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.

Musee des Beaux Arts Tour of the Marc Chagall Exhibit & Atwater Market Visit

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, May 20
Meeting Time: 8 am -5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect for Premier Coach Bus Transportation
Member: $90  Non-Member: $120

Enjoy a private tour of this large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition, which explores—for the first time—the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). This exhibit includes 400 works—paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes, and puppets—many of which are little known to the public. We’ll then visit the Atwater Market. Premier coach transportation provided.


Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesdays, June 7-28
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Mann Hall 005, Gymnasium
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This introductory yoga course 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. Participants should wear loose, but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat.

Materials:  Students should wear loose but fitted clothing and provide their own yoga mat.

Wildlife Tracking – Reclaiming Our Shared Humanity

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, June 7
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Mike Kessler
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $20  Non-Member: $30

We were not born too late to track like the ancient trackers. Because we have been conditioned to look for the wrong thing, the wrong way, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, we are often the tracking equivalent of someone trying to run with their shoes tied together on the wrong feet. This presentation gently, yet dramatically, launches participants upon their individual paths to becoming master trackers. Indoor discussion is followed by outdoor exploration to survey the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of the lost art of tracking. Once aware of our amazing sensory capabilities and shared birthright as trackers, the inexhaustible journey into the world of wildlife tracking begins.

No prior experience is necessary, and often preferred. Only an open mind, open heart, and respect for others is required.


What’s in a Bird Song?

Register NowMeeting Dates: Wednesday and Saturday, June 14 & 17
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 5:30-7 pm and Saturday, 8 -10 am
Instructor: Maeve Kim
Location: Aiken 112
Member: $35  Non-Member: $55

Bird watchers and non-birders alike feel delight when birds start announcing, “Spring is here!” Bird songs and calls add a rich dimension to our enjoyment of nature. In this class, learn how and why birds make so many different sounds. On Saturday, we’ll take a field trip to a nearby park, with an emphasis on quiet listening and enjoying. Transportation to Saturday field trip is on your own.

  • Week 1: Indoors class with lots of pictures and sounds of Vermont’s beautiful nesting birds
  • Week 2: Field trip

Natural History of Local Trees

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesdays, June 20 & 27
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Jacob Holzberg-Pill
Location: Oakledge Park, 1 Flynn Avenue, Burlington
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

In this outdoor class at Oakledge Park we will identify some of our common regional trees and discuss traditional and modern uses of each species. The tree identification skills we develop will provide you with the tools to identify trees you encounter at home and out on walks. Trees are the foundation of our local ecosystems, and learning more about them is the perfect way to build naturalist skills. This course is perfect for anyone curious or passionate about nature. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Transportation to Oakledge Park is on your own.

End of Life Options in Vermont

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, June 21
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $20  Non-Member: $40

Understand the history of end-of-life rights and discuss legal end-of-life choices in Vermont, including voluntary stopping of eating and drinking, refusing unwanted medical treatment, and Act 39, Vermont’s death with dignity law. We will also review the various advance directive forms.

“All Men Are Created Equal”: Proverbial Rhetoric in the American Democratic Tradition

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, June 22
Meeting Time: 2:30-4 pm
Instructor: Wolfgang Mieder
Location: UVM Alumni House, 61 Summit St., Burlington
Member: $15  Non-Member: $30

This presentation looks at the origin, dissemination, history, and meaning of the quotation turned proverb, “All men are created equal.” It is traced from Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence to its sociopolitical employment by major American figures like Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama. It is also referenced in literary works, such as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  We’ll discuss parodies in the form of modern anti-proverbs and its use in cartoons and advertisements, expressing the imperfections of humankind.

Berry Bounty

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, June 24
Meeting Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Patsy Jamieson
Location: Essex Resort & Spa Kitchen, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Celebrate summer’s beautiful berries in this hands-on cooking class! Discover recipes, such as a berry salad dressing, velvety strawberry mousse, and comforting French clafoutis. We’ll also discuss methods for making jam and preserving berries. Join Patsy Jamieson for a fun, informative morning cooking with OLLI friends. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and tie hair back, if necessary. Transportation to Essex Resort and Spa kitchen is on your own.

Montreal Botanical Garden Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Sunday, June 25
Meeting Time: 8 am -5 pm
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Meet at 322 South Prospect Street for Premier Coach bus transportation.
Member: $85  Non-Member: $120

Enjoy a day strolling through the Botanical Gardens of Montreal, including a guided tour of the Rose, Japanese, and Flowery Brook and Lilacs Gardens. Premiere coach bus transportation included. Eat at the small café on site or pack a lunch.

Burlington Edible History Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, June 29
Meeting Time: 1-4 pm
Instructor: Elise Guyette
Location: Meet behind ECHO buildling, 1 College Street, Burlington, facing the waterfront.
Member: $50  Non-Member: $75

During this three-hour tasting and walking tour, we travel back in time to when Burlington was a bustling village, and farm to table was a way of life. We discover the many cultural groups that built the Queen City of Vermont and eat at five restaurants committed to serving farm fresh foods. Most of the two-mile tour is on flat terrain, but one section is uphill from Maple St. to Church St. and may offer a challenge to some.

Tour VT Statehouse and VT Historical Society Museum Visit

Register NowMeeting Date: Thursday, June 29
Meeting Time: 10 am -12 noon
Instructor: OLLI Staff
Location: Vermont State House, 115 State St., Montpelier
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Vermont State Curator, David Schutz, will lead a private tour of the Vermont State House, one of the oldest and best preserved of our nation’s state capitols. Explore the Representative’s Hall, the Senate Chamber, The Governor’s office and the Cedar Creek room furnished in American Empire, Renaissance Revival, and Rococo Revival styles. Walk next door to the Vermont Historical Society museum for a brief introduction and self-guided tour featuring the award-winning Freedom and Unity exhibit with VT history from 1600 to the present. Transportation to Montpelier to both locations is on your own. Note: David Schutz’s recently published book, Intimate Grandeur: Vermont’s State House will be available to purchase and signed by David.

Beginning Yoga I Session 2

Register NowMeeting Dates: Mondays, July 3-31
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Jeffords 127
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

This introductory yoga class 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. Participants should wear loose, but fitted clothes and provide their own yoga mat. No class on July 10.

French For Travelers

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, July 6-27
Meeting Time: 10-11:30 am
Instructor: Alysse Anton
Location: Living and Learning A 102
Member: $60  Non-Member: $90

Learn to navigate French-speaking cities, order delicious food, and find cultural hotspots without feeling lost (literally and in translation…) when you travel to Montréal, Québec City, or one of the 35 other lands where French is spoken. Fantastique!

  • Week 1: Greetings & General Polite Expressions
  • Week 2: Number Practice (oral): Understanding prices, asking/telling time, phone number, and date of birth
  • Week 3: Directions: Learn the name of places in a city, Ask for/Follow directions
  • Week 4: At the restaurant: Menu vs. Carte, order of dishes in a typical French meal, how to order food in a restaurant

Strength and Conditioning

Register NowMeeting Dates: Thursdays, July 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Instructor: KC Bruch
Location: Jeffords 112
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Explore functional exercises that can help in everyday life using body weight training and weighted exercises.  People of all abilities are welcome, accommodations will be available if needed! Bring one set of 3-5 lb. dumb bell weights, a yoga mat and a small mini loop resistance band.

Switchback Brewery Tour

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 8
Meeting Time: 3-4:30 pm
Instructor: Switchback Brewery Staff
Location: Switchback Brewery, 160 Flynn Avenue, Burlington
Member: $20  Non-Member: $35

Join us at Switchback Brewing Company for a tour led by long-time Brewer, Dan Tomaino. Dan will guide us through the facility and the processes that make Switchback unique from start to finish, from brewing to packaging. Afterwards enjoy a brewer-led tasting of four of their beers in the Tap Room.

Introduction to Mah Jongg

Register NowMeeting Date: Monday, July 10
Meeting Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Laurie DiCesare
Location: Aiken 102
Member: $30  Non-Member: $45

Mah Jongg is the ancient Chinese tile-trading game of winds, dragons, and numbers. In this introductory session, we’ll play an American version that includes flowers and eight to 10 jokers. Starting with a simplified form of the game, players pick up, trade, and discard tiles to form a winning hand and declare, “Mah Jongg!” We’ll name the tiles, demonstrate a few easy winning hands and tile trades, then play one or two slow-paced games, answering questions throughout. No memorization is needed, as the possible winning hands are displayed in front of you, but awareness of what’s going on around you is helpful and develops through playing.Mah Jongg sets and hand-outs will be available for participants to use.

History Tour of Burlington – Session I

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 15
Meeting Time: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm
Instructor: Gary De Carolis
Location: Meet at the Battery Park Parking Lot.
Member: $55  Non-Member: $80

Learn about Burlington’s history from 1609 through the War of 1812, how it grew from a hamlet to a town, village, and finally a city in 1865, up to present day. We’ll discuss unique features of Lake Champlain and why Native Americans treasured this area. Visit key landmarks and even a few little-known spots that played an important role in the development of Burlington, and gain an appreciation of the city’s political life.

Gary de Carolis is a great storyteller, who will make Burlington’s history come alive on this fun and informative two-hour tour. It is bound to leave the participants with anew outlook on this special city.  Transportation by van provided.

Completing an Advance Directive

Register NowMeeting Date: Wednesday, July 19
Meeting Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Waite-Simpson
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $20  Non-Member: $40

This course is open to all, but participants will benefit from having taken Linda’s End of Life Options course. We will review in detail an advance directive form, including how to register the completed form with Vermont’s registry. We’ll also examine Vermont’s DNR/COLST forms and practice discussing your choices with doctors and family.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

Register NowMeeting Date: Friday, July 21
Meeting Time: 9 am-noon
Instructor: Dovid Yagoda
Location: Meet at Shelburne Bay Fish and Wildlife access on Bay Road in Shelburne.
Member: $75  Non-Member: $95

True North Kayak Tours is offering a three-hour kayak seminar that includes paddling instruction, safety considerations, and basic boat handling.  The program is taught by coaches from the American Canoe Association and British Canoe Union who have years of experience working with adult learners. Group safety, trip planning, and weather considerations are all covered in this introductory program. Explore the wildlife of Shelburne Bay with experienced instructors and take in some of the natural history of Lake Champlain while learning these lifelong skills. All equipment and handouts are provided, but you can bring your own kayak if you have one.

Adventures in Monochromatic Mediums

Register NowMeeting Date: Saturday, July 22
Meeting Time: 9:30 am -3 pm
Instructor: Jean Carlson Masseau
Location: Jeffords 100
Member: $80  Non-Member: $110

Using easy-to-draw botanical subjects, discover the beauty of working with a variety of values within a single color in this one-day intensive workshop. Instruction will focus on value and composition as important concepts, including generous use of visual examples to inspire and reinforce understanding. Observation tips will facilitate the process of drawing a simple botanical subject, resulting in a finished piece with warm sepia tones, using walnut ink, brushes, and ink pens. After lunch students will learn about additional limited-color mediums and create another small monochromatic drawing. Emphasis will be on beginner-friendly subjects. All drawing abilities welcome.

A $10 fee is included for materials provided by the instructor, Jean Carlson Masseau, and students will be given a short list of supplies to bring to class. Bring a bag lunch. Jean’s work may be seen on her website,

Amazing Odonates: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Register NowMeeting Dates: Tuesday, July 25 and Saturday, July 29
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturday, 10 am-noon
Instructor: Laurie DiCesare
Location: Jeffords 110
Member: $40  Non-Member: $60

Dragonflies and their diminutive “cousins,” the damselflies, are amazing creatures. Spending up to several years as voracious underwater hunters, they emerge to become “Mosquito Hawks,” top insect predators of the air. During this workshop, we’ll talk about their history and folklore, add a bit of biology and ecology, and take a closer look at some of our beautiful and abundant local species. We’ll discuss their elaborate and varied mating rituals (patrolling, tandem flight, the wheel, and egg laying) and learn how to observe, identify, and photograph them. We’ll also talk about their values and the importance of preserving their wetland habitats. On Saturday, apply your skills on site at the Gilbrook Reservoir in Winooski. Transportation to the reservoir is on your own. Raindate for field trip is Sunday, July 30, 10am-noon.



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