ENROLLING NOW! 2014-2015 Programs for Global Kids and Families

 Conexiones 2014-2015 Programs

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*Accepting applications and enrolling year round!



Spanish through eco-cultural expeditions for kids

Children ages 3-8 enjoy bilingual (Spa/Eng) field trips of discovery and adventure (aka AVENTURAS) to SF Bay Area eco-cultural destinations – forests, museums, protected areas, coupled with creative play time at a Conexiones Play Studio.   Gets kids out of the classroom, house/daycare once or twice a week to discover the greater, amazing world and connect with nature, cultural diversity and their creative inner selves.

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays
  • Aug. 12-Dec. 19
  • Half and Full Day enrollment options
  • Shuttle stops to/from Berkeley, Richmond and San Francisco
  • Half Day:  $65, Full Day: $99
  • Be a parent chaperone and get a free day for each day you help out!*
  • Childcare Lic. 073407624Best Language and Cultural Immersion Camp
  • For more info, click here

*Chaperones must be Tb tested and undergo a fingerprint clearance.


2.  Three Seeds Eco-Education Rainforest Camp

Eco-cultural immersion experience in Costa Rica

Student groups and familes (ages 4+) are invited to visit our sister camp, a working organic family farm deep in the Costa Rican countryside (open year-round).  Three Seeds is located next to Buenaventura Park and on the border of the Parque Nacional los Quetzales.  The Saenz-Newton family grows most of their own food organically using a combination of local indigenous knowledge and progressive permaculture techniques, and they offer workshops to locals and visiting families and groups (ages 4 and up).  They grow fields of beans & corn, and they also cultivate dozens of different types of vegetables and medicinal & culinary herbs year round.  They also nourish their family and visitors with the 150 fruit trees, including mangos, avodados, oranges, star fruit, papaya and various types of bananas.   Three Seeds has provided workshops and classes to hundreds of families and student groups from all over the world, including university groups, high schools and local public and private schools. View photos of  a 3rd Grade and 6th Grade field trip to this hidden corner of Costa Rica.


  • Organic cooking, herb, plant and permaculture workshops
  • Chocolate-making
  • Private cabinas
  • Swimming, waterfalls, soccer
  • Wildlife and birdviewing
  • Nourishment
  • Open year round!
  • For more info, click here


3. The Connections Experience

Connecting youth and families to nature, cultural diversity and their inner selves


A meaningful travel experience for youth and families!*

 A cross-cultural, project-based, experiential, exploratory, and multi-intelligence journey full of mind-expanding activities that help build connections with the natural world, each other, another culture and their inner selves.  Highlights include home-stays with Costa Rican families or private cabins, creative expression, service-learning, community and family-building, rainforest, global awareness workshops, Spanish classes, and much more!

Ideal for groups or families of 8 or more participante, ages 10+

Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec. 28, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015
  • April 5 – 11, 2015
  • June 7 – 13, 2015
  • June 14 – 20, 2015
  • Aug. 17 – 21, 2015
  • Aug. 24 – 28, 2015 

For more information, click here or fill out contact form below


4.  Spanish Play TimeBest Childcare

  • Spanish immersion play time
  • Art and creative activities
  • Circle time, stories and songs
  • Exploratory play
  • Small groups
  • Ideal for ages 2-6
  • Wed/Thurs, 3-5pm and Fridays, 9:30-11:30 at Kimba´s Play Studio in El Sobrante ($25)
  • Can be brought to your site
  • Childcare Lic. 073407624
  • Before and after care available (@$8/hr)


5.  Spanish Through the Arts

Spanish through art, dance, music, cultural games, and more!

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60-90 minute Spanish immersion workshops for children ages 3-8, through Latin American songs, music, cultural games, and comunal and individual art projects.  This unique eco-cultural program introduces children to the arts and eco-cultural values, while at the same time teaching them basic Spanish vocabulary, such as the numbers, colors and letters.  This program has been offered through the Children´s Creativity Museum, Creative Arts Charter School, AltSchool and Precita Eyes Muralists.

* registration to this program is through the location offering it.


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Conexiones´ Spanish Through Art Program starting this week at Children´s Creativity Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco!

Our Spanish Through Art workshops for kids are now being offered at San Francisco's Children's Creativity Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco´s YeChildrens Creativity Museumrba Buena Gardens! ENROLLING NOW for a special 5-week winter session (11/07-12/12) with master artist, Marta Ayala!  Great way to make holiday gifts!! DESCRIPTION: This fun and culturally enriching Spanish immersion experience introduces children to arts and eco-cultural values while teaching them basic Spanish vocabulary. This 5-week program was created by Conexiones Institute and will be instructed by Marta Ayala, a well-known artist and muralist originally from El Salvador. All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome!  Ideal for children who are accompanied by a participating adult who wants to learn or practice their Spanish as well! VITALS: Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm (Ages 2-3) Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm (Ages 3-5) November 7, 14 & 21, December 5 & 12 (no class Thanksgiving week) Children´s Creativity Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens 221 Fourth St. San Francisco, CA 94103 Space is limited, RSVP by clicking here or call (415) 820-3320

Conexiones Recommends Wisdom Keeper Rites of Passage Youth Camp

Join Conexiones Institute in sponsoring Bay Area youth so they may be part of a life-changing experience that will connect them with the natural world, each other and their inner selves...Wisdom Keeper Rites of Passage Youth Camp is in direct alignment with Conexiones´ mission and parallels our Conexiones Experience program in Costa Rica!
Sponsor a youth today, even if its just your own!

Second Pilot Session of Spanish Through Eco-Art Program Underway at Precita Eyes Mural Arts Studio in San Francisco

Second Pilot Session of Spanish Through Eco-Art Program Underway at Precita Eyes Muralists

After a successful first pilot session last Spring, a second session of the Spanish Through Eco-Art program, produced by Conexiones Institute, has been launched through Precita Eyes. The vision of Conexiones is to garner enough community interest and participant feedback to launch a year-round Spanish Through Eco-Art Program in San Francisco and the East Bay. Our pedagogical goal is to create an experience that fosters in our children a love for themselves, life, the earth, learning, cultural diversity and the arts.  Learning a second language and creative expression are real-life skills that help support this goal.   This pioneering program, which brings together art, culture, a second language, and ecology is especially created for children and families living in rapidly globalizing and multi-cultural communities, such as the Mission District of San Francisco. The program in San Francisco is facilitated by well-known artist and educator, Marta Ayala, a native Spanish-speaker trained in the Conexiones Approach and curriculum by Kimberly Newton (aka¨Tía Kimba¨).   Precita Eyes Muralists, a community arts organization celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year, is also a key partner in making this program a reality for dozens of San Francisco families.

Conexiones´ Spanish Through Eco-Art Program at Precita Eyes Muralists

ImageWe are pleased to announce the launch of a SPANISH THROUGH ECO-ART PROGRAM we developed for 2-7 year olds, and which will be offered by our partner, Precita Eyes Muralists! 
They are enrolling NOW through April 11th for a 5-week pilot session that will START APRIL 23rd.  Limited seats available so hurry and sign up! VITALS: Dates: Meets weekly on Mondays from April 23 - May 21, 2012* Time: 10:45-11:30am Place:
Meets at Precita Eyes Mural Arts Studio located 348 Precita Ave. in San Francisco but most activities will take place in the park across the street. DESCRIPTION: A 45 min. weekly Spanish and artistic immersion experience being offered by Precita Eyes using the Conexiones approach and curriculum.  Each week, students explore a letter of the week, eco-cultural themes and Spanish vocabulary through various art forms and activities.  This class is conducted 100% in Spanish and is appropriate for all levels of Spanish speakers. This special program will be facilitated by well-known artist and educator, Marta Ayala, a native Spanish-speaker trained in the Conexiones approach and curriculum by Kimberly Newton (aka¨Tía Kimba¨), founder of Instituto Conexiones.  This approach was developed specifically for sustainability-minded families living in culturally diverse communities like San Francisco who wish for their children to grow up learning skills and values that will help them advance peaceful and sustainable globalization for all. To learn more about this program and to enroll, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/SpanishThroughArt To learn more about Precita Eyes, please visit: http://www.precitaeyes.org * If there is enough community interest, a longer program will be offered in the Summer of 2012.

Finaliza con Éxito el Primer Festival de Cine Salvadoreño en San Francisco, California

Por: Manuel Arias El  teatro del  Centro Cultural   de la Misión para el Arte Latinoamericano (MCCLA) en San Francisco por sus siglas en ingles,  lucio  abarrotado el pasado  3, 4 y 5 de diciembre,  por cientos de personas  que atendieron el llamado  a presenciar  el Primer Festival de Cine Salvadoreño. Por primera vez, la  incipiente  cinematografía salvadoreña  ocupo  una de las salas más importantes de esta Ciudad, para presentar  16  audiovisuales  dirigidos por artistas visuales salvadoreños  y producidos en  su mayoría en  el territorio  Cuscatleco. Durante  dos años , el Colectivo Cultural Ana Gómez  conformado por un grupo de salvadoreños amantes de su cultura,  organizaron  este primer festival,   respaldado por  la Coordinación  de Cine y Audiovisuales de la Secretaria  de Cultura  del Gobierno  de El Salvador y por el Centro Cultural de la Mision. La muestra fue representativa  según dijeron sus organizadores,   puesto que estuvo compuesta por  una variedad de temas, desde locales hasta  universales, entre los  locales podemos mencionar  “La última ofensiva” de José Luis Sanz, “Entre los  Muertos” de Jorge Dalton, “Cuentos de Cipotes” del Museo  de la Palabra,  “Colima” de Audiovisuales de la UCA entre  otros. El esfuerzo fue sumamente grande, “ya que  durante dos años  trabajamos  voluntariamente en organizar la muestra, sacrificamos a nuestras  familias, nuestros  fines  de semana, vacaciones etc, sin embargo lo hicimos con todo nuestro corazón y amor por nuestro país y nuestra cultura” Aseguro  Dagoberto Argueta, miembro del Colectivo  en mención. José Luis Sanz, productor  de la película “La Última  Ofensiva” con la que se abrió la muestra cinematográfica  y quien vino  de  El Salvador  para formar parte del  evento, aseguro que la mayoría de los cineastas salvadoreños  se mostraron  muy entusiasmado en participar, al tiempo  que  expreso  sobre los grandes esfuerzos  que estos hacen  para producir  sus historias y sobre todo  en  lograr  que sus trabajos  participen en  festivales internacionales. Sanz de de origen español pero que reside en El Salvador desde hace 12 anos, participo  en  varios cines fórum, en donde intercambio  opiniones, ideas, información de producción de su película  e inquietudes respecto a su propuesta, en la que analiza la trayectoria de la izquierda salvadoreña  desde el conflicto armado hasta   conseguir llegar a la poder ejecutivo  en las   elecciones  del 2009. Este director  mantiene una postura bastante critica  sobre  el desempeño que  el Presidente de la Republica Mauricio Funes y  el partido Frente Farabundo Martí FMLN realizan  en lo que va de su gestión, especialmente en aquellos  problemas estructurales  que les heredo  el partido ARENA, quienes gobernaron  el país por más de 20 anos.  Los temores, las esperanzas y las expectativas de los salvadoreños y salvadoreñas   es lo que recoge  Sanz  en su película en donde además  plantea la eterna   polarización entre  la derecha y la izquierda, en la que  el pueblo salvadoreño  está inmerso. Por otro lado, las  películas   fueron seleccionadas  y adquiridas  por la Coordinación de Cine y Audiovisuales de la Secretaria de Cultura, dirigida  por el cineasta salvadoreño-cubano  Jorge Dalton. El proceso  tomo alrededor de un ano, incluyendo el envío de cada uno de ellas con sus respectivas fichas técnicas  y demás información visual.


From the Peña Pachamama Center Peña Pachamama Center CALENDAR 1630 Powell Street, in North Beach, San Francisco 94133 Please pass the word Join us on Facebook! THIS WEEK's Calendar
Calendar online: Pachamama Center Calendar
Happy Hour 5:30-7:00pm $5 all tapas & sangria Wednesday 22 september Danilo Paiz y su Orquesta Universal Thursdays & Sundays Flamenco (see calendar) Wednesday 29 september FREDDY CLARKE and Wobbly World Fridays CUBAN Night & Georges Lammam (late show) & Saturdays World Music Peñas Peña Pachamama's Bolivian inspired menu features:
  • Tasty Tapas
  • Grass-fed Beef, Chicken & Fish Dinner Entrees
  • Organic Raw-living Entrees & Desserts
  • Salteñas
Our food features organic produce whenever possible, and we use only extra virgin olive, canola and raw-coconut oils… T e  e s p e r a m o s ! Peña Pachamama Center World Music & Dance 1630 Powell Street (between Union & Green in North Beach) San Francisco, CA 94133 tel-415.646.0018 www.pachamamacenter.org

THIS Saturday, Sept. 25th – ¡Viva Muralismo! Gala Benefit for Precita Eyes Muralists

From Precita Eyes Muralists

From the walls, into the streets, and to your home! Come celebrate and support community mural arts at ¡VIVA Muralismo! Precita Eyes Muralists Gala Benefit and Art Auction at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street (near 8th Street), San Francisco. Own a piece of mural history by bidding on original art work created by featured muralists. Dance to lively beats by DJ Special K and friends, and keep muralism alive and thriving by joining the party! Featured art collection, curated by Suaro Luis Cervantes, will allow you to own a piece of mural history! Some of the contributing muralists for the fabulous event will include:

Susan Cervantes, Miranda Bergman, Max Ehrman, John Wehrle, Jane Norling, John Leanos, Patricia Rose, Raul Audelo, Marsha Klein, Amanda Lynn, Megan Wilson, Carlos Loarca, Henry Sultan, Steve Della Maggiora, Betsie Miller-Kusz, Suzanne Husky, Marta Ayala, Claire Bain, Brooke Fancher, Laura Campos, Rafa, Eli Lippert, Marina Perez-Wong, Fred Alvarado, Christy Majano, Eric Craven, Cory Devereaux, and more!! Vitals: Saturday, September 25, 2010 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM VIP Champagne Reception: Meet the Artists & Gala $50.00 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM General Admission $30.00 Advance Sales, $35.00 at the door Tickets available at Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center and online. For more information call 415/285-2287 or visit www.precitaeyes.org/vivagala.html

A special thanks to the event volunteers, sponsors and hosts!

MC: Alfredo Pedroza

---------------------------------------------------- HOST COMMITTEE Bob Armstrong • Raul Audelo • Cassidy Blackwell • Susan Cervantes Susana Cuan • Betsy Barron • Luis R. Cancel • Linda J. D´Avirro Irene Hernandez-Feiks • Gia N. Grant • Richard Kamler Brock Keeling • Ruth Krumbhaar • Teresa Mejía • Mary McDermott John Mikkelsen • Yaron Milgrom-Elcott • Janice Mirikitani Kimberly María Newton-Klootwyk • Dan Nguyen-Tan Kelenia Olsen • Jennie Rodrigues • Amy Seidman Dr. Miriam Sheinbein • Morgan Simon • Henry Sultan Robynn Takayama • Dorota Walczyk • John Zarobell ---------------------------------------------------- HONORARY HOST COMMITTEE House Speaker Nancy Pelosi • Senator Mark Leno Senator Leland Y. Yee, PhD • Congresswoman Jackie Speier Assemblymember pro tempore Fiona Ma Assemblymember Tom Ammiano • The Honorable Gavin C. Newsom Supervisor John Avalos • Supervisor David Campos Supervisor David Chiu • Supervisor Carmen Chu Supervisor Bevan Dufty • Supervisor Eric Mar Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi ---------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS Parducci Winery • 7x7 Magazine • O'Grady Plumbing Salesforce.com • Fleur*t • Hotel Nikko San Francisco Paxton Gate • Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


Presidio Graduate Program MBA/MPA Info Session on Sept. 29th

From Presidio Graduate School

Information Session September 29th

On Wednesday, September 29th the Presidio Graduate Program invites     interested students to an information session in downtown San Francisco. Learn first hand from faculty, students and graduates about our MBA and MPA programs in Sustainable Management.This information session is a great opportunity to learn more before their admissions deadline for spring 2011.
Presidio Graduate School
Presidio Information Session Wednesday, September 29th 6:00 - 8:00 pm Program from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Refreshments / Networking from 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Location SPUR Urban Center 654 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105 Between New Montgomery and 3rd Street
RSVP http://sept29infosession.eventbrite.com/ or call (415) 655-8914 Invite a friend
Presidio Graduate School
Presidio Offers:
  • Educational rigor, management fundamentals, and sustainability principles infused into every class, better preparing graduates to lead in all fields
  • Opportunities to implement real-world sustainability projects within a variety of organizations
  • World-class faculty and a thriving network of mission-driven colleagues
For more information, visit www.presidioedu.org. Presidio Graduate School