Lifestyle & Enrichment Classes

Class: Jerry Frohmader - Swinging into the Fabulous 50s!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of composer, performer, teacher Jerry Frohmader

Four Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - 28 • 1:00–3:00 pm • Tuition: $125

From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging, but with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, Country Music, Rhythm and Blues, and Cool Jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, “String of Pearls”, to “Harbor Lights”, “The Tennessee Waltz”, “All Shook Up”, “Blueberry Hill”, as well as Brubeck’s “Take Five”, “Only You”, by The Platters, and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”. Includes live, recorded music and video.

An accomplished musician, Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. He has designed music for multimedia projects and the web, and he  produces music for television commercials, videos and films. Jerry's depth of knowledge and enthusiastic teaching style has earned him a loyal following in Marin. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Lynn Ryder - Reinvent Yourself After 50

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Sunday, Febuary 2, 2020 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm • Tuition: $110

In our 50s, 60s and 70s, we begin a new phase of life – a new chapter.  Are you wondering:

  • What’s next?
  • Am I living the life I want to live - my best life?  
  • How do I create a joyful and meaningful future?  

Working with an exercise book, we’ll engage in discussions, journaling and short lectures to create a vision and a plan for your happy, healthy, fulfilling future.  

Lynn Ryder, a personal coach for people over 50, is a former human resources consultant and trainer She is the author of Road to Fulfillment.

What Students Say about Lynn Ryder

"I feel EMPOWERED! I didn't know how much I needed or would enjoy Lynn's class." - Morna

"The class exceeded my expectations. Lynn was skilled at allowing enough individual commentary without losing control of the class. She kept on point and kept moving us forward - but the sharing really helped make the class." - Mary

"I loved the class! It gave me a spark and clarity I needed to get back in the game and plan a fun and exciting future." - Linda


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Corey Fischer - Telling Your Story

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
photo of actor, storytelling teacher Corey Fischer

Six Thursdays: Feb 20, 27 & Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 • 6:00-8:00 pm • Tuition: $250

Creating on your feet, out loud, is a powerful way to explore and expand your “voice” as a writer or a storyteller. Award-winning actor/writer/director Corey Fischer uses free-writing exercises, theatre games, and prompts for group sharing in a safe and supportive setting as he guides each student in discovering, shaping and performing a particular personal story. In the final class, participants will share their stories with a small, invited audience. This class is for anyone who wants to tell their own stories – on the page or on the “stage.”

Corey Fischer, co-founder of Traveling Jewish Theatre (1978-2012), has been creating and teaching theatre over 50 years. He views autobiographical storytelling as a much-needed way to open imagination and memory and to nurture community.

What Students Say About Corey Fischer

“Corey Fischer is an amazing teacher.  I took his workshops in storytelling, performance, and improvisation whenever I could. Each time my mind opened, my body became more energized and limber, my spirit and imagination expanded – always in an atmosphere of safety, human connection, and enjoyment. I highly recommend Corey as an extraordinary teacher for anyone seeking to express their creativity, find their storytelling voice, and have a lot of fun along the way.” -- Jonathan D. Greenberg, Executive Director, Gandhi King Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Stanford Law School

“With humor and heart, Corey guides you to the wild, unknown parts of your creativity.  He is a teacher not to be missed: a man with a lifetime of experience, an insightful perspective, and a gentle and supportive approach. He grounds you as you leap into the unknown, and expertly helps you shape what you bring back from your explorations.” – Naomi Stein, writer, performer

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Candace Rose Rardon - The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching Weekend Retreat

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Candace Rose Rardon, sketch artist, illustrator, travel

Two days: Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8 • 10:00am-4:00 pm • $295

Travel sketching not only helps create vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator CandaceRose Rardon for two days of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this weekend. Saturday will take place at Book Passage, with a classroom-based workshop and demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors.

On Sunday, Rardon will lead participants to Larkspur where the group will sketch together. By the end of the weekend, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels.

Lunches and a wine & cheese reception will be provided. 

Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and illustrator with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Her artwork has appeared on National Geographic, BBC Travel, and the Calm meditation app, among others, and she’s also been featured by the N.Y. Times as a sketch artist.

Image (right): Sketching on-location at Arizona's Horseshoe Bend

What Students Are Saying about Candace Rose Rardon

"Candace’s class was informative, concise, and well designed. It was presented in a thoughtful, detailed, and humorous way while allowing the students to apply the skills learned through her unending support, caring suggestions, and brilliant ideas to further enhance the sketching experience. Candace taught us the ease of sketching in a brief span of time; for instance, a colorful cafe scene, a time-worn village, or a simple garden setting with just a pencil, paint set, sketchbook, and brush…not to mention the ease of packing the above in a day-pack!” — Kathryn McGeorge, California

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925