Workshops & Lectures

Fifth Annual Unplug, Unwind and Rediscover Peace & Joy
June 23, 2018  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.


Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Living
June 24, 2018 9am-4:30pm
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 


Mindful Time Management
June 28, 2018 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.


Women’s Sexual Assault Defense Class
July 2, 2018  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.


 Group Coaching w/ Dr. Louise Finlayson
July 2, 2018 – 9:30-11am

Ever wonder what coaching is about, or have a burning issue that you want to work on? Everyone can benefit from being coached and from witnessing someone else being coached. 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 $20 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.


“A Voice of Her Own: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
w/ Eileen Egan Mack
July 5, 2018 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,”
This event is sold out


Herbal Mint Healing Salve
July 9, 2018 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, 2018 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 16, 2018 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.


Meet the Author: BJ Rosenfeld “Communication for Unshakeable Relationships”
July 15, 2018  7pm
unnamedEven the best communicators can benefit from improving their skills in communications. Before BJ Rosenfeld discovered the secret to staying connected, she almost lost all connection with her adult son.  Through trial and error, she found the strategies that worked and then made a commitment to share her story with people worldwide. Through a focus and commitment to two way listening, compromise, and judgment free support, BJ will lead a discussion in how we can find ways to better connect in our personal and professional relationships.

BJ Rosenfeld is an award-winning author and internationally recognized speaker who helps parents and their adult children get the relationship they want. BJ’s inspiration comes from personal experience, in having almost lost all contact with her adult son. She turned the relationship around and is eager to share what she learned along the way. Her passion is helping parents get their adult children to love and include  in their lives.

From her early career as a French, Spanish and Reading teacher, BJ has spent much of her life fostering the communication skills deeply needed in interpersonal relationships.

There is no guarantee our children will grow up to be the adults we want them to be. When children choose a different way of life than their parents, families have to work to stay together. This raises the question of how far should a mother go in order to save the love of her children?

Her memoir “The Chameleon in the Closet” describes BJ’s journey. Her instinctive understanding and acceptance of her children’s choices and her willingness to compromise strike a chord not only with those who have children, but with those who have parents as well.

Tickets are $5 (free for overnight guests and platinum pass holders) To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.

 


Yoga and Ayurveda, The Sister Sciences
July 17, 2018 – 9am-4:30pm
Instructor: Linda Tipke

Yoga and Ayurveda are inseparable sisters. They originate as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge. Both are based on the principles of the pranayama (yogic breath control) and encompass an understanding of how the body works through the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and the effects that food and medicines have on the body. This workshop explores this relationship through discussions and gentle yoga practices. “Ayurveda is the Science, Yoga is the Practice of the Science”  **Wear loose clothing. A 15 minute Yoga practice follows each of the 4 topics of discussion. Hatha yoga is gentle. The last 45 minutes of the workshop will be a Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra guided relaxation session.

There is a $25 instructor fee due at the beginning of class and should be paid directly to the instructor.  To participate you must RSVP Linda Tipke by calling 518-538-7712 or emailing adkayu@verizon.net.   Bring your own lunch or lunch can be pre-ordered from Wiawaka for $12.00


Fun and Games
July 18, 2018  7-8pm

It’s summer, you’re at camp, so let’s play!! Allow yourself to experience the carefree summer evenings of childhood, perhaps for the first time. Activities will be announced in the morning and will vary, ie. scavenger hunt, putting on a skit, charades to name a few!! You are guaranteed to laugh and to and connect with each other. Led by Dr. Louise Finlayson  Cost: Only $5! Participants must register in advance by calling 518-668-9690.

 


Breaking Out of Prison
July 19m 2018 – 7pm
w/ Bernice Mennis
Breaking Out of Prison: a guide to consciousness, compassion, and freedom
Although the book itself emerged out of 12 years teaching at Great Meadows Prison for Skidmore’s University Without Walls, it is clear that we are all entrapped in “prisons” of the mind limiting and constricting mind, heart, voice, creativity.  The challenge is to free and make accessible what is true and deep within us.  In this talk, I will read some writings by the men in the prison but also talk about ways to “break free.”

It is free to attend for Day Pass & Season Pass holders and overnight guests. Come early for dinner ($16) Reservations must be made by callinv 518-668-9690.


Drilling for Hope: An Evening with Karen Flewelling
July 21, 2018 7-8pm

IMG_0179Karen Flewelling, a former teacher, administrator Shaker High School retired 12 years ago. Since then she has traveled to Central/South America, Asia and Africa to provide clean water, animals, school supplies etc. to those less fortunate. She has funded over 70 water wells, solar power, water filters, cisterns, and spring fed water systems in 18 Countries.  She has written a book, “Drilling for Hope, One Woman’s Work to Provide Clean Water” with the profits going to her  projects. All donations to Drilling for Hope are tax deductible and go 100% to the people.

Recently gave the 2016 Commencement address at SUNY Cortland where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. In July of 2016 the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded me their highest Award-  the “Paul Harris Fellow” for my Humanitarian work.

Come hear about Karen’s work and the drilling for hope projects. To learn more visit http://www.drillingforhope.org. There is no charge to come to the presentation but donations will be accepted to support both Wiawaka and Karen’s work.

Come early and have dinner. Must make a reservation by calling 518-668-9690 or clicking here. Limited space is available.


Walk on the Wild Side Herbal Workshop
July 26, 2018  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 Art of Manifestation
July 27, 2018 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. 


The Ins and Outs of Herbal Vinegars
July 28, 2018 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.


Waters of the Adirondacks
July 30, 2018 7-8pm

Silent-hidden waterfallLorraine Duvall will present an historical narrative on how the waters of the Adirondacks were saved from industrial pollution, impoundments that would have resulted in the flooding of towns and thousands of acres, and housing developments built on the shorelines of the lakes and rivers. She’ll describe how she found her own sense-of-place while paddling her solo canoe on dozens of Adirondack lakes, pond, and rivers for over 25 years, sharing excerpts from her recent book In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks. Also, Duvall will present her reflections on the classification and use of the Boreas Ponds Tract purchased by New York State in the fall of 2016.

Duvall holds a BS degree in Mathematics, an MS in Operations Research, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Information Studies. Duvall’s memoir, And I Know Too Much to Pretend, won the 2014 best memoir award from the Adirondack Center for Writing.  www.lorraineduvall.com

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 518-668-9690 or by clicking here. Come early and join us for dinner at 6pm.


Group Coaching w/ Dr. Louise Finlayson
August 6, 2018 – 9:30-11am
Ever wonder what coaching is about, or have a burning issue that you want to work on? Everyone can benefit from being coached and from witnessing someone else being coached. 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 $20 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 7, 2018 – 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.


Victorian Valentines and Messages of Love: Discussion & Craft
August 6, 2018  3-5pm
Instructors: Pam and Catherine Golden

We will return to the Victorian era to learn about and make valentines and greeting cards, which grew in popularity in Victorian England with the coming of the Penny Post in 1840. Catherine, a professor of Victorian literature at Skidmore College, will present the history of the valentine and show examples of period valentines that display the many forms valentines took, ranging from romantic
missives to humorous cards urging a bachelor to marry and even insulting cards, called vinegar valentines. Since women and men frequently bought supplies from stationer’s shops and made their own valentines and greeting cards, we will turn from discussion to craft. Pam, the artist who made the Birch Tree sculptures on the Wiawaka grounds, will guide our making of valentines or greeting cards adorned with tender verses, lace, silk, cut-paper flowers, and ribbons. Each participant will be able to make personalized valentines or greeting cards to convey a message of love or friendship.

Cost: $10 for program only (free for overnight guests, platinum pass holders). There is also a $10 material charge for all participants due at the beginning of class, paid directly to instructor. To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.


The Four Agreements Loving Kindness Meditation
August 8, 2018 1-2pm
Instructor: Rev. Angela Lunz
In The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over seven years), don Miguel Ruiz revealed how the process of our education, or “domestication,” can make us forget the wisdom we were born with. Throughout our lives, we make many agreements that go against ourselves and create needless suffering. The Four Agreements help us to break these self-limiting agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us personal freedom, happiness, and love. The simple lessons of letting go, are simple but not easy. If you can read this book prior to class it would be good, but not necessary. Come join us on the lake to discuss and review this meaningful work.

Cost: $10.00 registration fee. There is a $10.00 instructor fee that is due at the beginning of class. Pay the instructor directly. To register call 518-668-9690 or click here.

Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown for Women at the Crossroads
August 9, 2018 – 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.


Women’s Empowerment: Finding Your Authentic Voice
August 10, 2018 9am-4pm
Instructor: Louise Finlayson
This full day workshop is open to women only. Prepare to have fun while finding your true north. Build inner confidence, learn to set healthy boundaries, and step into your power. Learn to fully embody your unique voice through both introspective individual and dynamic group activities.

Cost to attend the retreat is $55 which includes a day pass and the program. (Overnight guests and season pass holders may attend for $40) Registration is required for all attendees, a $15 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.

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


Fun and Games
August 18, 2018  7-8pm

It’s summer, you’re at camp, so let’s play!! Allow yourself to experience the carefree summer evenings of childhood, perhaps for the first time. Activities will be announced in the morning and will vary, ie. scavenger hunt, putting on a skit, charades to name a few!! You are guaranteed to laugh and to and connect with each other. Led by Dr. Louise Finlayson  Cost: Only $5! Participants must register in advance by calling 518-668-9690.


Women’s Empowerment: Finding Your Authentic Voice
August 19, 2018 9am-4pm
Instructor: Louise Finlayson

Do you play small in your life? Maybe you avoid taking risks or speaking out. This full-day workshop is designed to help you to fully embody your unique voice through both introspective individual and dynamic group activities. Prepare to have fun while finding your true north. Build inner confidence, learn to set healthy boundaries, and step into your power.

Cost to attend the retreat is $55 which includes a day pass and the program. (Overnight guests and season pass holders may attend for $40) Registration is required for all attendees, a $15 deposit is required. Balance is to be paid directly to the instructor at the start of class. Call 518-668-9690 or click here.


Be Happy Now
August 20, 2018  9:30-11:30am
Instructor: Dr. Louise Finlayson

Do you find yourself waiting for something outside of yourself to change or happen in order to be happy? Stop waiting and learn the secrets to being happy now. Happiness is a state of mind that can be cultivated. Deep down enduring happiness is a choice. So, choose to be happier starting today. In this workshop, you will learn simple yet powerful strategies that will help you cultivate happiness, you will have an opportunity to develop your own Happiness Plan. Cost: $10 program fee (free for overnight guests or Platinum pass holders) There is a $20 instructor fee due at the beginning of class – pay the instructor directly. Call 518-668-9690 to register or click here.


How Did I Get Here?
August 24, 2018 – 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 25, 2018  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.