Jun 18, 2016 Saturday

Mindful Communication for Couples

4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Teacher's Home in Atwater
address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Los Angeles US

Thoreau said, “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought and attended to my answer.” Mindful communication is a mind-body approach to communication that helps us be fully present for another person. It’s the gift of our attention. It moves us closer to one other. But first, we must be willing to move closer to ourselves. Participants will learn basic mindfulness techniques, including: mindfulness meditation, mindful listening, mindful speaking, as well as the core principles of non-violent communication. The goal of this session is to empower you with techniques and strategies that will help you increase your sense of connection to yourself and others. No previous experience with mindfulness necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring some paper and something to write with. Aren’t currently partnered?... Come with a friend or loved one! Or come solo, and we'll pair you with another participant at the workshop. These techniques can be applied to ANY relationship, including your relationship with yourself!

Bring one of the following:
100% Pure Essential Oil (lavender, lemon)
Leafy potted outdoor plant
Live vegetable plant seedlings (cucumber, cantaloupe, onion, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, lavender, sage)
Organic Coconut Oil
Organic Olive Oil

About the teacher, Jennifer Howd & Kate McCracken

Jennifer is a Multi-Disciplinary Artist, a Mindfulness-based Writing & Creativity Coach, and a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She is the author of "The Mindfulness Diaries: How I Survived My First Nine-Day Silent Meditation Retreat" and blogs about mindfulness for The Huffington Post and on her blog, http://TheMindfulnessDiaries.com. For more information about Jennifer, visit http://JenniferHowd.com. In the non-profit world, Kate has been creating cohesive order out of communicative chaos and helping people develop into their best selves for 10+ years. As a writer, she shares her stories in the blog at http://kateemccracken.com. As a speaker, she stands up (and sometimes sits) in front of groups of people, large and small, and talks about how to turn life transition moments into life transformation moments. As a facilitator, she can facilitate your retreat, your conference, your project planning sessions, your small group or committee meetings, your workshops and training sessions... As a consultant, she can help you develop a staff development plan, develop a project strategy, organize your people places and things, and orient your processes into a system that works.

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Jun 25, 2016 Saturday

DIY Bookmaking

10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA US

We will be making books that are about 5” x 7”. This book is made by repurposing covers from old Readers Digest Condensed Books and crafting the inserted pages. There are photos of the books https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5z_SxspLlbITXpJYkRqbXNiam8 Hope that provides some inspiration. There will be some pages of heavyish card stock ready for you to embellish. As you can see from the photos, the pages & covers are held together with 3 Book Rings. There is no sewing. This construction permits the book to open flat. It also means that you can rearrange the pages, discard &/or add pages. We will provide lots of scraps of paper, lots of colorful tape, markers, colored pencils, stencils, rubber stamps etc. that you can use to decorate your pages - but, maybe you have some personal bits and pieces that you’d like to use: photos, favorite recipes, inspirational quotes...”Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” - Harriet Tubman Supplies - Bring if you already have: exacto knife, ruler, craft paper cutter, craft mat, hole punch, double sided tape, permanent double-sided tape. Bring some pretty/fancy paper. At Dick Blick, Paper Source or Artist & Craftsman display this kind of paper folded over dowels. On the Dick Blick website they are listed under decorative/handmade papers ( to give you an idea). Or instead bring some pretty/fancy wrapping paper...Just bring something that you are looking forward to using and that you are willing to share! Chris is co-teaching with Kathie Bio for Chris Metro I love meeting new crafters. I'm a member of a monthly craft club. So far, I've led 4 book making sessions. Other things I do: I make cards that are designed to be re-used. I make bird pins out of felt & fabric scraps and sew them together by hand. I love to find old pots in thrift stores to make arrangements with succulent cuttings from my garden. My latest new thing is mosaics. I cover cinder blocks with broken plates to make planters in the garden. When I'm not crafting, I'm reading. I was a Librarian for 33 years. Now I volunteer with the library Friends Group. I also volunteer with Piece By Piece, a non-profit organization that "provides low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life".

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treat (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
jar of local honey
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have a retired from a career in engineering.

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Jul 12, 2016 Tuesday

Intro to Mindfulness Meditation

7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Teacher's Home in Atwater
address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Los Angeles US

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson An antidote to the stresses of modern times, mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our inner experience. This workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of mindfulness meditation and will present tips for bringing the practice of mindfulness into our daily lives.

Bring one of the following:
1 bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap - Lavender (16 oz.)
1 canister of Trader Joe's Fair Trade (decaf) Organic French Roast Coffee - ground with "Fine" setting
1 packet of (black) Uniball Signo 207 pens
a unique coffee/tea mug with "feel good" character (preferably used not new)
nag champa incense (5 boxes)

About the teacher, Jennifer Howd & Kate McCracken

Jennifer is a Multi-Disciplinary Artist, a Mindfulness-based Writing & Creativity Coach, and a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She is the author of "The Mindfulness Diaries: How I Survived My First Nine-Day Silent Meditation Retreat" and blogs about mindfulness for The Huffington Post and on her blog, http://TheMindfulnessDiaries.com. For more information about Jennifer, visit http://JenniferHowd.com. In the non-profit world, Kate has been creating cohesive order out of communicative chaos and helping people develop into their best selves for 10+ years. As a writer, she shares her stories in the blog at http://kateemccracken.com. As a speaker, she stands up (and sometimes sits) in front of groups of people, large and small, and talks about how to turn life transition moments into life transformation moments. As a facilitator, she can facilitate your retreat, your conference, your project planning sessions, your small group or committee meetings, your workshops and training sessions... As a consultant, she can help you develop a staff development plan, develop a project strategy, organize your people places and things, and orient your processes into a system that works.

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Jul 16, 2016 Saturday
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA US

We will be carving a stamp for you to use in hand stamping on fabric. You could also use your stamp to stamp on paper. Here’s some hand carved stamps on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/enchantingstamps. That will give you an idea of the kinds of stamps we will be making. And going to the link for Sandy’s Etsy shop (http://bit.ly/1s3phf0) you can see examples of the tea towels we will be making. We will have other stamps to use also. Supplies (please bring) Water base ink for stamping minimum of 5 oz – we will be sharing, so that there are a variety of colors. Something like this: http://www.dickblick.com/products/jacquard-textile-colors/ We will provide the material to carve the stamp, carving tools and a tea towel for you to stamp and take home. If you have carving tools, please bring them. And a snack to share would be nice. Sandy and I are co-teaching. Here’s Sandy’s Bio Bio for Sandy Shishido i’ve always loved making things as a kid and continued my passion for sewing and creating by taking tons of art courses in high school and college. with the popularity of “diy” movement and my monthly craft club i’ve learned how to make soap, toothpaste, candles, paper, books and more while always on the hunt for new classes. i worked as a pattern maker and apparel designer in the fashion industry for many years and currently design a women’s wear line “mi so happi” that is marketed through trunk shows, house parties and craft fairs. my kitchen wear line is on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/misohappi

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treat (not rawhide)
organic olive oil, walnuts or raisins
organic peanut butter
surprise us

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have a retired from a career in engineering.

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Jul 18, 2016 Monday

Kombucha

8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Karen's House in Echo Park
165 N Toluca St
Los Angeles US

Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic, slightly sweet, effervescent, tea drink made using a SCOBY, or a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. It's an ancient drink that Wikipedia traces back to 5,000 years ago in China that may or may not (jury's still out pending further peer-reviewed scientific studies) have significant health benefits. Also, if you haven't noticed, it's super trendy right now. Regardless, it tastes great and is super simple and fun to make. Supplies needed for this class: A gallon or half gallon glass mason jar with a screw top lid. You can get these at hardware stores, amazon, or even dollar stores. You will take home your SCOBY in this jar to start making delicious drank!

Bring one of the following:
A package of toilet paper
Baby tree
Bicycle tire patch kit
Fresh produce (any kind)
Fun socks (women's size 8)
Homemade loaf of bread
Indoor or outdoor plant
Mulch or compost (size of a kitchen garbage bag or more)
Plant pots (any size)
Something made by you or someone you know
Surprise me!
Vegetable or herb seeds or seedlings

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

I'm a policy analyst from Michigan. I came to LA for the weather and the adventures. I like backpacking, drawing, and learning how to do/make things. I also host a bi-monthly figure drawing workshop.

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Aug 27, 2016 Saturday

DIY Paper Making

10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA US

Making paper is really fun! Here’s some images of DIY paper: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hand+made+paper&FORM=HDRSC2 And here’s a photo of paper I’ve made in the past, cut up and sewed on cards: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5z_SxspLlbIQmR5V1dpTWdYTEU&usp=sharing. Supplies: if you have bits of embroidery floss, fuzzy yarn, dried lavender, etc to adorn your paper bring it along. A treat to share is welcome. I’ll provide everything else you need to do this craft.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treats (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
jar of local honey
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have a retired from a career in engineering.

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Sep 17, 2016 Saturday

DIY Felted Soap

10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA US

This is a SUPER fun thing to do and make GREAT gifts. We will be wrapping soap in WOOL (has to be WOOL) to make soap pretty and exfoliating! Google DIY felted soap images for some inspiration. (https://www.google.com/search?q=felted+soap&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS499US516&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwif06GuuuTMAhVETCYKHdgnDa8Q_AUIBygC) Supplies (please bring) 2 to 4 oz wool roving in your favorite color or colors (we'll share - great to have an assortment of colors) Here’s where you can purchase wool roving on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_6?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wool+roving&sprefix=Wool+r%2Caps%2C304 Several bars of soap (if you'd like hand crafted soap made at a previous class, I'll trade 3 hand crafted soaps for a bottle of olive oil or essential oil) Bits & pieces of WOOL yarn (if you have a stash) to adorn your felting. Optional: a felting needle if you want to attempt the fancy designs

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treats (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
jar of local honey
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have a retired from a career in engineering.

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