Additional Workshops

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How Values Light the Way
July 7th, 2021
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 $15
Class fee and day pass is $25
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Trust and Connection
July 19th, 2021
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
Cost for class and day pass is $25
Click here to register


Drum Class
July 21st, 2021

Wiawaka Drum Class
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Drum Circle

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

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Class: Have fun learning hand drum technique and West African Rhythms. No prior experience necessary, all skill levels welcome from beginner to advanced, drums provided if needed.  Learn West African rhythms and how to participate in drum circles. The rhythms that we cover will have parts for everyone, regardless of skill level: simpler components for anyone new to the drum, up to more complicated facets of the music, such as rhythmic phrases specific to the dances that go with a particular rhythm, and arrangements of sequences of phrases.

Please indicate if you need to borrow a drum at the time of registration for drum class and drum circle.

DRUM RESERVATION: 21 drums available, please reserve one if needed upon registration and indicate your skill level: beginner, intermediate, advanced.

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 instructors, John Ward and Olympia Avignone, have played drums for over 30 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: $30 includes use of a drum and teaching fee.
$40 includes the above and your day pass to enjoy Wiawaka all day!

Click here to register for the Drum Class and Drum Circle


Living BIG (Boundaries, Integrity, Generosity)
July 23rd, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 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
Class fee and day pass is $25
Click here to register


August 4th, 2021
The Stories Within Us
A storytelling workshop with Storyteller Karen Sangaline Pillsworth

“Once upon a time, not in my time or your time”, so the stories begin. Today it is time for your story, the most important story of all! Join me as we discover the stories within you and learn to tell and preserve them.
This relaxed workshop invites you to discover the stories within you. By working on simple memory exercises, looking at photographs and objects, and playing with words, I invite you to build your story. and learn to tell it.
The written word is a sacred thing, but the spoken word touches the heart in a different way.  Has there ever been a time you have said to yourself, “I wish I could hear his/her voice just one more time?”. Learning to tell your story and recording it is a powerful gift of love.
Let me help you preserve one of your stories. Please bring with you a family photograph, a small object that holds a memory, and paper and pencil. If you have a device to record your story, iPhone, recorder, etc., please bring it along as well.

Looking forward to working together on the art of personal storytelling.
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Drum Class
August 11th, 2021

Wiawaka Drum Class
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Drum Circle

Hand Drum/Percussion Class and Drumming Circle

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 WORKSHOP: Have fun learning hand drum technique and West African/Caribbean Rhythms. No prior experience necessary, all skill levels welcome, drums provided if needed.  Benefits: learn how to participate in drum circles, improve mental, physical and spiritual well-being, alleviate stress, enter a meditative state, develop creativity, and “entrain” with others. Please indicate if you need to borrow a drum for the class and drum circle.

DRUM RESERVATION: 21 drums available, please reserve one if needed upon registration and indicate your: skill level: beginner, intermediate, advanced.  

INSTRUCTOR: Olympia has played drums for 30 years, studying and performing in the following traditions: West and North African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Native American and Southern Italian and currently facilitates drum circles in the Catskill mountains. 

Please indicate if you need to borrow a drum at the time of registration for drum class and drum circle.

Space in Limited!

Cost: $30 includes use of a drum and teaching fee.
$40 includes the above and your day pass to enjoy Wiawaka all day!

Click here to register for the Drum Class and Drum Circle


BLESSINGS OF TREES AND NATURE, An Experiential and Restorative Adventure
Eileen Mack and Claire Nolan
9:30 – 4:30 pm
August 12th, 2021

Claire and Eileen

As a teacher of English as a Second Language, CLAIRE NOLAN tells stories, many of them true, to international students and immigrants. She currently teaches at SUNYA. She can also be heard telling tales at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center in Berne and Grafton State Park. Claire can also be seen telling the story of Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones), Georgia O’Keeffe and Marie Curie through the Schenectady Theater for Children Great Minds Series. She is part of the Caffe Lena Storytelling Series and is a member of regional and national storytelling guilds. A lifelong environmentalist, Claire is a member of Save the Pine Bush, an advocacy group dedicated to preserving the unique splendor of Albany’s Pine Barren. As a long distance swimmer, Claire is especially aware of the threats to our precious water resources. 

EILEEN EGAN MACK, a retired educator, is  a professional vocalist, storyteller, and voice talent. Whether this performer appears  as founding mother Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, “Mother Goose,” or “Mother Nature,” or when she appears as her own storytelling self, Eileen especially enjoys stories that move the listener to a closer relationship with nature and perhaps themselves. She was trained as a Project Learning Tree facilitator and is a member of conservation organizations including Protect the Adirondacks. 

A member of the storytelling guild StoryCircle of the Capital District(SCCD), and Northeast Storytelling (NEST),  Eileen has been a part of SCCD’s Proctor’s WordPlays and SCCD’s Telebration and Caffe Lena open mics. “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne R. Foster, an Adirondack Legacy” has been performed at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College, Tannery Pond Community Center, Kent-Delord House Museum, Great  Camp Sagamore’s Road Scholars program, Wiawaka Retreat Center for Women, Trinity College, Dublin, among many other schools, libraries, town halls, and arts centers. 

Eileen and Claire have been collaborating on storytelling for several years and are happy to be producing this day long workshop  on celebrating nature and self in Wiawaka’s beautiful setting. This program continues their legacy of offerings at Wiawaka. Claire and Eileen are excited about this new workshop!


After: Trauma and the Journey to Wholeness
August 19th, 2021
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Instructors: Sheryl Kaplan, LCSW and Judith Priest, LMSW

Sheryl Kaplan

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: $45
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