you love. Join us in this fun and informative workshop. Make your own discoveries and erase those boredom moments. Network with others and come away feeling refreshed with new ideas and goals. During this class you will hear about all the special opportunities available for seniors, what steps you can take to implement them, and how they can impact your life.

Mon., June 19
10 am - 12 noon
Room: 1521

Register by June 5: $32
Register after June 5: $38
plus $15 materials fee at registration

 

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Elaine Moran has been teaching business classes at community colleges for over 20 years. An active senior citizen, she also spends her time guiding students to fun and part time activities.

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Medicare Choices – Finding What’s Best For You

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Have you wondered, "What is Medicare and how does it work?" Are you nearing the age of 65 and soon to be on Medicare? This class is designed to help you! Insurance plans and options are changing yearly. This workshop provides information you need to become a more informed consumer. We will cover what Medicare is and how the program is overseen, review the profile of most Medicare customers, discuss coverage options offered to Medicare customers, define Medicare Star Ratings and the different types of Medicare plans, review Medicare prescription drug coverage, election periods, and the enrollment/dis-enrollment process. This user-friendly half-day workshop will change the way you understand Medicare and help you become a “Savvy Senior” for a lifetime!

Sat., June 24
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 609

Register by June 5: $48
Register after June 5: $55

 

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Lou Tuosto is a Personal Financial Planner and insurance broker that has been offering workshops for Santa Cruz county seniors for over 20 years. He holds a certificate in Personal Financial Planning.

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Chi Aura Integration - Level I

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Chi-Aura Integration is a complementary alternative healing method using the vital life force. Chi-Aura is a set of skills used to read the health of the body and facilitate healing and balance. This method can be used by individuals for self-healing or by the practitioner in relationship with their patients. By learning how to relax into a state of mind that is able to "read" the energy field of the body and to work hands-on with the out -of-balance conditions which lead to illness, the nurse to patient relationship can be greatly enhanced by incorporating these skills.

This 2-day workshop will teach techniques that will elicit the relaxation response and help develop the "Awakened Mind State". You will learn to perform the specific Chi-Aura Integration hand positions learning specific acupoints, energy centers and parts of the body to release muscle tension and induce the relaxation response to promote healing. Chi-Aura Integration is relevant to nursing because it develops the nurse's ability to improve their effectiveness in treating clients.

This course is approved for 18 CEU's for RN's, 14 CEU's for massage therapists, and 15 CEH's for acupuncturists. A free downloadable manual is available to registered students before class.

Sat. & Sun., May 6 & 7
9 am - 5:30 pm
Room 406

Register by Feb. 27: $145
Register after Feb. 27: $158
includes manual

Click here for Chi Aura Intergration Student Information

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Timothy Dunphy has taught Chi-Aura Integration for over 22 years in the US and Europe, enhancing participant's personal growth and their therapeutic relationship to others.

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Herbal Kitchen: Formulating Teas and Culinary Spices

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Would you like to know how to create delicious, powerful teas and culinary spice blends for everyday ailments? In this class we explore the art of blending harmonious and delightful tasting herbs that can be enjoyed as a beverage or used as a culinary spice. Herbal actions and energetics will be explored from both a Western and Ayurvedic herbal perspective as we dive into rich and wonderful aromas and tastes. Learn simple strategies for compounding herbs to balance digestion, promoting sleep and increasing energy. Students will partake in the formulation process and enjoy samples in class.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed.

2 Wed., April 19 & 26 CLASS CANCELLED,pleae see summer dates below!
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Feb. 27: $72
Register after Feb. 27: $78
plus $25 materials fee at registration

 

 

2 Wed., June 7 & 14
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by June 5: $72
Register after June 5: $78
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D. - See bio below!

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Apothecary: Organic Skin Care Products

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This class combines time tested herbal wisdom with modern knowledge to explore a natural approach to making luxurious, organic skin care products for the whole family to enjoy. Eastern and Western herbs will be included as we explore classic and exotic base oils, essential oils, butters, and waxes that are essential for making all your body care products. Learn formulation strategies for creams, toners, scrubs, balms, clay masks, herbal pastes and more.

Discover how simple herbal preparations can deliver herbs from the garden directly to the body to reduce pain and inflammation. Join us as we demystify common skin and body imbalances such as sore muscles, eczema, inflammation, minor wounds, cuts and abrasions; and feed the skin naturally.

Participants will leave with abundant samples, as we will divide our time between lecture and hands-on creation of our herbal products.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed.

2 Sat., April 22 & 29
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Feb. 27: $125
Register after Feb. 27: $140
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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2 Sat., August 5 & 12
9 am - 1 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by June 5: $125
Register after June 5: $140
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen - see bio below

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Handcrafted Herbalism: Infusions, Tinctures, Salves and More!

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This course teaches students the necessary skills to become confident in basic herbal practices. Topics include: correct methods for drying; selecting and storing herbs; materia-medica and properties of herbs; as well as a hands-on lab teaching students how to make a wide variety of herbal remedies such as decoctions, infusions, tinctures, salves, lotions, oils, flower essence remedies, syrups, lozenges, throat sprays, liniments, poultices and much much more. At the end of each class students will have a variety of samples, formulas, instructions, and the necessary knowledge to expand on their own.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed.

6 Wed., July 12 - August 16
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210
plus $35 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen - see bio below

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Mother's Day Herbal Gift Making

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Just in time to create a heartfelt and handmade gift with your Mother, for your Mother, or to nurture yourself! Learn how to create decadent, healing herbal gifts that will soothe body and soul! In this course learn how to make luscious lip balms, healing salves, and rich body butters. Everyone will leave the class with various lip balms, salves and body butters ready to give as gifts, or to enjoy right away!

Gift packaging will be provided.

Sat., May 6
9 am - 3 pm
Room: 2100B
Register by Feb. 27: $95
Register after Feb. 27: $110
plus $50 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen - see bio below

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Ayurveda for Self-Care – Diet, Lifestyle and Stress Reduction

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Ayurveda is a holistic health science that was founded in India, and takes a complete approach to healthcare and lifestyle management. It incorporates diet, exercise, seasonal and lifestyle routines, detoxification practices, spiritual growth, psychological support, bodywork treatments, and botanical medicine. It emphasizes prevention, as well as an individualized and multidimensional wellness method, as it considers spiritual, intellectual, behavioral, social, and environmental factors into your wellness plan.

In this class learn the basic principles of Ayurveda diet, lifestyle, sleep and stress management techniques. Explore daily and seasonal routines that can be used to help detoxify and live in balance with our body’s natural rhythms. Find out how the simple self-care practices such as daily cleansing, nourishing dietary guidelines, and supportive herbal therapies bring your mind, body and spirit into harmony.

Class includes an Ayurveda cooking lesson where we will prepare and enjoy a balanced, healthy meal together.

4 Wed., May 10 - 31
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register by Feb. 27: $125
Register after Feb. 27: $140
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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4 Wed., August 23 - September 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by June 5: $125
Register after June 5: $140
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., has a passion for herbology and education. She has served as a faculty member for many prestigious colleges where she trained students to become nutritional consultants, master herbalists, and holistic health practitioners. Jackie currently has a private practice in Santa Cruz and works as a master herbalist.

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Introduction to Therapeutic Essential Oils

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Since the beginning of time, our ancestors used pure essential oils for health and balance of body, mind and spirit. Unfortunately, at some point in our history, true essential oils were replaced by perfume grade oils.

In this workshop, we will go over the basics of true aromatherapy. What is an essential oil? What can it do for my body/mind/spirit? What is so important about integrating these oils into my daily life? While facts and science is an integral part of what we will cover in this class, without practical experience, knowledge is futile. Therefore we will integrate the experience of using the oils through hands-on application so that each student can have a memorable experience that may transform what they know of essential oils.

Wed., July 12
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by June 5: $30
Register after June 5: $35
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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Jaimi Jansen has BS in Biochemistry from UCSC, is a Certified Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Massage Therapist, and is the founder of Santa Cruz Core, an integrative wellness center. Click HERE to learn more about Jaimi.

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Aromatherapy Detox for Whole Life Wellness

 

Have you ever wondered what the missing link is to your health? Many of us focus on everything we are putting in our bodies. "I eat clean! Why am I struggling?" Are we equally as conscious about what we are putting on our skin, our body's largest organ? Are we aware of what we are breathing while we clean our homes? Are we conscientious of what we are brushing our teeth?

Essential oils can be infused into our everyday living, detoxing every part of our life. This keeps us aware of not just what we are eating, but the way our interaction with everything in our environment impacts our health and wellness. Learn how to get rid of the toxicities and explore how to keep you and your family safe with pure essential oil infused well-care.

Wed., July 19
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by June 5: $30
Register after June 5: $35
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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Jaimi Jansen has BS in Biochemistry from UCSC, is a Certified Nutritionist, Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Massage Therapist, and is the founder of Santa Cruz Core, an integrative wellness center. Click HERE to learn more about Jaimi.

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Register for both Therapeutic Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Detox for Whole Life Wellness for just:

 

Register by June 5: $50
Register after June 5: $55
plus $25 materials fee at registration

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Soap Making: An Intro to the Traditional Cold Process Method

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This class will be a combination of lecture/discussion-format and hands-on experience. We will discuss the traditional cold-process method of soap making. Together we will engage in the process of hand-making soap in small batches using select oils and plant infusions. This class will equip students with the skills to reproduce this process at home themselves!


Sat. & Sun., July 15 & 16

10 am - 4 pm (Saturday)
10 am - 1 pm (Sunday)
Room: Horticulture 5110
Register by June 5: $150
Register after June 5: $165
plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other information about classes.

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Melody Overstreet, BA, is an Artist, Educator, and Maker of Sorts. She currently teaches Book Arts and Printmaking at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School. Her ongoing work as an artist is inspired by the interconnection between human beings and the land. She explores these ideas through the production of various hand-made items including self-published stories, prints, and soap.

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Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Have you ever considered a plant-based diet to lose weight, improve your health, or because you’ve wanted to be kinder to our planet and the animals? Have you hesitated because you don’t know where to start or you wonder how you would get enough protein? Whether for health or environmental concerns, or just because you’d like to incorporate more whole foods and vegetables into your diet, you’ll want to join us for this class series. You’ll learn the latest in plant-based nutrition science, as well as how to select, prepare and cook tasty vegan foods while you concurrently “test-drive” this way of eating in a supportive class environment.

Family nurse practitioner, Susan Lavelle, will offer practical tips for getting started, provide updated information and discuss key nutrients and their impact on your health and longevity, as well as demonstrate how to cook a variety of delicious plant-based recipes at every class. You’ll see - it’s not as hard as you think! And, as a bonus, by the end of the class you’ll likely shed some unwanted pounds, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar, and boost your energy and mood. So come test-drive a plant-based diet and see how this approach can help you feel better and be more energetic than ever!

This Kickstart Your Health class is a PCRM Food for Life class. The Food for Life program is a community-based nutrition education program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

A $40 materials fee includes the book by best selling author, Neal D. Barnard, MD, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart:  Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health”

Click HERE for Kickstart Your Health Student Information

6 Mon., March 27 - May 1
6 - 8 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center
Register by Feb. 27: $180
Register after Feb. 27: $195
Plus: Material fee of $40 payable to instructor in class

Map and parking information for classes held in room HW1119/Stroke and Learning Disabilities Center

 

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Susan Lavelle is a registered nurse practitioner at Cabrillo College’s Student Health Services and also a certified PCRM Food for Life Instructor.  She passionately promotes healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to prevent disease and achieve optimal health.

Jan Shaw has been a horticulturist for over 40 years and loves to cook. She was coaxed into plant-based nutrition for health reasons and along the way found the marriage of her two passions - plants and cooking - truly gratifying.


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Relax and Be Happy: Meditation for Everyone

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This class will help you to apply meditation techniques to a variety of daily situations and major life transitions. You will learn how meditation practice can connect you with your natural happiness, relaxation, and vitality. This four week class will offer a basic introduction to meditation’s fundamentals, allowing you to create your own enriching daily meditation practice. The clarity, joy, and peace of mind derived from meditation can be applied at work, at school, in relationships, and provides insight into deeper questions about the meaning and purpose of our lives. People from all walks of life are welcome!

Please bring a yoga blanket or mat and a sitting cushion if you plan to sit on the floor, and a shawl or light blanket to wear while meditating.

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes more important information about this class.

4 Sat., April 22 - May 13 CLASS CANCELLED
10 am - 11:30 am
Room: 1117
(Dance Studio)
Register by Feb. 27: $98
Register after Feb. 27: $110

 

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Jordan Leahy has an MA in Religious Studies with a focus on Meditation Theory and Practice and is an ordained spiritual teacher through Anam Thubten of Dharmata Foundation.

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Plant-Based Cooking For Busy People

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Have you noticed that when life gets really busy, healthy eating seems to go by the wayside? The reason most health conscious people eat poorly is lack of planning. But planning doesn’t have to be difficult! Come join us and learn ways to not only simplify your meal planning but to also cook delicious plant-based meals more efficiently.
By the end of this class you’ll learn how to:

  • Better organize your kitchen to promote healthy eating
  • Create a tailored meal planning “map” to help you navigate your family’s lifestyle and tastes
  • Design an easy shopping list that reflects your meal patterns and preferences
  • Prepare tasty plant-based meals everyone will enjoy (except the cat!)
  • Reduce waste by properly storing fresh produce and leftovers

This is a cooking class for your everyday life - we’ll be applying your real-life food preferences to help you develop effective planning tools and cooking practices. Although this is not a hands-on cooking class, we will be demonstrating many flavorful recipes that you’ll be able to sample and then replicate at home.

Note: This is not an “intro class” about plant-based (vegan) cooking. It’s designed for anyone interested in planning and cooking healthy plant-foods more efficiently so there is more time to attend to other aspects of your life.

COMING SOON
6 - 8 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center

Fee: $100

Map and parking information for classes held in room HW1119/Stroke and Learning Disabilities Center

Plus a $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor in class.

 

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Susan Lavelle & Jan Shaw - see bios above

 

 

 

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