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In an encouraging and supportive environment for both beginner and experienced dancers, this course will focus on developing and maintaining flexibility, endurance and strength using dance forms from Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Musical Theatre and World Beat.
This is an interactive class in which writers and would-be writers may share their work and have it gently appreciated and critiqued by others. Each two hour class will be followed by an optional hour for discussion of writing improvement.
Guided Autobiography (GAB) is designed to help people recall, write about, and share meaningful memories with others in a small group. The focus is content; writing experience is not needed. We'll learn, reflect, write, and share. We'll laugh, and we'll think a lot.
This is a non-technical look at how to improve your photographic composition. Although many of the concepts presented will apply to adjustable cameras, concepts will also apply to point-and-shoot cameras and phone cameras. Students should be familiar with the basic operations of their own camera and should bring the camera to each class. A tripod is useful but not mandatory.
Want to improve using your personal email, and then explore having your files in the cloud? We will work together, using your computer, to set up new Google and Microsoft accounts and walk through their features. Requirements: a Windows computer connected to the internet, and a cell phone. To fix issues you may have during the class, the course leader will show how to allow sharing of your computer display.
TELUS Wise seniors engages Canadian seniors in a discussion about getting the most out of participating in our growing digital society, safely. Topics include Internet, smartphone, and social media safety tips as well as protecting yourself from identity theft.
Within us lies a boundless source of inner peace and contentment. This course is aimed at people who feel a longing to experience this source. The course is largely experiential; simple mindfulness practices are used to turn within to the deeper reaches of our being. We'll examine seven foundational elements of contentment: clarity; inner peace; self awareness; gratitude; inner strength; choice; and well-being support."
Everyone is aware of the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic that it is causing. But what exactly are viruses? How are they different from bacteria and other parasites? How do they infect, replicate, spread, cause illness and even kill? Why are they so hard to treat? Where do they come from? How do they evolve? Are viral pandemics inevitable? In this course, I will address these and other issues; although many questions will, alas, remain unanswered.
Overwhelmed, concerned, or just frustrated with items you have accumulated over the years? Explore your relationship with "stuff" and ways to sort and possibly let go of some of it. As well as downsizing, you will learn what to do with things like old love letters, collections, photos, and/or unwanted gifts. You will also find ways to talk to your family about the "stuff" you may leave behind.
The educational and devotional benefit of this course is the realization, through actual experience, that all traditions are based in the same spirit. Like yoga, devotional chanting unites us with the essential energy of the universe: God, the Tao, the Voice, the Creator, or the re-creative energy found in nature. All are encouraged to participate and all levels of singing ability are welcome.
Meditation is a mindful practice. It is calming, relaxing, grounding, and helps one to focus. Regular meditation is an exercise for the brain. It increases brain activities in the happy, calm zone of the brain. Meditation is simple, light, healthy, and everyone can do it. Try it now.
Natural cycles have a tremendous influence on our wellbeing. Learn how they affect us and how to stay in sync with them.
Learn more about how to take an active role in managing your arthritis. We will review the types of arthritis, benefits of staying active, and the role of nutrition. Includes an overview of assistive devices.
In recent years there has been a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human microbiome - the trillions of bacteria, archaea, yeasts, and other microbes that live in/on us and are now known to be essential for normal development and function of our brain, immune systems, and metabolism. Learn how medical science is taking the first small steps toward powerful new approaches to obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and - perhaps - Alzheimer's.
Stress is very costly to society: it impacts health, relationships, and business. It also makes us vulnerable to bad habits and addictions. Yet stress management is not something we learn in school or at home. Learning to deal effectively with stress will boost your health, energy, and self-esteem and you will enjoy your life more doing the things you really would like to do.
Is Nature intelligent? How closely related are we to other living species? Molecular biology is allowing us a peek at molecules at work in living cells, revealing that all cells function with the same protein molecules and genetic code, and the same molecules that energize all organisms. Come and learn the importance of bacteria, plants, animals and humans, in the natural systems and cycles of the Biosphere. A non-technical course.
This two-session course will help break the myths of solar energy, electric cars, and autonomous driving, providing the latest advancements today. Session 1 will cover electric cars and session 2 will cover solar panels. Learn how EV cars can fit into your lifestyle and details of installing solar panels at home.
Want to liven up your Book Club meetings? Learn how to apply the language of literary analysis to the work you read, and sound informed as you comment on what you liked or disliked about the book selection.
This entertaining, interactive lecture will describe a simple framework for the analysis of ethical problems - practical ethics without the sermon.
An overview of the history of the Comox Valley during the 19th and 20th centuries, including early settlement, agriculture, forestry, military and social history. We will also highlight the valley's many colourful characters. Questions and discussion will be welcome.
The character, persona, and charisma of the founders of religions set the "DNA" of each movement. Some founders are deemed perfect while others are less virtuous. Some followers vehemently defend their founder and others allow the seeker to discover the truth for himself or herself. In all cases, understanding a religion is aided by knowing the founder, their culture and times, and the core of the religion.
All religions nurture their followers as they involve themselves in the belief system. However, in a multicultural society, all faiths are but one among the many. This course considers some basic characteristics of eight major world religions and aspects of their spiritual practices. This inquiry considers how these might influence us as we ask, "What am I doing here?"
Vedas - ancient Indian writings - once thought to be simple praises to gods, have proven to be more. Previously ridiculed, Vedas now lead science exploring the complexity of our world and life within it. We will explore subjects such as cosmology, language, physical development, ayurveda, and near-death experiences. The importance of consciousness in the world and in life experiences, with self and others, will become the focus.
This introductory course looks at the types of rock on Vancouver Island: where they originated as well as when and how they all got put together. We will discuss our active seismic region and look at what history tells of earthquake and tsunami risks. The economic mineral deposits and groundwater resources of the region will also be examined.
Downsizing to a strata property has positives and negatives. Thinking of buying, or already a Strata Owner, this course will guide you through the things you need to know and the questions you need to ask. Topics covered: Owner's rights and obligations according to strata legislation, governance, who pays for what, insurance issues, privacy legislation and how you can ensure you are being treated fairly, and the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).
What makes us happy? Is it money, marriage, religion? Why do we sometimes feel sad when we live better than anyone else at almost any time in human history? Is there anything we can do to be happier? This three-part course examines strategies to make life easier: Session 1: Understanding your brain; Session 2: Baseline happiness; Session 3: Strategies to cope and make the most of your baseline. Required textbook: The Wellness Myth by Dr. Richard Guthrie. (Available on Amazon - $12.99 paperback, $5.00 digital).
Youth are in the streets, but politicians sometimes seem reluctant to make the tough political decisions needed to fight climate change. Increasingly climate change is ending up in the courts, but are judges better placed to form public policy? Andrew Gage, Staff Lawyer and the head of West Coast Environmental Law's climate program, will discuss the opportunities, and limits of using the law to fight climate change.
Our achievements come at a cost. By supplanting natural systems with those we've designed, we are increasingly exposed to the unintended impact of our success. Human modifications amplify the disastrous effects of natural processes and are becoming increasingly catastrophic. How are we to respond? Where do we put our efforts, and for what should we plan? Dr. Guthrie will consider practical limits to our abilities to respond.
A group of students, along with students around the globe, formed an alliance in the past two years for the purpose of raising awareness of key issues around climate change. Members of the Comox Valley Youth Environmental Action Group representing the three high schools in the Valley will present on the climate change topic.