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Literature, Personal Growth & Writing Workshops


How to Use a Smartphone

 

 

If you bought a smartphone for someone, expect to get some calls with questions like, “What’s an app?”, or “Why does my battery run out so quickly?”, or “How do I upload videos to the Facebook?”

Explore the basic functionality of your new smartphone. Learn common tasks like sending a text message, watching a video clip on YouTube, or surfing the Web. This workshop also covers fundamentals like configuring the security options, adjusting the brightness of the display, and setting the device up to work with a wireless network.

Bring your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or other smartphone to class with your charger.

Sat., May 6
2 - 5 pm
Room: 507

Register by Feb. 27: $35
Register after Feb. 27: $42

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Carol Jensen specializes in financial aspects of start-up businesses and she is a Registered Tax Preparer (CTEC). Carol has been adjunct faculty at Cabrillo College for many years.

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Nine Star Qi Astrology: An Introduction

 

 

Have you ever wondered why you get along with some folks and through no apparent reason have conflict with others? Nine Star Qi Astrology may hold the answers for you. This is a form of Chinese Astrology dating back to 2205 BC, when Hsia Yu discovered the Lo Shu pattern on the divine tortoise in the Lo River. It is also often called 'The Magic Square'. This class gives a thorough introduction to the Qi (Chi) of Nine Stars for defining personal traits, suitable careers and the correlation of Nine Star Numbers and Zodiac Signs. After this class, you’ll have tools allowing you to explore how to predict changes in people’s lives including:

  • Defining personal traits.
  • Learning the compatibility traits in human relationships that will benefit one's career, family, and personal relationships.
  • Being able to give advice on finding the ideal career path, and how to get the most from life.
  • Learning the power of colors.
  • Understanding the correlation of the Nine Star Numbers and Zodiac Signs.

In this class you will learn how to plot your unique Nine Star Qi Astrology Chart and those with whom you interact. Also discover how this Year of the Yang Fire Monkey influences your life and what we can look forward to next year.

Sat., March 18
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

Plus a materials fee of $5 paid at registration

 

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Madhu Brodkey is a Black Tantric Buddhist and Master Feng Shui Consultant. She combines this expertise with her 30 years of experience in healing arts with design to harmonize and balance the vital energy of an environment and its occupants.

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Nine Star Qi Astrology - Relationships, Careers & More!

 

 

In this class, you will learn how each of the Nine Stars interacts with the other to help you choose the best relationships, careers, partners, and more. Gain a greater understanding of existing and past relationships and how to interact with them. Topics include:

  • Defining personal traits
  • Learning the compatibility traits in human relationships to benefit one's career, family, and personal relationships
  • Discovering your ideal career path and subsequently how to get the most from life
  • Learning the power of colors to enhance your life
  • Understanding the correlation of the Nine Star Numbers and Zodiac Signs

We’ll continue to practice plotting Nine Star Qi Astrology Charts and discover how the 2017 Year of the Yin Fire Rooster influences your Nine Star Qi Astrology!

Prerequisite: Nine Star Qi Astrology Introduction

Sun., March 19
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

Plus a materials fee of $5 paid at registration

 

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Madhu Brodkey is a Black Tantric Buddhist and Master Feng Shui Consultant. She combines this expertise with her 30 years of experience in healing arts with design to harmonize and balance the vital energy of an environment and its occupants.

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Register for both Nine Star Qi Astrology workshops for one low price!

 


Register by Feb. 27: $125
Register after Feb. 27: $130
Plus a materials fee of $10 paid at registration

 

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Backyard Astronomer

 

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Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will use the planetarium sky.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., April 21 & 28
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Feb. 27: $58
Register after Feb. 27: $65

 

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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Arthur and Sherlock: Mysteries Solved!

 

Who was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes? Why has the character become so popular again recently? What is the story behind Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, friendship with Harry Houdini, and why did it end? This class gives you all of the answers - and more! Holmes's compelling and complex character have caught everyone's attention again with the success of CBS’s “Elementary,” starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (as a female Watson!) and the recent films starring Robert Downey Jr.

Join us for three Wednesday evening sessions to explore some of the original stories and have fun identifying how they’re used in the popular "Sherlock" and "Elementary" series. We'll investigate the incredible life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: athlete, adventurer, eye doctor, forensics pioneer, social advocate, and finally, spiritualist. All of this just in time for the return of near-cult status BBC's “Sherlock,” with Benedict Cumberbatch, back for a fourth season in January 2017.

Students may read “The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes,” “The Adventures of Conan Doyle” by Charles Higham, and “Arthur & George” by Julian Barnes, but no reading or book purchases are required for this class, just a healthy dose of curiosity and a sense of adventure!

3 Wed., April 5 - 19
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 509

Register by Feb. 27: $98
Register after Feb. 27: $110

 

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Janis Hashe, MA, is the former artistic director of Los Angeles's Theatre of NOTE, and the founder of Shakespeare Chattanooga. She was introduced to the Holmes stories as a child and has never tired of them. Along the way, she became equally intrigued by the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and has spent years reading about and researching him.

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Screenwriting Basics for Filmmaking

 

Writing for film is a special skill that requires writers to think about their work differently than authors of other media. Screenwriters have a specific format to follow, have to consider how their words will translate to images, and how sound can prove more challenging than you may realize.

In this workshop we will explore the rules and conventions of screenwriting and the conceptual ideas that you’ll need to consider. We will also review options for software that help you achieve your goal of a great script that can be made into a movie!

This class is taught in a Mac lab, but PC users may use their own laptop.

This class requires strong computer skills.

4 Thu., May 11 - June 1
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 1097

Register by Feb. 27: $128
Register after Feb. 27: $135

 

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Anthony Garcia, BFA, is a certified editor from Apple in FCP7 and Adobe Premiere. He has taught photography, design and special effects classes and is currently making two feature films and one short film.

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Travel Writing – The Art of Writing About Place

 

Learn the “art of writing about place” in this creative and practical writing workshop. Students will first read travel essays and study the art of travel writing. Through focused writing exercises, discussions and analyzing writing styles, students learn how to “find the angle,” get beyond the “What I did last summer” mindset, and how to use narrative devices to see beyond the obvious. Plan to write at least one polished travel narrative and leave class with the tools to create your own travel blog.

Whether you want to become a professional travel writer, or simply want to share your adventures with friends and family through a blog, this class gives you the chance to work with a seasoned, professional travel writer in a hands on, creative workshop.

4 Wed., April 19 - May 10
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 506

Register by Feb. 27: $98
Register after Feb. 27: $110

 

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Michelle Bigley, MFA, has taught college level writing for over 10 years. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, an award-winning author of over 30 guidebooks, a travel writer and travel consultant.

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SoulCollage®: Invite the Poetry of Images into Your Life!

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Anyone who has a love for images and symbols and is looking for an intuitive approach to enhance personal growth and nourish the soul will find this workshop inspiring and fun. Soul- Collage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you build your own unique deck of cards for personal reading.

This is an introductory course meant for beginners but those already familiar with SoulCollage® will enjoy having time to review the basic concepts and create new cards. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn during this creative day together.

Sat., March 18
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Feb. 27: $75
Register after Feb. 27: $88

Plus a materials fee of $20 paid in class

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other important information about classes.

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.

Mariabruna Sirabella, is the author of 2 CDs, is a Trainer of SoulCollage® Facilitators, facilitates the method internationally, and has been mentoring soul-development for the past 20 years.

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The Writer's Journey

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Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space or circumstances in which to do so. This one-day workshop will give you that time. During our day of writing together and reading aloud, you will tap into your creativity, explore your wild mind, and learn the basic tools you need to develop a rich, vital writing life.

The Writer’s Journey is rooted in writing practice, developed by Natalie Goldberg in her classic book, Writing Down the Bones. The class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers.

Students should bring a lunch.

Sat., March 11
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 506
Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $90

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Laura Davis is the author of 7 non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. She teaches weekly writing workshops and has been mentoring and supporting writers for the past 16 years.

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Chi Aura Integration - Level I

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., May 6 & 7
9 am - 5:30 pm
Room 406

Register by Feb. 27: $145
Register after Feb. 27: $158
includes 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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Memoir Writing: Exploring Memories & Meaning

In this workshop you will explore some of the poignant memories and stories that have shaped your life. With innovative exercises for eliciting memories and writing memoirs, you will discover stories that may surprise you with their power for self-discovery. As you reflect upon the events that make up your life, you will notice the continuous thread that weaves through your experiences, deepening an understanding of who you are, and offering a sense of clarity, meaning, and purpose for your life.

COMING SOON!
10 am - 4 pm
Room: HORT 5001

Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.


 

 

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