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Ignited Women Weekend Retreat

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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., Feb. 24 & 25
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Jan 29: $78
Register after Jan 29. 11: $85
plus $10 materials fee at registration

 

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Beth Nelson - see bio below

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Ignited Women: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

In the second half of life there are new frontiers to face that come with unique and complex challenges. From age fifty onward long held beliefs or ideas about identity, relationships, creativity and satisfaction, to name a few, are often seen through a whole new lens. This course will help you expand your life skills and provide a framework for enacting practice and rites of passage that will help with these new chapters. They will prepare you to embody the wisdom from your life experience, and find meaning during the challenges you face.

Inspired by the book The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien, you will be guided through eight metaphorical gates that deepen your wisdom and help shift your perspective about what is available as you move into the third phase of your life. You will develop a deeper knowledge and awareness of what challenges hold you back in each gate, and you will develop a plan of action to move forward. With tools to help you master your lessons and gifts, you will be more deeply aligned with your purpose, discover your untended creative talents, and feel more fulfilled in midlife and beyond.

One of the 8 metaphorical gates is presented in each class and followed with discussion, written reflections, art work or rituals that explore and reflect the meaning of each gate in our lives. Using the practices covered in this class, you will find the courage to enact your highest values as midlife women, and experience deeper freedom and fulfillment.

9 Wed., March 28 - May 23
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register before March 26: $148
Register after March 26: $158
Plus a materials fee of $25 payable 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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Thai-Yoga Body Work & Partner Stretching

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Are you searching for a way to help reduce stress and tension, as well as increase exibility and movement in your joints? Thai-Yoga massage and body work is meant to open up and clear out energetic pathways throughout your body using active and passive stretching, breath-work, rocking and gentle compression. This class is offered in a fun, safe and relaxing environment, and the techniques are performed with each partner fully clothed without oils or lotions, on a comfortable mat on the floor.

Come to this 4-night class on your own, or bring your friend, sister, roommate, or partner to explore full body Thai-Yoga techniques. This class is perfect for those with an active lifestyle, or those looking for “easy to do anywhere” series of movements (hence the nick-name “lazy person’s yoga”).

Students receive a packet with movement sequences to follow and large mats are provided.

Please bring a clean bed sheet and large towel to class. 

Please check the Extension Class Resources web page for a list of required supplies and materials, and a message from instructors.

4 Wed., Oct. 4 - 25
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 2100B, just behind the Sesnon House field. Click HERE for an interactive campus map!

Register by Sept. 11: $98
Register after Sept. 11: $110
plus $10 materials fee at registration

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Jay Negron and April Schneider are both nationally certified massage therapists. They have a combined 20+ years of massage and teaching experience specializing in therapeutic, Thai, sports rehab and prenatal body work and are the co-owners/practitioners for TULA Center for Bodywork.

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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 Nurses, 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., April 28 & 29
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 406

Register by Mar. 26: $145
Register after Mar. 26: $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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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., Oct. 4 - Nov. 8
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Sept. 11: $195
Register after Sept. 11: $210
plus $35 materials fee at registration

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6 Mon., Feb. 26 - April 2
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for an interactive campus map. Click on the buildings to see room numbers.
Register by Jan. 29: $195
Register after Jan 29: $210
plus $35 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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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.

2 Mon., Feb. 5 & 12
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center

Register by Mar. 26: $100
Register after Mar. 26: $120
Plus a $20 materials fee is payable at registration.

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

 

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Susan Lavelle & Jan Shaw - see bios below

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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., April 2 - May 7
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center
Register by Mar. 26: $180
Register after Mar. 26: $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

 

register online

Susan Lavelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a PCRM Food for Life Instructor and graduate from the Rouxbe Plant-based Culinary School.  She has been passionately promoting, cooking, and eating healthy plant-based meals for more than a decade because it’s good for health, the animals and the planet.

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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Holiday Herbal Gift Making

 

 

Create holiday magic with unique and inspiring handmade herbal gifts. Learn how to create decadent, healing herbal gifts for the entire family that will have them begging you to make more year after year! In this course you will learn how to make: luscious lip balms, healing salves, and rich body butters. Everyone will leave the class with four lip balms, two salves and two body butters.

Gift packaging will be provided. 

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

Sat., Dec. 9 (CLASS CANCELLED)
9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Sept. 11: $95
Register after Sept. 11: $110
plus $50 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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Ayurveda for Self-Care – Diet, Lifestyle and Stress Reduction

 

 

 

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 Thu., Oct. 26 - Nov. 16 - CLASS CANCELLED
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Sept. 11: $125
Register after Sept. 11: $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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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!

Representatives from Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Physician's Medical Group, who represent 95% of the physicians in Santa Cruz, will be present to answer students’ questions about how Medicare plans affect patients’ healthcare options.

Sat., Nov. 18 CLASS CANNCELLED
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 609

Register by Sept. 11: $48
Register after Sept. 11: $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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