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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., October 4 & 5
9 am - 5:30 pm
Room 406

Register by Sept 8: $145
Register after Sept. 8: $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.


Backyard Astronomer

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. In case of rain or fog, class will assemble in the planetarium.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., October 10 & 17
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room 707

Register by Sept. 8: $58
Register after Sept. 8: $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.


College: How to Get In and Pay the Bill

If you are a parent with a high school student looking to enter college, this class will help you learn what you need to know to help your child search for a good college, understand what admission people are looking for, write that dreaded essay and create an excellent resume. Paying for college is the one of the largest expenditures most parents will face in their lifetimes. In this class we will discuss strategies that can help you reduce college costs.

High school students are encouraged to attend with their parent(s) at no extra cost.

2 Tue., Sept. 23 & 30
6:45 - 8:45 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 8: $54
Register after Sept. 8: $62


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Stephen Shapiro CPA, CFP, has advised individuals on financial matters for over 20 years and has led financial workshops since 1989.


Memoir Writing: Exploring Memories and 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., Mar 28, 2015

9:30 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5001

Register by Sept. 8: $65
Register after Sept. 8: $76


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Lauren Mari-Navarro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working with people undergoing life transitions for over 18 years. Lauren has had training in the Progoff Journal Method, "Mining Your Life for Meaning" writing process.


Soul Collage: 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. SoulCollage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you build your own unique deck of cards for personal reading. Thousands of people have found solace and inspiration practicing this creative method. SoulCollage is now in 39 countries around the world, but it originated right here in Santa Cruz County by local author Seena Frost! Join us in celebrating our 10th year of offering SoulCollage at Cabrillo College Extension.

This is a course for beginners as well as those already familiar with SoulCollage® who 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., Apr 18
9:30 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5005

Register by Feb 23: $75
Register after Feb. 23: $88

Plus a materials fee of $20 paid in class

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class .


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Lauren Mari-Navarro, LCSW and Mariabruna Sirabella, MFT are trained facilitators of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Both teachers have private practices in the Santa Cruz community.


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. 20
9 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by Sept. 8: $78
Register after Sept. 8: $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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