Adult / Senior Workshops

Wisdom Workshops

The City of Orinda is always interested in new and exciting workshop topics to include in our Senior Services program. Our goal is to offer sessions that are informative and relevant
to the lives of Orinda’s senior community.

The Parks and Recreation department schedules approximately one Wisdom Workshop per month. Typically, these sessions are scheduled on weekday mornings at 10:30 am and last approximately one hour. These workshops are free of charge to participants. 

Depending on the topic, our sessions might include between 8–15 participants. We do not offer any legal or financial advice lectures and presenters offer their lectures on a volunteer (unpaid) basis. We do not encourage you to sell anything at your presentation, but you may promote your business to anyone who wants to follow up with you!

These workshops are free; however, pre-registration is required so please call 925-254-2445 for registration assistance. Wisdom Workshops are held at the Orinda Community Center.

2020 Wisdom Workshops

Heartfulness Meditation with Yogic Transmission (Pranahuti)
Presenter: Gabriela Mozee
Wednesday, March 4, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 703542

In Heartfulness Meditation, we focus on our heart, the Divine Heart or some call it The Seat of the Soul.  You will go through a relaxation meditation and then into a silent meditation, all the while bringing our attention back to our Divine Light in the Heart. Gabriela Mozee has been a practitioner since 2001 and now an Advanced Teacher with Heartfulness Meditation, and since 2013 have been approved by Global Teacher, Kamlesh Patel, to teach heart-centered meditation and help with transmission of Pranahuti for easier and faster spiritual evolution.

Presenter: Jean Goldman, Goldman Transitions
Wednesday, March 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 8
Barcode: 3173

If you are like most people, years of home ownership have left you with a house full of things you no longer want or need.  You may be saving things for your children but now realize that they do not want them. It may be time to downsize.  This seminar will give you the tools and resources you need to start to go through these things and begin to clear them out. Determine what you would like to keep and what should be donated, sold, recycled and where to take them.   Jean Goldman is the principal of GOLDMAN TRANSITIONS providing downsizing, organizing, de-cluttering, and senior management services for seniors and their families.

Know the Ten Signs
Presenter: Jan Walker, Alzheimer’s Association
Wednesday, March 25, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room # 7
Barcode: 3174

This workshop will explore the most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s to help you be informed about what is normal aging and what is not. By the end of the program, the goal is to be able to: describe typical age-related memory, thinking or behavior changes; recognize common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, discuss the tips for approaching someone about memory concerns, explain the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis, identify possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and name the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association. FREE

Meditation and Personal Development
Presenter:  Mary Bruns
Wednesday, April 8, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 3175

Meditation promotes inner peace and well-being, leading to inspiration, self-knowledge, healing, and a deeper spiritual connection.  In this introductory class, you will learn techniques to quiet your thoughts and tune into a higher state of consciousness.  Since Life offers many opportunities for growth and development, understanding your own unique path helps to reduce the feeling of stress. FREE

Journaling towards Wholeness
Presenter:  Gabriela Mozee
Wednesday, April 15, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 70543

We’ll be using the writing exercises as described in the book:  The Marriage of Spirit:  Enlightened Living in Today’s World, by Leslie Temple-Thurston (no need to purchase for the class). They consist of 3 main exercises:  1. Writing your story about what ails, saddens, upsets or frustrates you in your life and do a Reconciliation of Opposites--where we try to find the part of the story that is hidden from our conscious view, making lists of positive and negative.  In doing so, we remove layers of burdens, heaviness, resentments, misunderstandings, and most of all, Karma!  We become more centered in our Core, our Heart, which becomes ever so pure and refined.  2.  In time, we’ll learn how to do a Square.  Here we see how our energy patterns take us from light to dark, from happy to sad, etc., and what keeps us trapped inside.  And in looking at all the squares in a situation, we begin to open a third level/channel of consciousness, which will mature into the Witness.  3.  Then we’ll try the Triangle, which is finding a higher state of mind, that of Unity, to guide us forward.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Presenter: Dori Sproul, Alzheimer’s Association
Wednesday, April 22, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 3176
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. FREE

Cool Apps to Help Care for Older Loved Ones – This workshop is beneficial for ages 40+
Presenter: Susan Hamilton
Tuesday, May 12, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #
Learn of the latest apps, tools, wearables and technology available to care for someone you love with dignity. Ideas will include communicating with siblings near and far, home safety and the connected home from trusted and vetted resources.

Susan Hamilton is an entrepreneur and business executive with 25 years of experience in management and development. After not finding the support she needed caring for her mom with dementia back East, Susan jumped into the startup world and built an app for family caregivers. This journey exposed her to the world of senior technology and to the smart and tenacious folks working 24/7 to help all of us Care Better.