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Maximizing Your Memory  (BEUHS036)

Fri 1/23; 12:10 - 1:10 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Michael Lawrence Green

Everything about our lives is wrapped around our memory. Dates, facts, figures, appointments and experiences all play a part in our daily routine. As we age, we begin to struggle with forgetfulness and other memory challenges that leave us feeling like we’re losing it. In addition, we are inundated with an increasing amount of information, communications and demands that intensify our memory struggles. When we struggle with our memory, we begin to feel that we are losing productivity, ability to contribute, and precious “non renewable” time. 

Do you have to sit by idly and let your memory slip away? No! You can take a proactive approach toward improving your memory by attending Maximizing Your Memory! When you decide to enhance your memory skills you take action to improve the quality your life - because enhancing your memory improves work performance, school performance, productivity, family life and more. What is your memory worth to you? 


Within this dynamic and energizing 60 minute session, you will: 
1. Test your current memory 
2. Learn vital memory influencers 
3. Learn the components improving recall 
4. Learn a memory technique to enhance your life 
5. Learn keys to remembering names 
6. Have fun!


Emotional Readiness for Retirement (BEUHS038) 

Friday, 2/20; 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Speaker: Leslie Bell, PhD, LCSW, CARE Services

We all spend a lot of time thinking about and planning for the financial aspects of retirement. How much time have you spent thinking about your emotional preparation for your retirement? In this workshop we'll discuss the factors that are significant in affecting your happiness in retirement. And we'll help you to develop an action plan so that you can take steps NOW to ensure an emotionally successful retirement.

This course is offered as part of the UC Retirement Center's Pre Retirement Program. You are welcome to register for just this course through the Learning Center (Enroll), or for the entire program through the Retirement Center's website.

Strengthen Your Personal Comfort Zone (BEUHS037)

Friday, 2/27; 12:10 – 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Elayne Savage, PhD, LMFT

Constructive criticism, misunderstandings, and even unanswered calls or emails can all too often be taken personally.  This perceived rejection often triggers anger and resentment which impairs our ability to foster healthy and productive relationships, and holds us back from achieving professional or personal goals.  In this workshop you will learn how to understand where these internal and external barriers come from including cultural, generational, and gender style differences, and learn some tips and techniques to feel more comfortable getting what you need instead of avoiding what you fear.

Resilience and Renewal (BEUHS016)

Tuesday, 3/17, 9 am-noon
Tang Education Center
Kathy Mendonca, Principal Learning Specialist, L+OD 
Laurie Yamamoto, LCSW, Senior Counselor, CARE Services

External stressors are real, yet how we choose to view, experience and manage them is an internal process. To maintain a healthy level of stress, we must cultivate an ability to remain flexible and open in order to adapt and adjust to challenges. This workshop will examine common traits of resilient people, and explore ways to strengthen our own resiliency skills. We introduce the concept of managing our energy instead of managing our time as the foundation for healthy practices, high performance, and sustained personal renewal.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Define and discuss resilience
  • Identify the common traits of resilient people
  • Assess their own level of resilience and identify steps to strengthen their skills
  • Explore the four quadrants of personal energy and engagement
  • Discuss examples of practices that support a healthy energy management plan

Please note that the duration for this workshop is 3 hours.
Sponsored by CARE Services and Learning + Organizational Development (L+OD)

Laurie Yamamoto is the Senior Counselor at CARE Services. She has been at Cal for over 25 years and enjoys working with faculty and staff.

Kathy Mendonca
is the Instructional Design and Training Specialist at L+OD. She is a Human Resource Development professional with more than 15 years experience in instructional design, training, human resources and benefits.



Breema: Moving Meditation for Balance and Harmony (BEUHS039)

Thursday, 4/9; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Angela Porter,CMT, RAS, MFTi

Breema is a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates a profound experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. In this workshop, participants will learn simple self-care exercises aimed at unifying the energies of body and mind in the direction of being present. Many and varied, the movements include gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and unique postures. Each exercise provides an ideal opportunity to apply and experience Breema's principles of Harmony, including: No Judgment, No Force, Body Comfortable, Single Moment-Single activity. Practicing Breema supports physical and psychological flexibility, mental clarity, vitality and emotional balance. Open to all levels. N​o special equipment, clothing, or ability is needed.    



Restorative Yoga for Relaxation (BEUHS601)  

Friday, 2/13, 3/13, or 4/24; 12:10 - 1 pm, 251 Hearst Gym

Note - the 4/24 workshop has been cancelled.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of Restorative Yoga to learn simple poses that promote deep relaxation and can be done anywhere. This is a deep relaxation workshop not an active yoga class. Please wear comfortable clothing. Equipment will be provided.
Instructor: Jason Emmanuel Britton, MFA, UC Berkeley Physical Education Program

Jason Emanuel Britton has been a lecturer in the Physical Education Program at UC Berkeley, teaching dance and yoga since 1998. He is a certified Relax and Renew® Trainer in Restorative Yoga. This workshop is coordinated by Health*Matters.

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