Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Improv info

Thinking about signing up for the improv class? Here's a bit more info from our instructor...

I began developing this class studying Improv at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York City. In my dual careers as a professional actor and a Technical Recruiter, I find myself constantly using the skills I have learned through the study and practice of improvisation. In teaching this class, I hope to pass along these benefits to you, and more importantly, I hope to show you how fun it can be!

Have you ever been to Theatresports at the Pike Place Market Theatre or watched ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ and wondered how they do it? Maybe you’ve never even seen live improv, but you’re looking for a chance to step out of your comfort zone and do something new. Whatever your background, you don’t have to be Robin Williams or Chris Farley to improvise. In fact, anybody (yes, even you) can do it! This class is for the curious, the daring, or those who just want to have fun playing games that will sharpen your ear, mind & body and build on your ability to work & play as a team.

Whether you are a seasoned performer or have never been in front of a group of people in your life, improv is not only fun, but the skills you gain will improve your ability to listen to and communicate with others and express your ideas on a personal & professional level. This class will be a series of three, 2-hour classes in which we will be playing games, creating scenes, and having more fun than should be legal.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More info about our Ego Development class...

Our little website doesn't leave a ton of room for descriptions of our classes so here's a bit more about the Ego Development class from our wonderful teachers...

Many of us have been exposed to different ways of looking at our personality types and preferences (such as Myers-Briggs). Another way people differ from each other, their developmental stage, is as important in understanding ourselves and others, perhaps even more so.

In speaking about human development, we distinguish between lateral and vertical development. Lateral development includes improving skills and learning new material. We go to school, take classes, and get training.

Vertical development is much rarer. It refers to how we come to see the world with new eyes, how we change our interpretations of experience and how we transform our views of reality. The metaphor of climbing a mountain can serve as an illustration of what it means to gain an increasingly higher vantage point.

In this class, we’ll share a model of stages of vertical development which was developed by William Torbert and Susanne Cook-Greuter. This framework focuses on how people tend to reason and behave in response to their experience, and how that changes as we develop. Each stage we’ll cover is a coherent and internally consistent belief system that describes how its proponents are likely to think, feel and behave in various life situations. Each stage has its own strengths and vulnerabilities.

Understanding developmental stages helps us:
understand ourselves better and increase our capacity to embrace ourselves
have compassion and empathy for others – those we enjoy as well as those who are difficult for us
appreciate the larger context in which we’ll evolve over time
know when we’re shifting stages, and become more effective at creating the change we want

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Another New Class- IMPROV!

Another new class!

Improvisation- Whether you are a seasoned performer or have never been in front of a group of people in your life, this improvisation class is for the curious, the daring, or those who just want to have a heck of a lot of fun playing games that will sharpen your ear, mind & body and build on your ability to work & play as a team. Students are asked to commit to attending all three classes.
Facilitator- Julian Schrenzel
Schedule- December 1st, 4th and 8th from 7-9pm
at the Cascade People's Center- 309 Pontius Ave N
Register Here!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Class- MEAD!

Well, we have a cancelled class and a new class. Our costuming class was originally set for before Halloween but due to a large library wide event our scheduled time was bumped to after Halloween. Obviously this wasn't ideal, so rather then continue on with a costuming class in November, our lovely facilitator Beth is going to be teaching us how to make Mead instead!

Here's the info:

Mead Making 101-Come learn how to make mead and other fruit wines! This class covers what you need, as well as basic recipes (including non-alcoholic mead for the little ones), and a brief history of mead. Please note: there will be no actual brewing or tasting of alcohol during this class. All ages welcome.
Facilitator – Beth Wade
Schedule- Saturday, November 8th, 1-3pm at the Ballard Library

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NoNoWriMo teacher feedback

NoNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month... and it's next month, so our lovely Beth taught a group of folks about it. Here's her reflections...

"The National Novel Writing Class went over very well. We had a handful of burgeoning novelists who seemed ready for the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days- and I salute them! The class has been asked to be conducted again this month, and we are currently looking into hosting it on Thursday 23rd or Saturday 25th- stay tuned for more details! If you are interested in NaNoWriMo, but will be unable to make the class about it next week, please check out: for more information. One thing I did want to mention, which I forgot to do at the class, is that you can write any kind of novel that you like. Most of my example were fiction, but that's just my own preference- you can write fiction, history, self-help, autobiography...pretty much anything you want! Thanks again to all who attended the class, and best of luck to you in your noveling days to come."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

More New Classes!

Couple more classes posted just this week...

Basic Bicycle Maintenance- Learn the basic skills required to keep your bike running!
Facilitator- Josh Larios
Schedule- October 18th at 1pm
at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center- 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE

Transform Yourself: An Introduction to Stages of Ego Development- Greater clarity, wisdom, empowerment, fulfillment, sense of belonging and purpose - we all want that. In this class, we're bringing the works of pioneers in the field of human potential and development into mainstream awareness by introducing a theory of the stages of adult ego development. You'll learn about the 10 stages, how to recognize which stage you tend to operate from, and how you might continue to develop yourself.
Facilitators- Lain Kahlstrom- Integral coach and student of human development and Wendy Visconty- CPA, coach and student of human development
Schedule- Nov 10 at 5:30pm at the U District Library

You can register for these classes from the class page. See you at a Seattle Free School class soon!