Science + Social science
Drawing to Connect with Winter's Rhythms
Drawing has a special way of slowing us down, allowing us to tune in to nature's rhythms. It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll cultivate an openness to unexpected outcomes as we record our observations of the dark season’s wonders.
Finding Your Way When Things Fall Apart
When your life is shaken by loss or grief—whether through death, divorce, unemployment, or unmet dreams—it’s hard enough to get through the day, much less know how to process all the emotions you feel. Is it possible to fall apart and still keep it together?
Deepen your connection with the place we live by tuning into the world of trees. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our relationships to nature.
How did bitters go from traditional digestive medicine to quirky cocktail ingredient? Reclaim ancestral digestive medicinal knowledge and make your own bitters in this hands-on workshop.
Good Science for Better Health
Taught by Jeff Rubin
We are bombarded with claims that medications, special diets, equipment, and personal treatments can improve our health, looks, and lifespan. How can we wade through it and end up with something useful?
We are bombarded with claims that medications, special diets, equipment, and personal treatments can improve our health, looks, and lifespan. How can we wade through it and end up with something useful? This class will cover basic concepts and methods, offering guidelines on how to evaluate what’s out there, tips on spotting bad science, and maybe even some insight into how our brains work.
Teaching is a fundamental life skill. What sex is to genes, teaching is to culture --it's the only way we humans pass it on. Want to learn how to do it well? Subjects include communicating so people understand, designing great curriculum, and facilitating dialogue in the classroom.
Observation drawing has a special way of grounding us in the present moment. Meet some intriguing and subtle late winter plants of Portland and learn their stories. Using drawing as a way to explore urban flora, slow down to observe the details that make species unique. Use simple tools—pencil, ink, and paper—to explore the beauty of the nature all around us in midwinter. You’ll leave with a series of works that are a record of your curiosity and observations.