Events & Workshops

I.D.I.E Part IV


4 Mondays

April 15, 22, 29, May 6


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 Four:

April 15: Organizing a care team 

April 22: Communication channels for circle of support 

April 29: What is a death doula? 

May 6: Celebrants: an alternative approach to sharing in our end of life passages.

*Advanced registration highly encouraged. Classes will fill up.

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, $8/class; Non-members, $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*

Join us on the 2nd Fridays of each month (March - June) to hear invigorating and inspirational talks from local people.

Spring Speakers Series

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Join this facilitated group to gain greater personal connection and learn to listen with compassion. 

Listen with Compassion • Speak from your Heart • EVERYONE is WELCOME 

What to expect: A Heart Circle is coming together to listen and speak from the heart. Using a “talking stick” a participant speaks without interruption or feedback while everyone else is encouraged to listen with full attention and compassion. The ultimate goal is to build resilient community through healing, trust, and respectful heart connection. Confidentiality is assured.

About the facilitator: John Olesen, MA, TEP, has been running experimental groups focused on helping people find connection for health and person growth for over 30 years. He is the former Clinical Supervisor at the Shanti Project in San Francisco serving people with life-threatening illness and a co-founder of the Bay Area Morena Institute.

Heart Connection Group

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday

1:30-3 p.m.


4 Fridays in April; 2:30-4 p.m.

April 5, 12, 19, 26

Series Fee: Members: $32; Non-members: $40

Become your family historian! This course will lay out the foundation of understanding your pedigree chart, how to access free resources to learn about genealogy and review census and vital records to fill in the blanks.

 About the instructor: Denise Beeson is an Adjunct Instructor at the SRJC and teaches various types of classes in Genealogy. She is also a member of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. She holds a MA in Communications and BA in Speech. Genealogy has been her passion for over 20 years. 

Registration Info: Advanced registration highly encouraged. Payment due upon registration. Call 707-829-2440 to reserve your spot. This class has a maximum of 15 people. Please note that all sales are final.

We are a scent-free environment.

Intro to Genealogy

4 Fridays in April

2:30-4 p.m.