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Health and Wellness Classes

Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Have you ever considered a plant-based diet to lose weight, improve your health, or because you’ve wanted to be kinder to our planet and the animals? Have you hesitated because you don’t know where to start or you wonder how you would get enough protein? Whether for health or environmental concerns, or just because you’d like to incorporate more whole foods and vegetables into your diet, you’ll want to join us for this class series. You’ll learn the latest in plant-based nutrition science, as well as how to select, prepare and cook tasty vegan foods while you concurrently “test-drive” this way of eating in a supportive class environment.

Family nurse practitioner, Susan Lavelle, will offer practical tips for getting started, provide updated information and discuss key nutrients and their impact on your health and longevity, as well as demonstrate how to cook a variety of delicious plant-based recipes at every class. You’ll see - it’s not as hard as you think! And, as a bonus, by the end of the class you’ll likely shed some unwanted pounds, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar, and boost your energy and mood. So come test-drive a plant based diet and see how this approach can help you feel better and be more energetic than ever!

This Kickstart Your Health class is a PCRM Food for Life class. The Food for Life program is a community-based nutrition education program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

A $40 materials fee includes the book by best selling author, Neal D. Barnard, MD, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart:  Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health”

Map and parking information for classes held in room HW1119/Stroke and Learning Disabilities Center

Click HERE for Kickstart Your Health student information

6 Tue., Sept. 3 - Oct. 15 (no class Sept. 24)
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: HW1119, inside of the Stroke and Disabilities Center
Fee: $180
Plus a material fee of $40 payable to instructor in class

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Susan Lavelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a PCRM Food for Life Instructor and graduate from the Rouxbe Plant-based Culinary School.  She has been passionately promoting, cooking, and eating healthy plant-based meals for more than a decade because it’s good for health, the animals and the planet.

 



Chi Aura Integration

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Chi Aura Integration is an 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 practitioners 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 workshop teaches techniques to elicit the relaxation response and help develop the “Awakened Mind State.” Learn how to perform the specific Chi Aura Integration hand positions identifying 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 because it develops the nurse’s ability to improve their effectiveness in treating patients. This course is approved for 18 CEUs for Nurses, 14 CEUs for massage therapists, and 15 CEHs for acupuncturists.

Please visit the Class Resources page for additional information and a free downloadable manual. It is recommended that you read this manual prior to the first class session.

Sat. & Sun., November 16 & 17
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Room: 406

Register before Sept. 9: $145
Register after Sept. 9: $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 participants’ personal growth and their therapeutic relationship to others.

 


Making Herbal Tinctures

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This class will teach you how to formulate both fresh and dried herbal tinctures with the correct alcohol percentages, creating a potent and long lasting remedy for a variety of common maladies. This hands-on class goes through the process step-by-step, and each person gets to make a unique tincture to take home! At the end of class students will have formulas, instructions, and the necessary knowledge to expand on their own.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed.

Thu., November 14
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for campus maps.
Register before Sept. 9: $58
Register after Sept. 9: $65
Reguster two or more: $50 each
plus $20 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., see bio below

 


Making Herbal Lotions

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Herbal lotions work wonders for delivering herbs directly to the skin. In this class participants will learn how to combine base oils, infusions, essential oils and natural preservatives to create amazing powerful lotions. This is a hands-on workshop where you will have the chance to make lotions in class, and leave with the knowledge and skill to make more at home!

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed.

Thu., November 7
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for campus maps.
Register before Sept. 9: $58
Register after Sept. 9: $65
Register two or more: $50 each
plus $20 materials fee at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., see bio below

 


Flower Essence Remedies

Flower essence remedies are created from the vibrational energy of flowers and they can be used to help balance emotional, psychological and spiritual issues for adults, pets and children. This class explores the beauty of flower essences, as participants create a soul portrait to determine the remedy that is best suited for them.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed. Students will go home with one flower essence remedy they have made themselves, and the knowledge and skill to make more at home!

Wed., November 13
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $58
Register after Sept. 9: $65
Register two or more: $50 each
Plus a $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., see bio below

 


Making Handmade Salves

Salves are a wonderful way to use the healing properties of herbs to address topical and internal conditions. Students will learn how to make herbal oils and then turn those oils into salves.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed. Students will go home with a salve they helped create, and leave feeling empowered with the knowledge to make salves at home.

Wed., November 20 - CLASS CANCELLED
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Sept. 9: $58
Register after Sept. 9: $65
Register two or more: $50 each
Plus a $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., see bio below.

 


Ayurveda - What It Is and How It Can Help You

 

 

 

Do you ever wonder what is the best diet and lifestyle for your unique mind and body type? Ayurveda (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) is a personalized approach to health, and a functional life science that helps us discover how to improve digestion, eat the right foods, get better sleep, and feel more energetic throughout the day.

In this class students will learn the foundations of Ayurveda, discover their unique constitution, and how to remove root causes for imbalances.

This class is geared towards all skill levels, no prior experience is needed. Students will go home with the knowledge and skill to make dietary and lifestyle choices that will benefit their constitution and overall quality of life!

Wed., November 6
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for campus maps.
Register before Sept. 9: $58
Register after Sept. 9: $65

Register two or more: $50 each

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., see bio below.

 


Ayurveda Cooking and Wellness Retreat Day

 

 

 

Learn the principles of Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, daily routine, stress management techniques, and how to apply them in your life. In this one day retreat students will develop a diet and lifestyle plan that is conducive to their true nature. This class includes an ayurvedic cooking lesson where we will cook and enjoy a balanced, healthy meal together. We will explore daily and seasonal routines that can be used to help detoxify and balance our natural rhythms, and Ayurvedic mind body techniques for stress reduction, relaxation and sleep.

Sat., November 16 - CLASS CANCELLED
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Please click HERE for campus maps.
Register before Sept. 9: $110
Register after Sept. 9: $120

Register two or more: $90 each
Plus $35 materials fee payable at registration

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., has a passion for herbology and education. She has served as a faculty member for many prestigious colleges where she trained students to become nutritional consultants, master herbalists, and holistic health practitioners. Jackie currently has a private practice in Santa Cruz and works as a master herbalist.

 


Cold Process Soap Making

 

 

 

This hands-on introduction to traditional cold-process soap making is a mixture of science and art! One of the main benefits of learning this particular process is that you can have complete control over your ingredients. You will learn how to create small batches of beautifully fragrant soap, using select oils and quality plant infusions.

Each student will leave class with several bars of soap from the day, as well as recipes and instructions for soap making at home.

Sat. & Sun., December 7 & 8
10:00 am - 4:00 pm: December 7
10:00 am - 1:00 pm: December 8
Room: 1304 - Please click HERE for an interactive campus map.
Register before Sept. 9: $128
Register after Sept. 9: $140
plus $35 materials fee at registration

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Melody Overstreet, BA, is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through California Native Plant Society and UCSC's Arboretum. She developed a rooftop garden featuring edible, medicinal, and dye plants. Her work has been featured in publications such as Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden. To learn more about Melody go to www.melodyoverstreet.com.

 


Quiet Mind, Peaceful Heart: An Introduction to Meditation

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Modern life, with its frantic pace and ceaseless demands, leaves us stressed out and exhausted. It seems almost impossible to find time for oneself, to take a breath and turn off our busy minds. Thankfully, modern science has confirmed what ancient wisdom has known for centuries: meditation changes the brain. By combining the time-tested techniques of meditation with the latest scientific findings, one can reduce stress, improve mood, and quiet the mind.

This class introduces the practice of meditation, a proven technique for reducing stress, inducing positive mental states, and cultivating lasting peace of mind.

COMING SOON!
9:00 – 10:30 am
Room: Horticulture 5001

 

Jordan Leahy – see bio below

 


A Calm Mind in a Busy World: An Ongoing Meditation Training Community

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Creating lasting personal transformation requires the support of a community and a teacher. If we are seeking to reduce stress and anxiety while feeling more grounded and relaxed in our everyday lives, the best support for such a lifestyle of wellness is a group of likeminded people who gather to strengthen the best in us. Meditating in a group allows one to experience the calm that comes when people gather with a collective focus. This class is for committed meditators who have either completed Quiet Mind, Peaceful Heart: An Introduction to Meditation, or have some experience with meditation.

Each class will include a period of extended meditation, both silent and guided, and in-depth instruction on the practice and philosophy of meditation.

COMING SOON!
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Room: 2100B

 

Jordan Leahy holds an MA in Religious Studies, is an ordained spiritual teacher through Anam Thubten of Dharmata Foundation, has twenty years personal meditation practice experience,and twelve years experience as a translator and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist lectures, trainings and educational programs.

 



Ignited Women: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

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Awaken your senses and begin to live more fully as a midlife woman! Through movement, meditation, discussion, and writing, students will be guided through a re-awakening into our physical bodies. This workshop is designed to help women reclaim our significance and value in a safe environment.

“Midlife” for women is a deep time of transition. As our bodies change we are challenged to understand what our role may be for this next phase of our lives. We may get a sense that it’s time to let go of old wounds and the notion that we are “not enough.” Instead, this is a great opportunity to step into our wisdom and power. In this workshop you will:

  • Re-awaken the connection between self and body through gentle yoga and meditation.
  • Uncover what's most important to you through inspired and stimulating writing exercises.
  • Discuss the myths and realities of midlife transitions for women.
  • Identify core desired feelings in various areas of your life.
This workshop includes an Ignited Women Workbook Journal. Included in the workbook are recommended meditations, yoga practices and other resources to support you in your midlife transition.

Please see the Extension Class Resources web page for more important information about this class.

Wed., October 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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4 Sun., November 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 9:00 - 1:00 pm - CLASS CANCELLED
Room:Horticulture 5001
Register before Sept. 9: $148
Register after Sept. 9: $155
Register two or more: $140

Plus a $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Beth Nelson is a registered yoga instructor who is passionate about inspiring bold-souled midlife women to reclaim their own vitality in order to lead a deeply fulfilling life. She leads yoga classes, workshops and retreats throughout Santa Cruz County, and has worked at Cabrillo in the Academy for College Excellence.

 

 

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