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 uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. All courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Drawing Botanicals in the UVM Greenhouse

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturdays, April 2–16
Meeting Time: 10:30 am–1 pm
Instructor: Jean Carlson Masseau
Location: Jeffords 100 and UVM Greenhouse
Member: $75  Non-Member: $115

Description: Learn to draw botanical subjects in a supportive atmosphere that combines classroom instruction with field drawing experiences. Jean will share observation skills that allow artists to capture a likeness and point out how understanding plant structure can aid the drawing process. Learn to make the most out of graphite pencils, progressing from simple line drawings to shading and rendering techniques. Each day will begin with enough classroom time to provide a foundation before heading into the greenhouse to choose from the amazing variety of plants to draw. Assignments will include leaves, flowers, plant segments, and page design with room for individuality. Historical and contemporary examples of botanical illustration will provide inspiration. All ability levels are welcome, including and especially beginners. Participants will bring their own supplies and a camp-type stool or small, portable folding chair if possible.

Materials: Artist-quality drawing pencils: H, HB, B; a handheld pencil sharpener (the kind with two holes); a kneaded eraser; a white plastic eraser. Paper options: A pad of good-quality drawing paper (not “sketching” paper). Bristol is my favorite choice because of its smooth surface and heavier weight, 9×12. Optional: A couple of Micron “pigma” pens in different sizes; graphite pencils 2H, 2B.

Release the Writer in You: A Concise Course on Writing Short Stories

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 4–25
Meeting Time: 5–6:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: Plot, setting, conflict, dialogue or not to dialogue? What does it all mean? We will investigate the components of the short story and begin creating our own modern classics while writing down our own inventive narratives. Come to the class knowing this will be fun, relaxed, informative, and above all, rewarding!

  • Week 1: Syllabus, outline, and resource list provided. Discuss the differences and similarities between the short story and the novel. Begin looking at the elements of the short story (plot, character). Creative writing exercise within class and possibly beyond.
  • Week 2: Reading, discussion, and review of class members’ writings. Continuation of elements of the short story (theme, point of view). Review and discussion of example works from published authors pertaining to elements discussed. Creative writing exercise.
  • Week 3: Reading, discussion, and review of class members’ writings. Continuation of elements within the short story (fantasy, realism, and tools of craft). Review and discussion of example works from published authors pertaining to elements discussed. Creative writing exercise.
  • Week 4: Reading, discussion, and review of class members’ writings. Reading example works, analysis of value of short fiction. What makes the short story powerful and successful? Creative writing exercise. So what’s next?

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, April 4–25
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for new beginners over age 50. Taught in a gentle and lighthearted way, it is easily accessible for any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

Tai Chi for Life

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuedays, April 5–26
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Mann Hall 105 (Mann Auditorium)
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started and help to keep you going by connecting you with other tai chi players in the area. 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. Tai Chi for Arthritis is a safe joint activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance and agility, and increase lower and upper body strength. The instructor is trained through CVAA’s Tai Chi program, in conjunction with Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain, which is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information, you may go to www.taichiproductions.com.

Materials: Loose, comfortable clothing recommended, but no special clothes or equipment required.

 

Montreal Museé des Beaux Arts Pompeii Exhibit and Atwater Market Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Tuesday, April 5
Meeting Time: 8 am–5 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Park and Board Bus at UVM’s Gutterson Garage on 95 Spear Street in South Burlington
Member: $90  Non-Member: $120

Description: Explore 200 archaeological artifacts, statues in bronze and marble, mosaics, frescoes, decorative arts, and objects from daily life, which offer an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a once-thriving town of the Roman Empire, shedding light onto its civic and religious customs, as well as the daily life of its inhabitants, their food, sports, and homes. This will be followed by a stop for lunch at the nearby Atwater Market. Transportation by coach included; lunch on your own. Bring a passport or other acceptable identification, such as enhanced driver’s license, Nexus card, or passport card. If you need to cancel your attendance from this travel course, you must notify us by email to uvmolli@uvm.edu at least 21 days prior to the start date in order to receive a refund.

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, April 6–27
Meeting Time: 5:30–6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes (8 sessions total) for only $60!

Description: Beginning Yoga II serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students over age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and lighthearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance, and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Reading Workshop: Short Stories in History

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, April 7–28
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Aiken Center 110
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Description: We will read eight short stories with an eye on the significance of the historical backdrops they memorialize. We will look at short stories by Bernard Malamud, Kazuo Ishiguro, Louise Erdrich, Edmund White, ZZ Packer, Naomi Benaron, Deborah Eisenberg, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Learn a little about these authors and explore the relationship between historical era and individual fate as it is illuminated in their work. Stories will be provided the week before the class meets, including one week before the course begins.

  • Week 1: Bernard Malamud and Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Week 2: Louise Erdrich and Edmund White
  • Week 3: ZZ Packer and Naomi Benaron
  • Week 4: Deborah Eisenberg and Jhumpa Lahiri

 

Zentangled Seashells

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 7
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Waterman 338 Memorial Lounge
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Description: With summer on its way, this is a nice way to begin to think about warm weather and walking on the beach. Using seashells for inspiration, we will use colored pencils and markers to create one sea-inspired tan Zentangle tile with just a hint of color. This advanced Zentangle class will use the Zentangle method and some new techniques, too. All materials will be provided. No art background is required. Students will be creating intricate patterns, which requires focusing up close. Note: Participants must complete Introduction to Zentangle first.

Materials: All materials will be provided.

 

Mindful Living

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, April 12–26
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Miv London
Location: Aiken 110
Member: $45  Non-Member: $70

Description: Mindfulness refers to our innate ability to pay attention to the present moment without judgment. This simple practice has been shown to have extraordinary benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health. In this series we will explore a variety of guided meditations and informal mindfulness practices that can be integrated into daily life. Participants will be encouraged and supported to practice on their own in between sessions, with the goal of establishing an ongoing mindfulness practice.

Introduction to Haiku: Japanese Poetry

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, April 13
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:30 pm
Instructor: Michiko Oishi
Location: Aiken Center 112
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Description: Originally from Japan, haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. It uses imagery in language to convey the essence of an experience in nature, intuitively linked to the human condition. In this presentation, participants will learn the history and culture of haiku in Japan, including the haiku masters and their haikus; the haiku frame of mind; and the benefit of the haiku habit. We will discuss structure and the basic rules of haiku and finally write and comment on each others’ poems.

 

Whole Wheat Sourdough Country Bread

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, April 16
Meeting Time: 9:30 am–1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: 233 Marsh Life Science Kitchen
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

Description: Experience the magic of sourdough and learn to make rustic, artisan bread. This class will take you through the process, from making and maintaining a wild yeast starter to making the dough and baking the crusty loaves. You will take home your own starter so that you can continue to make your own fabulous bread at home. A detailed recipe, including variations, nutritional analysis, and step-by-step photos, will be provided. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Aprons are provided.

 

Advance Directives—Exploring Your Options

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, April 18
Meeting Time: 4–5:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Marsh Life Science 105
Member: FREE  Non-Member: $25

Description: Completing your advance care directive can be complicated. We’ll explore the values tool kit as well as various options available and will help you complete your advance directive. Class will include discussion about how to have “the conversation” with loved ones and family.

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, April 20
Meeting Time: 5–7 pm
Instructor: Jeffrey Trumbower
Location: Aiken Center 102
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Description: Explore the significance of one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls, written over 2,000 years ago and discovered in the 1940s and 50s. Learn what they have to say and discuss how their messages might still be relevant. Find out how they have revolutionized our understanding of the history of Judaism and Christianity.

 

The Body Beautiful: Handmade Herbal Body Care

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 21
Meeting Time: 5:30–7:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Zettelmeyer
Location: Hills Agricultural Science 017
Member: $35  Non-Member: $50

Description: Enjoy an evening of making luxurious body care products from simple ingredients that nourish the skin and soothe the soul! We will be creating nontoxic products that work wonders on tired, sore, and sun-damaged skin, using natural ingredients that are affordable and easy to access. We will make a facial regime of herbal steams, facial scrubs, and rich body lotion, and also sugar scrubs and bath salts. All intended for personal use, or they make great gifts! All materials and supplies provided.

 

Green Thumb 101

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, April 28
Meeting Time: 5:30–7 pm
Instructor: Sarah Salatino
Location: Full Circle Gardens, Essex Junction
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25
Description: So you think you can’t garden? This class is for you! From houseplants to outdoor gardens, come learn the hows and whys of growing plants. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations you will come away with knowing proper soils, watering techniques, potting, propagation, and understanding how plants work so that they can work for you. All you need to bring is your curiosity and your questions. Handouts are available. Transportation to the Greenhouse is on your own.

 

History Tour of Burlington

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, May 7
Meeting Times: Due to demand, this tour is offered twice. See below.
9:45 am–noon (this section is full)
1:30-3:45 pm (newly added section)
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: 322 South Prospect St.
Member: $45  Non-Member: $65

Description: Discuss the Burlington area from 1609 to the years around the War of 1812, how it grew from a hamlet to a town, then village, and finally a city in 1865, up until today. Learn unique features of Lake Champlain. Understand why Native Americans treasured this area. Visit key landmarks and even a few spots that hardly any people know about that played an important role in the development of Burlington. Also, gain an appreciation of the political life of the city. Gary is a great storyteller and learning Burlington’s history will come alive and be a fun and information-filled two-hour tour. It is bound to leave the participants with a whole new outlook of why this is such a special city.  Transportation by van provided.

 

Summer 2016 Courses

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowSession 1 
Meeting Dates: Mondays, May 9-23
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $30*  Non-Member: $45
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Hall Gymnasium)

Session 2 
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 1-29
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Hall Gymnasium)

Session 3
Meeting Dates: July 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60
Location: Living and Learning Commons 315
Instructor: Amanda McIntire

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for new beginners older than age 50. Taught in a gentle and lighthearted way, it is easily accessible for any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Students should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes session 1; 6 session total for only $50!

 

Beginning Yoga II

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, May 11-25
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Hall Gymnasium)
Member: $30*  Non-Member: $45

This class serves as a continuation of the Beginning Yoga I class. It is specifically designed for students older than age 50 who have practiced yoga and are familiar with the basic postures. Taught in a supportive and lighthearted way, this class offers something for everyone. The series furthers participants’ yoga experience through physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Every class includes elements of strength, balance, and flexibility for the body and mind. Participants should wear loose but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

*Members can sign up for both Monday and Wednesday classes session 1; 6 session total for only $50!

 

Summer Birds and Birding in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays and Saturday, June 1-15 & 18
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm & Saturday morning TBD
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $70  Non-Member: $105

June is a great time of year to be outside in nature. All of Vermont’s nesting birds have returned, and most are in the middle of nesting and raising young. In this class, we’ll talk about which birds come back when and where they’ve been all winter. Then we’ll discuss grassland birds and related conservation issues. The third class will be a review of a few local birding hot spots. Finally, we’ll take a field trip, either to visit one of the hot spots we study or to Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge for grasslands and grassland species.  Transportation for field trip is on your own.

  • Week 1: Who Has Come Back to Vermont? From Where?
  • Week 2: Grassland Birds and Related Conservation Issues
  • Week 3: Virtual Visits to Local Birding Hotspots
  • Week 4: Field Trip

 

The Literary Giants of the Harlem Renaissance

Register NowMeeting Dates: Monday, June 6
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Kristen Johannesson
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: Free for OLLI Members  Non-Member: $30
Materials:  Notebook and writing implement of choice.

We will briefly examine the creative written works of such artists as W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and Countee Cullen. We will begin to explore how such American classics impacted our culture and continues to influence our conversations surrounding life and literature today.

 

Tai Chi for Life – Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, June 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Mann Hall 005 (Mann Hall Gymnasium)
Member: $40  Non-Member: $70

This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice, it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started and help to keep you going by connecting you with other tai chi practitioners in the area. 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. Tai Chi for Life is a safe joint activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance and agility, and increase lower- and upper-body strength. The instructor is trained through CVAA’s Tai Chi program, using Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain program, which is used worldwide. The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information, you may go to www.taichiproductions.com.

 

Contain Yourself! Summer Container Design

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

Plant containers are the staple of summer living in our short Vermont growing season. Learn how to incorporate annuals, perennials, veggies, and herbs in a pot whether you have a balcony or a large yard. Basic plant care will be featured as well as design principles. No matter if you have sun or shade, there is a design that will work for you. Plants will be available for sale for 25% off, or you can bring your own. If you have a container you like, bring it. Otherwise 14-inch peat containers will be available for sale for $2. Soil will be provided for a 14-inch container or smaller. Transportation to Full Circle Gardens is on your own.

 

Mass MOCA Museum Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, June 11
Meeting Time: 8 am-5 pm
Instructor:  OLLI Staff
Location: Park and meet at 322 South Prospect Street in back parking lot.
Member: $100  Non-Member: $140

Enjoy a guided tour of Sol LeWitt’s A Wall Drawing Retrospective exhibit at one the world’s premier centers of modern art, Mass MOCA. This exhibition presents 105 of LeWitt’s wall drawings, which are large-scale, conceptual works executed by draftspeople who follow precise and concise instructions written by the artist. The tour will take us chronologically through LeWitt’s career, beginning with his primarily pencil line drawings, all the way to his late-career vibrant, geometric, painted drawings. Explore other museum highlights during free time. Transportation included. Lunch option: pack bag lunch or purchase at Museum. If you need to cancel your attendance from this travel course, you must notify us by email to uvmolli@uvm.edu at least 21 days prior to the start date in order to receive a refund.

 

Carlo Abate: A Life in Stone

Register NowMeeting Dates: Friday, June 17
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Joelen Mulvaney
Location: Various sites in Barre
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Materials:  Copies of two Aldrich Public Library books available for purchase

Examine the roots of the artists who came to work in Barre’s granite industry through the life of one artist, Carlo Abate. A tour of Hope Cemetery, Abate’s studio, and related city monuments and a visit to a sculptor’s studio will bring participants into close contact with the spirit, artistry, and politics of granite sculptors. Transportation to Barre is on your own. Access into the studios may be limited, please contact us for further information.

 

Lilies and Orchids in Watercolors

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, June 20 & 27
Meeting Time: 4:30-7 pm
Instructor: Bryan Briscoe
Location: Hills 17
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

This class will teach you how to paint beautiful lilies and orchids using the most popular watercolor techniques proven to make your work sing. Learn how to draw and create your own flower paintings. See the OLLI website for a complete course materials list.

  • Week 1: Watercolor demonstration/discussion; class sketches a lily and orchid.
  • Week 2: Class creates paintings of their lily and orchid.

Materials List:

Watercolor Paper:

9 x 12 inch Watercolor Pad

Preferably Arches 140lb cold or rough press surfaces

Watercolor Paint: 2 Options

Option 1: individual 15ml tubes

Tube Colors Option: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Phthalo or Thalo Green, Cobalt Blue,

Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Lamp Black

Option 2: Watercolor Sets (tube or pan sets)

List of optional set brands

Holbein

Academy

Grimacer

Reeves

Aquarelle

Van Gogh

Watercolor Brushes: white synthetic watercolor brushes

Round: 1-no. 10 or 12 white synthetic

Flat: 1-1/2 or 3/4 inch brush and 1-1” and 1-2” Liner or Rigger

Watercolor Palette: white palette w/mixing sections (Note: some watercolor paint sets come with palettes)

Art Box, (Michael’s Arts and Crafts Art Box similar to a tackle box)

Watercolor Paper, at least 9 x 12 inches

Folder for Paintings

1  Lent-Free Rag

2  Yogurt Cups (to hold water)

Where to Purchase your art materials Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Burlington VT ONLINE Shops:

Black Horse, Burlington VT

Daniel Smith

Cheap Joe’s Utrecht Art

 

The Geology of the Champlain Islands and Fossil Reef

Register NowMeeting Dates: Due to demand, this class is offered twice. See below.
Saturday, June 25 (This section is full)
Saturday, July 9 (Newly added section)
Meeting Time: 9:30-1 pm
Instructor: Laurence Becker
Location: North Hero Methodist Church Conference Room
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45
Materials:  A hand lens or magnifying glass.

 

Introduction to Zentangle

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesday, June 29
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:45 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Siccama
Location: Hills 17
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Join Carolyn, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), and be introduced to the creative art of Zentangle and leave with a solid knowledge of the basic principles of the Zentangle method. You will create an assortment of tangle patterns, using a simple step-by-step process, and finish two Zentangle tiles of your own. Once you have Zentangle skills, you will be able to create forever. It is fun and relaxing, intensifies focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. Zentangle is for everyone—you do not need to be an artist to create beautiful art. Fee covers all materials, including a Zentangle kit to take home.

 

Tai Chi for Life – Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, July 5-26
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Wirls
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $40  Non-Member: $70

This program is especially adapted for those with arthritis and lower back pain, and has been proven to help with balance. Recent medical research at major universities has shown it to reduce the rate of serious falls in older adults by more than 50%. It is fun to learn, and with regular practice, it can be an enjoyable practice for a lifetime. This class will get you started and help to keep you going by connecting you with other tai chi practitioners in the area. 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. Tai Chi for Life is a safe joint activity proven to reduce pain while you improve balance and agility, and increase lower- and upper-body strength. The instructor is trained through CVAA’s Tai Chi program, using Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Back Pain program, which is used worldwide.

The program is easy to learn, safe, and effective. For more information, you may go to www.taichiproductions.com.

 

Reading Shakespeare Aloud: Julius Caesar

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, July 6-20 and Friday, Aug. 6
Meeting Time: 5-6:30 pm
Instructor: Natalie Neuert
Location: Jeffords 112 (July) and Lafayette Hall L102 (August)
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Why are we so fascinated by Caesar, Brutus, Mark Antony, the Roman senate? Do they have contemporary parallels in American life? Perhaps Shakespeare’s most political play, it is so appropriate that we delve into Julius Caesar this election season. With other OLLI members, we will read the text aloud with the objective of understanding the complexities of this timeless story of ambition, betrayal, and political intrigue. In addition to reading and discussing the text aloud, we will also attend the Vermont Shakespeare Company’s production of Julius Caesar at the Royall Tyler Theatre in August and will have a special session with Artistic Director Jena Necrason prior to the performance. This will take place during our last session together which will be determined with the class. Ticket purchase and details discussed at the beginning of the session. Any standard annotated version of Julius Caesar is acceptable.

 

Beginning Yoga I

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, July 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Living and Learning Commons 315
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for new beginners older than age 50. Taught in a gentle and lighthearted way, it is easily accessible for any level of fitness. This series introduces participants to the basics of yoga, including the physical practice (asana), breathing practices (pranayama), and meditation. Students should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

 

Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursday, July 14
Meeting Time: 1-4  pm
Instructor: Elise A. Guyette & Gail Rosenberg
Location: Burlington Waterfront, Meet behind ECHO Center
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

On a two-mile leisurely walk, discover the history of Burlington’s early immigrant groups and their food traditions, when farm to table was a way of life. We will stop at five restaurants that serve local foods. A section of the walk is uphill on Main Street and may offer a challenge to some individuals.

 

Burlington Harbor Shipwrecks Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Saturday, July 16
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Elisa Nelson
Location: Perkins Pier, Burlington Waterfront
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

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.

 

Fisk Farm Tour

Register NowMeeting Dates: Sunday, July 17
Meeting Time: 1:30-3 pm
Instructor: Linda Fitch
Location: Fisk Farm, Isle la Motte
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Visit this heritage site that was once home of the prominent Fisk family. Enjoy live music, an art exhibit, and a visit to the Fisk Quarry Preserve, the oldest biologically diverse reef in the history of life on earth. Tea and pasteries included. Transportation to this farm is on your own.

 

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Register NowMeeting Dates: Monday, July 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7 pm
Instructor: Miv London
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $15  Non-Member: $25

Mindfulness has been receiving much publicity as research increasingly demonstrates its benefits, including lowering stress, alleviating anxiety and depression, improving attention and sleep, increasing self awareness and self acceptance, and improving a variety of medical conditions. In this class we will review what exactly mindfulness is and how it works. The formal practice of mindfulness meditation will be introduced, as well as informal practices that can be integrated into everyday life. Resources will be provided for exploring and practicing mindfulness on your own.

 

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Register NowMeeting Dates: Friday, July 22
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Dovid Yagoda
Location: Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road in Shelburne
Member: $65  Non-Member: $90

True North Kayak Tours is offering a three-hour instructional kayak seminar that will include paddling instruction, safety considerations, and basic boat handling. The program is taught by the American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union coaches with years of experience working with adult learners. Group safety, trip planning, and weather considerations are all covered in this introductory program. Participants will have opportunities to explore the natural wildlife of Shelburne Bay with experienced instructors and take in some of the natural history of Lake Champlain while learning these lifelong skills. Transportation to Shelburn access is on your own. All equipment and handouts provided.

 

A Day at Bleu Lavande, Stanstead, QC

Register NowMeeting Dates: Sunday, July 24
Meeting Time: 8 am-5pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Park and meet at 322 South Prospect Street in back parking lot.
Member: $75  Non-Member: $105

Experience the lavender fields of Bleu Lavande with Patsy Jamieson, OLLI member and culinary expert.  Leaving by coach bus early in the morning, the day will include a tour of the farm, a cooking demonstration and sampling, dessert provided by OLLI instructor, and free time to explore on your own. To learn more about Bleu Lavande, visit the Bleu Lavande website: www.bleulavande.ca/index_english.php. Proper paperwork to enter Canada required.

 

Quaker Made: Vermont Furniture 1820-1835

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, July 26
Meeting Time: 10 am-noon
Instructor: Jane Williamson
Location: Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

Join us for a gallery talk at Rokeby Museum’s 2016 seasonal exhibit Quaker Made: Vermont Furniture, 1820–1835. Curator/director Jane Williamson will guide us through the exhibit, offering historical background and exploring Quaker aesthetics in depth. Inspired by a religious devotion to simplicity, Quaker artisans grappled with the often conflicting demands of their meetings and the marketplace, and with their own artistic ideas and impulses as well. Rokeby Museum’s 2016 exhibit , Quaker Made: Vermont Furniture, 1820–1835, presents a unique collection of furniture crafted by Quaker cabinetmaker Stephen Foster Stevens along with his account books, diaries, letters, photographs, and other personal items. Born to Quaker parents in Montpelier in 1799, Stevens was trained as a cabinetmaker by another Friend. He opened a shop in Monkton, Vermont, in 1822 where he produced ordinary and utilitarian pieces for sale to his neighbors. His work, however, was marked by great talent and workmanship, suggesting that he could have pursued a more lucrative career making fine furniture elsewhere. Quaker Made explores Stevens’s Quaker beliefs and how they influenced the pieces he produced. Friends lived under the “testimony of simplicity” at this time and were expected to remain “plain” in their speech, clothing, furniture, and households. The exhibit presents an intimate look into the meaning of plainness for Friends. Transportation to the Rokeby Museum is on your own.

 

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