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Ignited Women: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

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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 Mar. 26: $148
Register after Mar. 26: $158
Register two or more: $145 each
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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Meditation: the Art and Science of Mind Training

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For thousands of years, human beings have responded to the challenges of their inner emotional life, and their outer material life, by developing ways to train their heart and mind. Known formally as “mind training,” these techniques reduce stress, increase awareness and concentration, and strengthen our ability to offer kindness and compassion. This class will help you to apply these “mind training” and meditation techniques to a variety of daily situations and major life transitions.

We will begin with a very basic introduction then progress to principles, philosophy, and finally practice. Students will leave with tools for crafting their own personal meditation practice, and meditative techniques for facing the challenges of daily life, and increasing their overall wellness.

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.

4 Sun., June 10 - July 1
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Room: 2100B

Register before May 31: $88
Register after May 31: $95

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4 Sun., July 15 - August 5
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Room: 2100B

Register before May 31: $88
Register after May 31: $95

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Register for both Meditation workshops for just $168!

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Jordan Leahy holds an MA in Religious Studies, is an ordained spiritual teacher through Anam Thubten of Dharmata Foundation, has twenty years personal meditation practice experience,and twelve years experience as a translator and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist lectures, trainings and educational programs.

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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!
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center

Register before Sept. 10: $100
Register after Sept. 10: $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”

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

Click HERE for Kickstart Your Health Student Information

6 Mon., Sept. 24 - October 29 - NEW SESSION!
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center
Register before Sept. 10: $195
Register after Sept. 10: $210
Plus: Material fee of $40 payable to instructor in class

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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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Increase Your Vitality with Living Foods:  Fundamentals of a Raw Food Vegan Diet

 

Curious about a raw food vegan diet? People report many benefits such as increased energy, mental clarity, weight loss, and protection from disease. Some use a short-term raw diet as a way to cleanse and detoxify the body.

Our local abundance of wonderful produce and a mild climate make summertime the perfect time to try an uncooked cuisine. In this entry-level class we’ll introduce you to the fundamentals of a raw food diet, and explore the different types of raw diets, review the benefits as well as the challenges, and discuss how to plan and prepare raw foods meals. You’ll learn soaking and sprouting basics, how to make raw non-dairy beverages and cheeses, breads and crackers, simple entrees, snacks, and confections. We’ll explore what essential culinary tools and equipment are used and where to find more resources to help you get started.

Best of all, you’ll get to sample scrumptious raw vegan dishes - from appetizers to desserts - with some recipes demonstrated in class. Before you leave, you’ll have a better understanding of an optimal raw diet and you’ll take home a variety of delicious recipes to help you integrate more raw and living foods into your menu.

Sat., June 9 - CANCELLED
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center
Register before May 31: $65
Register after May 31: $75
Plus material fee of $20 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.

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Fitness Nutrition – How to Increase Efficiency and Enhance Performance

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Your body has a different physiological response to an apple than it does to a slice of pizza, and when we exercise, the complexity of our systems is amplified. Although some basics about nutrition and sports may seem obvious, the conversation about diet and exercise often feels like an endless staircase – it just goes on and on with no clear conclusion. Happily, while there are 10,000 subjective arguments that we’ve all read about wellness and exercise, your body has function and physiology that work together, and this class is driven by science you can understand, and strategies you can implement.

We will address the complex workings of the body during exercise, first taking a zoomed-in look at the chemical reactions involved within the human body during physical excursion, and then zooming out to larger landscape of optimizing performance and recovery through dietary actions. We will explore the physiology around energy expenditure and specific needs around performance, progressively taking a broad picture perspective of how to optimize physiologic pathways like inflammation, oxygen utilization, and metabolism to increase performance. We will do simple activities and excercises in class to help you better understand how to use the tools and techniques in your fitness regimen.

If your New Year’s resolution is to increase fitness, get more exercise or lose weight, then this class gives you concrete tools and knowledge to increase your efficiency and enhance performance.

Students will take home pathway diagrams, a list of resources, and recipes for performance foods.

2 Sat., May 12 & 19
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: 1521
Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

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Sean Woolery, D.C., C.S.C.S., was born and raised in Santa Cruz County, He is a self-described geek when it comes to physiology and human movement. He received his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in Pre-Physical Therapy and went on to get his doctorate in chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

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Pain Relief Workshop: Tools and Techniques of Self-Massage

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If you worry that your posture or repetitive movements affect your life, or you struggle with old injuries or chronic pain, this workshop will help!

Learn how to utilize various acupressure points, postural awareness, self-massage tools, and stretching techniques to alleviate muscle tension and help with pain prevention. There will be demonstrations and plenty of time to practice in this primarily hands-on workshop. There will be demos and practice with self-care tools, including various sized myo-fascial balls, Theracanes, and foam rollers.

Students will leave with a myofascial ball, and the knowledge needed to get the most out of various self-massage tools, as well as specific ways to use them on common areas of tension. You will learn massage and stretching techniques that can be used anywhere, and quick and easy exercises that you can incorporate into your daily life to prevent pain and promote wellness.  

This three hour workshop will translate into hundreds of hours of pain-free comfort!

Sat., July 14
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room: 2100B
Register before May 31: $38
Register after May 31: $45
Plus a $10 materials fee paid at registration

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Jay Negron and April Schneider - see bio

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Thai-Yoga Body Work & Partner Stretching

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If you would like to increase flexibility, reduce stress and tension, as well as increase the movement in your joints, this workshop will help! Thai-yoga massage and bodywork is meant to open up and clear out energetic pathways throughout your body using active and passive stretching, breath-work, rocking, and gentle compression.

In this extended class we will include side lying, seated positions, flow sequences, percussion techniques, and other more in depth approaches, which we will have plenty of time to demonstrate and practice. These techniques are perfect for those with an active lifestyle, or those looking for “easy to do anywhere” series of movements.

The workshop is offered in a fun, safe and relaxing enviroment, where the techniques are performed on a comfortable mat on the floor with each partner fully clothed and without oils or lotions. Come on your own, or bring your friend, sister, roommate, or partner.

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

Please bring a clean bed sheet, a large towel, lunch and lots of water to class! Before class, please check the Extension Class Resources web page for a list of required supplies and materials.

2 Sat., May 19 & 26 - CANCELLED
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Room: 2100B
Register before Mar. 26: $148
Register after Mar. 26: $155
Register two or more: $145 each
Plus a $10 materials fee paid 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., July 28 & 29
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room: 406

Register before May 31: $145
Register after May 31: $158
includes comprehensive 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 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., June 6 - July 18 (no class July 4)
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for an interactive campus map. Click on the buildings to see room numbers.
Register before May 31: $180
Register after May 31: $195
plus $35 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D.,- see bio below

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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 Mon., July 9 - 30
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for an interactive campus map. Click on the buildings to see room numbers.
Register before May 31: $98
Register after May 31: $110
Register two or more: $92 each
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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Fragrant, Healing Body and Skin Care - Aromatherapy, Essential Oils and Apothecary

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Fresh, pure scents have an immediate, positive effect on us all. They can induce restful sleep, boost energy, reduce anxiety and help with healing. Whether you love peppermint, are immediately calmed by the smell of lavender, or the crisp scent of eucalyptus is comforting, this class lets you create something that fills your senses and soothes your body.  We will combine aromatherapy with apothecary as you hand-craft small batches of aromatic lip balms, soothing body butters, and other wellness products designed by you, for you.

Learn about quality essential oils and botanical infusions, how to safely and effectively use them for therapeutic benefit, all while getting hands on experience with the mixing, making and creating of these products.

Students will take home two lip balms, 1 oz. of body butter, 1 oz. of custom deodorant, 1 oz. of sea salt body scrub, and a 1 oz oil-based facial moisturizer(all in amber glass jars), as well as the knowledge and information needed to make more at home, either for you or those you love!

Please wear comfy clothes that can get messy. This class is full of hands on making with oils, plants and other luscious ingredients.

4 Thu., August 23 - September 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register before May 31: $88
Register after May 31: $95
Register two or more: $85 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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Melody Overstreet, BA, is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through California Native Plant Society and UCSC's Arboretum. She developed a rooftop garden featuring edible, medicinal, and dye plants. Her work has been featured in publications such as Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden. To learn more about Melody go to www.melodyoverstreet.com.

 

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