The Carlisle

Monogram Collection by Sunrise

Resident Activities

The Carlisle provides residents with programming and activities carefully planned to offer each resident ways to enrich their minds, bodies, and spirits.


Art class: A two-hour class every week for beginners and proficient artists alike to learn new techniques. Instructors have at least a BFA, most of them an MFA. All supplies are provided.

Writers Workshop: led by Elaine Elinson, author, editor, and communications consultant, her work has been published in The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Journal, Rocky Mountain News, Poets and Writers, Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) and other newspapers and magazines. Residents meet once a month to work on their own poems, short stories and memoirs.

Current Events Discussion

Political discussion groups: Are held at least once a week. Facilitators include:

John Rothmann: formerly on KGO, a frequent lecturer on American politics and the Presidency, and has spoken at over 150 campuses throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel

Games: Held several days a week. Word games, crossword puzzles, trivia (covering a range of subjects; science, the arts, geography, history, lyrics from old songs, etc…), to improve concentration and enhance recall.

Lectures on opera, ballet, and art by Adela Roatcap, PhD, art historian and teacher at The Fromm. Other lectures include astronomy and Chinese philosophy.


The Carlisle provides at least two, sometimes three activities every day to promote physical wellbeing:

Morning exercise classes: yoga, cardio exercises, strength training, t’ai chi, all led by highly experienced instructors

Enhanced balance and coordination: weekly movement and line dancing

Walking group excursions: for all levels (from neighborhood walks, within six blocks of The Carlisle, at a leisurely pace, to visits to Ocean Beach or the Embarcadero, etc…)

Fitness center: open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a personal fitness trainer available once a week.


Champagne Brunch: one Sunday morning per month, featuring a dazzling buffet for residents, friends, and family

Themed cocktail hours: twice a month, with full bar, appetizers, live music (typically jazz and classical)

Sunday concerts: at least twice a month, we host local musicians for classical programs, solos, duets or trios. Most are graduates of the SF Conservatory of music.

Special groups and clubs: meet throughout the month, and bring together residents with similar hobbies for socialization. Some examples:

Theater Club: full length plays with large casts, usually comedies, are read out loud. 

The Carlisle Singers and Listeners: an informal singing group, covering holiday songs, Cole Porter, The Beatles, and much more. Resident pianist sets the tone.

Book Club: meets once per month, discussing novels in detail

Baking Group: meets twice per month

Excursions: Frequent trips to local theaters and museums, flower shows, shopping centers, upscale lounges for cocktails, historical sites, and many cultural events in San Francisco.

Please contact The Carlisle for this month's activities schedule.

Monogram is a collection of Sunrise communities that offer distinctive, independent living.