Other places are doing this, too. We'll use virtual reality in our own way to travel to different destinations, explore the sea, hang out in nature, meditate and more.
Join us on a trip of a lifetime using virtual reality
Kayaking among icebergs and glaciers in Antarctica. Searching for a lost emperor penguin colony. Snorkeling an underwater safari park with whales, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. Sound exciting? Sound cold and wet? What if you could experience it all without getting cold, or wet, or even leaving town?!
But how does one take a trip without actually going anywhere? Great question! You travel virtually with the Camarillo Health Care District’s new virtual reality program, “Adventures in VR”. VR is an exciting technology that offers participants a full sense of “being there” through immersive headsets and software applications, and utilizes computer technology to create a simulated environment.
As fun as it is, virtual reality is also being widely used in some uncommon ways. For example, VR has proven to help improve quality of life and a sense of well-being by reducing loneliness, addressing depression, and reducing barriers to socialization through common experiences. According to the study “Impact of Virtual Reality Experience on Older Adults’ Well Being” published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Design and Management and MIT AgeLab, "VR is believed to be beneficial to older adults due to its immersive interaction capabilities.
"Participants who used the VR system reported being less socially isolated, being less likely to show signs of depression, experiencing positive affects more frequently, and feeling better about their overall well-being.”
If you’re wondering what VR is and have never experienced it, no worries. The program starts at the required Introductory Level. Introductory Level classes teach how to use the headset and hand controls and how to navigate the heads-up display. After one or two classes, participants may advance to the Intermediate Level, which includes travel adventures to more than a dozen destinations, plus cooking in a virtual kitchen making ancient recipes, and visiting and learning about different cultures.
Sign up today for one of our individual, Introductory Level classes.
Nature Treks: Mondays, Oct. 10 or 24; or Nov. 7, 14 or 28, 9-10:15 a.m.; or Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.)
Nature Treks: Explore the natural world, choosing different settings in nature at night or during the day, with music or soothing sounds of nature, and encountering 20 different animals, including dinosaurs, tigers, elephants and bears, or spend your time meditating in nature. If this is your first time to using Oculus/Meta 2 virtual reality headsets and controllers, no worries. We’ll spend 20-25 minutes showing you how to use them, plus discussing the benefits of VR. The next 50 minutes will be spent enjoying our adventures before we all chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport.
Ocean Rift: Thursday, Oct. 13 or 27 10:30-11:45 a.m.; or Mondays, Oct. 17 or 31, or Nov. 21 9-10:15 a.m. (individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.)
Ocean Rift: Explore the ocean as a virtual scuba diver getting introduced to and learning about the different sea creatures, from Great White Sharks, Beluga and Humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions to sea snakes and the now-extinct Pliosaurus and Mosasaurus aquatic lizards. If this is your first time to using Oculus/Meta 2 virtual reality headsets and controllers, no worries. We’ll spend 20-25 minutes showing you how to use them, plus discussing the benefits of VR. The next 50 minutes will be spent enjoying our adventures before we all chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport.
Cost: $5 each class
After taking one or two introductory classes, you may sign up for our Intermediate Level class, BRINK Traveler.
BRINK Traveler: Tuesdays, Nov. 8-29, 8:30-9:45 a.m. (series, pro level - at least one intro class required before you sign up. See video below to check out some of the adventures.)
Session 1 (75 min): 15-minute review the benefits of VR, use of equipment, sign liability paperwork and review agenda for series. 60 minutes traveling through 4 destinations Horseshoe Bend, Colorado; Mount Morrison, California; White Pocket, Arizona; and Mount Whitney in Lone Pine, California, followed by discussion and optional journaling/travelogue)
Session 2 (60 min): Travel through the Alabama Hills in California; Arches National Park in Moab, Utah; the north and south side of Death Valley National Park straddling the California-Nevada border; and Crystal Crag, a dramatic and rugged mass of rock south of Yosemite, followed by discussion and optional journaling/travelogue.
Session 3 (60 min): Traveling through Goblin Valley State Park in Utah looking at rock formations; Antelope Canyon east of Page, Arizona; Haifoss waterfall in Iceland; and The Wave, a sandstone formation tucked in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona, followed by discussion and optional journaling/travelogue).
Session 4 (60 min): You Choose. Participants choose whether to experience meditation; travel to Antarctica or Machu Picchu, Peru, using National Geographic’s Explore VR; swim in a safari park in Ocean Rift; explore the natural world and encounter animals using Nature Treks; experience blindness and a heighten sense of hearing with Notes on Blindness, followed by discussion and optional journaling about the experience.
Cost: $20 for the series
More classes using different applications will be added in the new year.
Call 805-388-1952, ext. 100, to register for one of these classes and/or be added to a interest list.