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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., Nov. 5
2 - 5 pm
Room: 507

Register by Sept. 12: $32
Register after Sept. 12: $38

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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.


Nine Star Qi Astrology



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., Oct. 22
10 am - 4:30 pm
Room: 435

Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85

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.


Voting for Fall 2016: Help is on the Way!



If you think the summer was politically crazy, this fall is shaping up to be a wild one too, with over 20 ballot measure initiatives to choose from! If you find yourself swimming in a sea of election mailers, overwhelmed by a barrage of TV, radio, and internet advertising, and your head is spinning, we have good news - help is on the way!

In this non-partisan workshop, you will discover how to decode the ballot pamphlet, get the straight scoop about initiatives and candidates, and how take control of the decisions you make at the voting booth that will affect your future. While you’re at it, you'll also learn a little history of how and why the initiative came into being, and how it has changed over time with the influence of money and legal battles. California's initiative process may be murky, but it is direct democracy in action and you don't want to throw your vote away.

This class is not a workshop specific to each of this fall's measures, candidates, or issues; rather, it will provide you with the tools and skills to make sense of any ballot.

10 - 11:30 am
Room: 2502

Register by Sept. 12: $22
Register after Sept. 12: $25




Kim Steinhardt is a former Administrative Law Judge who teaches classes at Santa Clara University Law School about the legislative process, including California's unusual initiatives, as well as public interest advocacy in legislation, with an emphasis on ocean conservation issues.


Backyard Astronomer


night sky

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., Nov. 11 & 18
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Sept. 12: $58
Register after Sept. 12: $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.


The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Sherlock Holmes has never been more popular than now. With the cult status of the BBC’s “Sherlock,” the success of CBS’s “Elementary,” and the recent films starring Robert Downey Jr., the great detective is everywhere! This would doubtless amaze his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who famously tried to kill off his troublesome character before being forced to revive him by public demand.

In this five-week class, we’ll look at some of the more famous stories (“A Study in Scarlet,” “Silver Blaze,” “The Final Problem,” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles”) as we also investigate the incredible life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: athlete, adventurer, eye doctor, forensics pioneer, social advocate, and finally, spiritualist.

Get back to the original stories and have fun identifying how they’re used in the contemporary series. Who was the inspiration for Holmes? And why did Sir Arthur’s friendship with Harry Houdini flounder?

Preferred text are the “The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes,” “The Adventures of Conan Doyle” by Charles Higham, and “Arthur & George” by Julian Barnes, but no book purchases are required for this class.

5 Wed., Sept. 14 - Oct. 12 - CLASS CANCELLED
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept 12: $110
Register after Sept. 12: $125


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.


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


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., Nov. 5
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Sept. 12: $75
Register after Sept. 12: $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.


The Writer's Journey


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., Sept. 24
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 506 (room change)
Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $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.


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.

Sat., Oct. 8
10 am- 4 pm
Room: HORT 5001

Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $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.


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

Register by Sept. 12: $145
Register after Sept. 12: $158
includes comprehensive 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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