ONGOING CLASSES AND EVENTS
Swedenborgian Worship Service
Hillside Dream Group
First and Third Sundays, 12:00-2:00
We believe we each have a soul. Yet, how often do we spend time connecting with this inner aspect of our being? What is the language of our interior? And what might it be inviting in our lives now? Dreams can guide us in our everyday experiences. They are an opportunity to develop a relationship with our inner being and become familiar with its intuitive way of communicating. This process honors a sacred relationship with our souls that helps reveal the Divine’s presence already in our lives.
Contact Howard Curtis, 510-524-8720
Kyudo: The Spiritual Path of Japanese Archery
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hour of Peace
Fourth Sundays 7:00pm
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
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00am, Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm
Come to learn and practice Tai Chi. We will promote good health, strengthen the body, improve concentration and enliven the spirit through gentle movements. While focusing the mind and breath we practice a series of 64 movements to harmonize the natural rhythms of our body with our mind, leading to greater flexibility and balance. Instructor Regina Gilligan incorporates Qi-gong for health in the warm up preceding the practice of the tai chi set. She has studied and practiced the Guang Ping Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan for over 30 years.
$10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. First month free!
Contact: Regina at email@example.com
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.
Aikido – Wednesdays
4:15-5:00pm (ages 3-7), 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 510-517-3536
Course in Miracles Study Group
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
Information about ACIM: www.facim.org
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.