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Printable Summer 2023 Course Schedule (PDF) Created May 9, 2023

Course Details

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Monday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Prehistoric Mass Extinctions: Are We Next? Prof. Alan Capelle Capitol Lakes

Tuesday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Short Stories and Essays Irv Klibaner Capitol Lakes

Wednesday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Mindfulness Practice: Breathing and Walking Craig Wille Hybrid - Vista West
2 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mindfulness: Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Book Discussion Craig Wille Hybrid - Vista West

Thursday

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Time

Course

Coordinator

Location

1

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Hidden Gems: Lesser known Songs of Bob Dylan Tim Otis Covenant Presbyterian Church

Summer 2023 Course dESCRIPTIONS

Monday

1

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Prehistoric Mass Extinctions: Are We Next?

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Prof. Alan Capelle alandcapelle@gmail.com 608-215-9632

Course Description

During the 4.6 billion-year history of planet Earth, five major mass extinctions have occurred which have profoundly impacted the planet’s biodiversity. Join Prof. Alan as we explore each of these major events and what humans are doing to our planet during the 6th major mass extinction. Are we at risk of exterminating ourselves with our current atmospheric experiment already underway?

Location Capitol Lakes
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date June 06, 2022
End Date July 05, 2022
No Course Dates June 20, 2022; July 04, 2022
Participation
Class Size 30
# of Sessions 4
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Monday

2

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Thinking as a Sacred Activity

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Heather C. Williams heather@drawingtogether.com 760-213-6060

Course Description

We’ll use drawing exercises and journal writing to explore three kinds of thinking: Mechanical Thinking, Critical Thinking and Straight Thinking in the Abstract. We will look at the first four inventions of humanity (hunter/gatherer, herder, farmer, civilization). We’ll explore humanity's 5th invention (Artificial Intelligence) and how it will really change our world. We’ll explore the work of Plato, Socrates, Joseph Campbell, Gerald Heard, Carl Jung, Thane Walker and more to understand how thinking is a sacred activity.

Location Virtual
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date June 06, 2022
End Date July 11, 2022
No Course Dates July 04, 2022
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 5
Bio Heather C. Williams Bio

Monday

3

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Mindfulness Practice: Breathing and Walking

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Craig Wille wille.craig@gmail.com 608-692-3163

Course Description

Over six sessions, the 16 steps of Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) will be gradually presented in a meditation format. Each class will consist of a brief recorded introduction to the day’s focus, then a recorded meditation through audio guidance by well-known mindfulness teach Gil Fronsdal. This set will take 35 minutes. We will then do a 30-minute round of mindful walking. Options to walking will be provided for those who find that activity difficult. Each class will conclude with an optional time where discussion about the day’s practices can occur. The class is appropriate both for those with and without any previous mindfulness experience.

Location Hybrid - Vista West
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Date June, 07 2023
End Date July, 12 2023
No Course Dates
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Mindfulness Practice: Breathing and Walking

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Craig Wille wille.craig@gmail.com 608-692-3163

Course Description

Over six sessions, the 16 steps of Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) will be gradually presented in a meditation format. Each class will consist of a brief recorded introduction to the day’s focus, then a recorded meditation through audio guidance by well-known mindfulness teach Gil Fronsdal. This set will take 35 minutes. We will then do a 30-minute round of mindful walking. Options to walking will be provided for those who find that activity difficult. Each class will conclude with an optional time where discussion about the day’s practices can occur. The class is appropriate both for those with and without any previous mindfulness experience.

Location Hybrid - Vista West
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Date June, 07 2023
End Date July, 12 2023
No Course Dates
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Monday

4

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Exploring Creativity

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Karen Wulff wulff.karen@gmail.com 608-770-8408

Course Description

Class will be a workshop where individuals work on their personal art goals in a sharing environment. Participants can exchange knowledge and offer “gentle” feedback to each other if they want to. Bring the supplies you will need for your own project. Everyone must bring a plastic or similar material sheet or tarp to put under their workspace. We are fortunate to be invited to use the space and therefore this requirement is a must. Also, the church requires that participants follow their COVID-19 protocols.

Location Christ Presbyterian Church
Meeting Day Monday
Meeting Time 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Start Date June 06, 2022
End Date August 15, 2022
No Course Dates July 04, 2022
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size 10
# of Sessions 10
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Tuesday

1

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Short Stories and Essays

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Irv Klibaner irwinklibaner@gmail.com 608-274-4089

Course Description

For those who love reading and discussion, this is the perfect entertainment. There is always a lively, opinionated, and friendly atmosphere with a warm welcome for all participants. Come join us as we delve into the ever-fascinating world of short stories and essays created by some of the best writers who have put pen to paper. The book for summer is: Short Story Masterpieces, by Raymond Carver & Tom Jenks (pb..Dell, 1987). It is available at Amazon or other used book outlets.

Location Capitol Lakes
Meeting Day Tuesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date June 07, 2022
End Date

August 09, 2022

No Course Dates
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size 15
# of Sessions 10
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Wednesday

1

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Mindfulness Practice: Breathing and Walking

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Craig Wille wille.craig@gmail.com 608-692-3163

Course Description

Over six sessions, the 16 steps of Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) will be gradually presented in a meditation format. Each class will consist of a brief recorded introduction to the day’s focus, then a recorded meditation through audio guidance by well-known mindfulness teach Gil Fronsdal. This set will take 35 minutes. We will then do a 30-minute round of mindful walking. Options to walking will be provided for those who find that activity difficult. Each class will conclude with an optional time where discussion about the day’s practices can occur. The class is appropriate both for those with and without any previous mindfulness experience.

A commitment to regular meditation is expected of participants for this course.

Location Hybrid - Vista West
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Start Date June, 07 2023
End Date July, 12 2023
No Course Dates
Participation High participation with assignments and/or possible presentations by participants
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Wednesday

2

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Mindfulness: Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Book Discussion

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Craig Wille wille.craig@gmail.com 608-692-3163

Course Description

This class is in the format of a book discussion. The book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser, by Louis Richmond is a user's guide to aging well. The book is about aging from a spiritual and experiential perspective. If you're a Buddhist, then many of the contemplative reflections may be familiar to you; and maybe in any context. If you're not a Buddhist, then these reflections may well speak to you and be of use. Purchase of the book is required. It's available from Amazon and other sources.

Location Hybrid - Vista West
Meeting Day Wednesday
Meeting Time 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Start Date June 08, 2022
End Date July 06, 2022
No Course Dates
Participation
Class Size No limit
# of Sessions 5
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

Thursday

1

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Hidden Gems: Lesser known Songs of Bob Dylan

Coordinator

Name  Email Phone
Tim Otis tierneyotis@gmail.com 608-233-1050

Course Description

This course will focus on some of Dylan's lesser known songs . Many of these songs are among his better compositions. We will listen to and watch performances of many of these songs and discuss the often interesting stories about their origins. During classes we will watch YouTube videos and documentaries, and have discussions about the music itself. There will also be recommended readings distributed as preparation for each class.

Location Covenant Presbyterian Church
Meeting Day Thursday
Meeting Time 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Start Date June 16, 2022
End Date July 21, 2022
No Course Dates
Participation Regular reading/discussion expected
Class Size 15
# of Sessions 6
Registration Required, contact coordinator for instructions

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