Class Descriptions

We are pleased to include an exciting assortment of programs, classes, and workshops for children, adults and families. These classes are offered by independent contractors who are responsible for the content as well as the fees for the classes. Please contact them directly for information on registration and payment. A PDF version of the current list of classes can be viewed or downloaded in the latest issue of the Catalogue – Spring 2017.

Enrichment Classes for Children

Zoils’a Day Care Center

The San Geronimo Valley Day Care Center was established in 1975 by Judy Jessop and run fr many years by Zoila Berardi. It is located on the Lagunitas School’s upper campus. The day care staff emphasizes a playful and loving atmosphere, encourages socialization, and allows for alone time and “doing nothing”. We have our own outdoor play area for nice days, along with stories, arts, games and a healthy snack provided in the afternoons. A home-like environment is the goal, filled with patience and love.
The Day Care Center is open Monday-Friday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm on school days. For more information call
(415) 488-4118 x309 and ask for Julie Young or email

Karate with Ramon Pruitt

Small group classes provide an exciting and challenging opportunity to improve physical fitness, while enhancing life skills requisite to success. Young People learn self-defense, perseverance, propriety, discipline, and leadership through a graduated series of physical and social challenges. Master Pruitt has trained 5 young people from white belt (starting rank) to world martial arts champion, as well as numerous life champions during his 35-plus years as a teacher.

For more information please visit or contact Ramon at (925) 820-9612 or email
Join us:
FEE: $15 per class or $60 for 3 months
WEDNESDAYS: 4:00-5:30
For further information Master Pruitt can be reached at his school in Danville:
(925) 820-9612
Valley Room

Lagunitas Kung Fu Classes for Kids with Sifu Jensen and Joseph Vigneri

Free Trial Class for all new Children on December 5th
Regular Classes start December 5th and December 7th

Learn Kung Fu and get ready to star in your own action movie! Kicking, leaping, punching, tumbling and awesome Kung Fu Animal moves make this class super fun!

During the Winter students will learn 2 Kung Fu Animals, the Rabbit and the Lion, spending 6 weeks on each Kung Fu Animal and earning 2 Animal Power Patches.

Kung Fu Animal Power for Ages 5 – 7, Monday 3:15 – 4:00 PM, Wednesday 2:30 – 3:15 PM
($360/12 weeks, or $188 / paid every 6 weeks).

Kung Fu Animal Power™ Leadership Training for Kids will help your kids grow up into responsible, athletic, adults capable of defending themselves. These classes are a fun way to get exercise, build a healthy, coordinated body, understand good character, and and build confidence by learning self defense.

Animal Power and Traditional Kung Fu  Ages 7/8 + , Monday 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Wednesday 3:15 – 4:45 PM
($480/12 weeks, or $248 / paid every 6 weeks)

Kids 7/8 and above will also learn Northern Shaolin, the most dynamic and awesome style of Kung Fu there is. It’s fun! In the second part of class your child will learn Earth Dragon Staff. Earth Dragon Staff is a beautiful, rare and famous staff routine full exciting and varied staff moves. Kids love this part of class!!! Students also learn the Staff versus Staff form, clacking their staves together loudly and having a great time. Advanced kids learn more advanced weapons.

Kung Fu Sparring Class  Ages 9 + Wednesday  4:45 – 5:30 PM Wednesday – Open to new students – Bring a friend! $180 for 12 weeks. Add this Sparring Class to a Kung Fu class for $96

Sparring safely with close supervision, proper instruction and plenty of padding builds real self confidence and self defense skill. Build real anti bullying confidence with practical skills and experience. All students learn proper control and respect for one another. Everyone learns, and becomes skillful in, dodging, covering up, blocking, defensive footwork and mental focus. Since everyone is wearing lots of great padded safety gear and taking it easy with close supervision class is safe yet still super fun. Think sparring tag and drills with gear. This class can be taken separately from our other classes. Proper sparring gear package is mandatory with enrollment.

Costs Boys’ Sparring Kit: $118 + tax = $129.80 including carrying bag, head gear, gloves, shin protector, groin protector, mouth guard and case. Girls’ Sparring Kit: $168 + tax = $184.80 including carrying bag, head gear, gloves, chest protector, shin protector, mouth guard and case.
Classes Included at Other Locations
Your child can also take the animal power and traditional Kung Fu classes at these other locations:

Tuesday and Thursdays afternoons in San Anselmo,

Saturday and Sunday mornings in San Rafael
For no additional charge! Up to six classes a week!
There will be no classes at any location Thanksgiving week Nov 21 – 27 or the Winter Holiday weeks December 26th thru January 5th. You are not paying for these weeks.

Your Instructors  – Scott Jensen is a well known expert and inheritor of the Northern Shaolin style of Kung Fu, famous for his Gold Medal performances and writing. A San Geronimo Valley native, Instructor Joseph Vigneri brings eight years of intense training in both Kung Fu and teaching combined with a great rapport with kids to these classes.

Join us now!!! Enroll online at or call 415-455-9467

Adult Classes

Integral Way T’ai Chi with Kenn & Vicki Chase

Traditional Tai Chi Ch’uan is the ancient art of “moving meditation”. With practice, one achieves a sense of peace, serenity and tranquility. Tai Chi transforms our relationship with our internal and external worlds through a series of slow, graceful movements. With emphasis on awareness, one achieves greater flow and function in movement. Balance and flexibility are improved and muscular strength increases.

Kenn Chase has taught traditional Yang Style Tai Chi for over 40 years and is a certified Feldenkrais™ Practitioner. His wife, Vicki is a registered nurse and has practiced and taught Tai Chi and stress management with Kenn for over 30 years. Together they bring a blend of yin/yang to their teaching.

Join Kenn and Vicki and experience the magic of Tai Chi and what it can do for you!

Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 AM West Room
Instructor Kenn Chase

Tuesdays 10-11 AM Valley Room
Instructor: Vicki Chase, RN

TAI CHI – LONG FORM (advanced)
Fridays 9-10 AM    Valley Room
Instructors: Kenn and Vicki Chase

Fridays 10-11 AM    Valley Room
Instructors: Kenn and Vicki Chase

Class Fees: $60/4 week session
Call 415-488-4213 for more information and/or to register

Watercolor Basics and Beyond with Marty Meade

A comprehensive class welcoming all skill levels. For those just starting out, the basics will be covered: color mixing, washes, wetdry approaches – just handling the paint itself! More advanced students are welcome to bring in their own projects or to consult with instructor for direction. We will work from studio still life and landscape. All subject matter welcome, including abstraction. Bring whatever watercolor supplies you may have to the first class. See College of Marin Catalogue to register. Contact: 488-4210.

FEE: $98 (Includes $16 special fee) 6 weeks
FRIDAYS: 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
April 7 – May 12
West Room

Yuan Gong with Amy Matthaei

Elevate your life while enjoying a weekly practice with others and learn a form of qigong that brings health and longevity to your life.

Yuan Gong is a new form of Qigong designed for modern humans, as it is flexible in how it can be practiced, very effective, and safe. It can be modified for those who have physical limitations.

Founded by Yuan Tze, Yuan Gong brings together the ancient arts from Chinese Wisdom Culture, including Confucianism, Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Benefits include increased physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.

Amy is a certified teacher of Yuan Gong, and is now teaching the first three methods, Tian Yuan, Di Yuan, and Ren Yuan.

FEE: $15 per class, or $60 for the series of 5 classes
MONDAYS: 6:30–7:30 PM
WEDNESDAYS: 9:00–10:00 AM, West Room

To join the class contact Amy;; 415-342-3579

Amy Matthaei has worked in private practice as an energy healer for 25 years. She has been certified by Yuan Tze in Qi Healing and Yuan Gong (a new form of Qi Gong). She has been teaching Qigong regularly at the SGVCC for 3 years.

Core and Strengthening Fitness Classes

Susan ChavezSusan Chavez is teaching a core and body strengthening class. This class will focus on posture, balance and muscular strength along with stretching. It is an hour and fifteen minutes long. Come join the fun.

Valley Room
FRIDAYS: 8:45–10:00 AM

FEE: $15.00 Drop in, $70 (5 classes card).

Join us by dropping in, or email Sue for more information at

Corematics: Targeting Abdominal, Back And Flexibilitywith Susan Chavez

This popular class is designed for anyone who wants to feel stronger in the abdominal, oblique, and back muscles. is class will be augmented by many exibility exercises to increase range of motion, decrease risk of injury while enhancing your overall balance.

For more information, please contact:

FEE: $15 per class, $70 (5 classes card), $135 (10 classes card)
TUESDAY and THURSDAY 7:30 – 8:30 AM
Valley Room

Exercise For Altacockers (Old Farts)with Carole Alter

A synergistic blend of ballet, modern and African Dance with yoga & Qi Gong and topping it off some direct human/universe visualization. An informal (no stress) class to experience the mind, body, spirit connection/aging backwards.(If you don’t use it you lose it.) We move making space in our body allowing for the unobstructed flow of Qi/energy/life force. Opening our joints, toning our muscles in easy enjoyable movement. We exercise/dance/smile/laugh, yiddish included. Bring a mat. Class is FREE. Part of the senior program but all ages welcome. It’s challenging. You do what you can. Have fun, feel good and better. Guaranteed improvement of movement, strength and flexibility, attitude and mood if you incorporate this class into your life. ‘Move your tucha!’

Carole Alter is an award winning artist, writer, healer and performer. Growing up in Philadelphia, Yiddish was spoken as a narrated hidden language to relay the subtext of life’s events and the actors involved. What can you say, a child picks up the language.

FEE: Free
TUESDAYS: 8:45-9:45 AM
Valley Room

Yoga Levels 1 – 3 with Patty Brockley

Patty will help ease you into stretching, strengthening, aligning and correcting your posture, balance and flexibility. You will learn to increase your awareness of how capable your body can be! As well as, enjoy the mindful movements and breath work to enhance your stability.

Patty is an experienced yoga instructor, yoga therapist and meditator. She teaches and practices as a yoga therapist and a Nurse Practitioner in Marin Community Clinics for Stress, anxiety, chronic pain and prenatal yoga. She also teaches an active yoga class at the Yoga Garden. She brings joy and laughter to her classes.

Classes are ongoing. All levels welcomed, modifications are made for individuals needs. These classes will relax and energize your spiritual well being, along with a few laughs to keep you happy.

For more information, please contact Patty at 415-717-9399, email:

FEE: $15/class or $120 for series of 10 classes
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-8:00 PM
West Room

“Off the Wall” Monthly Freewrite Sessions with Barbara Swift Brauer

Join us for 2 hours of carefree, stress-free creativity! We write for a time, then have the chance to share what we’ve written, and write again. No judgment, no expectations. Just fun. Optional prompts provided, including inspiration from the amazing art on exhibit each month in the Center’s Del Mue Galleries. All ages, all experience levels welcome.

A Valley resident for 30 years, Barbara is a poet and freelance editor and writer.

FREE and open to all!
Ongoing monthly – Next sessions on Sundays, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st – 2:00-4:00 PM
Questions? Email or phone (415) 488-4605
Valley and West rooms

Aikido for Adults

(Teenagers 14 and older are especially welcome)

Class cancelled the month of March. Class resumes April 5th – May 31

Aikido is a resolute but compassionate response to unexpected violence. It is a martial art, but with a different core belief system. There is no kicking or counter-attacking in Aikido. Instead, we “join with” the energy of our partner and “lead” it to a more benign outcome. Aikido is not hostile, nor is it violent. It IS vigorous and active. There is a lot of falling down and getting up. We will stretch a lot. We will become familiar with our bodies and how they move optimally. There is a lot of work with energy, our partner’s and our own. We will work on our own internal responses to violence by going beyond “fight or flight,” towards a centered, stable and agile posture with the world.

James Shipman has been practicing and teaching Aikido for 40 years. He began at AikidoKai International and the AikidoIn studio in San Francisco with David O’Neill Sensei, who was himself a student of Yamada Sensei in New York. James has been teaching Aikido at Marin Academy for 35 years until his retirement from the school this year. James has practiced and/or taught in several bay area dojos, and also in cities as diverse as San Diego, Portland, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Pensacola, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., and southern France. James Shipman Sensei holds a fourth degree black belt in the art. He welcomes any former students of Aikido, new students to the art who are willing to learn, and especially teenagers 14 and over.

Join James Shipman Sensei on Wednesday evenings at SGVCC. James has been practicing Aikido for 40 years, and taught the art at Marin Academy for 35 years. He welcomes serious students of the art, as well as beginners who want to learn. His teaching style can be described as “serious fun.” There is a formal, traditional side of practice, yet fun occurs spontaneously on the mat. You need to be in reasonable physical condition (and we stretch a lot), but you don’t need to have any prior experience. “Everyone starts where they are.”

**Please purchase, find, or borrow a lightweight, white GI (practice clothes) for this class.**

Fees: a $15 mat fee for a single class; $120 for any 8 classes; $200 for all 15 classes in this first session.

Time: 5:45- 7:45 PM in the Valley Room

SOMATIC RELEASE with Pamela Hotchkiss

(All students 6 and older are welcome)

Somatic Release was created by Pamela Hotchkiss to show anyone age 6 and over who struggles with pain, stress, and anxiety how to move freely, feel calm, and be ready to connect with others. Side effects include: increased self-confidence, mental clarity, and vigor, as well as improved sleep and digestion.
Somatic Release combines several modalities of easy, gentle therapeutic movement and brain training which will help you reach your life’s full potential and optimum health. Let’s have fun!

Pamela has been an instructor of science, yoga, and dance for nearly 30 years. In her private practice, she brings Somatic Release to individuals in their homes in the Bay Area and over Skype.
FEE: $10/class or 5 classes/$45, 10 classes/$80, all 13 classes/$100
March 7-April 27 (except 3/23, 4/11 and 4/13)
West Room

**Please wear loose clothes and bring a yoga mat and small blanket**

Contact Pamela to register or ask questions:; 415-686-8359