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We provide fun, educational, and dynamic informal classes including photography, dancing, art, fitness and more! Try a variety of classes with us without an intimidating time commitment.

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Introduction to Insight Meditation will be starting again at the end of the month. Read about the class as described by former student (and Informal Classes employee) Bailey Dermanci:

The instructor, Peggy Kelley, is calm throughout class and quietly inspiring. The class is a mixture of instruction on the history of meditation in the Buddhist tradition, conversation about readings done outside of class, guided meditations and sitting and walking meditation in the Vipassana style. During class, Peggy instructs you to focus on your breath. You are to note any errant thoughts that enter your mind, but strive to clear your mind and focus just on the breath. My experience in the class was that it was very restful, partially because of the subject matter and partially because of the kind of energy that Peggy brings to the class.

See what Peggy has to say, too, in our instructor highlight interview.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Peggy Kelley:
Students can expect to receive basic instruction in the insight meditation (vipassana) technique. We will do a few simple movements to settle down the physical body on one evening, and then gradually increase our sitting time, always following sitting with a short walking period. Often our sitting periods will be guided with my voice suggesting various ways of scanning the body, settling into the breath, and observing the mind. We will work specifically on cultivating loving-kindness (metta), compassion and altruism.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
PK: Insight meditation has a long history of helping people find focus and clarity of mind, even through tumultuous times. I enjoy seeing the transformation that beginning a seated home practice of meditation can bring.

IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
PK: I have been teaching vipassana meditation for more than 20 years. Since 1994 I have been fortunate to have a mentor for my meditation studies. Sister Vimala is a lay Buddhist nun in the Vipassana tradition who lived for 7 years in Sri Lanka studying and then taking vows. She has cheerfully been willing to answer questions and offer support when needed. Since 1992 I have directed the Austin Yoga Institute, where I have taught Iyengar Yoga and Vipassana meditation both on site and through Informal Classes.

Peggy’s class starts on September 29. Take the time to be mindful; learn how in the class! Register online.

Travel to Korea: Intro to Modern Korean Culture and Tourist Attractions starts on September 29. Get ready for your trip to Korea, or just come and explore the culture!
examine a range of cultural practices and norms
discuss travel to and around Korea
study vocabulary and common expressions in Korean
Instructor Jeong-bin Hannah Park is a Ph.D. candidate at the Foreign Language Education program in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin with more than 12 years of teaching experience.

Travel to Korea: Intro to Modern Korean Culture and Tourist Attractions starts on September 29. Get ready for your trip to Korea, or just come and explore the culture!

  • examine a range of cultural practices and norms
  • discuss travel to and around Korea
  • study vocabulary and common expressions in Korean

Instructor Jeong-bin Hannah Park is a Ph.D. candidate at the Foreign Language Education program in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin with more than 12 years of teaching experience.

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Develop solid journaling skills that will assist you in writing your memoirs down the road. Memoirs are not just for the rich and famous! Write for your grandchildren; write to bring more focus to your life; write for the fun of it. Learn simple guidelines and tools that will result in journals and memoirs that are interesting and fun to read, even hundreds of years later. Journals and Memoirs: Writing Down to the Soul takes place on Saturday, September 27.

Enjoy lectures on six diverse topics in our Word for Word Speaker Series!
September 24th: DNA and More, The Secrets of LifeOctober 1st: The Future of Film-making and Film-goingOctober 8th: Learning a Foreign Language:  Why Age and Aptitude Matter Less Than You Think!October 22nd: Tort Reform: The Corporate Campaign to Take Away Your Constitutional RightsOctober 29th: A Brief History of the FDA and the Regulation of Medical DevicesNovember 5th: Nanotechnology: Science or Fiction?
Sign up for individual classes if there are just one or two that strike your fancy, or sign up for the series at a discount and enjoy all six lectures.

Enjoy lectures on six diverse topics in our Word for Word Speaker Series!

September 24th: DNA and More, The Secrets of Life
October 1st: The Future of Film-making and Film-going
October 8th: Learning a Foreign Language:  Why Age and Aptitude Matter Less Than You Think!
October 22nd: Tort Reform: The Corporate Campaign to Take Away Your Constitutional Rights
October 29th: A Brief History of the FDA and the Regulation of Medical Devices
November 5th: Nanotechnology: Science or Fiction?

Sign up for individual classes if there are just one or two that strike your fancy, or sign up for the series at a discount and enjoy all six lectures.

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Register for Dr. Roux’s class on our website! The class starts on September 24.

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Learn California writer Bobbie Christensen’s 10-step method for how to complete a book in our upcoming class, Writing Your 1st Book (or 7th). Bobbie’s plan will have you completing your book, fiction or non-fiction, in only six weeks.  Plus, discuss the four basic elements that every good book needs.  And don’t miss Bobbie’s follow-up class, Publishing Your 1st Book (or 7th).  In this class, Bobbie teaches you how to sell your work to a publisher and how to self-publish and ePublish.

Learn about our boxing class from the man himself, Richard Lord! Our next session of Boxing starts on September 23rd.

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Get comfortable using FileMaker Pro in this beginning class. If you’re just starting in the program or have used it a little and have never had formal training, this is the class for you. Instructor George Perry, a certified FileMaker developer and UT grad, has worked as a FileMaker developer for over 15 years and has taught many FileMaker Pro classes. If you’ve already taken Using FileMaker: Basics and Beyond, check out our new fall class, Using FileMaker: Basics and Beyond II.

Learn the essentials of human survival in the outdoors! Build a fire, learn navigation skills, practice tying knots and much more. Survival in the Wilderness takes place on September 20th. Register here.

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After a year hiatus, we are very excited to have Elisse Newey back teaching genealogy! If you have started researching your family tree and have gotten bogged down or stuck, or if you want to research and just don’t know where to start, take this class so Elisse can get you on the right track. There are only a couple of spaces left in the class! Register now!