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Cabrillo Extension Classes
Personal Growth & Writing

Soul Collage

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

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., Oct. 23 & 30
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Sept. 14: $58
Register after Sept. 14: $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.


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., Oct. 17
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5001

Register by Sept 14: $75
Register after Sept 14: $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, 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. 19
9 am - 4 pm
Room Horticulture 5001
Register by Sept. 14: $78
Register after Sept. 14: $90

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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Memoir Writing

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

Register by Sept. 14: $65
Register after Sept. 14: $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. 14 & 15
9 am - 5:30 pm
Room: 406

Register by Sept. 14: $145
Register after Sept. 14: $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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