Swedenborgian Worship Service
Sundays 10:30-11:30, Sep-May


Kyudo: The Spiritual Path of Japanese Archery
Sundays 12:30-3:00pm

Kyudo is the Way of the Bow. The Japanese bow is large, supple, and is made of wood and bamboo. Because the act of shooting reflects the inner working, the heart, of the archer, Kyudo is a path of self-discovery. Kyudo provides the opportunity for the archer to be pure, and to continue this state until the arrow, naturally, of its own, leaves the bow. When practiced this way, Kyudo becomes a deeply spiritual training. All are welcome and we provide all the necessary equipment to people who are getting started.


Circle Dancers
Second Sundays and Fourth Fridays

Potluck at 6:30, Dancing 7:30-9:30pm

Beginners/All Levels Welcome! No partners needed. Some of the dances are older traditional folk dances and others are more current choreographies. Music is from around the world. The dances will brighten your spirit and warm your heart. Every dance is taught.

Singing in a New World
Third Sundays 4:00-6:00pm, Sep-May

An opportunity for women, in a perfection free zone, to explore our voices in community, to sing and sound our notes in harmony, in rounds, in songs of renewal and transformation, with just enough ritual, stories and poetry to create a container and a context.  No experience necessary – just bring a willing spirit! Suggested donation $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Carol Fusco,

Hour of Peace
Fourth Sundays 7:00pm, Sep-May

Take a break from the busy world! Hillside’s building and gardens are open from 6:30-8:30 for meditation and quiet movement. Live music performed by local musicians begins at 7:00; the labyrinth is open for walking from 7:00-8:30. Free – give your soul a gift!

Contra Costa Chorale
Mondays 7:00-10:00pm

El Cerrito White Crane Silat
Second and Fourth Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm

Bay Area White Crane Silat is a collective of martial art trainers affiliated with the international Persatuan Gerak Badan (Body Movement Unity) school based on Java. A mix of classic Shaolin Kung Fu with Indonesian Pencak Silat, White Crane Silat (WCS) is typified by low, wide, flowing movements, acrobatic jumps, rolls, and falls, and free-form sparring. WCS self-defense training sustains stamina, strength, and flexibility while developing confidence and equanimity. We accept beginning students at any time.

Membership dues of $40/month cover two Tuesday evenings a month at the Hillside Community Church in El Cerrito and every Sunday at The Works studio in Berkeley. First two classes are free.

For more information, contact: Jaida Kim Samudra ( or Lauren Childs (

Aikido for Children (Special Needs Children Encouraged) – Wednesdays
4:15-5:00pm (ages 4-6), 5:15-6:15pm (ages 7-12)

Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba, who created a martial art that is purely defensive in nature. Aikido can be translated as “the art of peace” or “the way of harmony”. Aikido practice will benefit you in many ways. Practical self defense skills will be learned, and the exercises will improve physical conditioning. Your balance and flexibility will improve and the concentration needed during practice is very effective in helping you ease the tension of everyday living.

Contact Naomi at 510-517-928-9435

Course in Miracles Study Group
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm

A Course in Miracles is an internationally recognized day-by-day self-study program based on the practical application of the power of forgiveness and the attainment of peace of mind. The Course is a non-dual spiritual teaching written in Christian terminology for Western spiritual students and espouses the same non-dual truth found in Eastern teachings such Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. First published in 1975 by the Foundation for Inner Peace, the Course teaches that forgiveness is the key to universal happiness and that we move toward this forgiveness by changing how we see the world as we observe it with our Inner Teacher rather than trying to change the world.

Contact: Cathie at 510-601-8924

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Tao Kung
Fridays 8:00-9:00am

Tao Kung is an internal energy and health movement system developed by the grandmaster of the Persatuan Gerak Badan (Body Movement Unity) school in Indonesia. A renowned healer, grandmaster Suhu Gunawan Rahardja designed these sets of gentle movements for patients and older adults who wish to maintain health, improve vitality, and increase their energy as they age. While some of the movements are reminiscent of yoga, qi gong, or tai chi exercises, this is a unique system for training internal energy. Adults must be at least 30 years old to participate. All movements can be adapted to suit individual levels of physical ability. Tao Kung is offered by Jaida Samudra at two locations in the East Bay: Friday mornings in El Cerrito and Wednesday afternoons in north Oakland.

There are no regular fees for the class, but students are asked to make donations (suggested $5 per session) to cover space rental.

For more information, contact Jaida Kim Samudra (

Moving Meditation
Fridays 9:30-10:45am

This is a dance-inspired workout for body, mind and spirit. Join us to move to inspiring rhythm and music from around the world both traditional and contemporary. Any level of experience is welcome; variations are shown for all levels. Mobilize, strengthen, balance, move faster, travel across the space, hold deep stamina poses, relax, meditate, stretch, align and ground. Leave feeling refreshed, vital and centered, ready for a happy and productive day. Beth Harris is a movement coach, choreographer and director who has performed many forms of dance and theatre as well as studied yoga and chi gung. She is a graduate in Meditation and Energy Management as well as a Z-Health Neural Performance Specialist.

$15-$20 sliding scale, cash or checks accepted.

Please contact Beth at 510-847-7616 for more information.