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 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

Join us this Fall! 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 outside of class. Each Fu book is $10 + tax.

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 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Wednesday 3:15 – 4:45 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.

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 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 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
TAI CHI – LONG FORM (advanced))
Tuesdays 10-11AM Valley Room
Instructor: Vicki Chase, RN
Fridays 9-10 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
First session: 9/1/17–10/6/17
Second session: 10/27/17–12/8/17; no classes 11/10/17 & 11/24/17
West Room

Yuan Gong with Amy Matthaei

***Monday night Yuan Gong class with Amy reopening in West Room! 6:30-7:30 pm

Want to join the class but can’t make Wednesday mornings? Want to come twice a week to really get even more benefit from your practice? Come on Mondays! Beginners welcome!

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 teach         Monday class starts Feb. 6. Class will be held Feb. 6, 13, and 20. (***No class on Feb. 27, or on other dates when room is used for art or movie events. Join Amy’s email list and she will let you know in advance which nights class is not being held. ing the first three methods, Tian Yuan, Di Yuan, and Ren Yuan.

FEE: $15 per class, or $60 for the series of 5 classes
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.


Amy also offers workshops, private sessions, and sessions by Skype. For more information on Yuan Gong,
see and

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, June 11th, July 16th, August 20th 2:00-4:00 PM

Questions? Email or phone (415) 488-4605
Valley and West rooms

Handwork group with Victoria Saxe

We are the small muscle athletes

We will be working together with the practical arts in a fun and relaxed environment. Please bring your projects and related tools.

Victoria Saxe ( is the organizer of the HANDWORK group. She is skilled in knitting and can get you out of the ditch, if needed. This is not a “how to do it” class but rather a DO-IT group. We will help one another and have pleasure working together on our projects.
Thursdays 1:30 PM





Yoga of Sound—Opening the Heart through Sacred Sound and Improv Chanting with Brian Ott

Yoga of Sound—Opening the Heart through Sacred Sound and Improv Chanting

Chanting, relatively unknown in the West, has been an essential part of yoga from the beginning. Vibration from the voice (with a little help from the harmonium) is a time-honored tool for opening the heart and experiencing peace, joy and insight.

Join us in a fun exploration of sound to call and open the heart. We will use sound in three, simple ways—through pure sound vibration, through chanting the divine names, and through prayer (or intention) for the happiness and peace of all beings.

Our sessions will be a spontaneous, co-creation. Sometimes we will be chanting the same thing, sometimes we won’t. No experience or singing voice required. While weaving our hearts and voices together, with love and intention, something powerful happens. We are grateful to share this gift, and have a space in which we can all sing, chant and pray for world peace together in our community.

Brian teaches mindfulness classes at Lagunitas School, and has a master’s in psychology. He co-founded “Chanting for World Peace” (, and regularly co-hosts “Sound of the Heart” chanting events in San Geronimo Valley, and Fairfax.

FEE: Free, but donations welcome for charity.

THURSDAYS: 6:30-7:45pm, with the option for meditation afterwards for those interested

Please bring your own cushion if you like to sit on the floor.

Contact Brian: 415 794-0664