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. The time is flexible depending on your schedule and travel time to Orinda. 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. 

Wednesday, September 12 @ 10:30 a.m.

A representative from the Potomac Association will be here to share information and history of the USS Potomac Ship and Museum. See why this ship is called the “the Floating White House.” There will be a short documentary film on the history and also information about tours and cruises.

Tuesday, September 18 @ 10:30 a.m.

Linda Okazaki is back to present another workshop on Genealogy. This is a follow-up to her last presentation, Introduction to Genealogy course offered earlier this year. You will learn to navigate basic websites such as and Ordering vital records, keeping track of data, preserving artifacts, and sharing your findings will be covered. This class is designed for beginners. Please bring your questions.


Tuesday, October 16 @ 10:30 a.m.

It is time to get organized, clear out the clutter, and make more room for the things that you need and want in your life. Start to simplify and downsize. This workshop will give you the tools and resources you need to start to go through these things and begin to clear them out. Determine what you would like to keep and what should be donated, sold, recycled and where to take them. Jean Goldman is the principal of GOLDMAN TRANSITIONS providing downsizing, organizing/
de-cluttering and senior move management services for seniors and their families.


Thursday, November 8 @ 10:30 a.m.

Have you been waiting to tell your story? Craving to write about your history? If you have ever had an idea for a short story, essay, or historical short, this is the workshop for you! We will go over some of the best practices for getting your story from idea to page. Nishant Batsha has a PhD in in history from Columbia University in 2017 and is a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, with publications in TriQuarterly, The Offing, and The Caribbean Review of Books, among other publications. His writing has been called “powerful.”

  1. Parks & Recreation Department

    Physical Address
    28 Orinda Way
    Community Center
    Orinda, CA 94563


    Phone: 925-254-2445
    Fax: 925-253-7716