Colin Amato, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern # 94738, supervised by Elizabeth Barber LMFT, volunteers at Hillside to provide psychotherapy for the community. Colin provides Individual, Couples, Child, Adolescent, and Family therapy. All services are confidential and fees are set to a sliding scale based on income. Scholarships are available. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please call Colin at (707)-655-6975.
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Ongoing Classes and Events
Swedenborgian Worship Service
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.
Contra Costa Chorale
El Cerrito White Crane Silat
Second and Fourth Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm
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 for Children (Special Needs Children Encouraged) – Wednesdays
3:15-4:00pm (ages 4-7), 4:15-5:00 (ages 8-13)
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 510-928-9435
Yoga for Everybody
Do you feel tension in your neck, shoulder, or back? Start the day with Yoga, the best physical exercise to release the tension and increase flexibility. You will also calm your mind through deep breathing (Pranayama). You will learn basic understanding of proper alignment, technique, and yoga breath. In this everyday busy life, you need to take time to really connect to yourself during the class, feel balance and tranquility/calmness in your mind and body and carry this contentment through the remainder of your day. The instructor is a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher, and has practiced and taught for over 15 years. She also can speak Japanese and trained in Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga. Your first class is free! Contact Hiromi Jones, 415-939-6867, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bekindyoga.blogspot.com
Second Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm
When practicing meditation at a Sunray Community Circle, one first progresses through meditation of the Ywahoo (Eastern Cherokee) lineage, including the Dance of the Four Directions and the Diamond Body meditation practice, a series of chants, visualizations, and silent sitting. A concluding Talking Stick circle is done. In 1969, Sunray Meditation Society was founded as a vehicle for the appropriate teachings of the Ywahoo lineage to be shared with those of one heart, native and non-native alike. To join the email list of for more information, contact email@example.com. The Sunray Meditation Society has a wonderful and informative website: sunray.org
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).