Current OLLI Course Listing

OLLI at UVM Members enjoy a minimum discount of 30% on all courses, which is reflected in the Member prices.

Should you have any questions, or need reasonable accommodations please contact Customer Relations at 1-800-639-3210 or We would be happy to assist you. All courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

OLLI Course Listing – Summer 2015

Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 13-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation.

Materials:  Students should bring their own yoga mats.


Reading Workshop: Classic and Contemporary Short Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, June 2-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Jeffords Hall 112
Member Fee: $60   Non-Member Fee: $90
One line description: Read and discuss a pair of classic and contemporary short stories each week, by the following authors: Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo, Ivan Turgenev, Isaac Babel, Eudora Welty, Edith Pearlman, Mavis Gallant, Yiyun Li. We will learn a little about the authors, their craft, and the stories’ historical and literary contexts.


Beginning Yoga

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 3-24
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and light-hearted way, it is easily accessible to any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), the breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation.

Materials:  Students should bring their own yoga mats


Common Scents: Grow Your Own Culinary Herbs

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, June 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Sarah Salatino
Location: Full Circle Gardens, Essex Junction
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Description: Explore various types of herbs, growing requirements, as well as how to seed, propagate and harvest them. Learn how to grow indoors in winter.  This will dovetail nicely with Patsy Jamieson’s cooking class.  Pot up herbs to take home.  Herbs may be purchased at Full Circle Gardens for a discount of 25%.  Class will be held at Full Circle Gardens, 68 Brigham Hill Road in Essex. Transportation is on your own. This course qualifies for Master Gardener’s continuing education hours.


Dragons, Silk, and Jade

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 10 & 17
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Christina Fearon
Location: Fleming Museum, UVM Campus
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Focus on the vibrant and colorful decorative art traditions of China, exploring Chinese innovation in artistic production, the hidden meanings of auspicious symbols, and the trade of luxury goods to the West. Experience objects from the Fleming collection up close, including a striking Qing Dynasty dragon robe, intricate jade belt plaque, and a porcelain teapot made for export.


  • Week 1: PPT talk to introduce materials, techniques, and decoration of selected types of objects we will look at in this class.
  • Week 2: Viewing Asian decorative objects and textiles from the Fleming Museum collection.


Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, June 18
Meeting Time: 1-4pm
Instructor: Gail Rosenberg & Elise A. Guyette
Location: Burlington. Exact location TBD.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: On a 2-mile walk, discover the history of Burlington’s early ethnic groups and their food traditions, when farm to table was a way of life. We will stop at 5 restaurants that serve local foods. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


Monuments to Labor, Literally

Register NowMeeting Dates: Friday, June 19
Meeting Time: 9am-12noon
Instructor: Joelen Mulvaney
Location: Barre. Exact location TBD.
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: Investigate labor issues as told through the monuments at Hope Cemetery in Barre. Discuss the labor history of yesterday with an eye on today.  Focus on Barre’s granite industry, and tour key monuments and their meaning. Visit a working granite sculptor demonstrating the process and the VT Granite Museum. Transportation is on your own. Rain date: June 26


Celebrating Herbs – In the Kitchen

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, June 20
Meeting Time: 9:30am-1pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Sciences Kitchen & Lecture Hall
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh herbs in your garden, farmers’ market and local nurseries! There is no better way to perk up your cooking than with the creative use of herbs. Go beyond pesto and explore a selection of simple herb sauces that complement various dishes. Learn new ways to use familiar herbs, such as basil and rosemary, and introduce yourself to unfamiliar herbs like lemon verbena and lovage. You will also learn the best ways to freeze and dry herbs. The class includes both demonstration and practical sections. The recipes, which include nutritional analysis, have been developed and carefully tested by instructor Patsy Jamieson. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. We suggest that you bring food storage containers for leftovers. Aprons are provided.


Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts and Atwater Market Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, June 27
Meeting Time: 8am-5pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Boarding the coach bus sat 322 South Prospect Street, Burlington
Member: $90  Non-Member: $120

Description: Join OLLI for a day in Montreal. Visit the Musée Des Beaux Arts and take a guided tour of the new exhibit, RODIN –METAMORPHOSES. Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. The ongoing interplay of accidents and chance in his work, his figures fragmented only to be reconstituted through this ingenious “cobbling together,” enabled him to interpolate his work in an endless flow of creation.  The topic of the exhibit we will see, metamorphosis, is directly related to his work, without model or witness, in the privacy of the studio. Fragile plasters as well as bronzes, marble figures, drawings, watercolors and photographs all attest to this creative intensity.  We will explore all of this during the morning.      In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit the Atwater Market, a farmers’ market located in the Little Burgundy area of Montreal. It opened in 1933. The interior market is home to many butchers and the Première Moisson bakery and restaurant. The outside market has many farmer’s stalls which sell both local and imported produce, as well as two cheese stores, a wine store specializing in locally produced spirits and a fish store. Quality is usually very good, and you are bound to find something you will want to bring home. Coach transportation provided. Museum entrance fee included. NOTE: Registrations are refundable up to June 5th.


Tai Chi for Health

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, July 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gym)
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Learn to improve balance, agility, and increase lower and upper body strength, with this ancient  program based on Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain. Tai Chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world by people of all ages. Slow, gentle and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone in any location. The program is easy to learn, safe and effective. For more information you may go to : www.


Digital Photography – Hands On!

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, July 8-22
Meeting Time: 5-7pm
Instructor: Mark Carter
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Explore the basic rules of photography. We’ll introduce some of the basic concepts and then apply them by walking around campus and taking pictures of flowers, architecture, and people. In the process you’ll learn more about the technical aspects that can help you improve your photography.


Kayaking on Lake Champlain

Register NowMeeting Dates: Friday, July 17
Meeting Time: 9am-12noon
Instructor: Umiak Outfitters
Location: North Beach, TBD
Member: $55  Non-Member: $70

Description:Try a new water sport this summer, or improve your kayaking skills with other OLLI members!  Includes two hours of instruction, all equipment, and another hour to paddle on your own.  The class is taught in recreational kayaks, which offer the stability that new paddlers need. You will learn about carrying kayaks, launching and getting out of your kayaks, basic paddling strokes and maneuvering your craft. This is a great way to jump start your paddling, or to help prepare you for more in-depth classes such as Sea Kayaking Essentials or Rolling and Rescue. Our ACA certified instructors will teach you how to get the most from your kayak. Transportation is on your own.


Burlington Harbor Shipwrecks Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, July 18
Meeting Time: 9am-12noon
Instructor: Elisa Nelson
Location: Burlington. Exact location TBD.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: Learn more about the maritime history of Burlington Harbor. Take a walking tour of the harbor, and an educator will shine a light on Burlington’s bustling past. Then, see a shipwreck – without getting wet! An excursion boat takes participants out on the lake to the site of two historic shipwrecks. There, the operator deploys a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) like those used by nautical archaeologists. Participants view the ROV as it explores the details of the sites, instantly relaying images to an on-board monitor.


OLLI Tour of the UVM Catamount Farm

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, July 21
Meeting Time: 2-3:30pm
Instructor: Rachel Stievater
Location: UVM Catamount Farm
Member: $10  Non-Member: $25

Description: Come take a tour of the Catamount Educational Farm, located at the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center. Take an extensive tour of the 10 acre farm and discuss the various components that go into growing organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs at the university. Discuss the types of crops that are being grown, share practical information about growing food in Vermont, as well as provide culinary uses for lesser known food crops.  Come learn more about the Catamount Educational Farm- and you may even get a chance to take home some goodies from the farm! Transportation is on your own.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, July 23
Meeting Time: 10-11:30am
Instructor: Paddlesurf Champlain
Location: Oakledge Park, TBD.
Member: $40  Non-Member: $55

Description: PaddleSurf Champlain’s Stand Up Paddleboarding class starts with a discussion of the features of the board and paddle, wind and weather considerations, safety practices, and Coast Guard regulations. We’ll learn the basic Stand Up Paddle strokes on land before entering the water, feel the balance point of the board from a kneeling position on water, then get a feel for the board from the standing position. We’ll practice basic and advanced strokes and board-handling skills in the standing position and set out for a short tour. The class will provide a foundation for lasting proficiency and fun in this new watersport. Transportation to Oakledge Park is on your own.




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