Classes

Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian Literature (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 11:45am

Six Wednesdays; March 6 - April 10, 2019 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $200

FOR INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED students of Italian
Part “giallo” and part comedy, Scontro di Civilta’ per un Ascensore in Piazza Vittorio, by Amara Lakhous, is primarily about the immigrant experience in Italy. It is an example of the nascent trend in Italian literature of foreign authors who write their works in Italian. We will explore the clash of civilizations and the “Italian” that the author creates. 

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne-Marie Lebas - Beyond the Basics French (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:45pm

Eight Mondays; Feb. 25 - April 15 , 2019 • 2:45 - 4:15 pm  • $265

These second year refresher courses are for those who would like to review what they learned in high school or college French classes, or for those students who have taken the beginning French conversation courses. The goal is to boost confidence and fluency in speaking. Venez apprendre avec plaisir!

Anne–Marie Lebas is a native of France who has taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She teaches with great enthusiasm and energy and creates a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne-Marie Lebas - Beginning Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:30pm

Eight Tuesdays; Feb. 26 - April 16, 2019, • 3:30 - 5:00 pm • $265

These sequential courses are designed for those who have no or very little knowledge of French. We work with pronunciation, vocabulary enrichment, and short conversations.

Anne–Marie Lebas is a native of France who has taught in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She teaches with great enthusiasm and energy and creates a lively and comfortable learning environment for students at any level.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Brian Martens - Ignite Your Creativity (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, April 27, 2019  • 10:00 am –1:00 pm • $60

• WRITE !
• CREATE !
• EXPRESS !
• IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY !
In this workshop, we’ll explore creativity through poetry, nature, and perception.
Learn how to tap into your own creative genius and how to nurture your own special gifts.

Brian's Workshop offers new information and clarity about being in the Creative “Zone” and also how to stay in the “Zone”. It offers the basics of where creativity comes from and, for those who have spent a lifetime creating, it offers new ways of looking at this precious commodity of creation. New research on focus and the creative process will be shared. There will be an experiential session as well as a group discussion where participants will be able to offer their insights from their years of experience. This will be a valuable sharing of the creative process.

Guidelines for the Workshop: 2 hours

- Introduction, and Poem
- My story of Creativity with Pottery, writing and poetry
- Discussion of Creativity, creative tension, focus, declaration
- Experiential session, choosing an object in nature
- Group discussion/sharing of individual creative prompts
- Creativity commitment
- Closing, Haiku or poem

Brian Martens was a Pond Farm student in the 1970s. Brian studied “The Four Fold Way” with Cross-cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien Ph.D for 7 years, received a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Sonoma State University (SSU) in 2009, and received an MA in Organization Development from SSU in 2011. His passion is writing and poetry.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Kunhardt & Peter Joseph - Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday February 23 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • Free

Free presentation, please email Joy@bookpassage.com to secure your space

The climate crisis has arrived much earlier and with more ferocity than predicted, indicating that it’s accelerating towards tipping points of no return. Yet the global political process remains mired in ineffectiveness, while the rest of humanity searches for solutions as individuals, corporations, cities, counties, and states. 

What’s the single missing ingredient that would facilitate those efforts worldwide? 

It’s simple. As long as fossil fuels remain artificially “cheap,” their use — somewhere — is inevitable. The global problem of excessive atmospheric carbon can be solved only with a global solution: a global price on carbon.  Rapid "demand destruction” can be accomplished only by raising fossil fuel prices globally in an equitable, effective and efficient fashion that’s fair, popular, and politically durable. That means giving the revenues back to citizens so they tolerated higher prices while competition for lower carbon products and processes proceeds. The global trading system in which all nations participate becomes the vehicle that induces cooperation. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan, national volunteer organization, advocates a revenue neutral, fully refunded carbon fee, dividend, and border carbon duty. Their decade of relentless, respectful work with Congress has just been rewarded with the historic introduction of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 7173.  It will be reintroduced in February 2019. 

This class will focus on the current alarming data and our best hope for activating and empowering the myriad creative solutions arising from humanity’s yearning to avoid catastrophe. We must start by fixing the market failure that “externalizes” the real costs of fossil fuels, thus harnessing the world economy to work for civilization’s survival rather than its destruction. 

Learn why you really want this legislation to pass and how you can help! 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - The Power of Story (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm

Sunday March 31, 2019 • 2 - 5 pm  • $90

Do you want more meaning in your life? More gratitude? Deeper connections with the people you care about? Our stories have the power to deliver all that. Melanie will show you how to write your life through the power of story—how storytelling helps you find meaning, deepen gratitude, and get closer to people who matter most (maybe even heal relationships). At the end of the workshop, Melanie will take you step by step through writing a powerful gratitude letter to someone you care about. Come find and share your story!

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Allison Landa - Writing From the Edge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday March 30 , 2019 • 10 am - 4 pm  • $125



Life proliferates at the continent’s ragged edge, where sunlight illuminates the water and a wide variety of species flourishes. Such is the case with writing, which grows most vivid at the roughest spots. Together we’ll explore ways to connect with what lies within and bring it to the surface through the power of the written word. This will take the form of in-class reading and writing prompts as well as group discussion.

Allison has published personal essays in publications including - The Guardian US, The Washington Post, & The Huffington Post. She studied writing at St. Mary's College of California, where she earned an MFA, and has held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Playa Summer Lake, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Julia and David White Artists' Colony.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Blackwell - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 23, 2019, • 10 am - 1 pm  • $125

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Blackwell - Introduction - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thursday February 28th, 2019 • 7 - 8 pm  • $50

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Romanticism (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; April 5 - 26 (no class 4/19) , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

A state of mind, not a style, the prevailing attitude in music, literature, and the visual arts from about 1798 until around 1846. We study painting in Germany, Norway, England, France, Switzerland and Spain and encounter artists Caspar David. Friedrich, Johann Christian Dahl, the English watercolorists Girtin and Cotman,  John Constable, JMW Turner, Heinrichi Fussli, Delacroix, Gericault, Girodet, Baron Gros, and Francisco Goya whose Romanticism gives way to Realism.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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