Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sally Searls retires after 32 years with Rec & Ed

This week, Rec & Ed staff will bid a fond, grateful farewell to Sally Searls, Lifelong Learning Manager.


Over thirty-two years, Sally has provided enrichment programming for tens of thousands of children and adults. She's also seen a lot of things change in the school district and at Rec & Ed.  When she started, Rec & Ed was still receiving a subsidy from the school district and the city. During her tenure, the recreation and community education departments were joined under one Rec & Ed umbrella.  Sally was critical in transitioning community education to a self-sustaining budget.


Sally personifies the term “Lifelong Learning.” Her curiosity and passion led her to push Rec & Ed forward with branding, marketing, customer service and analytics. 

"Sally has given so much to the school district and Ann Arbor community," said Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director of Community Education and Recreation. "She helped establish and grow our child care, after school and summer camp programs. Simply put, she's made life better in our community."

Everyone at Rec & Ed wishes Sally the best in her well-deserved retirement. Her last day with Rec & Ed is January 22. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

5 ways Rec & Ed can help you be mindful in 2016

The concept of "mindfulness" seems to be everywhere in American culture right now -- from health care to K-12 education and even the best seller list. At its most basic, mindfulness is simply being aware of the present moment. As a technique used in meditation, yoga, and other insightful activities, mindfulness has been shown to help boost one's immune system, reduce stress, focus attention and fight depression. 

This winter, Rec & Ed welcomes you try mindfulness in one of our affordable, convenient classes or one-time workshops for adults.


Register directly from Rec & Ed's online Winter Catalog.
See pages 31-35 for all mindfulness offerings.
Below is just a sampling of the mindfulness offerings in Rec & Ed's Winter Catalog. Enroll now -- most classes start in mid- to late-January.  

1. Creating from Within class
Are you looking for a way to connect with your creative self? This class provides a safe space to find joy in self-exploration and expression. Using a facilitated process, allow your unique creativity to come alive. The focus is on the process of art, not the product. No experience or skills is necessary. 6 sessions in 3 weeks beginning 1/19. Instructor: Laura Shope, MFA. More info and register here

2. Intro to Yoga - NEW!
This class provides a gentle introduction to yoga, with standing and seated poses along with breath work to release physical and mental tension. Learn to improve your balance, body alignment and range of motion. Eight one-hour sessions start 1/27. Learn more and register here

3. Chakra Energy Workshop - NEW!
Discover how chakras impact your life and ways to unblock these essential junction points between mind and matter in this single-session workshop. Favorite Rec & Ed instructor Carl Gunderson of Simply Holistic Fitness will provide guidance and resources for chakra beginners. Start the journey to a more balanced, peaceful you. 1/25, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Register here

4. Insight Meditation for Everyday Life
Today's information-saturated world means that everyone -- student, teacher, employee, boss or retired person -- is often more stressed than they used to be. Meditation is a deep and profound practice that can help you deal with life's stresses with more ease and compassion for yourself and others. This class offers you a little space in your life to build a foundation of mindfulness meditation skills with ongoing support for continued practice. 6-week class with instructor Erica Dutton from Still Mountain Meditation Center begins on 1/20. Learn more and register here.  

5. On Fire Again! Thriving in the Midst of Change - NEW workshop!
Occasionally we all find ourselves at challenging crossroads due to any number of life circumstances. This workshop teaches concrete next steps to help you reframe your current situation and find inner strength. Discover how to avoid the 3 biggest pitfalls that can keep you stuck. Feel a sense of renewed hope, receive support from unexpected places, and discover a clear path toward new dreams. One class: 1/28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Learn more and register here.  

Throughout Rec & Ed's Winter Catalog, you'll find 500 classes, workshops and camps to help you and your family stay active, be creative and enjoy life.