Women's Empowerment Program

Teaching Confidence, Assertiveness and Safety

Teaching Confidence, Assertiveness and Safety

“You learn how real things happen.” Hannah M. (age 12)

1. What do I need to bring to class?
An open mind and a smile. If you are taking our self-defense workshop please wear comfortable work-out clothes and sneakers for movement. You should also bring bottled water and a pen and notebook if you wish to take notes.

2. What can I expect at each class?
Depends on the class. Some workshops are lecture only, others are half movement, half empowering discussions.

3. What type of self-defense do we learn?
You will learn awareness and avoidance tactics and hands-on practical defense skills to keep you safe. These include how to use your body effectively to strike an attacker’s target points without injuring yourself. Anyone can learn these simple and effective skills.

4. What does the name Kurukula mean? Is it religious?
Kurukula is named after the Tibetan Goddess of Empowerment. She is very symbolic in Eastern mythology. She represents the one who has “awakened energy” or “enlightenment” and “power”. The name and program have no religious affiliation.

5. How many students are there per class?
Our program is very popular, but we limit the class size for personal instruction to ensure every participant is comfortable.

6. How can I get a Kurukula class in my area?
If you can provide us with a minimum of 3 interested participants, and a space for classes to be held, we may be able to offer a private class in your home, office or church. For large groups, or corporate events email us at empower@kurukula.org for more info. You can also visit our
Leader page to learn how you can start leading a Kurukula group in your hometown. Complete training and support is provided and you will get paid for your work!

7. Does Kurukula teach in schools or at private functions?
Yes we work with schools and corporate events upon request. If you would like Kurukula to offer a workshop for your group please email empower@kurukula.org for more info.

8.How can I talk to someone by phone?
If you wish to speak to our director please call Dara at 510-847-2400 or email dara@kurukula.org.

9. I believe in your work, how can I help?
As a service organization, we rely heavily on the support of our community. We need volunteers who can help us find studio space to lead our classes and help post flyers. If you are interested in being paid to lead Kurukula workshops in your area please visit our Leaders page.

10. What is your cancellation policy?

You can transfer a paid class to another person for no penalty. Private workshops may be rescheduled based on availability. If you cancel your private booking entirely, you forfeit only $25 for the registration fee.

11. My daughter mentioned a fun game that she played in class. Where can we buy it?
Kurukula uses the Jerky Johnny® game as a learning tool in some classes to help teach girls assertiveness skills for real-life situations. Girls learn to speak up with peers, young relationships and to recognize signs of a dangerous person in a fun game setting. Visit www.jerkyjohnny.com to learn more.