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  • DoAnn's Qigong and Daoyin

    Starts: 2/2/2020 9:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/2/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 9:30-10:30am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Qigong is a form of exercise to generate the chi energy and blood flow to vital organs. Two Qigong styles will be taught; Baduanjin with 8 silk movements that stretch the extremities, spine, and meridians, and Tree Qigong stances, which are gentle but transformational with vigorous abdominal breathing.

    Daoyin is a technique to stimulate the vital points and meridians in order to clean the stagnation of the various systems, vitalize the tissues and improve the circulation on a cellular level. For Daoyin, 15 movements that utilize the pressure points and abdominal breath will be taught.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • DoAnn's Meditation and Breathing

    Starts: 2/2/2020 10:45:00 AM
    Ends: 2/2/2020 11:45:00 AM

    Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 10:45-11:45am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Six meditations from the very basic to the advanced will be taught. Dr. Kaneko's meditation style is based on a traditional Taoist style that he customized for an easier and more practical approach. It involves lying on the back or sitting, and even some standing or walking.

    Dr. Kaneko teaches the concept of Qi and Bloodmoving into the cellular level through the meridians and channels, with the help of powerful abdominal breathing. Students will be able to apply this method for stress management, relaxation, and with healing modalities like Qigong and Daoyin. Tibetan bells and music will be used while students are guided to explore the inner unlimited world of cosmic consciousness.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • Sewing, Upcycle Lab + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 2/8/2020 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/8/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Improve your sustainability practices by learning to sew and mend by hand or machine. Create basic projects like: bags, pillow cases, simple quilts, zippered pouches, aprons. Learn how to use a sewing machine, make simple patterns and bring individual projects to alter or upcycle.

    Craft Lounge is a monthly no-host gathering is a workshop where you can bring your current project to work on, around a community of like-minded makers. If you don’t have a project yet no problem, The Camera Obscura Art Lab is fully equipped with shared knitting, crochet, collage and drawing materials as well as ample table space for you to develop your own venture!
  • Body Scan Meditation and Collaborative Still Life with Natalja Kent

    Starts: 2/8/2020 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/8/2020 12:30:00 PM

    Saturday, 2/8 11am-12:30pm
    Cost: $5
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Studio Resident Natalja Kent offers a guided meditation based on the tenets of Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), in which participants dive into their own sensations and develop a self-scan of their body. Following the meditation, the group will assemble a collaborative still life using basic sculptural materials and photograph their work, while maintaining the meditative state. If you have a smartphone or digital camera that can wirelessly output, please bring. Limited spots available for these workshops; please make one reservation per person.
  • Sewing, Upcycle Lab + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 2/8/2020 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/8/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Saturday, 2/8 11am-2pm
    Cost: Free!
    To register, click on the ticket link or call 310-458-2239.

    Improve your sustainability practices by learning to sew and mend by hand or machine. Create basic projects like: bags, pillow cases, simple quilts, zippered pouches, aprons. Participants can learn how to use a sewing machine, make simple patterns and can bring individual projects to alter or upcycle.

    Sewing machines and supplies are available to share or bring your own. Suggested supplies: scissors, sewing machine, a specific thread color, a project you’d like help with or an idea for a project.

    A monthly no-host gathering where you can bring your current project to work on around a community of like-minded makers. If you don’t have a project yet no problem, The Camera Obscura Art Lab is fully equipped with shared knitting, crochet, collage and drawing materials as well as ample table space for you to develop your own venture!

    Kim Speth is a Textile Artist & Fashion Designer who learned to sew in her 7th grade Home Economics class and was gifted a sewing machine by her grandmother which became her joy and passion. A designer and clothing manufacturer in the fashion industry, Speth taught fashion design and clothing construction to high school students.

    Andrea Morgenstern is a graphic designer, costumer, and crafter that enjoys, leather crafts, prop making, mending, renewing, repurposing, renovating and upcycling. She loves to empower others by sharing her DIY knowledge.
  • DoAnn's Qigong and Daoyin

    Starts: 2/9/2020 9:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/9/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 9:30-10:30am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Qigong is a form of exercise to generate the chi energy and blood flow to vital organs. Two Qigong styles will be taught; Baduanjin with 8 silk movements that stretch the extremities, spine, and meridians, and Tree Qigong stances, which are gentle but transformational with vigorous abdominal breathing.

    Daoyin is a technique to stimulate the vital points and meridians in order to clean the stagnation of the various systems, vitalize the tissues and improve the circulation on a cellular level. For Daoyin, 15 movements that utilize the pressure points and abdominal breath will be taught.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • DoAnn's Meditation and Breathing

    Starts: 2/9/2020 10:45:00 AM
    Ends: 2/9/2020 11:45:00 AM

    Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 10:45-11:45am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Six meditations from the very basic to the advanced will be taught. Dr. Kaneko's meditation style is based on a traditional Taoist style that he customized for an easier and more practical approach. It involves lying on the back or sitting, and even some standing or walking.

    Dr. Kaneko teaches the concept of Qi and Bloodmoving into the cellular level through the meridians and channels, with the help of powerful abdominal breathing. Students will be able to apply this method for stress management, relaxation, and with healing modalities like Qigong and Daoyin. Tibetan bells and music will be used while students are guided to explore the inner unlimited world of cosmic consciousness.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • New Poems for a New Decade with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 2/9/2020 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/9/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/15 & 3/22.
    2-4 pm
    Cost: $90 - $20 drop-in fee available.

    January 12, 2020, the Camera Obscura Poetry Workshop with Dinah Berland will launch its fourth year at the Art Lab. What a better way to start off the new decade than to write some new poems! Members of the class will meet for six sessions on alternate Sunday afternoons to read poetry by a diverse selection of master poets, analyze the work to see how it was made, write new poems in response to prompts in class, and practice polishing their own drafts. Poets at all levels are invited join, or rejoin, the ongoing band of Camera Obscura Poets and let the new poems emerge!
  • Costumed Movement with Mimi Haddon & Cody Brunelle-Potter

    Starts: 2/15/2020 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/15/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday, 2/15 10am-12pm
    Cost: $5
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Photographer and Costume Artist Mimi Haddon and Movement and Fiber Artist Cody Brunelle-Potter collaborate on a series of sculptural movement workshops at The Camera Obscura Art Lab. Using soft sculpture and costume to activate a sense of physical transformation, participants will collaborate in accessing myth and psychology through intuitive movement and gesture. How can one gain hidden knowledge by embodying and moving in unfamiliar form? We will be working to create narrative through the discoveries that we find in the life dances that we create in individual moments and group engagements. No dance experience required. Materials will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
  • DoAnn's Qigong and Daoyin

    Starts: 2/16/2020 9:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/16/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 9:30-10:30am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Qigong is a form of exercise to generate the chi energy and blood flow to vital organs. Two Qigong styles will be taught; Baduanjin with 8 silk movements that stretch the extremities, spine, and meridians, and Tree Qigong stances, which are gentle but transformational with vigorous abdominal breathing.

    Daoyin is a technique to stimulate the vital points and meridians in order to clean the stagnation of the various systems, vitalize the tissues and improve the circulation on a cellular level. For Daoyin, 15 movements that utilize the pressure points and abdominal breath will be taught.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • DoAnn's Meditation and Breathing

    Starts: 2/16/2020 10:45:00 AM
    Ends: 2/16/2020 11:45:00 AM

    Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 10:45-11:45am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Six meditations from the very basic to the advanced will be taught. Dr. Kaneko's meditation style is based on a traditional Taoist style that he customized for an easier and more practical approach. It involves lying on the back or sitting, and even some standing or walking.

    Dr. Kaneko teaches the concept of Qi and Bloodmoving into the cellular level through the meridians and channels, with the help of powerful abdominal breathing. Students will be able to apply this method for stress management, relaxation, and with healing modalities like Qigong and Daoyin. Tibetan bells and music will be used while students are guided to explore the inner unlimited world of cosmic consciousness.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • Body Scan, Sound Meditation & Sun Print Creation w/ Natalja Kent

    Starts: 2/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/22/2020 12:30:00 PM

    Saturday, 2/22 11am-12:30pm
    Cost: $5
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    This workshop involves a guided meditation based on the tenets of Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation in which participants experience a thirty-minute sensation, self-scan of ones’ own body guided by the artist. Following this meditation, we will proceed to make “Sun Prints” a photo technique of making photograms with sunlight while attempting to maintain the meditative state. In-take and out-take surveys will assist me in culling information about the embodiment effects on mood, personal power and creativity.
  • DoAnn's Qigong and Daoyin

    Starts: 2/23/2020 9:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/23/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 9:30-10:30am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Qigong is a form of exercise to generate the chi energy and blood flow to vital organs. Two Qigong styles will be taught; Baduanjin with 8 silk movements that stretch the extremities, spine, and meridians, and Tree Qigong stances, which are gentle but transformational with vigorous abdominal breathing.

    Daoyin is a technique to stimulate the vital points and meridians in order to clean the stagnation of the various systems, vitalize the tissues and improve the circulation on a cellular level. For Daoyin, 15 movements that utilize the pressure points and abdominal breath will be taught.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • DoAnn's Meditation and Breathing

    Starts: 2/23/2020 10:45:00 AM
    Ends: 2/23/2020 11:45:00 AM

    Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

    Sundays, 1/12 - 3/1 10:45-11:45am
    Cost: $143 / $164 | 8-week series
    To register, click on the ticket link below or call 310-458-2239.

    Six meditations from the very basic to the advanced will be taught. Dr. Kaneko's meditation style is based on a traditional Taoist style that he customized for an easier and more practical approach. It involves lying on the back or sitting, and even some standing or walking.

    Dr. Kaneko teaches the concept of Qi and Bloodmoving into the cellular level through the meridians and channels, with the help of powerful abdominal breathing. Students will be able to apply this method for stress management, relaxation, and with healing modalities like Qigong and Daoyin. Tibetan bells and music will be used while students are guided to explore the inner unlimited world of cosmic consciousness.

    Dr. DoAnn T. Kaneko - a doctor in oriental medicine, licensed acupuncturist, and Grandmaster Shiatsu-Anma therapist - is back again teaching community classes in Santa Monica! It has been a few years since the Shiatsu Massage School of CA sadly closed but now he is partnering with the City of Santa Monica to provide several classes to the community!
  • New Poems for a New Decade with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 2/23/2020 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/23/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/15 & 3/22.
    2-4 pm
    Cost: $90 - $20 drop-in fee available.

    January 12, 2020, the Camera Obscura Poetry Workshop with Dinah Berland will launch its fourth year at the Art Lab. What a better way to start off the new decade than to write some new poems! Members of the class will meet for six sessions on alternate Sunday afternoons to read poetry by a diverse selection of master poets, analyze the work to see how it was made, write new poems in response to prompts in class, and practice polishing their own drafts. Poets at all levels are invited join, or rejoin, the ongoing band of Camera Obscura Poets and let the new poems emerge!
  • Intro to Natural Textile Dyeing with Laura Davis

    Starts: 2/29/2020 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/29/2020 1:30:00 PM

    Saturday 2/29, 10:30am - 1:30pm
    Cost: $60 + $15 cash material fee
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    We'll cover the basics of fiber preparation for natural dyeing, including scouring and mordanting and some basic resist techniques, as well as a basic overview of how to prepare the dyes. There will be vats of indigo (blue), osage orange (bright yellow), logwood (purple), and madder (red/brown/orange tones) available for dyeing. These dyes are all plant-based and vegan-friendly.We'll talk about upcycling textiles and using found items to create unique clothing and works of art. Materials fee of $15 (cash only, payable to instructor on class day) includes a wide variety of resist materials and fabric swatches for experimenting, and students may bring about 3 items to dye (consider an adult tee as the median item size). Instructor will email more specific details and instructions to registered students before class. Students who are also taking the afternoon Next Step Natural Dyeing: Overdyeing & Multi-Color Patterns class pay a total of $20 materials fees to cover both sessions.Items to be dyed should be primarily (70% or more) natural fiber, including cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and thin wool, woven or knit fabric. PLEASE DO NOT bring denim, canvas, cotton or wool fleece, yardage cuts over 1 yard, yarn or other heavy fabric items like sweaters or hoodies; these items require a significant amount of extra dye and they hog the dye pot space. We’ll allow people to dye extra items as time and space allow.
  • Next Step Natural Dyeing: Overdyeing & Multi-Color Patterns with Laura Davis

    Starts: 2/29/2020 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/29/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/29, 2pm - 5pm
    Cost: $60 + $15 cash material fee
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    This class can be taken as a stand-alone, but is designed to build on the basics included in the Intro class offered in the morning. We’ll talk about how procedure and chemistry can work for or against you in creating textiles with multi-color patterns, and complex colors created by applying one natural dye over another. One I’ve shared these basics, the class is all about having fun and seeing what happens when you try this and that. I’ll share examples and inspiration, then let you experiment with creating your own colors and combinations. The possibilities are endless, and the tone of this class is light and playful. If any of this sounds interesting but intimidating, I strongly encourage you to come and approach this as an opportunity to play. Materials fee of $15 (cash only, payable to instructor on class day) includes vats of indigo (blue), osage orange (bright yellow), logwood (purple), and madder (red/brown/orange tones). These dyes are all plant-based and vegan-friendly. You’ll also have use of a wide variety of resist materials and loads of fabric swatches for experimenting; and students may bring about 3 items to dye (consider an adult tee as the median item size). Instructor will email more specific details and instructions to registered students before class. There will be vats of indigo (blue), osage orange (bright yellow), logwood, and madder available for dyeing. Students who are also taking the morning Intro to Natural Textile Dyeing class pay a total of $20 materials fees to cover both sessions. Items to be dyed should be primarily (70% or more) natural fiber, including cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and thin wool, woven or knit fabric. PLEASE DO NOT bring denim, canvas, cotton or wool fleece, yardage cuts over 1 yard, yarn, or other heavy fabric items like sweaters or hoodies; these items require a significant amount of extra dye and they hog the dye pot space. We’ll allow people to dye extra items as time and space allow!
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