Staff Development Workshops Offer a Bit of Everything

The Staff Development Workshop Series continues, with the ongoing ten-week Tai Chi course and much more. For more information, visit the Staff Development website at www.sonoma.edu/staffdevelopment.

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taichi.JPGTai Chi 10-Week Session
Fridays: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, from noon-1 p.m. in Ives 80
Newcomers & Drop-ins Welcome - No Reservations Required

Maggie Mackey continues her popular Taiji classes with a ten-week series. An introduction to the basic principles of Taiji (Tai Chi Chuan), a traditional Chinese art known to develop strength, balance and flexibility. These exercises are performed in a gentle, flowing sequence of relaxed movements. Beneficial effects include relaxation, stress reduction, increased blood circulation and rejuvenation. Taiji practice is very good for building up your health and strength; it is a well-balanced exercise, "healthening" the body and mind. All levels welcome.

Mackey has studied Yang Style Taiji continuously since 1983 in North America, Europe and Asia. Her teachers include two generations of Tung Family Taiji masters, and the well-known and respected local teacher Jane Golden.

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Simple Meditations, Mental Training Techniques
Thursday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 1 from noon-1 p.m. in Stevenson 3042
Lane Olson, Credentials Office

Stress got you down? Learn some simple techniques that you can do at home or at work to lower heart rate and deepen your breathing. Participants will sit quietly for two ten-minute meditation periods and have a short question-and-answer in between. No experience required. Lane Olson has been sitting meditation for 35 years, first with TM and then Zen Buddhism. All levels welcome.

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iRest (Integrative Restoration)
Thursday, Oct. 27 from noon-1 p.m. in Stevenson 3042

Rhonda Gerhard, LMFT, Certified Integrative Yoga Teacher guides participants through this deep relaxation practice, where the conscious mind is in a state between waking and sleep. It is designed to help relax and resolve symptoms of sleeplessness, anxiety, fear, depression, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress, and many other things we encounter as human beings.

Gerhard has studied directly with Dr. Richard Miller, Founder and Director of the Integrative Restoration Institute and has integrated the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra into her teachings with groups and individuals.

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Hand Massage
Wednesday, Oct. 12 from noon-1 p.m. in Stevenson 3049
Elliott Freed, Acupuncturist - M.A. American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncturist Elliott Freed teaches techniques for doing personal hand massage to access pressure points to relieve stress, balance the body energies and relax tension. Learn to do these simple techniques on yourself and others. Within a span of five to ten minutes a smiple hand massage can relax you and relieve pain in the body.

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Low Ropes Course*
Friday, Oct. 21 from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Ropes courses are used to develop leadership skills, foster team building and just plain having fun with your co-workers! Encourage other members on your work team to join you. Don't miss this once a semester opportunity to "do the ropes!" Meet at the front desk of the Recreation Center at 12:55 p.m.

* Those interested in participating should contact Janet Henker to get on the list for this Friday afternoon workshop. Class is limited to 10 participants. You will need to get permission from your supervisor to attend this half-day adventure.

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LifeCores: A Tool to Explore Your Life History
Thursday, Nov. 3 and Thursday, Nov. 17 from noon-1 p.m. in Stevenson 3042

Are you interested in intersections between art, science and creative writing? Have you thought about writing your memoir, but don't know where to start? Would you like to diagram your life?

Join Dr. Heidi LaMoreaux, a physical geographer, artist and professor in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, for a workshop that helps you to explore your personal history within the context of earth science concepts. In this workshop you will create a LifeCore diagram by connecting scientific principles to your life experiences.

Thinking about periods of personal history as layers in a sediment core or tree core creates unique spaces for creative exploration. For example, what colors or patterns would best represent different layers of your life? Would a specific life layer be blue, or red, or ocher? Would the color be solid or mottled? Would the break between layers be distinct, or would one layer blend into another layer? How would your life look if diagrammed on paper?

During the first workshop (November 3), LaMoreaux will explain the principles behind LifeCore diagrams, and help you gather your "data" and create a rough LifeCore diagram. During the second workshop (November 17), we will share our diagrams and explore possibilities for using your LifeCore diagrams as a starting place for writing memoir pieces.

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Positive Eating: There are no bad foods! (just more or less life giving ones)
Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon-1 p.m. in Stevenson 3042

Dr. Glenn Brassington, professor of psychology, speaks about the current research on the best foods to eat to control weight, prevent disease, and promote mental health. He will also share proven strategies for sticking to and enjoying life giving foods.

Brassington has been doing research on healthy lifestyles for the past 20 years at both SSU in the Department of Psychology and Stanford University at the Prevention Research Center. He is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in motivating people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. He frequently speaks to professional and academic audiences in the U.S. and abroad.

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For more information, visit the Staff Development website at www.sonoma.edu/staffdevelopment.

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