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VR classes offer immersive experiences

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?!

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Search in the virtual world for penguins in Antarctica.

But how does one take a trip without actually going anywhere? Great question! You travel virtually with the Camarillo Health Care District’s award-winning 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.

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Go on safari in VR.

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.”

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Our staff will teach you the basics.

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.

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Sign up today for one of our individual, introductory level classes.

Adventures in VR classes

Nature Treks:

2-3:15 p.m. Thursday, July 18

10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 30

9-10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19

10-11:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29

2-3:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12

(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro level.)

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. To register, call 805-388-1952.

Cost: $5 per class (non-district residents add $4)

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Ocean Rift:

10-11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 11

10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 16

 2-3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14

2-3:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26

10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10

(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro level.)

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. Call 805-388-1952 to register.

Cost: $5 per class (non-district residents add $4)

Guided Tai Chi:

Join our interest list or sign up for Independent Adventures to experience Guided Tai Chi.

Choose "Tutorial" (5 minutes) to learn the movements, and then immerse yourself in the 3-minute "Arcade." Select your flow, such as Energized, Joyful, Relaxation, Spontaneous, Courage or Flourish. Then choose six environments in nature among 20 available to practice Tai Chi while relazing and connecting with your mind, body and spirit. Each session is about four minutes.  Call 805-388-1952 to join an interest list.

Cost: $5 (non-district residents add $4)

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASSES

After taking one or two introductory classes, you may sign up for our Intermediate Level class, BRINK Traveler.

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BRINK Traveler: POSTCARD-INSPIRED NATURAL LANDSCAPES

9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24

10:11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24

Visit Horseshoe Bend, Colorado; Mount Morrison, California; White Pocket, Arizona; Mount Whitney in Lone Pine, California' 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; Crystal Crag, a dramatic and rugged mass of rock south of Yosemite, plus other locations, followed by discussion and optional journaling/travelogue.

(Pro level - at least one intro class required before you sign up. See video below to check out some of the adventures.)

Cost: $10 (single class) (non-district residents add $4)

Call 805-388-1952.

Alcove: world traveler 

10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6

(individual class, pro level - at least one intro class required before you sign up. See video below to check out some of the adventures.)

So you’ve completed one of our Intro VR classes or you already have experience in VR, then you’re invited to join our intermediate class "Alcove: World Traveler." Choose your mode of transportation: a convertible sportscar for a U.S. road trip, Las Vegas to Ventura, and eight other trips; take a hot-air balloon and view Kenya and the Swiss Alps from the sky; or hop on a double-decker bus for a guided tour of Washington, D.C., Paris, Tokyo, Dubai, Rome and other places. We’ll discuss the benefits of VR, chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

Call 805-388-1952 to register for one of these classes and/or be added to a interest list.

Wander:

10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 9

(individual class, pro level - at least one intro class required before you sign up. See video below to check out some of the adventures.)

So you’ve completed one of our Intro VR classes or you already have experience in VR, then you’re invited to join our intermediate class "Wander." Go wherever your heart desires, whether the address of your childhood home, your college campus, the streets of your hometown, a tropical or historical destination, or somewhere you’ve always wanted to explore or return to a favorite vacation spot to bring back those memories. We’ll discuss the benefits of VR and participate in a post-survey, chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

Call 805-388-1952 to register for one of these classes and/or be added to a interest list.

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Independent Adventures:

10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 2

10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23

10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27

2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18

(individual classes, pro level - at least one intro class required before you sign up. See video below to check out some of the adventures.)

So you’ve completed one of our Intro VR classes or you already have experience in VR, then you’re invited to join our intermediate class Independent Adventures, where the world is your oyster. In Independent Adventures, you’ll be assigned a VR headset with pre-loaded apps. You can choose virtual travel, guided Tai Chi or meditation, cook in a virtual kitchen, go on "photo assignment" in Antarctica or Machu Picchu, Peru, experience heightened senses with Notes on Blindness, or snorkel or hangout in nature with animals. There are also musical concerts, brain training exercises and more! A staff member will be available to help troubleshoot any issues with the equipment or apps, or give you tips and tricks on navigating to the place you want to go.

Cost: $10 per session (non-district residents add $4)

Call 805-388-1952 to register for one of these classes and/or be added to a interest list.

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National Geographic's Explore VR:

2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1

(individual class, pro level - at least one intro class required before you sign up. See video below to check out some of the adventures.)

Jump into a kayak and traverse the waters in Antarctica while on a faux photo assignment for National Geographic. Search for a lost emperor penguin colony and then climb an iceberg to base camp. At base camp, you'll set up for the cold, blistery night. Alternatively, travel virtually to Machu Pichu, Peru, where you'll see llamas and learn about the ancient ruins.

Cost: $10 per session (non-district residents add $4)

Call 805-388-1952 to register for one of these classes and/or be added to a interest list.

Family & Friends VR Night:

5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26

(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.) 

Join us for an opportunity after hours to participate in our VR classes. We provide the equipment and teach you how to use it using the application "First Steps." Next, choose either to explore the natural world using "Nature Treks" or become a virtual scuba diver using "Ocean Rift." This is an hour of fun for the whole family (13 and older), friends night out or after-work with your colleagues!

Cost: $5 (non-district residents add $4)

Call 805-388-1952 to register for one of these classes and/or be added to a interest list.

7 wonders of the world:

10-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 21 (2-part class)

You can also explore the AirPano immersive videos using the YouTube VR application in Independent Adventures

(individual class, intermediate level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.) 

Visit the 7 Wonders of the World in VR: The Colosseum in Rome; The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India; Christ the Redeemer in Brazil; Machu Picchu, Peru; Chichen Itza, Mexico; and Petra, Jordan.  This is an intermediate class. You must have taken the introductory class "Nature Treks" or "Ocean Rift" to join. Document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport. Call 805-388-1952 to register.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

vr concert series:

Join our interest list or explore this application in Independent Adventures

(individual class, intermediate level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.) 

Join us for an opportunity to rock or mellow out, get down, or go country during a concert in Horizon Worlds or YouTube. Pick your genre, favorite band or singer.  This is an intermediate class. You must have taken the introductory class "Nature Treks" or "Ocean Rift" to join. We’ll discuss the benefits of VR and participate in a post-survey, chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport. Call 805-388-1952 to join an interest list.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

for thrill seekers only:

Join our interest list or explore this application in Independent Adventures

(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.) 

Thrill seekers are invited go on a roller coaster ride, skydiving or stand at the brink of a cliff while looking at the horizon in three different VR applications: Roller Coaster, YouTube and BRINK Traveler. This is an intermediate class. You must have taken the introductory class "Nature Treks" or "Ocean Rift" to join. We’ll discuss the benefits of VR and participate in a post-survey, chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport. Call 805-388-1952 to join an interest list.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

underwater adventures:

Join our interest list or explore this application in Independent Adventures

(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.) 

Explore the deep blue sea. Go scuba diving virtually in the Philippines, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Pacific Ocean and other locations while encountering majestic sea creatures during your adventure. We’ll discuss the benefits of VR and participate in a post-survey, chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport. Call 805-388-1952 to register.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

scenic hot air balloon tours:

Join our interest list or explore this application in Independent Adventures

(individual class, intro level -- at least one intro class is required to go on to intermediate or pro.) 

Go up, up and away in this immersive 3-D video experience of hot air balloon rides in different locations around the world. We’ll discuss the benefits of VR and participate in a post-survey, chat about our experiences and document our travel adventures in our Adventures in VR passport. Call 805-388-1952 to register.

Cost: $10 (non-district residents add $4)

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