Once in awhile I like to feature classes or speakers that may interest parents or kids in the Bay Area. I haven't taken any of these (in fact I have no affiliation).
What: Family Mindfulness Workshop, by Ellen McCarty
Details: "Mindfulness strengthens and relaxes the mind much like yoga improves the body. Meet other families and new friends (parents, too!) who are dedicated to kindness, academic success and a healthier lifestyle. Explore a variety of interactive mindfulness-based activities as a community during this 4-part workshop."
Where: Belmont, CA
When: 4 part workshop (April to May 2014); Saturdays 11:30-12:30 plus an optional hour of social/picnic time in the park
For: Kids grade 2+ and a parent
What: The How of Happiness
Details: "It's the million dollar question isn't it? How to be truly happy. Join Speak To Me when Sonja Lyubomirsky - a leading expert on all things "happiness" - to get some answers. Unlike the other "happiness gurus" her advice is grounded in hard science and was uncovered through extensive research. Sonja will share her findings and help us determine what actually makes us happy, what doesn't and how we can create happiness that is actually sustainable throughout the years. Happiness in perpetuity?"
Where: Mill Valley Community Center
When: April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $69, includes appetizers/wine tasting
What: Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course
Details: "Everyone has experienced a meditative state in moments of deep joy, or when
completely engrossed in an activity, when just for a moment the mind becomes so light and at ease. While we have such moments, we are unable to repeat them at will. The Sahaj Samadhi course teaches you how. This meditation technique almost instantly alleviates you from stress-related
problems, deeply relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the system. Regular practice of the technique can totally transform the quality of one's life, by culturing the system to maintain the peace, energy and expanded awareness throughout the day. These meditation techniques combined
with yogic practices can ensure good health and a calm mind."
Where: Art of Living Center, 555 Mowry Ave., Suite C, Fremont
When: May 3-5, 2 hours each day