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"How well do we perceive our options?"


Classes for KIDS, TEENS, and ADULTS

We are evolving!

Stay tuned for our new updated class schedule for summer 2010...


Class fee includes basic supplies.  Dates and times are specific to each class and are listed below.

To Register, or for additional information call:

email: Shaktari at


2009 Multi-Media Action-Learning

for Ages 9-16


The following courses are offered to students ages 9 -16, and cost $95 per week-long class.  Family and multiple class discounts are available.



July 28-Aug 1st, 1-3pm

Learn the basics of developing your own Manga story in just one week.


June 16-20, July 14-18,

Aug 4-8, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Beginner an advanced students develop and fine-tuning your Manga skills. 


June 16-20, Aug 4-8, 1-3pm

Explore indigenous stories, then create your own.  Why are you in this place at this time?  Develop your own multi-media place-based mythology.  Re-indiginate yourself!


July 7-11, 1-3pm

Want to learn the hidden secrets behind great portraits?  What do you see when you look in the mirror?  Paint your ture self as you discover your inner artist.


July 14-18, 1-3pm and

July 28-Aug 1st, 3:30-5:30pm

Ever wanted to paint REALLY BIG?  Learn how to work together as a team!  Gather your friends (or make new ones) and create your own group masterpieces.  You'll be amazed at how the creativity of the group goes beyond the expression of any single member.


July 7-11 and Aug 18-22, 3:30-5:30pm

Explore the world of fine art by following your creative passions.  Want to learn innovative techniques and skills that stretch your ability to express who you are, get your creative juices flowing, and your Inner Artist dancing for joy?  This is a tactile, hands-on, nothing-held-back, muti-media jam session.  Come play!

EARTH EMBRACE Aug 18-22, 1-3pm

How would you design YOUR world?  Learn how to design anything!  What's the best design for a snail, and why?  How does it fit with everything around it?  Based on Permaculture and other design priniples, Earth Embrace explores design possibilities that can be used in every part of your life. 


Action-Learning for Teens & Adults


The following courses are offered to teens and adults.  Cost is $20/class or $80 per month in advance, except as otherwise noted.  Family and multiple class discounts are available.



Mondays, 9:30-11:30am

Who do you see when you look in the mirror? 

This is a non-traditional portrait class for those wishing to allow their Inner-Artist to emerge as they playfully engage their own self-image, look deeply within, and allow their magnificence to be revealed. 

Just about anyone can do a self portrait.  Don’t believe me?  Take the challenge!  (It only takes a bit of knowledge, time, and willingness.) Warning: This class has been known to increase self-acceptance, creativity, and joy - especially if repeated often.


Benefits of this class:

  • Learn simple drawing, portraiture, and watercolor techniques
  • Find your Inner-Beauty behind personal beliefs, thoughts, and stories - and express it fully through your art.



Tuesdays, 10-11:30am

Tired of focusing on what no longer seems to work in society?  Do you long to take the next step toward creating new choices that efficiently, effectively, and sustainably support us all?  This class is for you! 


Drawing on the creativity of change-actionists worldwide, we will explore many diverse topics: re-localization strategies, thrivable business models, sustainable agriculture, living democracy, new economic options, the precautionary principle, peak everything, engaged vibrant communities, permaculture, new educational paradigms, climate change, Spiral Dynamics, Transition Towns, etc. 

Bring your passion and your curiosity.

 Why not learn from those who are already exploring new possibilities, as we go about tapping the genius of our communties to find our own unique solutions?

This in-depth course will help ignite your passion and focus your attention and intention – honing your effectiveness as a world change-artist.   

Benefits of this class:

  1. Expand our collective vision of the possible, and contribute to its local manifestation.
  2. Contribute your creative ideas as you network with other change artists and catalysts who share your dreams.
  3. Learn about emerging ideas and technologies that are literally transforming the way we see ourselves as we re-assess and re-design our human structures. 


Learn stories from many cultures as we explore diverse perceptions of Earth, animals, and our place in nature.  These fun hands-on activities will fill you with wonder and a new sense of the diversity of human perception as we go about carefully witnessing and artistically exploring our relationship with life’s many forms.  This class is based on the works of several authors including Gregory Cajete's Native Science.



Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am

Designed for individuals and groups eager to understand and utilize the creative genius of group dynamics.  Bring your friends and dive deeply into your patterns of behavior within a group setting.  Explore both your energetic affect and emotional nuances as you collectively co-create a group masterpiece beyond the expression of any single individual.  Surprising and lots of fun!


Benefits of this class:

  1. Become aware of how your creativity flows within a group setting.  Learn how to release attachment while contributing your best such that the outcome exceeds the best efforts of any of the individual participants.
  2. When taking the class with someone you know, (family, intimate partners, business groups, etc.), learn how to unite together in powerful shared intention.
  3. Have fun while learning the art of co-creation.
  4. Your group intention is documented in the final group masterpiece that can be shared by all participants..



Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am

Love fine art – drawing, painting, and sculpting?  Want to learn innovative techniques and skills that stretch your ability to express who you are, get your creative juices flowing, and your Inner Artist dancing for joy?  Explore the world of fine art by following your creative passions.  This is a tactile, hands-on, nothing-held-back, multi-media jam session - the kind kids enjoy.  Only this one is for YOU.  Come play!


Benefits of this class:

  1. Develop technical skills using diverse artistic media.
  2. Learn more about different ways of approaching artistic challenges
  3. Develop an artist’s eye for perceiving beyond the casual glance.



Fridays, 9:30-11:30am

Permaculture is a hands-on design application of nature's interdependent systems - those same systems that were perfected over 3.4 billion years of experimentation.  As a design methodology, Permaculture Principles can be applied to anything.

They shift the focus of attention from individual objects to their relationships, offering us an entirely new understanding of how and why things interconnect and develop over time.  Using art, games (many developed by Australians Robin Clayfield and Skye), hikes, and natural observation, we will playfully expand our perception of the possible in any aspect of life.

Want to permaculture your finances, your house, your relationships?  Let's do it!

Re-perceive your world and its possibilities while learning ways to design diverse aspects of life using nature’s wisdom.  Appropriate for anyone who likes dirt, gardening, and exploring the leading edges of perception.


Benefits of this class:

  1. Learn hands-on methods for perceiving and designing your (inner and outer) landscape.
  2. Learn how PC perceptions can help expand your options in life – far beyond the garden.



“The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual.

The next Buddha may take the form of a community;

a community practicing understanding and loving kindness,

a community practicing mindful living.

This may be the most important thing we can do

for the survival of the earth.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh


Who are we willing to be?