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 Summer 2020


Enrichment Classes for Children

Zoila’s 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 jyoung@sgvcc.org.


Lagunitas Kung Fu Classes for Kids with Joseph Vigneri

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! Each term, students will learn 2 Kung Fu Animals, spending 6 weeks on each Kung Fu Animal and earning 2 Animal Power Patches.

Study Material: Each Kung Fu animal has its own Fu book. Fu books are fun books, lucky books, work books to help deepen your kids’ learning. Kids learn via games, art and stories. Kids also get to learn simple Chinese lessons. Fu books are discussed in class and are helpful tools for kids to review lessons. Each Fu book is $10 + tax.

This Fall we will study the Jaguar and Bear. The Jaguar is Decisive “seize the moment.” The Bear is Honest “tell the truth and keep your promises.”

Kung Fu Animal Power for Ages 5 – 7
Monday 3:15 – 4:00 PM,
Wednesday 2:30 – 3:15 PM
($360/12 weeks, or $192 / 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 4:10 – 5:40 PM, Wednesday 3:30 – 5:00 PM
($480/12 weeks, or $252 / 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. With instructor’s permission, advanced kids can learn sparring in this class.

Kung Fu Sparring Class Youth 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.

A San Geronimo Valley native, Instructor Joseph Vigneri brings eight plus years of intense training in both Kung Fu and teaching combined with a great rapport with kids to these classes.

Come Join us now!!! Enroll by contacting Sifu Joseph Vigneri at Joseph@10000victories.com or 415 259 9379

 


Adult Classes

The Power of Mindfulness with Hugh Delehanty

Hugh Delehanty

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:30 am-4:30 pm

In this daylong workshop, learn new techniques for reducing stress, cultivating self-compassion, and unlocking innate creativity. Practical instruction on sitting and walking meditation, plus loving-kindness, mindful movement, and other skills. Ideal for beginners and experienced meditators looking to deepen their practice.

Hugh Delehanty is an editor-at-large for Mindful magazine and a certified teacher who has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years. He’s also the co-author (with Phil Jackson) of national bestsellers on mindfulness and performance: Sacred Hoops and Eleven Rings. A former visiting professor at Carleton College, Hugh has lectured on creativity and writing at Columbia, Georgetown, and other universities and has appeared frequently on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and other programs.

Fee: $100 general admission ($75 with registration before April 15)

Partial scholarships also available.

To register: eventbrite.com

More info: Call Hugh at 202-251-3225; hdelehanty@gmail.com


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, balance and tranquility. Tai Chi transforms our relationship with our internal and external worlds through a series of slow, graceful movements. With an 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 experience the magic of Tai Chi and what it can do for you! www.integralwaytaichi.com

BEGINNING Tai Chi: Starting in January 2020 email taichikenn@gmail.com if interested

TAI CHI SHORT FORM
Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 pm, Valley Room

TAI CHI – LONG FORM (advanced)
Tuesdays 10-11 am Valley Room
Instructor: Vicki Chase, RN
Fridays 9-10 am, Valley Room
Instructors: Kenn and Vicki Chase
Fridays 10-11pm, Valley Room Instructors: Kenn and Vicki Chase

Class Fees: $65/4 week session email: taichikenn@gmail.com

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: 10:10 AM–1:00 PM
January 31 – March 13, 2020
April 3 – May 8, 2020

West Room


Yuan Gong with Richard Danon

Yuan Gong is a form of qigong (gentle movements that increase the flow of energy or “Qi”) that is easy to learn and brings increased wellbeing and health to many areas of your life. It is flexible in how it can be practiced, very effective, and safe. It can be modified for those who have physical limitations.

Richard Danon is certified in all 6 levels of Yuan Gong and has been studying Qigong with Yuan Tze since 2009 and teaching Yuan Gong since its inception in 2013. He is pleased to be continuing the class that Amy Matthaei began and taught until relocating to Seattle.

The format will continue to be drop in and will cover the first 3 YG methods. No previous experience necessary. Richard offers workshops periodically and private sessions
are available.

Wednesday 9-10 am, West Room
$15 drop in, $60/series of 5 classes.
Questions? Contact Richard; rdanon@comcast.net or call/text 415-302-4395


Core and Strengthening Fitness Classes

Susan Chavez

Susan 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.

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS: 8:45–10:00 AM
Valley Room
FRIDAYS: 8:30–9:30 AM
Gym

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

Join us by dropping in, or email Susan for more information at Susanchavez1@yahoo.com


Corematics: Targeting Abdominal, Back And Flexibility with Susan Chavez

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

For more information, please contact: Susanchavez1@yahoo.com

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

Synergy  –  the total effect is greater than the sum of the separate parts

This is a class that synergistically combines stretching, breath & core work, isometrics, yoga, dance and Qigong with surprise elements like balancing, tapping and vocalizing.

You can enter feeling like crap and it’s pretty much guaranteed (99.9%) that you’ll leave with a smile on your face. A good class for those who want to improve health and/or stay healthy and in shape.

Mornings in the Valley Room

Monday – 10:45 – 11:45

Tuesday – 8:45 – 9:45

Wednesday – 10:45 – 11:45.

Open To All

Bring a yoga mat

Instructor – Carole Alter, award winning artist, writer, performer and dancer

Donations Gratefully Accepted

 


“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, Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 16

2:00-4:00 pm

Living Room

Questions? Email bsbrauer@sonic.net or phone (415) 488-4605


SING YOURSELF HAPPY with Terry Garthwaite

Original and traditional songs and spirit jingles to soothe the spirit, awaken the body, and delight the mind. Melodies, modes, harmony, rhythm.

All in good time, in good company–weaving a magic spell of well-being together.

Terry is a pioneer in contemporary music made by women–original member of the groundbreaking rock band “Joy of Cooking”. Now leads all kinds of chant, rhythm, improv and creative workshops, and writes complex, pithy, humorous, memorable rounds and chants.

“…Terry’s music brings me to a place where I can be in touch with wisdom and power flowing through me.”

“…imaginative, fun, and relevant messages of change.”

3rd SUNDAYS of the month: 4:15-5:45
FEE: $25
For more info, contact terrygarthwaite@sbcglobal.net

 


YOGA OF 12-STEP RECOVERY with Chelsea Rappel of Awakened Recovery

Connect. Breathe. Come home to yourself. Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) is a donation-based group sharing circle followed by a therapeutic yoga class focusing on recovery principles. Informed by the latest research in neuroscience and trauma healing, Y12SR combines the somatic approach of yoga with the cognitive approach of the 12-step recovery model. We share our experience, strength, and hope, and then TAKE IT TO THE MAT to release unwanted tension and stress. Gentle stretching, meditation, and relaxation techniques lead us to feeling more empowered, supported, and at ease in our bodies and minds.

12-Step affiliation is NOT required for participation, only a desire to live free from unwanted behaviors that drag you down versus lift you up. Welcome ages 18-118, all “A’s,” bodies, and levels of experience. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat (limited mats available to borrow).

Chelsea Rappel is a Yoga Therapist, local Drug and Alcohol Counselor, owner of Awakened Recovery, and enthusiastic Valley resident. From East to West Coast, she has empowered others through yoga and meditation for over a decade. Her own journey to recovery through yoga and support groups has ignited a passion to share this healing modality with her community.

Classes held 1st & 3rd Mondays from 7:00-8:45PM
West Room
Donation-Based Class: $5-$25 (No one turned away due to lack of funds). Cash and credit card accepted at the door. A third of the proceeds go to Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Rafael. Huckleberry provides addiction recovery support for youth.

Connect with Chelsea! E-mail: yogaforthejourney@gmail.com | Website: www.awakenedrecovery.com


Astronomy 101: What’s Up in the Fall Night Sky? with Rich Lohman

Do you wonder what those bright objects are in tonight’s sky? Could they be planets or are they stars? If you have these questions, then this is the class where you can find the answers and a whole lot more. Join us in this basic orientation to the night sky: identifying stars, planets and constellations AND learning about the beautiful objects up there that you can’t see just with your eyes. Haven’t seen either Jupiter or Saturn through a nice telescope? You will have that opportunity. During the 4 weeks of this class there will be at least one visit to my home observatory in Woodacre, http://overthehillobservatory.net. Depending upon interest, this class may be extended beyond the 4 sessions.

Tuesday nights, Jan 14—Feb 11, 7-9 pm
East Room

FEE: $15 Drop in, $40 for 4 class sessions.
Please call or email to register or for more info: richneal@pacbell.net , 415-488-1938 (h), 510-292-8416 (cell, text OK)


“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!
3rd Sundays of the month – Next sessions:
Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 16 2:00-4:00 pm
Living Room
Questions? Email bsbrauer@sonic.net or phone (415) 488-4605


SING YOURSELF HAPPY with Terry Garthwaite

Original and traditional songs and spirit jingles to soothe the spirit, awaken the body, and delight the mind. Melodies, modes, harmony, rhythm.

All in good time, in good company–weaving a magic spell of well-being together.

Terry is a pioneer in contemporary music made by women–original member of the groundbreaking rock band “Joy of Cooking”. Now leads all kinds of chant, rhythm, improv and creative workshops, and writes complex, pithy, humorous, memorable rounds and chants.

“…Terry’s music brings me to a place where I can be in touch with wisdom and power flowing through me.”

“…imaginative, fun, and relevant messages of change.”

3rd SUNDAYS of the month: 4:15-5:45
FEE: $25
For more info, contact terrygarthwaite@sbcglobal.net


Foundations of Finance with Johnny Rutledge

Join a relaxed environment to learn the basics of personal finance and investing. The goals of the workshop are 1) to teach how investing works (including concepts such as compound growth, asset classes, and risk); and 2) to discuss how you can be “successful” at it, including making a plan for goals such as homeownership, savings, debt, retirement planning, philanthropy, or any other personal objectives.

These meetings are intended for those who are just getting started but are open to all interested. This is not a sales-oriented seminar pushing investment products, recommending individual stocks, or making economic forecasts.

The class is lead by Johnny Rutledge (Community Center Board member). Johnny has lived in West Marin for more than 10 years. He worked in finance for more than 25 years before retiring last year at age 47. Since then, he has “failed” at retirement and he recently started a new business, Phoundational LLC.

Location: TBD

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm for one hour on January 29, February 5, February 12, and February 26.

Please register in advance to be notified – email adavidson@sgvcc.org or call the Community Center.

 


MOVE AND PLAY with Aura Tantadel

A playful space for children and pre-teens. Bring your favorite song and we will engage with it through movement, games and drawing. This class won’t tell you how to move or what to create. It is a series of “scores” (designed structures) to improvise, experiment and have fun! Drop-ins welcome.

Un espacio divertido para niños y preadolescentes. Trae tu canción favorita y la investigaremos atraves del movimiento, dibujos y juegos. En esta clase no te diremos cómo moverte o que crear. A través de una serie de estructuras de improvisación, experimentaremos y nos divertiremos!

1hr sessions offered once a week, 6 week drop-in class.

When?/Cuando: Introductory class on Tuesday, January 14, 3:15–4:15pm. If there is an interested group, classes will continue for 5 weeks (January, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18) from 3:15–4:15pm.

Cost/Costo: 1st class free, then $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in per class

Register/Registro: Email Aura Lopez – corescenica@gmail.com

CONTEMPLATIVE DANCE PRACTICE with Aura Tantadel

A simple drop-in practice of movement meditation, we will bring attention to our bodies, aiming to suspend thought and cultivate physical awareness. As we practice with others, we develop an appreciation for the diversity of human experience. Adults of any age are welcome (18 to 101). It requires no particular skill or facility in movement. This class will support you to calm your mind, ease your body and connect with your inner world.

Una práctica sencilla de movimiento y meditación (no es necesario asistir a todas las sesiones). Prestaremos atención a nuestros cuerpos, buscando detener al pensamiento y cultivar nuestra conciencia física. Mientras practicamos con otros desarrollamos apreciación por la diversidad humana. Para adultos entre 18 y 101 años, no se requiere experiencia específica o habilidad de movimiento. Esta clase te apoyará a calmar tu mente, aligerar tu cuerpo y conectarte con tu mundo interno.

1.5 hr sessions offered once a week, 6 week drop-in class.

When?/Cuando: Introductory class on Wednesday, January 15, 6–7 pm. If there is an interested group, classes will continue for 5 weeks (January 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19) from 6–7 pm.

Cost/Costo: 1st class free, then $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in per class

Register/Registro: Email Aura Lopez – corescenica@gmail.com

These classes are taught by Aura Tantadel is a loving, magical, inclusive and fun human, born and raised in Mexico City. Graduated from London Contemporary Dance School. Has lived, studied and thought in New York, London, Palermo, Nicaragua, Norway, Spain and just recently moved to the San Geronimo Valley. Transformational Coach, with a Masters Degree in Arts Management and much experience with children and families.

Estas clases son impartidas por Aura Tantadel, un ser humano amoroso, mágico, inclusivo y divertido. Nació y creció en la Ciudad de México. Graduada de London Contemporary Dance School. Ha vivido, estudiado y dado clases en Nueva York, Londres, Palermo, Nicaragua, Noruega, España y actualmente en San Geronimo Valley. Coach transformacional, con una maestra en Hestion Artística y vasta experiencia con niños y familias.


Hand Drumming Classes

2nd & 4th Mondays
7-8 pm
East Room

Instruction and practice. Young adults through seniors. Beginners OK

Marlin Boisen lives in Woodacre and has been playing and building drums for decades.

Bring your own hand drum if you have one and he will bring some of his. 510-685 0576

 


Writing Your Life Story – Guided Autobiography Group

Mondays, 1:15-2:45 pm
10 weeks starting February 10
Living Room

This autobiography group is a small and vibrant community that provides support, recognition and context to better understand the significance of one’s life based on an approach developed by James E. Birren, PhD., Where to Go from Here: Discovering Your Own Life’s Wisdom in the Second Half of Your Life.

There are many reasons that you might want to write your story:

  • To contribute to history and perhaps even to publish
  • To leave a legacy to family and friends
  • To enjoy the process of self-discovery
  • To move smoothly through life’s transitions
  • To stimulate your memory of the wonderful, challenging, and passionate times that you’ve experienced
  • To build your sense of community
  • To gain an increased sense of meaning

You don’t have to be a professional author to write your own life story. This group will help keep you on the path and guide you through the structure of your life’s themes.  Each class will include instruction, guided exercises and group discussion.

The cost will be $100 to cover the cost of materials but there is a sliding scale. The first introductory class will be at no charge. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. The ongoing classes are free to anyone who participated in last year’s program.  Class size will be limited to 10 participants.

Suzanne Sadowsky and Carl Miller will provide this 10-week class.

To join this class, or if you have any questions, please contact Carl at 415-785-4657 or Suzanne at 415-488-4861

Since you are like no other being ever created, since the beginning of time, you are incomparable. – Brenda Ueland