Additional Workshops

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Trust and Connection
July 12th, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Cate LaBarre

Trust is a vital component of our human experience. Without it, there can be no real connection or love, no willingness to be vulnerable and no sense of belonging. In this mini-workshop, we’ll explore how we build trust, why we lose it and how to get it back. In addition, we’ll address how self-trust is often a casualty of failure. By assessing our level of self-trust and getting curious about our stories, we’ll have the foundation needed to understand that trust and mistakes can co-exist. This topic is based on Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ curricula developed from the research and books of Dr. Brené Brown.

Workshop leader, Cate LaBarre, is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Life Coach (licensed in 2015 to offer curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown) and a Certified Master Integrative Coach Professional (certified in 2006 by John F. Kennedy University). A “veteran” NY State Licensed Massage Therapist (1985) and Certified Reiki Master, Cate offers an integrative approach (addressing body, mind, and spirit) to her workshop participants and individual coaching clients. She co-authored of The Energy of Healing, published May 2015.
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Cost for class is $15.
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How Life and Learning Informs Your Story
July 13th, 2020
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Miriam Russell

What is it like to write a memoir? How do you find the arc of a story? We will explore these questions by describing how I became an author by sharing selections of my memoir. Suddenly Single: A Life After Death. Participants will explore their own “essential dilemmas” and develop a narrative with dialog to dramatize them. In addition a discussion on publishing will be included. All writing levels welcome.

 About the instructor: Miriam Russell, Ed. D.is a published memoir writer, and experienced teacher of adults interested in travel writing and memoir at the Pyramid Lake Women Writer’s Retreat. Recently retired as faculty/mentor and writing coach for SUNY ESC Distance Learning Program, she has published personal essays and a recent OP Ed in the Albany Times Union. In addition, she has created several podcasts for the local NPR radio station WAMC, and published Suddenly Single, her memoir about composing a new life as a widow.

A resident of Troy, New York – fun fact–she is also a former Miss New York State for the Miss America Pageant (don’t ask when!) who enjoys helping women write their stories. Her screenplay based on her Memoir is now in the market as a TV mini-series.

Cost to attend includes materials – $20

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BREATH
Cancelled until 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Linda Tipke

Prana is a Sanskrit word that translates as “vital life force” since it sustains life everywhere. This vital life force enters the body through the breath. As the bridge between body, mind and consciousness, prana reflects how we think, feel, perceive and breathe, as well as our outer patterns of food, rest and exercise. Ayurveda and Yoga, the 5,000 year old sister sciences from India, teach that when regularly practicing PRANAYAMA, life force control, we can improve our health, spirit, and emotional well being. This two-hour workshop explores the intimate relationship between breathing and our mental and physical activity. Experience 8 pranayama (breath control) exercises and learn the affects each has on improving your health.

Cost: $25 includes your day pass and materials
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It’s Time to Revive!

July 20th, 2020

3:00 pm – 5:00pm
Instructor: Heather Bennett
Have you ever experienced difficulties in life? Have you ever felt like you are “stuck?” Not sure how to get back on track? Join me in this workshop to pinpoint areas in your life where you may be “stuck”, and explore ways that can help you get back on track. If you are struggling to get your life (health and wellness) back on track, this workshop maybe just what you need. There will be laughs, activities, and yes…even some learning going on.
It’s time to Revive!
Cost for class and materials $20.
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How Values Light the Way
July 24th, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Cate LaBarre

Do you ever have trouble approaching a tough conversation or new venture? You’re not alone. Being brave is especially difficult on the heels of failure. However, we can be brave again when we identify and align with our core values and surround ourselves with people who support us. “A value is a way of being or believing that you hold most important” – Brené Brown. In this mini-workshop we’ll identify and reflect on our core values and what specifically supports our values. We’ll look at what happens when we struggle, feel overwhelmed and lose clarity and commitment to our values. We’ll also identify and celebrate when we most radiated our “light” by embodying our values. The exercises included are from Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown.

Workshop leader, Cate LaBarre, is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Life Coach (licensed in 2015 to offer curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown) and a Certified Master Integrative Coach Professional (certified in 2006 by John F. Kennedy University). A “veteran” NY State Licensed Massage Therapist (1985) and Certified Reiki Master, Cate offers an integrative approach (addressing body, mind, and spirit) to her workshop participants and individual coaching clients. She co-authored of The Energy of Healing, published May 2015.

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Class fee is $15Click here to register


Living BIG (Boundaries, Integrity, Generosity)
July 29th, 2020
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Cate LaBarre

Do you assume that people are doing the best they can? Or do you find that you spend time questioning and judging the choices and motives of others? When we hold healthy boundaries, and practice our core values, we are less likely to be resentful of others and devastated by disappointment. Join the conversation and exercises of this mini-workshop to understand what it means to live BIG (boundaries, integrity and generosity) and cultivate this life-enhancing practice. This topic is based on the Rising Strong™ curriculum developed from the research and books by Dr. Brené Brown.

Workshop leader, Cate LaBarre, is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Life Coach (licensed in 2015 to offer curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown) and a Certified Master Integrative Coach Professional (certified in 2006 by John F. Kennedy University). A “veteran” NY State Licensed Massage Therapist (1985) and Certified Reiki Master, Cate offers an integrative approach (addressing body, mind, and spirit) to her workshop participants and individual coaching clients. She co-authored of The Energy of Healing, published May 2015.

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Class fee is $15.
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Drum Class and Drum Circle

August 6th, 2020
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Drum Class
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Drum Circle

Hand Drum/Percussion Class and Drumming Circle
Instructor: Olympia Avignone

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Class: Have fun learning hand drumming technique and West African/Caribbean Rhythms. No prior experience necessary, all skill levels welcome, drums and percussion provided or bring yours. Benefits: learn how to participate in drum circles, improve mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing, alleviate stress, enter a meditative state, develop creativity, and “entrain” with others. Night time Drum Circle is free to class participants.

Drum and Dance Circle: Drum and/or dance around the fire at the gazebo for a magical experience! Engage in a centuries old tradition that brings us all together. Olympia will facilitate the rhythms in the circle, playing rhythms learned in the class or creating new ones on the spot as we co-create the musical experience. Join us in this rhythmic conversation and synchronization of hearts through rhythm and dance. Drums and percussion provided.

The instructor, Olympia Avignone, has played drums for over 25 years and studied a variety of traditions: West and North African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Brazilian, Native American, Southern Italian, has played in various performance groups and facilitates drum circles.

Space is limited!


Cost: $25 includes use of your drum/materials fee and your day pass to enjoy Wiawaka!

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The 5 Keys to Increase Happiness and Decrease Stress
August 14th, 2020
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Annette Q, Certified Life Coach

Your thoughts control your world. This workshop your will learn how to start taking control of your thoughts and stop wasting your emotional energy on things you can not control. You will also learn how to we each hold the power to our own happiness but we give it away on a daily basis when we let other people’s words and actions get the best of us. You will learn 5 keys that can increase your  happiness and decrease your stress by creating more peace in your life.

Cost for class is $25
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After: Trauma and the Journey to Wholeness
August 24th, 2020
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Instructors: Sheryl Kaplan, LCSW and Judith Priest, LMSW

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Trauma is an experience that changes everything. There is a “before” and an “after” in the life of a trauma survivor. In this healing retreat, the emphasis will be on how to move forward as a survivor of trauma.

This will be an experiential and educational retreat day. We will briefly present highlights of current information on how trauma impacts brain and body. Much of the day will be spent making art, writing and sharing what we create.

Participants will learn how trauma impacts brain and body, and get hands-on experience in using expressive arts as a vehicle for their own healing journey. We will use simple art experiences (NO “artistic talent or training required) free writes and sharing to create a day of creative expression and relaxation.

Sheryl Kaplan, LCSW

Sheryl Kaplan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Prevention Professional with over 30 years of experience providing individual, family and group counseling for children, adolescents and adults. Ms. Kaplan was a school social worker employed by Capital Region BOCES for more than 26 years. Ms. Kaplan is now a full-time trainer and consultant who specializes in the application of brain-based research for social work and related professions. In particular, she provides training on the impact of trauma on the brain and body and ways to heal.

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Judith Prest is a published poet, creativity coach, photographer, workshop leader/teacher and mixed media artist. She is the owner of Spirit Wind Studio, LLC. She trained as a clinical social worker many years ago (MSW, SUNY Albany, 1983). More recently, Judith studied Expressive Arts and holds certificates in Creativity Coaching and Expressive Art Therapy. She is also a trained SoulCollage® facilitator.

Judith has been leading workshops and retreats for over 20 years and was a school social worker for 26 years. Her creativity coaching practice and her workshops reflect her belief that creativity is our birthright as humans, our stories matter, and we must find ways to tell them.  When we discover and use our creativity, we unlock tremendous power for healing and change in our own lives.
This is an all day workshop and will include lunch and your day pass.
Cost to attend: $40
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