Adult / Senior Workshops

Wisdom Workshops

The City of Orinda is always interested in new and exciting workshop topics to include in our Senior Services program. Our goal is to offer sessions that are informative and relevant
to the lives of Orinda’s senior community. 

The Parks and Recreation department schedules approximately one Wisdom Workshop per month. Typically, these sessions are scheduled on weekday mornings at 10:30 am and last approximately one hour. These workshops are free of charge to participants. 

Depending on the topic, our sessions might include between 8–15 participants. We do not offer any legal or financial advice lectures and presenters offer their lectures on a volunteer (unpaid) basis. We do not encourage you to sell anything at your presentation, but you may promote your business to anyone who wants to follow up with you! 

These workshops are free; however, pre-registration is required so please call 925-254-2445 for registration assistance. Wisdom Workshops are held at the Orinda Community Center.

Cuba Travel
Presenter: Kris Adams
Wednesday, September 10, 6:30pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode:  2735

NOTE:  this is an evening workshop
If you have wondered about traveling to Cuba do not miss this informative representative from Premier World Discovery.  Kris Adams will provide you with information on traveling in Cuba and explain how Premier World Discovery has been “grandfathered in” for their scheduled trip to Cuba in 2020.  Come with all your questions and learn how traveling to Cuba is still possible.  Kris will also highlight the other 2020 trips: Philadelphia, Amish Country & the Brandywine Valley; Great Canadian Cities; Fall Colors of Great Lakes; Italy’s Amalfi Coast; and Costa Rica Adventure.

Registration is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 
Presenter: City of Orinda Staff
Wednesday, September 18, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode:  2696

Do you want to register online for City programs but are discouraged by the potential complications? Join City staff for a morning of instruction as we navigate the department’s online software together. If you have not created an account but would like to do so, we can do that together! We promise you will leave this workshop ready to register yourself.

Aging at Home with Community Support & Connections - Lamorinda Village 
Presenter:  Susan Hamilton
Wednesday, September 25, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode: 2697

We love living in Lamorinda! Our seniors raised their families here and want to stay in their homes as long as they can.  Come and learn how Lamorinda Village is connecting seniors to each other and the support necessary to Age in Place Longer.

Susan Hamilton is an entrepreneur and business executive with 25 years of experience in management and development. After not finding the support she needed caring for her mom with dementia back East, Susan jumped into the startup world and built an app for family caregivers. This journey exposed her to the world of senior technology and to the smart and tenacious folks working 24/7 to help all of us Care Better.

Older Loved Ones
Presenter:  Susan Hamilton
Thursday, October 10, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 5
Barcode: 2698

Come and learn of the latest apps, tools, wearables and technology available to care for your loved ones with dignity. Ideas will include communicating with siblings near and far, home safety and content from trusted resources. Susan Hamilton is an entrepreneur and business executive with 25 years of experience in management and development.


7 Tips for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Presenter:  Terri Night, PT
Thursday, October 17 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode: 2744

Long description: Physical Therapist Terri Night, author of Rehab Your Own Spinal Stenosis, presents seven basic tips to help you avoid back surgery and improve the health of your spine. Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve openings) is quite common in people over 50. Yet most of us know very little about it, and even less about how to manage it. If your “stenosis diagnosis” has caused you all sorts of confusion and panic, take heart. Many people with stenosis are living symptom-free. Ready to become your spine’s number one advocate? Attend this lively presentation and visit rehabspinalstenosis.com for free videos and informative blog posts.

Terri Night is the author of Rehab Your Own Spinal Stenosis (March 2018) and Rehab Services Supervisor for Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years, specializing in back pain and back surgery rehab. Her talks have been featured at the Golden Futures Expo, various Bay Area Senior Centers, and at Physician Grand Rounds for Alta Bates

This is Your Brain on Pain 
Presenter:  Terri Night, PT
Wednesday, November 6, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode: 2745

Do not miss this second presentation by Physical Therapist Terri Night. Do you suffer from chronic pain and want to live your life more fully? It’s time to get the most powerful tool you have—your brain—to work for you, not against you. This one-hour interactive workshop reviews current pain-related brain science and provides exercises and techniques to make your brain your new best friend. 

Breathe Your Way to a Pain-Free Back 
Presenter:  Terri Night, PT
Wednesday, December 4, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode: 2746

Terri Night, Physical Therapist, will be here again with a new presentation for back pain.  This presentation will introduce four easy breathing exercises you can use to reduce low back pain and improve the health of your spine. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and prepare to inhale deeply. Your back will thank you later.