Workshops & Lectures

 

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Mary Scott

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!


 


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

$30 course fee.  Include a day pass for $40.

Click here for July 2nd class and Click here for July 30th class.

Storying Our Way to Be Channels of Peace
July 9th, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 am
Instructor: Marni Gillard

Marni   In this 2 hour story-sharing class, we’ll share memories of moments, mentors, challenges and choices that helped us understand what it means to know peace and live it in today’s world. We’ll share memories one-to one, listening deeply and appreciating what we hear. Then as a group discuss strategies that come from our stories and name the small yet significant ways we believe add to the peace the world wants to know. There will be class participation. The class fee is $20.
Click here to register.
Make it a day pass for $25. There is no charge for overnight guest and platinum passholders.



Medicinal Herbal Workshop
July 11th 9:30  – 11:30 am
Instructor: Lise Fuller

Lise FullerGet grounded and root to the earth with a walk through the grounds to identify medicinal herbs. Join Lise Fuller 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.

Click here to register.

 

 We are HOW We Eat
July 11th, 2019
1:30-3:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Sickles
Lynn PhotoYou’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: $20 for workshop only. (Free for Platinum Pass holders and overnight guests). Make it a day pass for $25.00.

To register please click here.

Lynn is a certified health, wellness and life coach with a focus on living a healthy lifestyle including what and how we eat, building resilience to effectively manage stress and helping people make lifestyle choices that will move them toward living the life they dream about.  She is a passionate journal writer who believes that a daily journal writing practice is important to living a peaceful, happy, healthy and balanced life and is a powerful guide on our lifelong journey of self-discovery.  Lynn is a regular workshop presenter at Wiawaka , been a presenter at area employee wellness programs, women’s church groups, an instructor for Saratoga Continuing Education and has had a monthly journal writing circle in the Glens Falls/Saratoga area.


How Did I Get Here?
July 12th
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Instructor: Bonnie Olson

How did I get HereOur 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.

There is a $30 course fee that includes a day pass. $45 for overnight guests and platinum pass holders.

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.
To register call 518-668-9690 or Click here. 



De-Stressing 101
July 13th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Bonnie Olson

Destressing 101This workshop is about how to manage the root of our stress and how to go forward using the tools we need to live a far more stress free-life, no matter what life throws our way. We will be learning tools to regulate our nervous systems, find peace and calm and to greatly enhance our overall well-being to heal and prevent illness.

There is a $45 class fee and $60 with a day pass.

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.

To register call 518-668-9690 or Click Here.

This 2 hour workshop will be an inspiring workshop.  More details are coming! Stay Tuned!

 

Your Next Best Step
July 16th 2019 
9:00 am – 11:00 am 
Instructor: Louise Finlayson

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Are you wanting to get clarity about something going on in your life, figure out what your next step is, or get unstuck? Small group coaching may be for you. Small group coaching is a way to optimize individual growth in community. Group members not only grow through being coached themselves but also by witnessing other group members being coached. Small group coaching is more affordable than the price of individual coaching and can be just as, if not more, powerful than individual coaching.

Louise will coach each person in the group on whatever topic they want for about 15-20 minutes. In the coaching session, we’ll identify what your next best step might be.  Group members who are not being coached at the moment will be asked to hold the space for whomever is being coached. This means being silent, attentive, and identifying how the issue being discussed might pertain to their own lives.

Cost for workshop is $50 includes your day pass.  Overnight guests and Platinum pass holders pay a discounted rate of $38.00  Click here to register

 

Mindful Time Management
July 17th, 2019
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Dorothee Racette

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 $75 fee to attend this workshop which includes a day pass. Overnight and Platinum pass holders pay $55.00. Click here to register.


 


Your Unique Path to Purpose!
July 23rd, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Louise Finlayson 

LouiseLiving our life with meaning and purpose is essential for our fulfillment. This is what we might call “a life well lived”. Without a sense of purpose, we feel adrift in our lives. We let life “happen” to us. The days and weeks go by and we don’t know where they’ve gone, what we’ve done, or how we’ve contributed, which isn’t a very satisfying way to live. Feeling fulfilled doesn’t just happen. Without focus, intention, commitment, and yes, work, we achieve very little that has meaning.

Think about anything that you truly value in your life, perhaps getting an education, raising children, or building something that is useful. None of these came about magically, but came from you choosing to commit time, energy, money, and your labor of love to that endeavor.

In this fun and interactive workshop Louise will help you discover your unique purpose and contribution. Learn how to:

  • Identify what is truly important to you
  • Focus on what you most want to create, manifest, and contribute in your life
  • Stop wasting time on meaningless activities
  • Identify limiting beliefs that keep you feeling stuck and hopeless
  • Take action steps to move forward

The cost to attend is $100 which includes a day pass to Wiawaka. If you are an overnight guest at Wiawaka or a platinum passholder, there is a discounted cost of  $75.

Click here to register.

 


Take Ownership of Your Life 
August 6th, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Louise Finlayson

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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.

The cost to attend is $100 which includes your day pass. Overnight and Platinum Pass holders pay a discounted amount of $75.00.
Click here to register.

A clinical psychologist and transformational coach, Louise Finlayson Ph.D., is an inspired, dedicated, and passionate teacher. She is known for the clarity of her teaching, and her ability to help people. Dr. Finlayson teaches the principles and practices of living consciously that help her clients live more vibrant, fulfilling lives. She creates safe, nonjudgmental spaces to encourage exploration and growth so her clients can awaken and consciously live happier lives that are in alignment with their values, passions, and purpose.


 


Drum Class and Drum Circle
August 8th, 2019
Hand Drum/Percussion Class and Drum Circle
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!  Click Here to register for the class.

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.

There is no charge for the drum circle. Click here to register for the Drum Circle.

Space is limited!!


Claire Nolan
August 9th, 2019
7pm – 8pm
Fuller House
Special Presentation on Mother Jones

Claire Nolan
Mother Jones was a labor organizer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was once called “the most dangerous woman in America”.

She was also called “the grandmother of all agitators and she famously said that she hoped to live long enough to be their great-grandmother!
Find out about this remarkable woman as Claire Nolan tells the tale of “Mother Jones, her life and times”.

Reservations are limited.Click here for tickets.

 


Become a Better Communicator 
August 13th, 2019
9 am-4 pm

Instructor: Louise Finlayson
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Communication might be the single most important skill we can develop to improve our relationships. However, most of us struggle to communicate in a way that helps us be understood by others. As it turns out, we are often asleep at the wheel when we communicate. Think back to the last time you said something to someone and were surprised that it was received negatively. Perhaps an argument ensued that led to hurt feelings on both sides. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn more productive and harmonious ways of communicating?

This full-day, fun, interactive workshop will help you move from being an “unconscious communicator” to a “conscious communicator” Prepare to undergo a paradigm shift in how you think about communication. These new skills and perspectives will be invaluable in your relationships at work and at home.

Cost to attend the workshop is $100 which includes your day pass. Overnight and Platinum pass holders pay the discounted rate of $75.00.

Click here to register.

A clinical psychologist and transformational coach, Louise Finlayson Ph.D., is an inspired, dedicated, and passionate teacher. She is known for the clarity of her teaching, and her ability to help people. Dr. Finlayson teaches the principles and practices of living consciously that help her clients live more vibrant, fulfilling lives. She creates safe, nonjudgmental spaces to encourage exploration and growth so her clients can awaken and consciously live happier lives that are in alignment with their values, passions, and purpose

 



 

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

LouiseIs 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 $50 which includes your day pass. Overnight and Platinum pass holders pay the discounted rate of $38.00.  Click here to register.


 


Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Living
August 16th, 2019
9am-4:30pm
Linda Tipke

boces pixIMG_1022Ayurveda, 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


 


Happiness Isn’t an Accident 
August 20th 2019
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Instructor: Dr. Louise Finlayson

LouiseHappiness, 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: $50 program fee and day pass. Overnight guests and Platinum Pass Holders pay the discounted rate of $38.00.
Click here to register.


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Create a Life of Health and Well-Being!
August 22nd 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lynn Sickles

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Are you thriving in your life, currently living the life that makes you happy, or do you have that little niggling feeling inside that some idea or ideas need to be nurtured and brought to fruition?
In this workshop you will complete your own Life Wheel to get a sense of where you are suffering, struggling or thriving and help you identify critical pieces that you see as important to your health, wellness, happiness and joy and find the potential for self-expression that wants to be released on your journey towards a meaningful and satisfying life.  We will talk about the difference between wishing for something and deeply wanting something and how to begin to take action that will lead you towards that amazing life you envision.

Please bring a journal or notebook and pen.

There is a $20 fee for the class and is free for overnight guests and platinum pass holders. Make it a day pass for $25. Click here to register.

Lynn is a certified health, wellness and life coach with a focus on living a healthy lifestyle including what and how we eat, building resilience to effectively manage stress and helping people make lifestyle choices that will move them toward living the life they dream about.  She is a passionate journal writer who believes that a daily journal writing practice is important to living a peaceful, happy, healthy and balanced life and is a powerful guide on our lifelong journey of self-discovery.  Lynn is a regular workshop presenter at Wiawaka , been a presenter at area employee wellness programs, women’s church groups, an instructor for Saratoga Continuing Education and has had a monthly journal writing circle in the Glens Falls/Saratoga area.


 


 

 

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