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 Winter 2018-19

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

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: 4:45-5:45
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. Each Fu book is $10 + tax.

This Fall we will study the Dog and the Rooster.
The Dog is Loyal. It protects its family and friends!
The Rooster is Confident. It knows it will succeed!

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.

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

Yoga & Mindfulness After School 5-10 yr. olds with Amber Charne

In a fun and safe space we will come together to exercise our body, brain and heart with yoga movement, music and mindfulness. Exploring through play, postures, breath, song and group activities we will learn healthy tools to support ourselves in this oh so full life. While simultaneously bringing awareness to supporting one another, with community and global consciousness and connection. Kids share in finding joy and gratitude while cultivating presence and calmness in each moment.

Class works on a pre-registered series basis. Please be in touch with questions, I would love to talk with you. Ten years of experience in yoga and mindfulness with children and a decade more of working with kids in education settings offers me great tools and enthusiasm to share with this class, yet your children remain my greatest teachers and inspiration! I look forward to creating and building with them.

TUESDAYS: 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Valley Room
Price: $60 for the series
Registration & Info: Contact Amber Charne at:


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, balance 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 experience the magic of Tai Chi and what it can do for you!

Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 pm (intermediate)
Instructor: Vicki Chase,RN
Fridays 10-11 am (advanced)
Instructors: Kenn and Vicki 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 email:

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
2/1-3/22, 4/5-5/17
West Room

Yuan Gong with Amy Matthaei

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.

It was developed by Yuan Tze, now living in NZ, bringing together many aspects of ancient Chinese wisdom culture in a way that is effective for modern humans. It is part of a larger comprehensive system of life cultivation called Ren Xue, (For more information see

Amy Matthaei was certified in NZ by Yuan Tze. This is a mixed level class that covers the first three methods, Tian Yuan, Di Yuan, and Ren Yuan. Ongoing study is recommended, but drop in is also welcomed. No previous experience necessary. All levels welcome.
Amy offers half and full day workshops periodically, private sessions, and sessions by Skype.

Wednesday 9-10 am, West Room
$15 drop in, $60/series of 5 classes.
To join the class contact Amy;, or 415-342-3579



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.

Valley Room
FRIDAYS: 8:30–9:30 AM

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

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

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:

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 PM
Valley 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, Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17 2:00-4:00 pm

Living Room

Questions? Email or phone (415) 488-4605

Handwork group with Rebecca Maloney & Denise Jackson

Do you love to knit? Or would you like to learn?

Our informal and very friendly group of knitters meets for a few hours most every Thursday afternoon in the “Living Room” of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

Don’t hesitate to drop in. Everyone is welcome.  All levels of skills from experts to those just getting started. Learn the basics, tricks, or follow complex patterns. Knitting is Zen.  Practice makes perfect.

Questions?  More information?

Rebecca Maloney  415-261-7583

Denise Jackson 415-936-9286

Crocheters, spinners, weavers, sewers, embroiderers, needlepoint mavens and all sorts of handcrafters are more than welcome.

Thank you and much gratitude to Victoria Saxe who got this group started.

Thursdays 1:00 PM

Living Room


Yijinjing – Muscle Tendon Changing Qigong with Joseph Vigneri

Learn the “Yijinjing” or Muscle Tendon Changing Classic. The Yijinjing is one of the oldest and most famous systems of Qigong. The Yijinjng contains 24 different exercises. These exercises thoroughly stretch and open every tendon, muscle and joint using gentle movements and deep breathing. Some exercises focus on specific organs or meridians, others gather Qi and store it, some stretch and open the entire body. The Yijinjing was originally created by Tamo, or Bodhidharma, to prepare students for Zen, or Chan, meditation and martial arts.

Many of you already know Joseph Vigneri as an excellent Animal Power Instructor and Northern Shaolin teacher. Joseph is also now teaching the famous Muscle Tendon Changing Qi Gong.

Valley room

Come Join us now!!! or Call 415-455-9467

Writing Your Life Story: A Class In Guided Autobiography for Older Adults with Suzanne Sadowsky & Carl Miller

Like many at our age, you may find yourself looking back upon the many experiences in your life that helped form the person that you are today. We will be offering a class on writing your life story. With gentle guidance, we will cover the major themes of your life and support you in putting them into written form. Whether you are experienced in the writing process, or just now thinking that it would be valuable to give it a try, this class will help you tell your tale.

Suzanne Sadowsky and Carl Miller will provide this 10-week class. The first introductory class will be at no charge. The cost will be $100 to cover the course and expenses. If you have a financial challenge, please let us know. Class size will be limited to 10 participants.

Mondays begining January 14, 2019, 1:30 to 3:00 pm, after Senior lunch, located in the Living Room.

To sign up for this class, or if you have any questions, please call or text Carl at 415-785-4657 or email

Foundations of Finance with Johnny Rutledge

Join a relaxed environment to learn the basics of saving and investing. The goals of the workshop are: 1) to provide knowledge to help avoid common mistakes of timing the market, picking individual stocks, and buying expensive mutual funds, or even worse, not even investing in the first place; and 2) to help build a plan for goals such as college savings, retirement, and philanthropy.

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

Johnny lives in Nicasio and worked in finance for more than 25 years before retirement.

When: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm for one hour on
January 15, January 22, January 29, and
February 12.

Location: TBD. Please register in advance to be notified.

For more info, contact Jack Sayers,

Valley Voicestra with Allison Jeanne

Called “amazing and transformational” and “fantastic, rich and rewarding” by past participants, Valley Voicestra offers a joyful and meditative practice of singing together in directed and improvised song. Participants will be safely and expertly drawn into a freer experience of using their voice with supporting vocals. Singers will be taught effective tools to hear and create rhythms, melodies, and harmonies within a song structure. Enhanced skills in songwriting and beautiful musical creations await us. Previous singing experience helpful but not required.

Wednesdays: January 16 – Feb. 20 (6 week series)
Early registration $115 (ends January 7th) thereafter $150
Contact: Allison Jeanne,