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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., Oct. 28 & 29
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Sept. 11: $68
Register after Sept. 11: $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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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., Sept. 23
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 609

Register by Sept. 11: $48
Register after Sept. 11: $55

 

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Sat., Oct. 28
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 609

Register by Sept. 11: $48
Register after Sept. 11: $55

 

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Sat., Nov. 18
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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Sports Nutrition Basics

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Sports Performance is not just about practicing on the field, in the gym, or on the track, it is about your “practices” in the kitchen as well. Whether you are a novice starting your first triathlon, or a seasoned veteran sufing the big waves, this course is for you. Learn how to prepare and what to eat before, during and after an event. Learn about on-season and off-season eating for your body type and sport. Learn basics about macronutrients and nutrient timing. Come away with recommendations and guidelines to avoid the “BONK” with endurance sports. Learn appropriate supplementation to aid in a quick recovery post-race and post-training.

During class students will sample nutritious pre and post-event meals, and will receive a resource guide and a downloadable app that allows you to track nutrition progress. 

Thu., Sept. 21
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by Sept. 11: $30
Register after Sept. 11: $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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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: 1118

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.

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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., Nov. 4 & 5
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room 406

Register by Sept. 11: $145
Register after Sept. 11: $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., Sept. 20 & 27 CLASS CANCELLED
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register by Sept. 11: $72
Register after Sept. 11: $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., Oct. 7 & 14
9:00 am - 1:00 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. - 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., 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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Jackie Christensen - see bio below

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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 - 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 Thu., Oct. 26 - Nov. 16
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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The Story and Practice of Seed Saving - An Introduction

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This class is for anyone who wants to grow closer to the origins of their food! Join Melody at Cabrillo’s Horticulture Center as she introduces students to the reviving art and science of saving your own seeds. Beginning with a brief discussion of the history of seeds, this workshop includes an overview of our current food system, and offers an opportunity to grow more intimately connected to where our food comes from. We will explore hands-on winnowing (sifting) of seeds, and students will come away with a small bundle of quality seeds, as well as the knowledge required to engage as a seed saver in their daily lives. Come explore your sense of wonder in this inspiring workshop dedicated to better understanding seeds and their stories!

Sat. & Sun., October 28 & 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010

Register by Sept. 11: $72
Register after Sept 11: $80

plus $15 materials fee payable at registration

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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.

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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., Oct. 12
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by Sept. 11: $30
Register after Sept. 11: $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., Oct. 19
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by Sept. 11: $30
Register after Sept. 11: $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 Sept. 11: $50
Register after Sept. 11: $55

plus $50 materials fee at registration

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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

5 Mon., Oct. 2 - 30
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center
Register by Sept. 11: $150
Register after Sept 11: $165
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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