August 16 to 23, 2014
"Civilized To Death"
II 2014 Chairs will be Ben Goodwin &
Laura Beth Brown
Please contact Ben first, as Laura Beth is currently on sabbatical.
How would a
time-traveler from our prehistoric past assess the lives we lead and the
future prospects for the path we’re on? Dr. Christopher Ryan will lead
us in conversation about how we live today in the context of how our
species evolved. What have we lost and what have we gained? Do we work
too much? Do we play enough? We’ll turn modern civilization on its
head and explore how we can all live better lives by deepening our
understanding of our prehistoric roots.
The Theme Speaker for LOAS II,
2014 will be Dr.
Christopher Ryan, New York Times best selling author of Sex
at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray,
and What it Means for Modern Relationships.
at Dawn from Amazon and read it BEFORE you get on-island!
You may also check out
Chris' TED talk Are
We Designed to be Sexual Omnivores?
of the Week:
Rev. Alison Miller from the Morristown (NJ) Unitarian
Alison Miller is delighted to be returning to Life on a Star II as
minister of the week. Alison
received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College in 1996 and her Masters of
Divinity from Harvard in 2003. She
has served as the minister of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship since
2005. Two spiritual themes that recur in her ministry are the
power of stories to shape both individuals and the community, and the
meaning of healing from a liberal religious perspective.
Alison is a lifelong Unitarian
Universalist with a passion to spread the good news of our faith.
She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the UU Church of the
Larger Fellowship, a global online spiritual community. Previously, Alison was heavily involved in youth, campus and
young adult ministries and helped to found several new ministries
targeting these ages ranges. She
was also a spokesperson and organizer for a UUA capital campaign to fund
youth and young adult programming.
is very engaged in interfaith and justice efforts in her local
community. She is the
current chair of the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ’s Public Policy
Network and a member of the first Board of Trustees for the newly merged
United Way of Northern NJ, a community impact organization focused on
Income, Education, and Healthcare.
Alison is a former chair of the Morris Area Clergy Council and
has been a leader in interfaith coalitions to advocate for immigrant
rights, marriage equality, and anti-gun violence legislation.
Coordinator: Commodore Patti Emmons
Floater: First Mate Cindy Wollman
Commodore Patti when the Scallywag Youth
happy, healthy, safe and having fun!
the mouse to see what she's like when the Scallywag Youth are
NOT happy, healthy, safe and having fun!
This year, there will be a PIRATE Theme for the
Pirates and More Pirates"
the pirates who plan on sailing their own ship to LOAS 2,
the coordinates are 42° 58' 5.88" N and 70° 37'
Group Youth Leaders
||Captains Jen Brandlon &
||Up to 3 y.o.
||Captains Jen LaBaire
& Dana Shoults
||Former Baby Barn
||Age 4 to Grade 1
||Captains Bill LaBaire
& Andrea Fruend
||Captains Toby Dills
& Jessica Robidoux
||Captain Victor FInizio
& Michael Leger
||Captains Anna Henschel
and Mike Millspaugh
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
Finding yourself in the
with Matt Meyer
learn about be introduced to rhythms and percussion instruments
from around the world.
We'll explore all kinds of world
music through lessons, freestyle playing,
stories, games, and discussion. We'll also look at
what music can teach us about identity, culture,
and the role of power and influence between races and nations.
Bring your own drums, if you have them; if you don't, we will
Meyer is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, a graduate of the
Berklee College of Music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana,
and Central America. Matt has lead hundreds services for UU
congregations across the country and lives in Boston where he plays
with several world music bands.
Matt serves on the UUA’s
Council for Cross-Cultural Engagement and is also a founding
board member and resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative, a
newly-formed Unitarian Universalist housing cooperative creating an
intentional community and a center for social justice in the Boston
on the Corporation:
With Judy Samuelson
Business is the most influential institution of our age. Can
we capture its power and influence to solve what seem like
Al Gore's review of Elizabeth Kolbert's new book "The
6th Extinction" he challenges the "hegemonic ideology
that exalts short term thinking and ignores the true long term cost
and consequences of the choices we are making in industry, policy,
and pollution." The changes in business needed to survive extinction are
not just about right and wrong, morality or ethics; they need
to engage the business model and business self-interest.
daily readings, we will be talking about promising conversations
taking place in both Board Rooms and Classrooms that connect
financial goals and sustainability goals - including a radical
rethink of the purpose of the corporation and how we measure
success in business.
Check out NPR
Book on "The
and the Subtle Body
with Julia Abramova
bodies are the vehicle in the physical world. But we are so much
more than just a physical body. The energetic fields that run
through us make up our subtle body that connects us to each other
and the universe at large. What is the relationship between the
physical and the subtle body? How do we awaken, balance and heal?
Join me for a week long yoga practice and discover a world of
chakras, nadis, koshas and vayus. Our practice will include asana
(physical practice), pranayama (expansion of life force energy
through breath), meditation and yoga nidra. Classes are designed as
an open level. So whether you are an experienced yogi or will be
taking a yoga class for the first time please come and share your
energy with us. Namaste.
Abramova, RYT, has completed her 200 hour training at Shiva Shanti
Yoga School. Practicing for over five years and studying directly
under the founder of Shiva Shanti, Felise Berman (Shivadasi), Julia
has gained a deep passion for teaching yoga. Julia has completed 100
hour training in The Kaivalya Yoga Method (TKYM) with the founder
Alanna Kaivalya. With compassion and non judgmental approach, her
classes are filled with vinyasa flows suitable for all levels.
Julia’s background in information technology and business
management enable her to bring strong leadership skills into the
classroom allowing her students to experience yoga in a safe and
trusting environment. Julia is also and Reiki Master and a Prenatal
Yoga teacher. Come join the class and learn how to leave the stress
behind and bring yogic life style to your everyday living.
and Qigong practices have become more and more popular in the United
States; the medical field has found increasing evidence that they
offer a wide range of healing effects. But to learn the
traditional Taichi such and Yang style and the Chen style remains
too complicated for many people. Taichi Light is a simplified
form of Taichi and it also combines some Qigong effect, and is
therefore more easily learned and practiced by many people,
especially the elderly and the convalescent. You may call it a
“snack” exercise that you could do at home, in the office, in a
hotel room, etc. without having to go to a gym of needing any
Taichi Light has been offered as
a morning exercise at LOASII for about 7 years and has been very
well received. But while it is good to spend an hour
practicing Taichi Light in the morning for a week out of a year, in
order to truly understand the idea behind Taichi, and to benefit
from it in the long term, there are a few things to learn and one
needs to practice it consistently. This year we are offering
this afternoon workshop to help you do it right and give you
incentive to carry it on
Taichi Light actually has three
parts: the movements, the breathing and the mental imagery. The
workshop will address the following aspects:
1. The correct way to
practice each of the 18 movement;
2. The abdominal
breathing method and how to synchronize breathing with the movement;
3. How to focus your mind on the exercise
by mental imagery;
4. The importance of consistent practice
and how to get into it.
Bio: Al came to the U.S. from
Hong Kong in 1963. After receiving his M.S. degree in
Journalism from Northwestern University, he worked for several
technical magazines and information services in the computer and
telecommunications fields before joining AT&T in 1977, where,
after a series of staff positions, was assigned as deputy managing
director of AT&T China in 1986. He retired from AT&T
in 1996 “to live his second life,” that’s when he got
interested in Taichi and insight meditation, among other things.
In 2002, Al began to redesign an existing simplified
Taichi exercise into a form that is convenient for English speakers
and called it "Taichi Light." He has been sharing
this exercise at Star every year since 2004 (starting with the Arts
Conference.) Al and Minda have three grown children and six
SOAP STONE CARVING
with Candis Dixon
If you have been to LOAS II in the last
decade, then you will know about fine powder all over the Lindquist
Deck. You will know about the extra Band-aids needed to finish the
project. You will have seen the hunched over artisans tenaciously
scraping away with some sort of file.
Join Candice and bring your muscles to create one of a kind
Candis Dixon makes and teaches art in Rhode
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)
with Rob Keithan
no one has more concisely captured our society’s fractured
relationship with religion and sexuality—and the fact that the two
are related—better than progressive country singer Butch Hancock.
He writes: “Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things:
One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in Hell. The
other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you
should save it for someone you love.” We know
that sexuality and faith can be incredibly positive and powerful,
but we also know that they can be deeply broken by judgment, shame,
and exploitation. This workshop will explore how to make sense of
this mess, with particular emphasis on how our liberal faith
can—and must—be a force for healing and justice.
Specific topics that will
covered include: a brief review of the interesting and twisted
history of religion and sexuality; reflecting on our own individual
stories; exploring (and doing!) some of the activities from the Our
Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education curriculum;
looking at non-heteronormative relationship and family structures;
an introduction to reproductive justice (and how it differs from
reproductive choice), and crafting a positive, religiously-grounded
vision of sexuality.
Rev. Rob Keithan is Director of Public Policy at the Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a national interfaith
organization dedicated to reproductive justice.
Previously, Rob served as Director of the Unitarian
Universalist Association of Congregations Washington Office, a
consultant to the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness
Ministries, and as a consulting minister at two Unitarian
Universalist congregations. Rob
has helped to develop and lead countless programs on advocacy and
organizing, and he has trained hundreds of facilitators to lead the
junior high and high school portions of the Our
Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education curriculum.
He is an affiliated minister All Souls Church Unitarian and
lives with his partner Mandy in Washington, DC.
Magical History Tour
Exploring the past through glorious
singing, with guitar and dulcimer.
One: Star Island Melodies
Music from our island's past as a fishing village, summer
resort, and conference center. We'll hear stories and songs
enjoyed by the residents of Gosport in the 1700s and 1800s, some
taken from the records of town meetings in our museum's library.
Enjoy songs and poems by Celia Thaxter and the artists she
drew to the Shoals, and poetry by Shoalers written in the 1930s
and 40s and set to music of the day, including selections by
Two: Songs of the Sea
A wealth of chanteys, nautical ballads, and maritime lore, including
lots of singing along and chilling stories of ghost ships,
shipwrecks, and pirates. There's no better place than Star
Island to sing about the bounding main!
Three: The American Revolution
We trace the path to 1776 through songs from both sides. The
Shoals were evacuated during the Revolution, which greatly changed
the nature of the town of Gosport as the country gained
Four: A Civil War Sampler
Vivid songs from a dark but inspiring time. I look at the war
through the power of "home" and focus on the experiences
of average folks from all walks of life.
Five: A Silver Dagger
Exploring women's history through the songs they used to speed
their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. We have few
records of ordinary women who lived hundreds of years
ago, but the songs they passed down are time capsules that give
us wonderful glimpses into their thoughts and lives.
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Technology and Star: Fundamental Clash or
Opportunity for Integration?
with John Keefe
Scheduled for Sunday and Monday
data and technology expert John Keefe will lead us in a discussion,
workshop, and survey around how the Star Island community is dealing
with constant changes in technology. Mixing with our week-long theme
of Civilized To Death, we hope to explore both the benefits and the
downfalls to our constant connection.
Woolwork Star Ornament
with June House
Scheduled for Monday
bring pre-cut stars in all kinds of wool, needlework yarns in all
colors, needles, and perhaps some fusable batting. Mix
and match patterns and colors to make unique star ornaments.
I'll also bring jewelry findings so that you can transform your star
into a brooch. Get started in the starburst, and take the
project with you to finish later. Materials not used
during the starburst session will be left out so you can make more
during the rest of the week, if you are inspired!
Please bring your own scissors, and I'll see what may be available
in the art barn. They'll only be needed for cutting the yarn.
Longwood Gardens Starburst
with Patti Emmons
Scheduled for Thursday
Join Patti Emmons (current volunteer at Longwood Gardens) for a
pictorial look at Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s premier
horticultural display gardens. We will just touch on some of the
hi-lights, including a brief history of how Pierre du Pont’s
summer home became Longwood. Learn about the five seasons of
Longwood and some of the 20 outdoors gardens and 20 indoor gardens.
Hear about their amazing water lily collection, the new 86 acre
Garden Meadow which opened this past June, the Conservatory, the
Pipe Organ with 10,010 pipes divided into 146 ranks, the Idea
Garden, the Open Air Theater, the Chimes Tower with a 62-note bell
carillon, the Orchid Display, the Main Water Fountain, and the
Italian Water Gardens with 600 water jets. Then, learn about little
known facts such as Indian Hannah, the last Indian from the local
Lenni-Lenape Tribe who was born on the Webb farm – which is part
of Longwood Gardens.
"Help Me with my
with Ron Cox
Scheduled for Tuesday
Ron will conduct a question and answer session to help people with
questions they have about their cameras, features, uses, limitations
and any other topic/issue that arises at the session on photography.
Do you have a camera that has features you do not understand or know
the value or when to use? Do you want to take a particular
type of photo but do not know how with your camera? Do you
have trouble getting certain kinds of photos?
Come and ask and learn. Or, come
and just experience the discussions.
Ron is an avid photographer in retirement. He uses 4
different cameras for particular situations unique to each
camera’s abilities. He is skilled with Photoshop and Lightroom.
Last year he led the Spiritual Photography workshop at LOAS II.
with Jeanie Lindquist
Scheduled for Sunday
there be a better place than Star Island to tackle one of your
UFO’s? Poor lighting, minimal electricity, cramped quarters,
BUT! We also provide supportive and sympathetic company,
incredibly beautiful and inspirational surroundings, and our
collective accumulated knowledge.
your own sewing project to work on and experience a mini retreat.
We’ll be in the same space, working on our own projects in a
beautiful setting with congenial company.
Lindquist sews and quilts as much as she can, and has fairly
extensive knowledge of sewing, piecing, and hand and machine
quilting techniques. While not a pro, she is happy to provide
opinions and suggestions if you get stuck. Knitters are always
welcome, although Jeanie can’t be much help turning a heel or
fixing a messed up pattern.
may be room for a couple of sewing machines – contact Jeanie
directly if you want to discuss the possibility of bringing your
open studio will start as a Starburst (one-time gathering) but we
expect it to grow like a fabric stash throughout the week.
with Mandy and Rob Keithan
Scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday
Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Eager to unlock your
inner acrobat? Join Mandy and Rob Keithan for a workshop of
balancing basics, learning to collaborate with one or more folks to
perform amazing feats and defy gravity! Please wear fitted,
comfortable clothing, and bring a sense of adventure! Mandy and Rob
Keithan are both instructors at Trapeze
School New York in Washington, DC, and look forward to sharing
their love of circus arts with the Star Island community.
Beautiful Sea Glass Jewelry
with Lynne Weintraub
Scheduled for Tuesday
Lynn will provide materials and demonstrate how to
make simple but elegant (faux) sea glass pendants. (Materials cost
$3 per pendant). If you wish, you can convert a pair of pendants
Scheduled for Thursday
Help: Aye, there's the rub!
tips tailored for your specific problems. Work
on those aching parts and allow them to relax. Come
alone or bring a partner.
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