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Start: 1:00 pm

Francis Weller, psychotherapist and author of Entering the Healing Ground: Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World ($15.95), will offer an afternoon talk on the ways grief touches our lives. He will delve into the soul’s relationship with grief, how grief shared deepens our capacity for compassion and eases the congested sorrows that cloud our hearts. He will explore the obstacles to grief that hinder our ability to empty the bowl of grief we carry and recall that “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.”

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. To further this work, he founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures. Francis received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and two Master’s Degrees from John F. Kennedy University in Clinical Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology. His writings have appeared in anthologies and journals exploring the confluence between psyche, nature and culture.

 

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

Embodying the selfless love, miraculous energy, dazzling grace, pure joy, and unfathomable mystery of the Divine Mother, Amma embraces and comforts millions of people around the world, providing food, housing, health care, education, and spiritual values. Compassion, she says, is the only power that can save the world. Her longtime follower Janine Canan MD, a psychiatrist and a poet, offers a garland of 108 of Amma's most penetrating and inspiring teachings.

Janine will introduce Garland of Love by Mata Amritanandamayi, 108 sayings by the renowned international humanitarian and spiritual leader from India, selected by American poet & psychiatrist Janine Canan MD for inspiration & contemplation in a small handy book with several photos of Amma.  

Janine Canan is the author of 20 books including the award-winning anthologies Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart and She Rises like the Sun: Invocations of the Goddess by Contemporary American Women Poets; acclaimed translations of two Belle Époque poets, Francis Jammes and Else Lasker-Schüler; two illustrated storybooks, Journeys with Justine and Walk Now in Beauty: The Legend of Changing Woman (part of the Navajo Literacy Project); a collection of essays, Goddesses Goddesses; and many volumes of poetry including Changing Woman, a Small Press Review pick, her NEA grant-recipient first book, Of Your Seed, and most recently, Ardor: Poems of Life. Janine lives in California, graduated from Stanford with distinction and NYU School of Medicine, is a psychiatrist and consultant for Indian humanitarian Mata Amritanandamayi. Her writing has appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. For more information, visit JanineCanan.com or Facebook. - See more at: http://thedanobrienproject.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-moment-with-janine-canan.html#sthash.hgrK27X7.dpuf

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Scientific revelation and planetary crisis are now expanding the scope of questions that have always stirred when people gaze into the night sky: How big and how old is all of this? How did we come to be and where are we going? Join June and her friends for the ultimate campfire story. In Mountain: An Evolutionary Epic ($12.95), journey with June and her friends for a week in the backcountry, as they take in the evolving saga of the cosmos and work out their own unfolding lives within that epic context. Share their everyday—and life-shifting—dramas, from love and grief to work and creativity, from spiritual practice to climate crisis, from war to classroom.

William Carney’s poetry has been awarded two American Academy of Poets prizes and a Hutchinson Fellowship at Williams College. His previous books include Cities, a nuclear peace epic. As a landscape architect, he oversaw the design and construction of Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. He started telling the story of the universe as a camp naturalist in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a field biologist at Philmont National Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 10:15 am

8 Mondays • Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

The advance class makes extensive use of contemporary materials, including newspaper articles and novels. 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

 

Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

8 Mondays • Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

 

For first year students who have had some Spanish study.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

8 Mondays, Jan. 6 - Feb. 24  • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

Lisez à la maison un livre, des textes d’actualité puis discutez en classe et cultivez votre français en échangeant des idées. Révision de grammaire selon vos besoins. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

8 Mon., Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 • 1:00-3:30pm • $250

 

 

This course gives the essentials of everyday topics: salutations, food, and communicating in simple, correct sentences. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

In Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day ($16.95), word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease.

Left Coast Writers provides literary connections, support, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. LCW hosts a variety of activities to launch the books of members and explore publishing alternatives. See www.bookpassage.com/left-coast-writers.

 

Start: 7:00 pm
Where Somebody Waits ($15.95) instantly transports you to small-town Arkansas more than a half-century ago-a world of catfish and bourbon-and-Coke; of tent revival meetings and less boisterous discussions about heaven and hell; of finding love or just dreaming about it. A neighborly community, but with its share of intrigues.

And instantly you're under the spell of Ruby Davidson. Self-assured, kind, always willing to take a stand for people less fortunate, at "five foot ten inches, with masses of red hair and a pompadour that increases her stature to six feet," she's also strikingly beautiful. Ruby loves her husband, adores her nephews and nieces, and more or less dutifully respects the tightly knit Jewish family into which she has married. Her life is filled with triumphs and failings, joy and sadness, lived with all possible grace, and told in a spirit of admirable and honest reflection. A full life, yes, but not an untroubled one, because Ruby also still loves her high-school sweetheart. How she comes to terms with this old, old conundrum and how it affects the lives of everyone around her shape the heart of Where Somebody Waits.

Margaret Kaufman, poet and fiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including letterpress limited editions published by the Gefn Press (London), The Janus Press (Vermont), and Protean Press (San Francisco). Her first full-length collection, Snake at the Wrist, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2002. A resident of Kentfield, California, Kaufman leads poetry workshops, teaches at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco, and edits both fiction and poetry. 

 

 

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Start: 8:30 am
End: 10:15 am

8 Tues., Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 8:30-10:15am • $250

 

 

 

Speaking and listening will be emphasized, supported by grammatical usage. Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

8 Tuesdays • Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

 

Continuation of grammar and language immersion.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 10:30 am
End: 12:30 pm

8 Tues., Jan. 7 - March 11 (no class Feb. 11 & 18) • 10:30-12:30pm • $250

 

 

Text: "Grammaire Progressive du Francais/Perfectionnement "- 600 exercices by Maia Gregoire 

The class will discuss and debate current issues, and students will read a popular novel in French. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian. 

Start: 10:30 am
End: 12:15 pm

8 Tuesdays • Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 10:30-12:15pm • $250

 

 

This class will improve the student’s listening,comprehension and speaking ability.

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

8 Tues., Jan. 7 - March 11 (no class Feb. 11 & 18) • 1:00-3:30pm • $250

 

 

Text: "En Bonne Forme" by Simone Renaud-Dietiker - 8th edition  

This class offers selections from French authors and a review of French grammar. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian. 

 

 

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

8 Tuesdays • Jan. 7 - Feb. 25 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250

 

 

This class will introduce basic Italian grammar and vocabulary. Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”

 

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm
Eight Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - Mar. 4 (No class Feb. 18) • 6:30-8:30 pm • $320
 
Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work. Keenan provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed. Restricted registration – call for information.
 
 
8
Start: 9:00 am
End: 11:00 am

8 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 9:00-11:00am • $250

 

 

 

A basic introduction for students who have never studied Spanish.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

8 Wednesdays., Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

Further study of tenses and grammatical concepts through simple dialogues, as well as reviewing regular and irregular verbs. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

Start: 12:00 pm

Meet and greet!

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers with five young children between them. They understand the challenges and rewards of two-career households. They also know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but because of them. You can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally—the man you married.

After interviewing hundreds of parents and employers, surveying more than a thousand working mothers, and combing through the latest government and social science research, the authors have discovered that kids, husbands, and wives all reap huge benefits when couples commit to share equally as breadwinners and caregivers. Mothers work without guilt, fathers bond with their kids, and children blossom with the attention of two involved parents. Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All ($18.95) presents real-world solutions for parents who want to get ahead in their careers and still get to their children’s soccer games.

Sharon Meers leads strategy for Magento, eBay’s global e-commerce platform. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women’s Network in the Investment Management Division. Joanna Strober is the Founder and CEO of an online company developing a platform and tools to help fight and prevent childhood obesity. Formerly, she was a direct venture capital investor and private equity investor for over 20 years. Sharon and Joanna both live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their husbands and children.

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 3:00 pm

8 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 1:00-3:00pm • $250

 

 

 

This class is for beginners and those who have previously had some exposure to German. 

Hamid Emami has a Masters from the University of Hamburg, and he is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

 

 

Start: 1:15 pm
End: 3:00 pm

8 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 • 1:15-3:00pm • $250

 

 

Students will start reading short novels by modern Italian writers, as well as reviewing difficult grammar structures and the subjunctive tense. Material will be provided. 

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

 

Start: 3:30 pm
End: 5:30 pm

6 Wednesdays • Jan. 8 - Feb. 12 • 3:30-5:30pm • $185

 

 

 

This course is for students who are interested in honing their language skills by reading and reviewing a modern Italian novella in class. Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm
How to Work a Room ($15.99) is the classic bestselling self-help book on improving communication and socialization skills in business and life. This 25th Anniversary Edition is fully revised and updated, incorporating new research on interaction and the role of technology and social media in networking, with Susan RoAne’s tips for using digital strategies to advantage.
 
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Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

8 Thursdays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 10:00-12:00pm • $250

 

 

 

For students who have had Spanish study. Reading list TBA.

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, and has been teaching Spanish for 35 years.

 

 

Start: 11:15 am
End: 1:15 pm

8 Thursdays, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 11:15-1:15pm • $250

 

 

Improve your French with current events, varied texts, and dialogues. The class goes further with grammar and verb tenses. Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycee Francais, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France. Josette's classes often read poems, break out in song, and discuss the joys of French culture.

 

 

 

 

Start: 12:45 pm
End: 2:30 pm

8 Thursdays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 12:45-2:30 pm • $250

 

 

Students will continue to study basic Italian grammar as well as present and past tense. Textbook is Studio Italiano

Gisella Petrone has a Masters degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

 

 

Start: 2:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm

8 Thurs., Jan. 9 - March 20 (no class Feb. 13, 20, & March 13) • 2:00-4:00pm • $250

 

 

Texts: Grammaire Progressive du Francais/Intermediaire - 600 exercices, Maia Gregoire and Odile Thievenaz  (Nouvelle edition) & Graded French Reader/2e etape (4th edition), Camille Bauer  

The class will include the subjunctive and conditional tenses. Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years. She graduated from the Sorbonne with degrees in French, Russian, and Bulgarian.

 

 

Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

8 Thursdays • Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 • 6:00-8:00pm • $250

 

 

 

This course will encourage all students to communicate correctly using past, present, and future verb tenses along with common words and everyday expressions. Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”

 

Start: 6:00 pm

Are you ready to get your sugar and carb cravings under control? The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally ($34.95) is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will naturally re-set your body and your habits! More than 10,000 people have already succeeded with this easy-to-follow meal plan and more than 75 recipes suitable for all levels of the program. Choose the level that's best for you—and bust a lifetime of sugar and carb cravings in just three weeks.. Now it's your turn! In just three weeks, you can free yourself from cravings, regain your energy, and feel great again.

This simple detox plan will help you break the stronghold of your worst go-to foods: the sweets, the refined grains you grab on the go, even the many seemingly "okay" foods that contain hidden sugars. These foods taste great, but they make you look and feel terrible. They rob you of your focus, spawn irrational mid-afternoon cravings, and make it so you can't even get through the day without wanting—no, needing—to prop up your energy level with caffeine or, worse, even more sugar!

Diane Sanfilippo holds a BS from Syracuse University and is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who specializes in blood sugar regulation and digestive health. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle and writes for her popular health blog www.balancedbites.com, teaches nutrition seminars nationwide and has a top-rated weekly health podcast in iTunes, "The Balanced Bites Podcast."

 

Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Eight Thursdays: Jan. 9 - Mar. 6 (No class Feb. 20) • 6:30-8:30pm • $320

Restricted registration - please call for information 

Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

 

10
Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

4 Fridays • Jan. 10-31 • 10:00-12:00pm • $120

 

 

Survey some of the painters and sculptors who responded to changing cultural patterns in the Bay Area, focusing on the high spots: the Arts and Crafts Movement of 1890-1920; the Society of Six; the California colorists; and Bay Area abstraction and figurative artists, including David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. Look at the sculpture by Ruth Asawa (with a map for a self-guided tour of her work).

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

 

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm
Throughout history, hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in the context of how sound conveys information and how that information influences the listener. In Hear Where We Are ($34.99), Michael Stocker inverts this premise and examines how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical relationships with their surroundings.
 
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Start: 10:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 11 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

Please note that the date has changed

This workshop focuses on the basic craft elements of fine storytelling: plot, character, point of view, setting, imagery, dialogue, description, pacing, voice, and theme. After deconstructing the skill-set of some brilliant authors, participants will write from prompts, beginning a novel or short story which they will then read and discuss with fellow participants.

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody, and Cut Through the Bone.

 

Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 11 • 10:00-2:00pm • $60

 

 

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

You’ve written a brilliant story and can’t wait to hear what others think. You’re stuck and need a critique. What to do? Bring your manuscript, or even just an idea, to this on-thespot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

 

Start: 10:00 am
End: 4:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 11 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

 

This workshop focuses on the craft of fine storytelling: plot, character, point of view, setting, imagery, dialogue, description, pacing, voice, and theme. After deconstructing the skill-set of some brilliant authors, participants will write from prompts, beginning a novel or short story which they will then read and discuss with fellow participants. Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections: Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone.

 

 

Start: 1:00 pm

Author David Christopher has elegantly crafted a new narrative that translates the scientific facts of the Universe into a soulful story of creation. The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul, and Spirit ($17.95) breathes life into the cold, scientific worldview of the universe, transforming our physical history into a living story—and provides us with powerful insights into navigating the global ecological, social, and spiritual crises now facing our world, and provocatively argues the crises we face today just might be the best thing that ever happened to humanity.

David Christopher is a "spiritual but not necessarily religious" thinker, speaker, and researcher. He is most influenced by Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry, Miriam MacGillis, and James Lovelock, as well as those in the discipline of "Big History" such as David Christian and Fred Spier. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

Marin author Ace Remas reveals the joys and terrors of the Buddhist path in his memoir, Just Passin' Through: My Rough Ride to Buddha Land ($16.95). Inspired by the Buddhist message implicit in a Nevada cowboy's poem, he offers an affirming but realistic account of spiritual practice.

 

Start: 7:00 pm
What if a puma could spring from the grass and motivate you to “get more pounce to the ounce”? Or what if an electric eel could somehow zap you with the mindset to “be positive’’? Such is the concept behind Elaine Bond’s Dream Affimals ($19.95)—that animals can uplift your spirits, simply by doing what comes naturally.
 


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