Additional Workshops

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Living Into Our Values
July 7th, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Cate LaBarre

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Are you stopped short when you are challenged to step out of your comfort zone? You are not alone. Identifying and practicing our values lights the way to greater courage. “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 them. We’ll look at what happens when we struggle, feel overwhelmed, and lose alignment with 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 $20
Class fee and day pass is $30
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Trust and Connection
July 18th, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Cate LaBarre

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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 $20
Cost for class and day pass is $30
Click here to register


Drum Class
August 17th, 2022

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: 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. Participants registered for the drum class will be given first come first serve opportunity to reserve a drum. 

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.

Space is limited!


Cost: $35 includes use of a drum, teaching fee and the drum circle.
$45 includes the above and your day pass to enjoy Wiawaka all day!

Click here to register for the Drum Class
Click here to register for the Drum Circle 


Living BIG (Boundaries, Integrity, Generosity)
July 15th, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Cate LaBarre
Cate porch 3Do 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 $20
Class fee and day pass is $30
Click here to register


How Wildflowers Got Their Name
July 5th, 2022
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Diane Collins

flower thingProgram with Diane Collins, naturalist and author of the booklet “Trailside Wildflowers in Cole’s Woods”. (Booklet included in the program)

Have you ever wondered how wildflowers got their names? We’ll meet first and talk about the common and scientific names of a variety of wildflowers followed by a walk around the Wiawaka grounds identifying the many early summer wildflowers that we’ll find.

Cost for workshop is $20 which includes a booklet on wildflowers.
Spend the day for $35 which includes the workshop and a day pass.

Got Too Much Stuff
July 18th, 2022
1:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Green Martha

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Join ML Healey for an informative, interactive workshop dedicated to investigating  practical, respectful, and thoughtful ways to deal with accumulated possessions. We will  investigate stages of the process from decision making to donation resources, and then  review systems for storing what intentionally remains. Along the way we will explore  the consequences of procrastination and the joy of finishing things.  
There will be an opportunity to share brief stories of our individual situations, as well as  our hopes and goals for freeing ourselves from the pressing burdens of too much stuff.  Participants will leave with a clearer sense of their situation and tools for addressing it,  with the intention of promoting enhanced satisfaction and spaciousness.ML Healey
Biography: Healey is an experienced, sustainability-focused professional organizer who has  worked under the name Green Martha Professional Organizing since 2009. Always  curious about interactions between time, stuff, environmental consequences, and personal  satisfaction, years ago she came to realize a convergence of these issues while helping  friends move and set up house.
Soon she was hired by clients to help them navigate what appeared to be chaos. Over  time ML honed her ability to guide clients to develop skills not only to rectify their current situations, but to prevent reoccurrence. Each situation is unique but with  underlying universal principles, and ML is happy to share what she’s learned so  participants can get on with their lives without the emotional and physical burdens of  unaddressed stuff. 
Cost for class: $25
Make it a day pass for $35
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BLESSINGS OF TREES AND NATURE, An Experiential and Restorative Adventure
August 4th, 2022
Eileen Mack and Claire Nolan
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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Discover the Blessings of Earth and Trees!
Come Play Outdoors With Us!
With Wiawaka’s majestic Lake George setting, participants will experience the gifts of the center’s gardens, grounds, and woods.  During our day together, we will move around the land as we mindfully engage our senses and deepen our awareness of the Earth. There will be  opportunities for artistic and written responses and movement. Activities in this awakening and restorative adventure will be nurtured by folktales, myths, and personal stories told by storytellers Claire and Eileen. You will have stories, too.
Claire Nolan and Eileen Egan Mack are storytellers and educators. They both also portray women whose important contributions to history are often overlooked or forgotten. They share a lifelong love of nature and a passion to help people connect with the natural world.
WHAT TO BRING
Hat
Screen
Insect Repellant
Something to sit on: chair; yoga mat; “sit upon”; stool
Towel
Phone with camera or camera
Paper, pen, pencil (We will also provide)
Water bottle
NICE BUT NOT NECESSARY
Favorite Field Guides
Bathing suit
Snack (lunch is included)
Nature Journal if you keep one

The cost for this full day workshop is $65 which includes your lunch

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Ian Fleming’s Love Affair with Lake George
July 18th, 2022
3:00-4:30pm
Instructor: Frieda Toth

IMG_4601It’s true: Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond thrillers, spent time in Lake George and loved it here.  Learn all about what the famous writer and some-time spy was doing in the area, how he felt about Lake George sites such as Fort William Henry and the steamboats, and learn some hot gossip about Ian’s personal life. Also, see the beautiful first and early edition Fleming books which feature maps of the Lake George area.

Frieda Toth is an internationally recognized Ian Fleming Scholar, but if you are from around these parts you may know her as a librarian at Crandall Public Library. A coauthor of Warren County, New York: Its People and Their History Over Time (published by Warren County Historical Society), her work appears regularly in the online journal Artistic License [sic] Renewed and occasionally in VOICES: The Journal of NYS Folklore Society.  She is a regular presenter at SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) on the subject of James Bond/Ian Fleming and feminism.  Last summer she had the delightful adventure of borrowing a scooter and retracing the route a Bond heroine took through the Adirondacks.

Cost for class: $20
Make it a day pass for $30
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The Stories Within Us (A storytelling workshop)

August 9th
9:00am-11:30am
Instructor: Storyteller Karen Sangaline Pillsworth

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“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.

Karen Sangaline Pillsworth, Storyteller Laureate of Kingston, NY has been enchanting audiences from Newfoundland, Canada to Sydney, Australia for over 35 years. A National Arts Education Fellow and story practitioner, she uses stories to entertain, educate and heal. She has performed in libraries, camps, churches, parks, schools, historic sites, festivals, and even on a stage floating in a lake in a cave. Her favorite words come from the mouths of her fellow Kingstonians, “That’s Karen, she’s OUR storyteller!”

Cost for class: $20
Make it a day pass for $30
Click here to register


Forest Bathing 

August 15th
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Diane Collins

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Program with Diane Collins, local naturalist and author of the booklet “Trailside Wildflowers in Cole’s Woods”. (Booklet included in the program)

Not simply a walk in the woods, but a conscious and contemplative quiet time together being immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest as we walk the woods at Wiawaka followed by sharing our experiences.

Cost for workshop is $20 which includes a $5 booklet on wildflowers.
Spend the day for $35 which includes the workshop, $5 booklet and a day pass.

Click here to register