Classes & Workshops


At 61 it is becoming extremely important to me that I enjoy being me and living on this amazing planet. I often hear myself say, “I’m going to be really pissed if I get to the ‘other side’ and find out all I was supposed to do was have fun!” As a result, I have been reading the poetry of Teresa of Avila because I believe she touched the ecstatic nature of the Divine, the Friend, God, Love – just a few of the names she uses from her experiences. This week my favorite poem is titled Laughter Came from Every Brick. I want to share it with you because it makes me smile. I hope you enjoy this day.

Advance Directives and More
8-week course
Thursdays, July 13 – August 31 • 2:00 – 3:30
$160
Class will be held at 3957 Miller Way, Sacramento, 95817

In early June, eight people gathered to learn and talk about advance directives and options in dying. We explored how we want to be treated at the end of our lives. We asked questions of one another, shared our thoughts, our feelings and our uncertainties. We laughed, shared tears and opened a genuine space of compassion, empathy and respect. And now we want more.

As a result, I am offering an 8-week course entitled Advance Directives and More where everyone will have the opportunity to work on and prepare their own advance directive in the company of others who are preparing their personal directive. In addition, we will openly explore whatever is on our minds about the end of life.

Dying is a pathway to deepened intimacy and connection both with ourselves and those we love. Taking time to think about and prepare for the completion of our lives not only enhances our dying but it informs how we live. Communicating with one another in a group setting helps prepare us for talking with our family and friends. Historically our culture has not been open to talking about our eventual death, but that does not mean we have to continue in the same vain. Let’s talk, share and prepare. We have that right. I hope you will join us in this important and life-changing experience of Advance Directives and More.

Caregiving and the Search for Self
What Happened to My Life?

8 session series starts Wednesday, July • 5 Noon – 1:15pm
Meets every other Wednesday for 8 weeks.
(July 5th & 19th August 2nd, 16th & 30th September 27th  • October 11th & 25th (
No class 9/13)

Hart Senior Center • 915 27th Street, Sacramento
Sponsored by: The City of Sacramento, Older Adult Services

Fatigue from caring for others affects the quality of our lives, our families, friends and loved ones. As someone who has chosen to be a caregiver, it is clear you have a big heart and a deep desire to help. It may also mean you are suffering mild to severe compassion fatigue. It comes with the territory. If you sense you are suffering from compassion fatigue, it is likely you are. Becoming aware is the first step in dealing with and preventing it.

One of the obstacles to caregivers getting support for themselves is fitting it into already busy lives. For this reason, we will meet during the noon hour and lunch will be provided. All you have to do is show up.

Whether your loved one lives with you, is in a care facility or lives across the country, you are a caregiver and we invite you to join us. Please join Julie Interrante, MA in healing from and preventing compassion fatigue and practicing authentic self-care. There will be time for reflection, exploration and connection.

  • As a participant, you will have an opportunity to:
    • Share your story and experience.
    • Identify how you feel and what you need.
    • Try out new language and ways to communicate.
    • Unravel limited beliefs that block self care.
    • Learn techniques and practices for relaxation and release of tension.
    • Listen to the messages beneath your feelings and use them to inform your decisions.
    • Acknowledge ongoing losses and live in hope.
    • Learn what to consider and how to make difficult decisions.
    • Connect with other caregivers.
    • See humor and laugh.

RSVP is required to attend. Please e-mail Stephanie Wilson at swilson2@cityofsacramento.org or call 916-808-1591 to reserve a space. Cost to attend entire 8-week series is $20 (limited scholarship is available). Free street parking

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Life Balance Check In
Continue your journey of compassionate self-care
4 session series starts July 11, August 8, October 10, November 14 (No session in September)
Hart Senior Center • 915 27th Street, Sacramento
Sponsored by: The City of Sacramento, Older Adult Services

If you have participated in either Caregiving and the Search for Self or Permission to Live at the Hart Senior Center with Julie Interrante, you are eligible to participate in a monthly group called Life Balance Check In.

This gathering will be an opportunity to maintain your commitment and practice of loving self-care. As with previous groups, we will focus on learning, sharing, listening and being present with one another as a way to support ourselves in tending to our emotional,
spiritual and physical well-being.

As a participant, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Maintain your commitment and practice of loving self‐care.
  • Stay connected with a group of people who are or have been caregivers and
    understand your journey.
  • Continue to learn new ideas about life balance.
  • Get reminders and new practice tips and techniques for dealing with guilt and worry.

There will be time for reflection, exploration and connection. This support group will meet monthly and attendance in a previous workshop series provided by Julie Interrante is needed to be eligible to participate.

RSVP is required to attend. Please e-mail Stephanie Wilson at swilson2@cityofsacramento.org or call 916- 808-1591 to reserve a space. There is no cost to attend this monthly check in.

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Life After Caregiving
Permission to Live

8 session series starts Wednesday
July 12 • 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Meets every other Wednesday for 8 weeks. (July 12th & 26th • August 9th & 23rd • September 6th & 20th • October 4th & 18th
Hart Senior Center • 915 27th Street, Sacramento
Sponsored by: The City of Sacramento, Older Adult Services

When we have been the daily caregiver for someone we love and they die, we experience profound loss. For most of us there are feelings of relief and guilt, moments of sadness and grief as well as hope for renewed life and connection with friends and activities. The experience of caring for a loved one—whether a spouse, a parent or friends—changes us. With a combination of grief and extra time on our hands, we can feel empty and at loose ends. This workshop is designed to support you in reconnecting with yourself.

There will be time for reflection, exploration and connection. This support group will meet for a total of eight sessions starting Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 12:30pm-1:45pm at the Hart Senior Center. RSVP is required to attend. Please e-mail Stephanie Wilson at swilson2@cityofsacramento.org or call 916-808-1591 to reserve a space. Cost to attend the entire series is $20 due at the first class (limited scholarship is available). Cash, check or credit card accepted. Free street parking.

Julie provides good processes and tools…she has such a calming presence, is a good listener, and I enjoy her quiet sense of humor. Hearing from the others in the group helps too – there is always a nugget of information in what others share.” – comments from a recent participant.

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Kind Grateful Simple

Saturday, August 12 – 9am – 1pm
Spiritual Life Center
2201 Park Towne Cir, Sacramento, CA 95825
$45

Many people I talk to and work with are expressing a desire for more time, a quieter mind and a gentler experience of life. Inherent in this verbal expression is a desire for deeper connection with one’s self, God and others. In exploring this desire for myself, I have adopted three watchwords for the coming year – Kind, Grateful and Simple. They are the cornerstone for the development of a peaceful and self-loving existence. When decisions are measured against these three words, life softens and becomes congruent both inside and out. If you have a desire to explore a more gentle life experience both for yourself and our world, I hope you will join me in exploring life through Kindness, Gratitude and Simplicity.

To register, please call Spiritual Life Center at 916-448-6508.


Are You As Happy As Your Dog?

Sunday, September 17 • 9am and 11am Services with 1pm Workshop
Spiritual Life Center
2201 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento, CA 95825
$35 workshop

So what is the deal with dogs and joy?  What are the traits of dogs that teach us how to live?  Why are they so happy?  We will explore and perhaps find answers to these and many more questions. With growing acceptance and recognition of the intelligence and wisdom of dogs and all animals, it is time to take a look at, honor and learn from the animal nations we live among. Please join us for this fun, uplifting and meaningful exploration of Are You As Happy As Your Dog? (We will use a book with this title written by Alan Cohen and Alan Gordon to guide our discussion and time together. You can purchase the book at the workshop)  

To register for the workshop in advance, please call Spiritual Life Center at 916-448-6508.  You may also register at the door.

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