Workshops for
April, 2013

 
Tour of Meditation Practices   (4/2 from 6:15 - 7 pm)
Hundreds of approaches to relaxation/centering/meditation have been developed over the centuries, and each has its own charm, benefits and wisdom. We explore one new approach each meeting. This lets you work some relaxation into your life while building a repertoire of stress-management techniques for improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Ages 12 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
How To Be Assertive & Loving Too   (4/3 from 7 - 10 pm)
Being nice is not the same as being a doormat. You can be helpful and caring without getting run over by someone else's aggressiveness. This four-week workshop teaches you how to give without being taken and how to be assertive without being obnoxious. Presented by Robert McGarey, M.A. $175 for four-weeks (includes 30-page workbook and a delicious mini-meal during break; sliding scale available). $150 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Class size is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Upcoming Election 101   (4/4 from 7 - 9 pm)
All elections are important. Even though the next election in May is a small one, it affects all of us in very personal ways. This workshop provides everything you need to know to vote knowledgeably in this most American of rights. Learn what's on the ballot, why it matters, and when and where to vote. Presented by Kyle Rush, the Sites and Ballot by Mail Coordinator at the Travis County Elections Department. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Video Explorations   (4/6 from 6 - 10:30 pm)
["Mao's Last Dancer" with Bruce Greenwood [PG].] Most Saturday nights, you'll find us watching a popular movie here at the Center in a fun, informal atmosphere. Then we have a discussion. We don't discuss the movie, though; we discuss personal growth issues and themes that came up in the movie. So we're not doing a "Siskel and Ebert" type of review, but rather an in-depth personal growth process that helps us get to know ourselves and each other better. During the discussion we learn and practice essential communication skills like I-Statements and Open-Ended Questions, so that we can apply them more effectively in the rest of our lives. Each month there's a different general topic for the videos, ranging from Relationships to Overcoming Obstacles to Remarkable People. Come join us! Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Practice Your Personal Growth Potluck   (4/7 from 1 - 3 pm)
[Try out the new Grill!.] After attending all those workshops on communication and personal growth, where do you go to practice the skills you've learned? How about a potluck? Believe me, talking about the best way to barbecue the chicken is a very different experience here at the Center, where people try to communicate with assertiveness and love. The informal atmosphere helps us practice our new communication skills on people who are more likely to encourage than to criticize. Free, but don't forget to bring something yummy to share! Space is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
 
Chitchat & Chow   (4/9 from 11:45 am - 1 pm)
[Discussion Topic: Spiritual Growth at Genghis Grill, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd, #400 (Westgate Mall).] Tackle a personal growth topic with a lively group of thinkers while savoring a new cuisine at one of Austin's many fascinating restaurants. Topics range from Money to Creativity to Careers to Spiritual Growth. Ages 18 and up. Free (except for cost of meal). (Return to calendar)
 
How To Be Assertive & Loving Too   (4/10 from 7 - 10 pm)
Being nice is not the same as being a doormat. You can be helpful and caring without getting run over by someone else's aggressiveness. This four-week workshop teaches you how to give without being taken and how to be assertive without being obnoxious. Presented by Robert McGarey, M.A. $175 for four-weeks (includes 30-page workbook and a delicious mini-meal during break; sliding scale available). $150 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Class size is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
  
Artists Way   (4/11 from 7 - 9 pm)
Would you like to discover and wake-up your creative self? This 6-week workshop will show you how to create a spiritual path that leads to higher creativity. Based on the book, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, we will have discussions, exercises, check-ins, and a creativity-buddy. We are all creative in our own unique way! Come and join the fun! $120 fee. $95 for members. Class size is limited to the first 10 participants, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Birthday Bash   (4/12 from 7 - 10 pm)
[Potluck Party for Bill, Mary, Patrick, Tamara, and Samantha.] We celebrate members' birthdays with a delectable potluck followed by birthday cake and games that are perfect triggers for unbridled group creativity! If you enjoy sparkling wit, an easygoing atmosphere and delightful food, don't miss this one! Free for members. Space is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
 
Video Explorations   (4/13 from 6 - 10:30 pm)
["Stage Beauty" with Billy Crudup [R].] Most Saturday nights, you'll find us watching a popular movie here at the Center in a fun, informal atmosphere. Then we have a discussion. We don't discuss the movie, though; we discuss personal growth issues and themes that came up in the movie. So we're not doing a "Siskel and Ebert" type of review, but rather an in-depth personal growth process that helps us get to know ourselves and each other better. During the discussion we learn and practice essential communication skills like I-Statements and Open-Ended Questions, so that we can apply them more effectively in the rest of our lives. Each month there's a different general topic for the videos, ranging from Relationships to Overcoming Obstacles to Remarkable People. Come join us! Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Peace Sunday   (4/14 from 1 - 3 pm)
In an effort to improve the peaceful conditions in the world, we host a monthly quiet meditation, where all beliefs and religious traditions are honored. Following the meditation, participants are welcome to join in a potluck brunch and share camaraderie and croissants. Ages 14 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Tour of Meditation Practices   (4/16 from 6:15 - 7 pm)
Hundreds of approaches to relaxation/centering/meditation have been developed over the centuries, and each has its own charm, benefits and wisdom. We explore one new approach each meeting. This lets you work some relaxation into your life while building a repertoire of stress-management techniques for improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Ages 12 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
How To Be Assertive & Loving Too   (4/17 from 7 - 10 pm)
Being nice is not the same as being a doormat. You can be helpful and caring without getting run over by someone else's aggressiveness. This four-week workshop teaches you how to give without being taken and how to be assertive without being obnoxious. Presented by Robert McGarey, M.A. $175 for four-weeks (includes 30-page workbook and a delicious mini-meal during break; sliding scale available). $150 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Class size is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Artists Way   (4/18 from 7 - 9 pm )
Would you like to discover and wake-up your creative self? This 6-week workshop will show you how to create a spiritual path that leads to higher creativity. Based on the book, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, we will have discussions, exercises, check-ins, and a creativity-buddy. We are all creative in our own unique way! Come and join the fun! $120 fee. $95 for members. (Return to calendar)
  
Guided Imagery & Music   (4/18 from 7 - 9 pm)
Music can lead you on an inner journey into your own consciousness. In the powerful process of Guided Imagery & Music, superb musical compositions take you wherever you need to go for personal growth and fulfillment. At the end of the musical journey, you'll have the chance to share your experiences with the group. Afterwards, you'll create a visual image to help you better enjoy and remember the insights you received during your voyage. Led by Amy Blair, a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery. $20 fee. $10 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Class size is limited to the first 4 participants, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
  
Cultivating Creativity Thru Crafts   (4/19 from 7 - 9 pm)
Participants will be building bead-based jewelry, so they can take home a pair or two, specially designed by themselves, by the end of the evening! Presented by local artist Pam Chambers. Ages 16 and up. $20 (materials included). $15 for members. Class size is limited to the first 6 participants, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Plerk Day   (4/20 from 12 - 3:30 pm)
Twice a year, the Center hosts a Play/Work (or "Plerk") day, to give supporters and other interested people a chance to learn about and contribute to Center's mission in an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Board games will be alternated with painting walls and mowing the lawn. Everyone is invited, no matter how skillful (or klutzy) they think they are. Refreshments will be provided. No charge. Space is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Video Explorations   (4/20 from 6 - 10:30 pm)
["Ruby Sparks" with Paul Dano [R].] Most Saturday nights, you'll find us watching a popular movie here at the Center in a fun, informal atmosphere. Then we have a discussion. We don't discuss the movie, though; we discuss personal growth issues and themes that came up in the movie. So we're not doing a "Siskel and Ebert" type of review, but rather an in-depth personal growth process that helps us get to know ourselves and each other better. During the discussion we learn and practice essential communication skills like I-Statements and Open-Ended Questions, so that we can apply them more effectively in the rest of our lives. Each month there's a different general topic for the videos, ranging from Relationships to Overcoming Obstacles to Remarkable People. Come join us! Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Celebrating Our Environment   (4/21 from 12:30 - 6:30 pm)
[Members Pick! We'll go where our Members decide.] Do we at the Center limit our events to psychological workshops and group discussions? No way! Being able to appreciate our natural environment is essential, too. So every few months we make sure to schedule some time outside, time to soak up the vastness, beauty and marvels of ol' Mother Nature. Here's your chance to get back in touch with your natural heritage! Free for members. Space is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
 
Balancing Masculine and Feminine   (4/23 from 7 - 9:30 pm)
Susan Grace leads you in an experiential workshop that introduces a new way of seeing yourself and your relationship dynamics. She helps you tap into your inner wisdom and begin to envision what it will be like when your relationships and masculine/feminine selves are in balance. The workshop also explores what has been called the Sacred Marriage of the Divine Masculine and Feminine and how you can apply that symbolism to your life. Love Offering. (Return to calendar)
  
Getting Un-Stuck   (4/24 from 7 - 9 pm)
Being stuck is like having your feet encased in concrete. At some point almost everyone finds themselves "stuck in a rut," or in some way immobilized and unable to accomplish the things they want to achieve. Some folks blame other people for their predicament and end up feel frustrated and angry, while other folks blame themselves and feel inadequate and depressed. Either way, it can be incredibly hard to break free and get moving again. This workshop provides a powerful set of tools and interactive exercises that helps you break through and start building the life you have always dreamed about. Presented by Robert McGarey, M.A., it teaches you the three essential ingredients for successful accomplishment and helps you develop the skills necessary to bring your dreams to fruition. $95 for 3-week series. Repeat Participants $40. $70 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Class size is limited to the first 12 participants, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Artists Way   (4/25 from 7 - 9 pm)
Would you like to discover and wake-up your creative self? This 6-week workshop will show you how to create a spiritual path that leads to higher creativity. Based on the book, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, we will have discussions, exercises, check-ins, and a creativity-buddy. We are all creative in our own unique way! Come and join the fun! $120 fee. $95 for members. Class size is limited to the first 10 participants, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (Return to calendar)
 
Chuckle Your Way To Enlightenment   (4/26 from 7 - 9:30 pm)
["The Court Jester" with Danny Kaye and Glennis Johns [NR].] A good belly laugh doesn't just feel good, it actually boosts our immune systems and improves our health. So we encourage laughter each month with an event designed for just plain fun. We watch humorous flicks, visit comedy clubs or attend other events that promise a hilarious time for all. Free for members. Space is limited, so RSVP now to reserve your place! (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
 
Me Tarzan, You Jane: Effective Communication Between Men & Women   (4/30 from 7 - 9 pm)
What would Tarzan say to Jane if he could speak better English? This discussion group/workshop provides a chance to learn whether men really are from Mars, and how men and women can communicate anyway. Free. (Return to calendar)



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