Events & Workshops

I.D.I.E Part I

Investigating Your Choices

4 Mondays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

January 7, 14, 28, February 4

I.D.I.E: Investigate, Design, Implement, Endings: a Workshop Series with Tess Lorraine

About the Program:

“How can we develop a values-centered approach to our end of life?” Educate yourself on all aspects end of life in an intimate and interactive setting. This workshop series is for people of all ages and stages, who want to be empowered at the end of life and who want to provide care to others with knowledge and compassion.    

Part One: Investigating Your Choices

Mondays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Jan. 7, 14, 28 and Feb. 4 (no class on MLK Day, 1/21) 

Jan. 7: Personal & cultural perceptions in planning for end of life. 

Jan. 14: The transformative Nature of Loss and Grief 

Jan. 28: Relevance and purpose in aging, illness, and dying. 

Feb. 4: Giving and receiving support in our relationships 

*Advanced registration highly encouraged. Class may be cancelled if minimum sign up not reached*

About the Instructor:

Tess Lorraine has been facilitating Death Café Sonoma in Santa Rosa monthly since 2014.  Tess is committed to bringing the topic of death to our communities, as she lives her life by a Buddhist proverb that says, “Keep life as a consultant on one shoulder and death on the other.”   Tess goes on to say, "Increasingly as we age, conversations will happen regarding degenerative and life-threatening diagnoses.  The choices we make will have implications about our own quality of life as well as for those who are close to us.  The cost of denial is that we lose the opportunities for the wisdom, growth, and healing that can occur when we share authentically.  Our death is ultimately our final frontier and our lasting legacy."

How to Register:

Members, $32 for each part ($8/class); Non-members, $40 for each part ($10/class); Scholarships available; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Minimum group size, 5; max group size, 15.

*Advanced registration highly encouraged. Class may be cancelled if minimum sign up not reached*

Local Artist Reception

Tuesday, January 8; 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet the Artists, and enjoy light refreshments!

Cher Traendly

Cher Traendly has shown her love of nature and animals both as a photographer and artist.  She enjoys both multi-media and watercolor to express her creative talents.

Her artistic vision often portrays an element of humor i.e.; her painting “Three Wise Guys” which shows three giraffes wearing sunglasses. Watercolor is an exciting medium that challenges her imagination and patience. When she makes a mistake, she is reminded “there are no mistakes in watercolor; only opportunities for creative learning.” View and experience her creative journey by visiting the paintings at the Sebastopol Senior Center through January 17.

Susan Bradford

Susan Bradford has been painting for eleven years. She is also a clothing designer and has been making sheepskin coats and hats for 42 years, but about 10 years ago she decided that she had to paint. She purchased a small oil painting kit and began painting, and after a couple of years she enrolled in classes. Susan studied first under Aline Ordman for six years and painted with her group in Italy, France, Portugal, New Mexico, California and Ireland. She has also studied under local artist Carole Watanabe here in Sebastopol and in France. Susan switched to acrylics with Carole, and also studied abstract painting under Suzanne Edminster from Santa Rosa. Two years ago, she studied encaustic painting under Susan Stover and Teresa Spadafora. Some of her recent paintings can be viewed on (search for Susan Bradford). Susan can be contacted at (802) 371-8236 or

Lighten Up!: a natural path to healing depression, anxiety, and insomnia with Dr. Ed Bauman, Holistic Nutrition and Integrative Medicine Specialist

About the Program: In this 2-part series, learn how to stabilize your mood, enhance your energy, sharpen your mind, and heal your body. There is no better way to start the new year than by focusing on your health and wellness! We will discuss how to eat for health and recovery, and find out which herbs and nutrients can be added to a well-balanced diet to manage the health conditions deepened by years of stress, toxicity, trauma, aging and possible medication side effects. There will be plenty of time for question and answers.

About the facilitator: Dr. Ed Bauman has been at the forefront of the holistic health and nutrition renaissance for the past 40 years, and is the founder of Bauman College. After studying traditional health and nutrition systems for more than 30 years, Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health approach, which forms the basis of his professional and community nutrition programs. Dr. Bauman received a BA from Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Heartwood College and a Ph.D. in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bauman is the director of, an integrative health clinic and education center in Sebastopol.

How to Sign Up:

 To reserve your space: Call 707-829-2440 by January 7. Payment due upon registration. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

Members, $30; Non-Members, $40 for both parts.

Lighten Up!

2 Thursdays

January 17 & 24; 1-3 p.m.

About the Program:

Join Eli Melrod, CEO and Co-Founder of Solful, and Mike Benziger, owner of Glentucky Family Farm, to learn about the benefits of consuming Biodynamic and Regeneratively farmed cannabis. Eli and Mike will be discussing how/why Biodynamic and Regenerative farming techniques produce the highest quality cannabis. They will also cover the basics of Biodynamic and Regenerative farming, how these techniques impact cannabis farming, and why consumers should care about the way their cannabis is grown for their personal health and the health of our environment, and will include plenty of time for Q&A.

About the Speakers:

Eli Melrod is the CEO + Co-founder of Solful, Sebastopol's premier dispensary. Eli knew early on that he wanted to create a space where everyone would feel welcome, a space where all were invited to ask questions and learn about the cannabis plant. Solful's focus is on clean medicine, grown by small local farmers who are committed to practicing sustainable and regenerative farming practices. 

Mike Benziger is no stranger to farming, having spent years at the helm of Benziger Winery. When Mike decided to sell Benziger, this longtime Sonoma Valley vintner decided to pivot to a different sort of farming and focus on plants that could be used as medicine. Mike now runs Glentucky Family Farm and has parlayed his years of experience with biodynamic and sustainable farming into growing high-quality cannabis in the hills of Sonoma Valley.

How to Register:

Please RSVP by calling 707-829-2440.

Members: by donation; Non-Members: minimum $5 day-use fee.

All proceeds benefit the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, 167 N. High St.

Let’s Talk Cannabis

Biodynamic & Regenerative Cannabis

Friday, Feb. 8; 2:30-4 p.m.

Cannabis Talk with Eli Melrod, founder of Solful Cannabis Dispensary and Mike Benziger, local biodynamic cannabis farmer

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association

For centuries, we’ve know that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

FREE, and open to the community. RSVP at 800-272-3900.

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

Wednesday, Feb. 6; 2:30-4:00 P.M.

presented by the Alzheimer’s Association

Explore you creative side!

4 Thursdays; 1-3 p.m. February 7•14•21•28

About the Program: Art Journaling is a visual diary, a creative personal journal, and a place to record your thoughts, memories, emotions, and ideas. No experience necessary, just a willingness to explore and experiment! 

Join this 4-week class to:

·       Learn the principles and guidelines for creative expression

·       Learn to trust your intuition in creative process

·       Explore mixed media techniques

·       Practice mindfulness and being in the moment

About the Instructor: Shelley Rae has her B.A in Art/Design and an M.A. in Art Therapy. Shelley has over 30 years of experience working in the creative arts as a painter, collage artist, graphic designer, and jewelry designer. She has taught creative arts classes at the SRJC, Mendocino Art Center, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and Sonoma State University.

How to Register: Call 707-829-2440 by Jan. 28.

Members: $60; Non-Members: $80 (SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!)

Plus a one-time materials fee of $15. Students will need an art journaling book. 

Class minimum:6; Class max: 12

Register by Jan. 28; class may be cancelled if minimum enrollment not met. 

Art Journaling

Mixed Media & Collage

4 Thursdays

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; 1-3 p.m.