August 18 to 25, 2012
Quest for Wholeness in Critical Times
years co-Chairs are Tanya
Van Order & Beat Barblan
(Beat is obviously NOT playing the Ukulele in the photo.)
The Theme Speaker for LOAS II,
2012 will be Stefano Carta
Carta, internationally recognized Italian Jungian scholar, will discuss his
views of the fundamental tenets of Jungian psychology, focusing on its
approach to the particular "nature" of "human
nature", a personal reflection on feeling, meaning, beauty and God
by a religious non-believer. These discussions will be illustrated by
myth and story telling, music and film, images, and alchemical and
is a professor of Dynamic Psychology and Developmental Psycho-dynamics
and Family Relationships at the University of Cagliari, Italy. He is an
analytical psychologist and the President of the Italian Association of
Analytical Psychology (AIPA) for the years 2002–6. He is also trained
in systemic therapy and Gestalt therapy, of which he is a certified
trainer. He was the President of the Italian Society of Psychology for
the years 1998 to 2000. He is on the Board of several Italian and
international Journals. He has been the representative for Italy at the
international Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS), and is a member
of the national board for the certification of specialization institutes
for psychotherapy. He is a consultant for the Centre for Trauma,
Asylum and Refugee Studies at Essex University (UK). He has written
several books and more than 80 articles on psychotherapy, family relationships,
and clinical psychology. He lives in Rome with his wife Beth, his
daughter Emma and their dog Lucky.
of the Week:
delighted to have joining us again as Minister of the Week the Reverend
Libby Smith, a lifelong Unitarian and minister at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Lower Bucks, PA
grew up in the Unitarian Society of York (Pa.) -- now called the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York -- where her mother is still
an active member. She attended Tufts University, graduating with a BA in
English in 1983. Libby
spent the following five years working in Religious Education in
Columbia, Md., while tending bar on the side to pay rent. In 1988, Libby
attended Harvard Divinity School, where she received her master's in
1992. She spent a year as Interim Minister in Rockport, Mass., before
moving to Bucks County to accept the call to BuxMont Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship. After eight years as a settled minister, Libby
accepted a half-time position as Chaplain at Unitarian Universalist
House, a small nursing and assisted living facility in the Germantown
section of Philadelphia until 2010, when she took on her current
|YOUTH COORDINATOR: Mary Heafy
||Allison Will and Jen LaBaire
||Bill LaBaire and Eric Marean
||Tobey Dills & Edie Crane
||Victor Finizio & Melinda Hildreth-Honkala
||Ankur Mathew and Lynn Coakley
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
"How do I know what I think till I see what I say?"
(EM Forster) Everyone is welcome, whether you consider yourself a writer or have never written. Enjoy the magic of writing from the heart in a warm, supportive, and stimulating environment. The Writing Circle is a great way to connect creatively with yourself and others in surprising ways. Each day there will be a new spark, a special stimulus, that is practically guaranteed to ignite your creative energies. Come one, several, or every day. The Writing Circle has proved to be a wonderful way to discover and appreciate each other as well as a time for individual reflection, invention, and pleasure. Ellen Schmidt teaches writing in Ithaca,
SOAP STONE CARVING
mutability of stone teaches that things aren’t what they seem.
Winkling between viewpoints, we see one aspect and another and
another, each resolving seamlessly into the next. I think there are
parallels with how we see people: as we go beyond a superficial view
they morph into multi-faceted beings that constantly surprise us.”
(Arthur Eves, LOAS 2)
Candis Dixon makes and teaches art in Rhode
for All Abilities
Take time to restore and rejuvenate your mind, spirit, and body with
Hatha yoga. This gentle and mindful class teaches
safe, calming, and rejuvenating postures that are manageable
for beginners and beneficial for more able bodied students as well.
This class is supportive for individuals who may have stiffness, aches
or pains, or chronic illness. Chairs, blankets, and ties will be
available as helpful props to assist you. Adaptations of postures will
be suggested for modifying the experience for your own abilities.
Classes include breathing exercises, warm
ups, gentle postures, and conclude with a deep relaxation. You’ll
increase body awareness as you deepen your breathing and improve
alignment while learning foundational yoga postures. You’ll
learn to reduce pain, improve joint mobility, enhance posture and more
as you release tension and revitalize yourself.
Wear comfortable loose clothing and
open yourself for a compassionate, nurturing yoga experience.
Flow Yoga Workshop
six-session vinyasa workshop will be geared toward those who have some
experience with yoga. However, modifications will be offered for
beginners. The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali will be our philosophical
focus for the week. Mantra and music included!
Laura Beth Brown has trained
intensely at Shiva Shanti Yoga School for the past nine months as part
of the 200-hour yoga teacher certification program studying directly
under Felise Berman (Shivadasi). Shiva Shanti Yoga lineage includes
Jivamukti and the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India. Laura Beth
brings to her teaching twelve years of personal practice along with a
decade of experience as a professional religious educator with a
strong focus on world religions. She emphasizes the spiritual aspects
of yoga along with the physical weaving yogic philosophy into her
vinyasa-based classes. With a background as a professional singer and
performer, she also enjoys incorporating mantra and music into her
Do you have a
garden in your yard that you are having difficulty with? Would you
like to add a new garden? Or, would you like to create a garden design
plan for your entire yard?
If so, this
workshop is for you. You are encouraged to bring picture(s), plot
plan(s), or layout(s) of the areas of your property
you would like to
improve. Throughout the week we will spend each day working on your
project along with covering a range of fundamental landscape concepts
and Don’ts – whether designing your own garden or hiring a
landscaping company, learn the basic elements of design – line,
form, color and texture - and how they interrelate to create a
beautiful planting design with balance, repetition and cohesiveness.
the correct plants, including spacing, planting, maintenance, pruning
to design a green roof –what you need to build a green roof on your
home, porch, garage, shed, dog house or birdhouse.
habitat designs – how to provide shelter for beneficial creatures
and support the local food web. Learn how and why it is important to
create and improve habitats in our gardens for our birds, butterflies
with conifers – how to make the right choice when selecting conifers
for home landscapes or integrating them into mixed borders.
Creating a water garden in a 20 gallon container for your deck or
All of the supplies
needed to draw the designs for the gardens will be supplied.
Emmons holds a Certificate of Merit in Landscape Design from Longwood
Gardens in Kennett Square, PA and is a certified wildlife habitat
Tai chi Light
Join Al Chu each morning at 7 am
for Tai chi Light! Tai chi is beneficial to everyone, regardless
of your age or physical ability. Consider the benefits for
people with arthritis or diabetes: In a study from Tufts
University School of Medicine, people over 65 with knee osteoarthritis
who took tai chi exercise classes twice weekly for 12 weeks
experienced less pain and had improve physical function, compared to a
group that did stretching and got counseling. A second study,
from the University of Florida School of Nursing, looked at
people with type 2 diabetes who took tai chi classes twice a
week, with three days of home practice a week, for six months. Those
who adhered to the program significantly lowered their blood sugar and
also managed the disease better than those who did not stick with it.
Tai chi's effect n diabetes control is similar to that of aerobic
exercise, the researchers concluded." --U.C. Berkeley Wellness
Al Chu has been leading Tai chi Light at LOAS 2 for six
"This workshop will explore
groove-based music, especially funk, soul, and Afrobeat, and the
various elements and layers that make it irresistible. It will
include both a listening and a playing component, as well as
discussions around each. Non-musicians should not be scared off
by the playing component - everyone will be encouraged to participate
if they want to, no matter whether it's on an actual instrument or
using found percussion, and no matter how simple the part. In
fact, often simple is better - an idea that will be explored in this
music. The workshop will have a substantial amount of
flexibility for those participating to help shape the direction it
Robin Schmidt looks
forward to sharing some of his favorite music with you. He is a
musician in NYC. His website is www.robinschmidt.com and
his Afro-Funk band is at www.ikebeshakedown.com."
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Transitioning Your Body
you need to know about Do Not Resituate orders (DNR), living
wills, power of attorneys and health care directives.
your wishes with your family.
it is important to research funeral homes in your area and have
a plan in place.
the details of your insurance policy if you plan on your family
using that money for your burial or cremation.
legal areas your family will need a certified copy of a death
is considered your next of kin.
SAME BODY – SAME JEANS – 12
This Old Shoaler (in
the over 50 age group) transformed herself by following the Body for
Life 12 Week Challenge. Learn
how you too can burn fat and build muscle and get back into your
“skinny” jeans. Other
benefits include an increase in energy and endurance.
This proven program works for men and women of all ages.
In this Starburst Workshop, the presenter (whose identity will
be revealed at the Conference) will describe the diet and exercise
basics about this program – and the things about it that make it
easier to follow than other diets the presenter has tried over the
Chinese Dumpling Making
Al will need four helpers to assist him in this
hands-on Starburst which will culminate in a delicious treat to be
served at social hour! Others interested in Chinese dumpling making
can watch as Al walks us through the steps of creating the perfect
Chinese dumpling. Al will provide recipes for all to take home.
Communication in Practice
conversation about the difficulties and rewards of partcipating
in a NVC practice group - how to start one - where to find
resources and why it is ultimately a spiritual practice with far
reaching impact in one's life and community.
Play The Blues Harmonica
the world of making blues harp music during this fun
filled Starburst. For five dollars you will receive a diatonic
harmonica in the key of C. You will also receive a CD that
contains a mix of blues harp songs by various artists. All of
these songs will employ a harp in the key of C for you to jam with
when you get home. I will also provide you with some written
materials to help in your ongoing practice. All participants
will walk away with the ability to jam a simple but effective
percussive, rhythm on a twelve-bar blues song. A
guitarist will be accompanying me to the lesson to help make this
happen. Be part of the music scene on the porch this year.
I look forward
to seeing you there. Kids are welcome to attend as well.
Painting of the North Atlantic Coast
know the beauty of Star Island inspired poet Celia Thaxter and her
friend, the painter Childe Hassam. Come look at some other
paintings made in this area in the nineteenth and early twentieth
century by painters such as Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and
Marsden Hartley. We'll talk about ideas about science,
spirituality and human history that inspired the painters during
different moments in American art history.
Click for larger image
to Your Kids About Sexuality
your kids are sexual beings. No, you cannot just stick your head in
the sand and hope that the teacher will take care of talking to them
about it. You, yes you, are the primary sexuality educator for your
child, whether you talk to them about sex and sexuality or don't. So
take a deep breath and join the conversation. Leave behind your image
of that awkward "big talk" your parents may have tried to
have with you, and learn to:
* identify teachable moments
* infuse your normal, daily, family interactions with age-appropriate
information about sexuality
* become an approachable parent
This workshop is for parents of children of all ages.
The Dance of
Language in Air Traffic Control and Aviation Maps
Did you ever wonder
how pilots seem to know what air traffic control is saying when it
all sounds like complicated gibberish? Did you ever wonder how
pilots know how to fly without getting lost - okay, most of the
time? This Starburst will show you that it's really a
well-orchestrated dance, and much safer than driving.
Dance Choir –
Let It Be
Join Pam Cole to
learn the movements for a simple choreographed dance meditation done
to the song "Let It Be" (as choreographed by Donna Renfro,
the Director of Religious Education at Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Northern Westchester). The dance and movements are
easy and fun and open to people of all ages and all
capabilities. Come and learn to move together. Dance
sets the spirit free!
The History of Ellis Island in Pictures
Over sixty slides tell the fascinating story
of people who arrived at Ellis Island between 1897 and 1922. Immigrants
were photographed upon landing, moving through the inspection process
of screening and examination, often treated and then either released
to Manhattan or sent back to their native country. Pictures
include the staff of interpreters, inspectors, physicians and nurses
doing the work on the island. Accompanied by commentary, this presentation
takes an hour.
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