Hiking, Renewal, & Nature
Dates: June 14th, 17th and 22nd from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
June 25th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lead by Paul Spitzmueller
In person (locations below)
Looking for renewal? Looking to connect with nature and discover new hiking areas? Thoreau wrote that the genius of walking was not the mechanics of putting one foot in front of the other but, rather, mastering the art of sauntering. Sauntering, for Thoreau, was derived from people “going a la Sainte Terre, to the Holy Land.” Holy-Landers like Saint Francis and Saint Ignatius sauntered as pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela and Jerusalem, respectively. We’re not walking those great distances or journeying that far; our walking connects to the Holy within, restoring a deep peace and feeling at home anywhere. So, whether your hikes take you down-and-in or up-and-out, join us for easy-to-moderate hiking throughout the South & East Bay. There is no preparation required, and all fitness levels are welcome. Short readings from Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, Anne Dillard, John Muir and others will be on hand but not required. Materials needed: sturdy shoes, sunblock, water, a snack, and open mind.
1:00 - 2:15
|Mallard Slough Trail (Alviso), Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR||3.3 miles (easy)|
|Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos)||4.5 miles (moderate)|
1:00 - 2:15
|Arastradero Creek Trail (280/Stanford), Pearson-Arastradero Preserve||2.9 to 3.5 miles (Easy)|
|Stream & French Trail (Oakland), Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park||4.5 to 6 miles (Moderate)|
Rejuvenation Through Yoga
June 15th, 29th, July 13th, July 20th from 4:00-5:15pm
Lead by Miriam Fasoli
Come and connect with other liked-minded teachers in a four-part yoga series, designed to release stress and restore your body! Bring your notebook and pen for the first 15 minutes of reflection and dialogue, and then move on your mat in a sequence of yoga asanas designed centered on a theme. Each yoga workshop builds upon the other: the first one centers on soothing restorative poses and ends in an indulgent savasana and relaxing meditation, while the final workshop focuses more on revitalizing energy and hope that we can bring with us into the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. All levels welcome. Please bring a pen, notebook, yoga mat, and 3 blankets to each class.
June 14th – 17th from 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Lead by Russ Marcel
In person at BCP or online
Join us for an exploration of Shakespeare’s words and themes through his celebratory comedy, Twelfth Night, and a handful of sonnets. Informal, relaxed, no homework…just show up, dive into some text, and enjoy each other’s company.