Classes & Activities

About Our Classes

Two members in the woodworking group working in the Seideneck Room

Classes and activities held at The Carmel Foundation are as varied and interesting as the members who attend them.

Independent, certified instructors as including many from Monterey Peninsula College and Carmel Adult Education teach classes in personal fitness, literature, art and music appreciation to name a few.

Qualified volunteers lead activities such as bridge, a men's discussion group, wood carving, needlecraft and photography, amongst others. Over 50 fun things to do are available to our members each week. A class schedule is available on line and published in the monthly newsletter. See below.

Class Descriptions & Schedule

 You must be a current Carmel Foundation member to sign-up for classes and activities

Creativity, Camaraderie...Coloring

Time: 10:00am -11:30am, 2nd & 4th Tues
Location: Craft Room
Instructor: Lisa Handley
Fee: $5.00 per class, payable to instructor at class
Description: Coloring for adults began as a trend, but this activity has had staying power with its many benefits for mind, body and spirit. Coloring is relaxing and meditative, enhances focus, reduces stress, and improves eye-hand coordination and hand strength. Treat yourself to creativity, camaraderie and the joy of coloring! A wide assortment of materials await you including coloring pages, books, cards and posters, colored pencils, gel pens, markers, crayons and more. Facilitator Lisa offers coloring inspiration and tips and provides guidance when needed. Drop in and join us, and you'll receive a warm, colorful welcome!

Drumming Circle: drums, percussion, didgeridoo & fun!
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm, Thurs
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader: Jackson Chih
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Did you know there are amazing health benefits from participating in a drumming circle?  Drumming has been found to reduce tension, anxiety & stress, boost the immune system, release negative feelings and provide a medium for individual self-realization.  Being a part of a circle creates a sense of connectedness with self & others.  All are welcome to join, whether you have a drum or not!

Fine Arts Lab
Time: 1:30pm-4:00pm, Tues
Location: Seideneck Room
Leaders: Carol Harrison, Darlene Berry
Fee: No fee, register w/Carol or Darlene at class
Description: Join members for an open lab session and paint with acrylics. Bring your table top easel and supplies and imagination.

Improv Comedy RX
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm, Mon
Location: Blanchard A
Leaders: Carol Roberts
Fee: $10/class, payable at class, sign-up with instructor
Description: Want to improve how your brain works and laugh a lot while doing it? We'll play easy Comedy Improv Theater games based on audience suggestion, the audience being fellow class members. Warning: side effects include improved short term memory and focus, increased attention and processing speed, flexibility, thinking outside the box, limber muscles and in most instances camaraderie. In rare cases happiness occurs..

Needlecraft Group
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm; Tues
Location: Craft Room
Leader: Connie Georis
Fee: No fee and drop-ins are welcome
Description: Meet fellow knitters and enjoy the art of needle craft with this long-standing Foundation volunteer group.

Photography, Darkroom Denizens
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-4:00pm, Sat
Location: Darkroom
Leaders: Manager Peter Moppert  414.310.9622
Fee: No fee
Description: Full-service darkroom available to Foundation members. Call Arabella or Jack to learn more about supplies and times available.

Photography Group
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, Thurs
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader: Joyce Tarter Rideout
Fee: $12/annual. Register at class, guests welcome.
Description: Sharing/Guest Speakers. Group meets once a week to view local photographers works together and discusses the art of photography.

Time: 10:00am-12:30pm, Wed, 3/11, The Wise Old Woman Archetype
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm, Wed, 3/25, Scents and Sensibilities
Instuctor: Lisa Handley
Location: Seideneck Room
Fee: $30 per individual class. Register with Lisa, 512.9063
Description: Summertime Inspiration. Step into the flow of SoulCollage®, and immerse yourself in mindful self-expression! Join Lisa Handley, SoulCollage® facilitator and artist, as she gently inspires and guides participants through each 2.5-hour class and helps you tap into your imagination and intuition to gather images, collage personally meaningful cards, contemplate their significance and consult with them as springboards to your own inner wisdom. Join us for creativity and camaraderie! Both new and experienced are welcomed. All materials are provided.

Watercolour Painting with Julia Harnett Harvey
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm, Fri
Location: Seideneck Room
Instructor: Julia Harnett Harvey
Fee: $20 per session. Drop-ins welcome, sign up at class
Description: When watercolor paints meet watercolor paper, MAGIC CAN HAPPEN! Even one brush full of any color laid down, can have an effect on the painter's emotions. With either a quick color sketch or a finely detailed, larger painting, the magic is there- that is the joy of painting watercolors! Each weekly class will demonstrate some different ways that the "English Method" can be applied. Coaching will be available to those working on their own subjects and all- skill levels welcome. Easy assignments for beginners.

Wood Carving
Time: 9:00am-11:30am, Tues
Leader: Jerry Park
Time: 9:00am-11:45am; Thurs
Leader: Open class
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wed
Leader: Steve Davalos
Location: Seideneck Room
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome

Description: Meet with fellow woodcarvers in an inviting atmosphere and carve together.

Greek Dance Class
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm, Tue
Location: Diment Hall
Instructors: Janet Tezak, Lois Lynne
Fee: No fee, register at class
Description: Janet Tezak as lead teacher and Lois Lynne as assistant teacher will teach basic Greek dancing steps from 4:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday afternoon and then from 5:00pm-5:30pm, they will run through all the Greek dances. Darold Skerritt has taught Greek dancing for more than twenty years, and Janet and Lois are a product of his wonderful teaching techniques. They have also been part of the Greek Village dancers at many events around the Peninsula.

Line Dancing
Time: 10:00am-11:00am, Sat )
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Belle James
Fee: $5/class, sign-up at class
Description: Come learn to Line Dance- it's FUN! Line dancing originated from European Folk dances and gained momentum in the 1960s and 1970s especially after the creation of the "Tush Push" and "Electric Slide" in the 70s. Finally in the 1980s, dozens of line dances were choreographed for specific songs and a line dance craze ensued that continues today with thousands of different line dances to every kind of music you can imagine.

Current Events Discussion Group
Time: 10:00am-11:30am, 1st & 3rd Tues
Location: Craft Room
Leader: Peter Powles
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Join fellow members as we discuss hot topics in the news!

Gratitude and Communication Group
Time: 3:00pm-4:45pm, 2nd & 4th Thurs
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Ted Hill
Fee: No fee, sign-up at class
Description: Join the new Gratitude and Communication Group. The focus will be on balancing preferences with gratitude while also working on skills to engender more harmonious interaction with others in our daily lives. Concepts and processes from Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. will be utilized. The group will be facilitated by Ted Hill, M.A.

Great Minds Online (edX & TED Talks)
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, Wed, 3/11 & 25
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Joan Beller
Fee: No fee, register with Joan, 238.2087
Description: Topic: Indian & Tibetan River of Buddhism. Learn how to take the interesting and varied edX No Fee courses that are and given by the best professors at the best schools. View and discuss inspired Ted Talks thinkers that give us insights in sharable bits. Both sources use technology to create a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

Men's Discussion Group
Time: 10:30am-11:45am, Mon
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader: Lou Aldana
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: A friendly group of the Foundation's men meet for an enjoyable morning of varied discussions. Sometimes it's an open discussion of current events, or a presentation by one of our members, or perhaps a guest speaker. We make an effort to invite speakers that cover subjects of local interest. Come by and meet your fellow Foundation members!  Q & A's, comments and opinions are always welcome and well-received. If you have an interesting background or expertise, stop by and we will schedule you for presentation.

Men's & Women's Discussion Group, Sponsored by Alliance on Aging
Time: 3:15pm-4:45pm, Tue
Location: Blanchard A
Facilitator: Ted Hill
Fee: No fee, sign up at discussion group
Description: Join us as we will offer fresh topics to discuss in a personal and lively manner. Meaningful and harmonious discussion is encouraged.

Women's Circle
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, 1st & 3rd Mon
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Rose Silvera-Welch
Fee: Free Women have been gathering in circles since the beginning of time to share experiences, thoughts, ideas and energy. Come be a part of this one of a kind group where our Women's Circle offers a safe and gentle space for women to come together, share and discuss topics that the group will pick for each meeting. 831.620.8705

Bridge, Duplicate
Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm, Fri
Location: Craft Room
Leader: Helga Greaver
Fee: $2/per session, open room, register at class 624.5461
Description: This is a social game and tries to adhere to ACBL rules. It is not an ACBL sanctioned game, so players do not receive "master points" for their participation. There is a wide range of experience levels in our players. Players who wish to join should have a partner, although once familiar with the group, the facilitator can assist in matching up players with someone in the group who needs a partner for a day. Each player contributes $2 each day that they play, and small money prizes are given to the top 3 teams, both N/S and E/W.  Players are not required to know how to score the Traveler forms, although we do need players with that knowledge. We use the standard bid boxes. A signup sheet is on hand to sign up for the following 2 weeks, but players can call to sign up or cancel.

Time: 1:00pm-4:30pm, Thurs
Location: Field Café
Leader:Chet Lowney
Fee: No fee, open room, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet with fellow chess players in the Field Café for a fun afternoon of chess together.

Chess Lessons
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Mon
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader:Ed Detrick
Fee: No fee, sign-up with instructor
Description: After a wonderful lunch at the Foundation, join Ed Detrick for chess; one of the most popular board games in the world. This ongoing course is for all skill levels. Studies show that playing chess is beneficial to brain function.

Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm, Wed, 1/8, 15, 29
Location:Craft Room
Leader: Larry Parrish
Fee: No fee, register with Larry, 622.7455,
Description: Creativity! Calculation! Confirming! "C" is for Cribbage.

Games: Open Game
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm, Wed; 1:00pm-4:00pm, Thur
Location:Craft Room
Leader: No leader
Fee: No fee, open room
Description: Meet with fellow members for a fun afternoon of bridge, mah jongg...

Hand and Foot
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm, Wed
Location: Blanchard B
Facilitator:: Fran Milford

Fee: Free sign-up instructor

Description: Form of Canasta

Scrabble with Susan
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Mon
Location: Field Café
Leader: > Susan Sailow
Fee: No fee, open game
Description: Meet in the Field Café and play as many games as you like. Feel free to come when you want, and leave when you want.

Texas Hold'em Full to capacity
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Thurs & 12:30pm-3:30pm, Sat (Seideneck Room 2/1-3/21)
Location: Craft Room
Facilitator:: Micky Lawler

Feldenkrais - Awareness Through Movement
Time: 9:30am-10:30am, Thurs
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Patric Zito
Fee: $10/class (1st class no fee), sign-up and pay instructor
Description: The Feldenkrais Method can teach people about proper dynamic posture and effective body mechanics as well as help alter bad habits that contribute to neck/back pain or pain in general. Feldenkrais uses gentle movements and directed attention to increase range of motion, improve flexibility, coordination and performance as well as avoid movements that cause pain, stress, or discomfort. This method of Awareness through movement allows people to pay attention to what they are doing and how to shift their attention in a skillful way.

Hiking Group
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm, 2nd Sat/mo
Location: call Kari, 620.8706
Coordinator: Kari Martorella
Fee: None, register with Martorella, 620.8706
Description: The Carmel Foundation walking group leaders, Geoff & Sarah, will be starting a monthly hiking group! If you are looking for a little adventure & outdoor exercise please consider joining us for a hike. This group will be exploring intermediate skill level trails on the second Saturday of each month.

Melodic Memories - Sing-a-long
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm, 1st & 3rd Fri
Location: Diment Hall
Facilitator: In collaboration w/Alzheimers Assoc.
Fee: No fee, call Support Services for information, 620.8705
Description: Come sing to slow memory loss!  Singing is not only fun, but an excellent way to maintain and improve your memory skills.  Join us to sing favorite tunes from the past while we take a musical trip down memory lane.

Personal Fitness, Lo-Impact
Time: 9:00am-10:00am, Mon, Weds, Fri
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: MaryAnn Rousseau
Fee: $5/class or $50/mo suggested donation, register at class
Description: Enjoy a fun and relaxing work-out for strength and flexibility with a focus on balance and core work. Class includes warm up, low impact aerobics, muscle toning, cool down and stretching to great music and laughter! For men and women,

Serene Body Stretch
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Weds returns 1/8
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Jacquie Adams
Fee: $6/class w/prepaid 10 class card; $8 single. Sign-up at class.
Description: Learn the importance of stretching in this low-impact and safe class; all fitness levels are welcome.

Tai Chi for Health
Time: 10:00am-11:00am, Weds
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Liana Olson
Fee: $48/6 weeks, $80/10 weeks, $10 drop-in; sign up and pay at class
Description: Tai Chi for Arthritis is a gentle form of exercise known for its health benefits; increasing strength, balance, flexibility and a sense of well-being. Tai Chi can be modified to fit almost anyone's level of ability and can be practiced seated or standing.  Come experience why people have referred to Tai Chi for Arthritis as "medication in motion". 

Walking Group
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm, Tues
Location: local paths, beaches & parks
Coordinator: Kari Martorella
Fee: No fee; register w/Martorella, 620.8706
Description: Are you looking for a little adventure & outdoor exercise?  Join us Tuesday afternoons for our Weekly Walking Group.   We have been exploring all that this breathtaking Peninsula has to offer, while enjoying each other's company.  Past adventures have included walks at Stillwater Cove, Bird Rock to Indian Village, Scenic Drive & Point Lobos State Natural Preserve. 

Yoga, Chair
Time: 8:30am-9:30am, Thurs
Location: >Blanchard A
Instructor: Jody Emerson Quintana
Fee: $8 per class, register at class
Description: Gentle chair yoga. Balance, stretch, move, relax and renew.

Yoga, Gentle
Time: 8:30am-9:30am, Mon(full to capacity), Weds, Fri(full to capacity)
Location: >Blanchard A
Instructor: Lynn Geisen (M&F) Monica Johnson (W)
Fee: $8 per class, register w/Geisen, 625.1253
Description: Hatha yoga, gentle flow, reclining, seated and standing postures. Balance, stretch, move, relax and renew. Participants need to be able to get up and down off the floor.

Yuan Qigong Class Series
Time: 10:00am-11:30am, Weds
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Dale Mirmow, Certified Master Teacher
Fee: $40/4 wk session, $50/5 wk session, $12 drop-in, register at class
Description: The Qigong class will give you the fundamental tools and practices of Qigong that will aid with the prevention of illness, increased balance and flexibility, and improvement in one's overall health and well-being. Qigong can be done while sitting, standing, or moving, and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Qigong is easy to incorporate into your daily life, and regular practitioners enjoy more energy, good health and well-being, and are better able to deal with issues of stress, anxiety, and pain.

Garden Group
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm, Mon - Sat
Location: Garden Center
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet with like-minded members who appreciate giving back by planning various plant sales at the Foundation along with caring for our beautiful on-site garden center.

Non-Fiction Reading Discussion - Full to capacity
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, Thurs
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Jim Emery

Norton Court Book Reading and Discussion Group
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm; Weds
Location: Nimmons Room, Norton Ct
Leader: Bill Richards
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet weekly to discuss books with new friends!

The Carmel Foundation Women's Book Club
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm, 4th Wed
Location: Craft Room
Facilitator: Vicky Torcolini
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet monthly to discuss a wide variety of novels the group chooses together.

Piano Lessons with Pam Lawrence
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesdays by appointment
Location: Blanchard B
Instructor Pam Lawrence
Fee: 30 minute lesson/$30 or $100 for the 1st month. Call Pam for scheduling   831.277.7638.
Description: Lessons are personally tailored to your needs. A keyboard will be available for use during lessons, but the student will need their own keyboard or piano at home for practice. Pam Lawrence holds an M.A. in Music with an emphasis on piano-organ-harpsichord. She taught for 13 years at Gavilan College and also has maintained a private teaching studio, Monterey Bay Music, for 40 years

Topics in Music
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm, Sat,

3/7, VIDEO Ken Burns Jass, Episode 10 "Masterpiece by Midnight"; 3/14, Dvarionis (Lithuanian), Vasks (Latvian) and Part (Estonian); 3/21, Welcome to Spring
Location: Blanchard a
Instructor Scott McClelland
Fee: $50/12 week semester, payable to instructor at class   breaking
Description: Scott MacClelland's "Topics in Music" interactive lecture series returns to the Foundation on Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm in Blanchard A. A former classical music radio presenter (KWAV & KBOQ locally) and journalism graduate from the University of California, Scott, has been lecturing and writing about music on the Monterey Peninsula for more than 40 years. He is the founding editor of Performing Arts Monterey Bay, a weekly-updated on-line service that covers live performing arts in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. The semester fee is $50, payable to the instructor. Students are invited to submit suggestions for topics of interest at

Writing Memoirs (2 separate classes)
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm, Mon
Time: 9:30am-11:30am, Weds
Location: Craft Room
Instructor: > Illia Thompson
Fee: $40/monthly, register w/Thompson   659.5210

Lo-impact personal fitness class exercising in Diment Hall

Technology Center

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Our Technology Center classes quickly became so popular that within five years some 1,000 members successfully completed these classes. The Foundation owes the Technology Center's overwhelming success to the energy and dedication of its core of volunteer instructors and monitors. A wide range of classes include such subjects as word processing, spreadsheets, graphic design, and photo manipulation are available. Due to generous donations, the Technology Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

These classes and activities bring richness to the Foundation and to the lives of our members. The Carmel Foundation continuously strives to offer new and exciting programs and activities to its curriculum.

 Visit Our New Technology Center

   • Newly Remodeled Facility

   • State of the Art Hardware & Software

   • Skilled Instructors

 Sign Up for Classes to Inprove Your Skills...!

Ribbon cutting with the Carmel Chamber of Commerce in the newly refurbished Techonology Center
Teachers and students in class in the Technology Center
One student and one instructor working on a laptop in the Technology Center


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The Carmel Foundation hosts one day workshops. These workshops cover a wide array of topics and are presented by people with expertise in the area being discussed.



Wednesday Programs

Lectures and entertaining programs are held Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm in Diment Hall. A variety of slide presentations, lectures, and musical entertainment is offered. At the conclusion of each program, refreshments are served by a committee of volunteers. These programs are given as a community service and are open to the public without charge.

Wednesday Programs Schedule
Speaker and audiece at a Wednesday Program in Diment Hall

Saturday Cinema

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Saturday Cinema
March 7
1:00pm-3:00pm, Diment Hall
2019 Biography (PG-13) 2 hr 2 min
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Saturday Cinema
March 14
1:00pm-3:00pm, Diment Hall
2019 Crime Drama (R) 2 hr 2 min
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Saturday Cinema
March 21
1:00pm-3:00pm, Blanchard A
2019 War Drama (R) 1 hr 59 min
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Saturday Cinema
March 28
1:00pm-3:00pm, Diment Hall
2019 Crime Drama (R) 2 hr 12 min
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Movie poster for A Star is Born