January – February 2019

(SGR) Latinas con Cáncer (AHA!) /Latinas with Cancer (AHA!) Para latinas hispanohablantes/For Spanish-speaking Latinas
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(All of WCRC) Art Opening: TAOLB: Family is…: Visions of Connectedness
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Art of Living Black (TAOLB)
Family is…: Visions of Connectedness

Art Opening Reception
Friday, January 25 :: 6 to 8:00 pm
2908 Ellsworth Street in Berkeley
Music and light refreshments.

Show runs from January 25 – March 22, 2019

Regular Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm

Everyone welcome. Registration is appreciated.

(MPR) Introduction to TOUCH DRAWING – Expressive Arts Special Session
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Introduction to TOUCH DRAWING – Sunday, January 27th 10:30-2:30

Touch drawing involves making art with your hands by placing a paper on top of freshly rolled paint pressing the paper with your hands. It is an intuitive and deep art-making process.
To learn more please visit:

All materials will be provided.
Registration or RSVP is necessary to know how much materials top bring

Francisca Lizana, MFT, is from Chile and is fully bilingual in both Spanish and English.  She received a Fine Arts Bachelor Degree (Chile) an MA in Design & Media Arts (England), and an MA in Counseling Psychology, specialized in Expressive Arts Therapy, through the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Everyone welcome, please be on time. Registration required.

(SGR) Mindful Tapping Meditation with Melbra Watts
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you trying to reduce your stress? Consider tapping it out! Participants will learn an easy tapping sequence of acupressure points and be guided in tapping through layers of stress and into greater health and wellbeing. For women who have/had cancer and those women who are cancer care supporters!

Melbra Watts is an energy medicine health coach she provides coaching and training in wellness and holistic development to individuals and groups to help reduce stress, improve performance and lower healthcare costs. Everyone welcome. Registration is required for each individual class date.

(Kitchen) Cooking Club: Blended Soups with Trudy Schafer
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Blended Soups

Join personal chef Trudy Schafer, MA as we learn how to make nutritionally dense soups and the different techniques of blending.

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

(MPR) Gentle Hatha Yoga with Vanessa Doherty
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Hatha Yoga is a gentle, traditional practice that encompasses breathing techniques, meditation and mindful movement. While stretching and strengthening the body, it can reduce stress and increase energy flow.

A yogi since 1994, Vanessa Doherty began teaching yoga in 2010. Certified in the traditional practice of Hatha Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Reiki.

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

(SGR) 8 Week Class: Mindful Self-Compassion
Jan 29 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Lynne Henderson Headshot8 week class, plus 1 day retreat.

Sorry, this class is full. 

Mindful Self-Compassion is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, which opens our hearts to suffering so we can give ourselves what we need, a sense of common humanity, which opens us to our essential inter-relatedness so we know we are not alone, and balanced mindful awareness, which opens us to the present moment, which helps us accept our experience with greater ease.
Rapidly expanding research reveals that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying interpersonal relationships.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or have difficulty and feel uncomfortable when treating themselves with kindness. It provides emotional strength and resilience, reduces self-criticism and isolation, and allows us all to be more authentically ourselves.

Lynne Henderson, PhD., is founder of the Shyness Institute and was director of the Stanford Shyness Clinic for 25 years. She has been a visiting scholar and lecturer in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. Lynne incorporates Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion-Focused Therapy in her clinical work and teaches MSC.

WCRC Closed
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day

WCRC Closed for staff enrichment

(SGR) Reiki Healing Clinic with Stephanie Drotter Seidell
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Reiki Healing Clinic Lead by Stephanie Drotter Seidell

** Registration is limited, please reserve a time slot

Reiki is a gentle hands-on healing practice that helps to relax and de-stress the body, mind and spirit.  It is an excellent compliment to traditional medicine, supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Commonly reported benefits of Reiki include stress relief, inner calm, improved sleep, and pain relief. After a brief orientation, each participant will receive a mini Reiki treatment while lying clothed on a massage table.

The clinic will be lead by Stephanie Drotter Seidell, a Reiki Master practicing in Oakland.

Everyone welcome. Registration required. Reserve a time slot.*

*If you cannot make your selected appointment, we respectfully request it be released for others waiting for an opening.

(MPR) Gelli Printing Intensive with Lynn Richards
Feb 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Back by popular request!

We’ll print bunches of gelli prints in the first half of the afternoon, then cut them up and collage them in the second half. Think about making personal valentines or multi-use note cards. No experience is needed!  Just a spirit of playfulness and willingness to get your hands dirty.

Over the past ten years, Lynn and her art partner, Audrey Spector, have brought weekly art sessions to many women over the years.  Women who have been homeless and women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.  Lynn has discovered how making art communally has the potential to bring joy and a sense of healing.

Everyone welcome. Registration required.