Workshops & Lectures

 

Fifth Annual Unplug, Unwind and Rediscover Peace & Joy
June 23, 2019  9:30am-4:30pm
Join us for this very special retreat day designed for professional women (all women) who are caught between the demands of career, family, and the multiple demands of busy lives. Join Mary Scott for a day dedicated to coming back to yourself, and discovering peace and joy right where you are, while nurturing calmness and clarity and feeling deep layers of stress melt away. Together we will practice mindful and healing yoga,guided mindfulness meditations, group and partner practices to enhance awareness and open the heart, yoga nidra / deep yogic sleep, all surrounded by the bliss of a wonderful natural setting.

Leave feeling rested and relaxed with experiences you can take home with you to continue your practice. No yoga or meditation experience is required. Dress in comfortable clothing for movement and bring a sweater or jacket if weather calls for it. Bring your bathing suit for a dip in the lake.

Cost: The fee for the day is $45. To register for the retreat day e-mail Mary at maryjscott26@gmail.com or call 518-346-7389. Bring your own lunch or lunch can be pre-ordered from Wiawaka for $12.00 by calling 518-668-9690. THE ENROLLMENT CUT OFF IS 20 PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER, AS THIS PROGRAM FILLS QUICKLY.


 


Mindful Time Management
June date to be confirmed  2-4 p.m.
Instructor: Dorothee Racette
The demands for our attention can pull us in so many different directions that it can be hard to find quiet time to think about priorities. This workshop offers practical approaches to manage stress and keep your focus in spite of distractions. You will come away with personal strategies to live in the present and appreciate moments of joy.

Dorothee Racette is a time management and productivity coach working in the Capital Region of New York. She owns and operates Take Back My Day and works with small business owners and creative professionals to improve workflow and workday organization. She has published numerous articles on work organization and time management for business owners and has given presentations around the country.

There is a $55 program fee to attend, and must be paid directly to Dorothee at the start of class. Regular Wiawaka Day Use & overnight rates apply. To make reservations, call 518-668-9690 x 1 or click here.


We are HOW We Eat
July 11th, 2019
1:30-3:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Sickles
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “we are what we eat”, however, HOW we eat can be equally as important as the foods we choose to put in our bodies for nourishment. In this workshop we will explore our own habits around eating and nourishment and discuss some important techniques about how we eat that can contribute to our own health and wellness.

  • Bring a notebook or journal and a favorite pen.

Cost: $10 for workshop only. (Free for Platinum Pass holders)  To register call 518-668-9690 .

Women’s Sexual Assault Defense Class
July 2, 2019  9am-12pm
July 30th, 2019 9am-12pm
Instructor: Bill Biggs

thivz8xjrsBasic self-defense techniques designed especially for women. The class focuses on the most common attacks women fall victim to and the defensive options available to them during these attacks.  The techniques taught are simple to learn, easy to use and easy to retain. Muscle strength is not necessarily required to overpower or stop an attacker.  The class includes defense against weapons (guns and knives) mall and parking lot attacks.

Class will be led by Bill Biggs: Marine Corps veteran, 30+ years in law enforcement, 3rd. degree black belt in karate. Certified by the State of New York as a police defensive tactics instructor, Nationally certified women’s self defense instructor

Cost: $10.00 or free with overnight stay, day pass or platinum pass. $30 course fee, paid directly to instructor at beginning of class. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here.


 

“A Voice of Her Own: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
w/ Eileen Egan Mack
July 12th, 2019 7pm
Mrs._Elizabeth_Schuyler_HamiltonShe was born into one of New York State’s wealthiest and most influential families. She mother was a VanRensselaer. Her father was a general in the American army during the American Revolution. She became the wife of one of America’s most accomplished and ambitious founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. She married during the middle of the Revolution and watched her husband help forge a new nation, but in 1804, at the age of 47, Aaron Burr made her a widow. Her life might seem overshadowed by the powerful men and circumstances that ebbed, flowed, and whirled around her, but Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was more than an onlooker. Learn about the girl; come to admire the accomplishments of the woman as Eileen Egan Mack brings the story to life. (You may recall seeing Eileen in her program, “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, an Adirondack Legacy,


Herbal Mint Healing Salve
July 9, 2019 2-4pm
Instructor: Tina Ames 
Mint2Make an herbal healing salve with a favorite of Georgia O’Keeffe’s . . . mint. In this class Tina Ames will do a step by step demo on making a healing salve with coconut oil, local beeswax, and organic healing mint. Everyone gets to take home a small jar of salve along with easy instructions on how to make it at home.
Cost to attend: $10 program fee for class only. Or purchase a day pass and stay all day and your class is included. Overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders may attend for free. To register cal 518-668-9690 or click here.
There is a $8 material fee due at the start of class for all students, and must be paid directly to the instructor.

 Georgia’s Flower Bombs
July 10, 2019 2-4 pm
Instructor: Tina Ames

petunia_hybridaHave fun in this easy workshop making seed bombs (balls) with three of Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite organic flowers – monster sunflower, morning glory and columbine. Our seed bombs will be made up of recycled paper that we will soak, blend into a pulp and add seeds forming a ball. Everyone gets to make some of their own to take home and grow three of Georgia’s favorite flowers!

Cost to attend: $10 program fee for class only. Or purchase a day pass and stay all day and your class is included. Overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders may attend for free. To register cal 518-668-9690 or click here.  There is a $8 material fee which is to be paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class.


Listening from the Heart
July date to be confirmed   9am-12pm
Instructors: Cate LaBarre & Janet Dunn

26597-hand-heartDo you want to cover your ears and sing, “la, la, la, la, la, I can’t HEAR you!” or lash out and make others wrong to make something, anything, right? All of us tend to listen through filters – bias, judgment, beliefs, and frame of reference. Everything is either good or bad; right or wrong. Join returning facilitators, Janet Dunn and Cate LaBarre, to explore how to listen from the heart to the messages all around you and within you. With interactive exercises, sharing, meditation, mindfulness, ceremony, and movement, celebrate your precious life as you connect from the heart. Learn how to listen to others with curiosity, acceptance, patience, and empathy. Practice listening to your inner voice and body messages with compassion. Bring a journal or notebook and please wear clothes suitable for the weather; we plan to spend a portion of our time together outdoors. Enjoy your day by staying at Wiawaka for lunch and continue your journey, opening to the sounds of nature, honoring your inner voice, and listening to others. We will gather again for optional sharing at 3 PM for those who wish to join us.

Cost: $10 for workshop only. (Free for overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders.) Purchase a day pass and workshop is included. Stay for lunch for $12! To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.


How to Better Your Self-Care … Because You are Worth It!
July 16th 10:00am  – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Heather Bennett

Very often we take care of other people’s needs, but have a tendency to neglect our own. This program is designed to help women value self-care and help them understand and believe they are worth it.  We will discuss several areas of health, why they are so important and how to improve them if they need some gentle “tweaking”. We will have fun, laughs, engage in activities and learn how to start loving ourselves. You are worth it!

Cost: $10 for workshop only. (Free for overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders.) Purchase a day pass and workshop is included. Stay for lunch for $12! To register call 518-668-9690.


Walk on the Wild Side Herbal Workshop
July date to be confirmed    10am-12pm
Instructor: Margo Mullein
Herbal Workshop at Wiawaka, 8-15Get grounded and root to the earth with a Walk on the Wild Side.  Join Margo Mullein for a walk around the enchanting grounds of Wiawaka with the purpose of meeting and greeting the wild herbs which grow there.  We will discuss uses  for the plants that we meet and enjoy some of the timeless lore which has accompanied them.

Cost: $10 program fee only (Free for overnight guests and platinum pass holders). Instructor will accept donations at beginning of class to off set materials. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here.


 


The Ins and Outs of Herbal Vinegars
July date to be confirmed  9:30am-12pm
Instructor: Margo Mullein
Herbal VinegarJoin herbalist Margo Mullein in this “make and take” class on the making of, and benefits of using, an herbal infused vinegar.

Cost: $10 program fee only (Free for overnight guests and platinum pass holders). There is a $35 material/instructor fee that is to be paid directly to instructor at the beginning of class. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here.


 


 


The Art of Manifestation
July date to be confirmed 9am-8:30pm
Instructor: Margo Mullein
Join Margo Mullein for a creative exploration on the Art of Manifestation.  Margo will share her method of creating a journal from which an intention is set for your own personal journey of moving from the here and now, to the what I would love to see and have. Participants will create a journal of their own using collage as the art medium of creating a visual representation of present place and future dreams and desires.  Then, using guided meditation, we will begin the process of setting those intentions on paper.

The program will be held in three sessions, 10am-2pm, 4-6pm, 7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $15 day pass/program fee  (Free for overnight guests and platinum pass holders).  Meals may be added. There is a $65 material/instructor fee that is to be paid directly to instructor at the beginning of class. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here.


 


Drum Class and Drum Circle
August 8th, 2019
Hand Drum/Percussion Class and Drum Circle August 8, 2019
Class: 1:30-3:30
Drum Circle: 7:30-9:30PM
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. There is a $15 charge for the Drum class with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 15.  Register early!

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. Please register at desk.
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.

There is no charge for the Drum Circle.


Take Ownership of Your Life w/ Dr. Louise Finlayson
August 6th, 2019- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tired of being a victim? Change your story, change your life. Identify stories that are no longer serving you and rewrite them form a fresher more empowered perspective. In this supportive small group setting each person will get a chance to be expertly coached by Louise.

Cost: $10 program fee (free for overnight guests or Platinum pass holders) There is a $100 instructor fee due at the beginning of class – pay the instructor directly. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here. Class size limited.

Led by  Louise M. Finlayson, Ph.D., a Harvard Medical School trained Clinical Psychologist and Transformational Coach with over 25 years of experience.


Mine the Gold in your Memories
August  – 9am-12pm
Instructor: Marni Gillard

marniWe hold and sometimes hide memories. A few become witty anecdotes, but others we unconsciously keep locked away. Our UNTOLD stories are  the most important, full of gold to be mined. Sharing memories with confidentiality and active appreciative listening, we begin to see experiences,  both bright and dark, with new eyes. Recollections contain layers of sparkling insight we extract as we tell. Any story becomes a treasure to share.

Marni Gillard, author of Storyteller, Storyteacher (Stenhouse) and the double CD, “Without a Splash: Diving into Childhood Memories,” has been writing, speaking, and eliciting tales with groups of all ages for over 30 years. Meet her at www.marnigillard.com

Cost: $10 (Free for overnight guests or platinum pass holders) There is a $20 instructor fee due at the beginning of class. Pay instructor Directly. To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.


Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Living
August 16th- 18th 2019
9am-4:30pm
Linda Tipke
Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old science of medicine from India, offers a natural way to achieve wellness and joy. Discover your unique constitution, how to develop inner energy and find balance in your life. Be introduced to this system of health that offers you a way to learn more about who you truly are and what you personally need. The day includes information, a day pass to Wiawaka, and an opportunity to relax as you are guided in Divine Sleep®Yoga Nidra.

Schedule: 9:00 to 12:00 Ayurveda and You, 12:00– 2:00 Lunch and Free Time on the Lake, 2:00 to 3:30 Digestion and the role of Culinary Spices, 3:30 to 4:30 Divine Sleep®Yoga Nidra.

There is a $25 program fee is due at the beginning of class and is to be paid directly to the instructor.  To register call Linda Tipke 518-538-7712 or email adkayu@verizon.net, www.adkayurveda.comBring your own lunch or lunch can be pre-ordered from Wiawaka for $12.00


Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown for Women at the Crossroads
August – 9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Angela Kauffman

Angela Kaufman Photo (1)Ideal for women who are experiencing life transitions causing them to ask the questions “who am I? Where am I going? What do I do now?” Metaphysical meets modern to help women reconnect with their powers of creativity, confidence, passion and abundance.

This workshop is an introduction to the Queen Up system, which teaches women to recognize and embrace the four elemental energies within themselves and in nature, as personified by the Tarot Queens. Although this program borrows from the Tarot on an archetypal level, it is not a Tarot class. It is a reinvention of archetypal cosmology designed to help modern women expand beyond society’s labels and live in connection with their intuition and inner wisdom.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:
– Learn to recognize and harness the four core powers within so they may thrive in any situation.
– Gain practical tools to align with the forces of love, abundance, confidence and intuition.
– Learn which archetypal energy has shaped personality, attitudes and motivation, and discover how to tap in to their latent sources of power to ride life’s changing tides.

No experience necessary, this workshop is ideal for women new to holistic thought but can also benefit women with experience with mind-body-spirit concepts. Ideal for women ages 25-70. Participants will learn tools for managing personal energy blended from various traditions with a fresh new twist, appropriate for professionals and the general public. This workshop combines discussion, experiential exercise and guided meditations.
Course materials will be provided, participants will receive a Queen Up Kit (Book, Cards and access to MP3 meditations and a coupon for a follow up Inner Queen Session via phone at a special rate).

Cost: $10 program fee (Free for overnight guests and platinum pass holders) There is a $20 material fee due at the start of class, paid directly to the instructor. Call 518-668-9690 or click here to register.


Say It like You Mean It 
August 13th, 2019 9am-4pm
Instructor: Louise Finlayson
This full day workshop will enhance your existing communication skills.  More importantly, prepare to undergo a paradigm shift in how you think about communication.
Cost to attend the workshop is $100 which includes a day pass and the program. Registration is required for all attendees, a $25 deposit is required. Balance is to be paid directly to the instructor at the start of class. Call 518-668-9690 to make your reservation or click here.

Workshop led by  Louise M. Finlayson, Ph.D., a Harvard Medical School trained Clinical Psychologist and Transformational Coach with over 25 years of experience.


 


Be Here Now/Mindfulness for everyday living
August 15th , 2019 9am-11:30 am
Instructor: Louise Finlayson

Is your mind going a mile a minute? Do you look up and don’t know where your day went?  Mindfulness is an effective evidence – based Eastern practice for managing stress, anxiety and depression. Learn practical skills to help you slow down, calm down and be present for your life.  Cost to attend the workshop is $30. Registration is required for all attendees.  Call 518-668-9690 or click here.


Happiness Isn’t an Accident 
August 20th, 2019  9:00 am-12:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Louise Finlayson

Happiness, positive mood and optimism are important to our sense of fulfillment and wellbeing. Science has made great strides in understanding the practices and behaviors that increase our sense of happiness. Create your own happiness plan. Cost: $40 program fee. Pay the instructor directly. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here.


How Did I Get Here?
August  – 3-6pm
Instructor: Bonnie Olsen
Our patterns of behavior and of thought originated somewhere- usually early on in life. We set a course of life often based on someone else’s beliefs, ingrained in us as children. In this class we discover our patterns and how they came to be. Once we discover the patterns, we can begin to make changes in our present and future life with much better results, and free of old patterns that no longer work for us.

Bonnie Olson is a certified life coach and mind body coach who helps people through life transitions, stress and anxiety, and chronic physical pain. She trained with Martha Beck, Oprah’s life coach, Oprah Magazine columnist and author of several books. Bonnie has been coaching for several years both one-on-one clients and in workshops in Vermont and New York.

$10 for workshop only. Free for overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders. Purchase a day pass, class is included. $30 instructor fee paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class. To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.


Peace and Calm in Choas
August date to be confirmed  9am-12pm
Instructor: Bonnie Olsen

In this class we will be learning tools to enhance life during stressful times of transition, or any time. We will be learning how to ground and get ourselves present, meditation techniques and how to dissolve painful thoughts, called thought work. We will also explore some MindBody tools to counter stress and physical pain. Come relax and enjoy a day at camp while you learn some skills to help you live more fully in spite of what human life surprises you with!

$10 for workshop only. Free for overnight guests and Platinum Pass holders. Purchase a day pass, class is included. $20 instructor fee paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class. To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.