OLLI At UVM

Welcome to OLLI at UVM!

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UVM is a community of adult learners who enjoy year-round courses and events that are diverse, interesting, fun, and affordable. Becoming a member of OLLI at UVM gives you a significant discount on courses, access to members-only seminars with engaging speakers, and exclusive benefits. OLLI at UVM is a self-sustaining organization supported by membership and course fees and a volunteer advisory board.

OLLI at UVM joins 124 colleges and universities in the United States that provide life-long learning opportunities to 50+ adults. In 2002, UVM received an endowment from the Osher Foundation establishing eight state-wide Vermont OLLI’s. Additional funding received in 2010 supported the start of our campus-based OLLI at UVM.

“Learning what you want to know, from an engaging instructor, just for the joy of learning:
what could be better than that?”

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 1-802-656-5817 or uvmolli@uvm.edu. We would be happy to assist you. Most courses are held at a convenient location on the UVM Campus with parking nearby.

Please note: Credit or refunds for any cancellations made less than 21 days prior to the start date of field trips involving Premiere Coach Bus transportation (trips to Montreal, Quebec, St. Johnsbury, etc.) will not be issued.

OLLI at UVM Course Terms and Conditions
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***OLLI members can register by clicking on “register now” buttons below. Not an OLLI member? You can still register for a summer class! Just call 1-802-656-5817 and our staff will be happy to assist.***

Summer Courses

Registration Is Open!

Beginning Yoga I Session 1

Meeting Dates: Mondays, April 27-June 29
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Amanda McIntire
Location: Livestream (click this link every Monday at 5:30pm)
Program Fee: FREE

This class serves as an introduction to yoga and is specifically designed for brand new 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: Yoga mat and loose fitted clothing

 

Beginner Ukulele-Level 1

Meeting Dates: Mondays, June 1-22
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Online
Program Fee: $35

Ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? In this light-hearted course, you don’t need any musical experience to have fun learning chords, strums, and techniques to begin your ukulele journey and gain confidence playing with others. No uke? No worries! Get one through one these local shops via mail or curbside pickup. This class is designed for ukuleles in the common high-G (“re-entrant”) tuning. Ukes in other tunings (including low-G and baritone ukes ) are welcome but ability to translate chords and tablature for yourself is needed.

Materials: Bring a playable ukulele and a clip-on electronic tuner or one on your smartphone (there are many free ones available). This class is geared for adults ages 18+.

  • Week 1: We will learn an easy tune with 3 chords that flow into each other. Using this song, we’ll learn about the mechanics of playing: holding the uke, strumming, getting your fingers to make the chord shapes, and singing.
  • Week 2: We will build on what we learned, answering questions that arose during the week, and introduce more songs that use the same chords to reinforce what we learned in week 1. We’ll introduce 2 more chords.
  • Week 3: We will learn 2 more chords and apply them and previous lessons to one or two new tunes that emphasize new strumming patterns. We’ll also touch upon fingerpicking and other fun ways to add fun texture to your playing.
  • Week 4: We will learn essentials for playing with others in jams and gatherings

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Mindful Organizing and Decluttering

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 2
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Suzanne Lourie
Location: Online
Program Fee: $15

Join Professional Organizer Suzanne Lourie, owner of Get It Done, LLC and explore how mindfulness can be a powerful tool to create a more peaceful, efficient and organized space. Learn practical steps to transform your clutter into calm by choosing what to keep and how to let go of stuff that is no longer serving you and how to maintain your mindfully organized space.

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Practicing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the Real World

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 3
Meeting Time: 11am-12:30pm
Instructor: Christopher Ulloa Chaves
Location: Online
Program Fee: $15

Truth, beauty, and goodness: what do they mean, and how can we experience them in the world we live in? Often, we come to understand that truth, beauty, and goodness are too esoteric, philosophic, or abstract to understand or apply in our own real worlds. This class will simplify these three universal concepts by exploring how they manifest or materialize themselves in our personal, professional, and communal worlds. Specifically, we will see how the need to apply critical thinking (truth), creativity (beauty), and goodness (ethics) to personal and professional opportunities and challenges can create greater wellbeing and justice in our world. Prerequisites for this class include an open mind, a love for discussion, and the intellectual humility to learn something new to apply in our world. A peer-reviewed article published by the facilitator titled Artes Liberalis: Philosophia Advancing Humanitas will serve as our common and discussion base.

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Writing Workshop: The Practice of Haiku full

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 3-24
Meeting Time: 4-5:30pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Online
Program Fee: $35

We will immerse ourselves in the tradition of haiku, beginning with Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki; expanding the canon to explore the many women writers of haiku, from Chiyo-ni on; and ending with modern English-language haiku, including Jack Kerouac, Richard Wright, and Marilyn Chin. Short excerpts of essays by R.H. Blyth, William J. Higginson, and Jane Hirshfield will be provided. Each week we will consider the related forms of senryu, tanka, renga, haibun, and lune, and aim to develop a practice of writing haiku. Reading will be provided the week before. During our Zoom sessions, we will discuss the reading for the first half hour, and for the last hour participants will share the haiku (or related forms) they have written for feedback. During the last two weeks participants are invited to work on a communal renga, alternating haiku with couplets.

  • Week 1: Haiku/Senryu (perceive)
  • Week 2: Tanka/Renga(pivot)
  • Week 3: Haibun(prepare)
  • Week 4: Lune(pare)

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Developing Tools to Create Wellbeing and a Balanced Life

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 11
Meeting Time: 11-12:30pm
Instructor: Ellen McShane
Location: Online
Program Fee: $15

Are you looking for equilibrium within your life? This interactive class offers various tools to promote a sense of wellbeing as you balance your life. Learn about affect labeling as you put your feelings into words, while you explore strategies to calm and nurture yourself. By developing awareness of your own and other people’s affects, feelings, and emotions, you will utilize empathy and compassion to strengthen your relationships with family and friends. A personal action plan will assist you in implementing the strategies from this class.

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Breathing Deep: Building Human Resilience In Troubled Times

Meeting Date: Tuesday, June 16
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Rob Williams
Location: Online
Program Fee: $15

The 21st century human species is facing challenges and opportunities unique to our global historical moment. Combining the latest learning in history, psychology, neuroscience, and basic breathing/mindfulness techniques easily learned and practiced at home, our course takes a “hands on” interdisciplinary approach to exploring how best to turn our challenges into opportunities, beginning with our selves.

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Illusions in Art and the Art of Optical Illusions – Sleights of Mind

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 18
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Michael Strauss
Location: Online
Program Fee: $15

Explore the connections between making art, looking at art, and how these activities relate to the science of optical illusions and other visual curiosities. Topics will include anamorphic and linear perspective, chiaroscuro (light and shadow), inattentional blindness, scanpaths and eye tracking, pareidolia (seeing imaginary faces), impossible structures, and many other visual curiosities. If you are are interested in the intersection of art and science, you will find this class of interest.

Materials: Small drawing pad with medium tip black marker

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Beginner Ukulele-Level 2

Meeting Dates: Mondays, July 6-27
Meeting Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Instructor: Clare Innes
Location: Online
Program Fee: $35

Do you have a little ukulele know-how at your fingertips? Want to take your abilities to the next level? Geared for adults who are comfortable switchingamong basic chords and keeping a steady strum, learn more strums and chords, gain skills for tackling unfamiliar songs with increased confidence, and become even more comfortable playing with others. If you have taken the beginner uke class, this is the perfect next step. This class is designed for ukuleles in the common high-G (“re-entrant”) tuning. Ukes in other tunings (including low-G and baritone ukes ) are welcome but ability to translate chords and tablature for yourself is needed. Being comfortable with these chords is not required but will help tremendously: G, G7, C, C7, D, F, A minor. Limited to musicians 18 and older.

Materials: Bring a playable ukulele and a clip-on electronic or smart phone tuner.

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Writing Workshop: The Music of Poetry  full

Meeting Dates: July 8-29
Meeting Time: 4-5:30 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Starks
Location: Online
Program Fee: $35

“Every poem is music,” Mary Oliver has said: “a determined, persuasive, reliable, enthusiastic, and crafted music.” With equal respect for enthusiasm and craft we will explore the overlap between music and poetry, beginning with a primer on meter, and then reading “lyric” poems that accompany, imitate, or discuss particular pieces or forms of music. Participants will be given a prompt to write a poem each week, or they can bring in a poem to revise, focusing on its music. A sampling of 10-12 poems/lyrics will be provided each week, along with short essays on sound in poetry. We will spend the first half hour of each class discussing the reading, and for the last hour participants can read and briefly respond to each other’s poems.

  • Week 1: Meter: Blank Verse
  • Week 2: Rhyme: Ballad
  • Week 3: Repetition: Blues
  • Week 4: Rhythm: Jazz

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Writing a Legacy Letter   FULL

Meeting Date: Thursday, July 9
Meeting Time: 5:30-7pm
Instructor: Jay Sherwin
Location: Online
Program Fee: $15

A legacy letter is a written document that allows you to share your life lessons, express your values and transmit your blessings to future generations. Writing a legacy letter is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for your children, grandchildren and other loved ones. This workshop includes discussion, brief writing exercises and advice to help you craft your own legacy letter.

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***OLLI members can register by clicking on “register now” buttons below. Not an OLLI member? You can still register for a summer class! Just call 1-802-656-5817 and our staff will be happy to assist.***