January – February 2019

(SGR) Women with Metastatic Cancer Daytime Support Group
Jan 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
(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.

(SGR) Women with Metastatic Cancer Support Group
Jan 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
(MPR) Gentle Yoga Wednesdays with Rotating Instructors
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This class includes a gentle asana practice as well as restorative poses. No previous experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing. Especially for women who have/had cancer. Women supporters may attend as space allows.

Class instruction by Bonnie Maeda, Katherine McStravick,  Lee Mitchell, Debbie Gilman, Vanessa Doherty and Susana Renaud

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

(MPR) Medical Qigong with Willow Lune
Jan 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The gentle yet powerful art of Qigong uses our breath, body movement, sound and meditation. All of these elements combined will help to stimulate the body’s natural healing. We will learn techniques which will help to boost our immune system, reduce stress, improve our sleep patterns and help us to feel better overall.

Willow Lune is a certified Medical Qigong instructor.  She believes it is very important that she help her students with self-empowerment  so that they can be more energized and at peace.

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

(Kitchen) Cooking Club: Fuego! Making an Immune-Boosting Herbal Tonic with Tracey Brieger
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Fuego! Making an Immune-boosting herbal tonic

Herbal medicine can help boost your immune system and be great protection against colds and flus! In this class, you’ll learn to make a traditional vinegar-based herbal remedy that you can take every day and add to salads, soups, and other dishes. You will also get to take home a sample bottle for you, your friends and your family.

Presented by Herbalist Tracey Brieger

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

WCRC Closed
Jan 31 – Feb 1 all-day

WCRC Closed for staff enrichment

(MPR) ABC Soul Line Dance with Ifasina T.L. Clear
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

ABC Soul Line Dance class, with instructor Ifasina T. L. Clear, centers people of size and people with disabilities to encourage movement and joyful body engagement. The class has seated modifications and other modifications for varying ranges of motion to dance and move together in one space.

Everyone welcome. Registration required.

(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.