August 18 to 25, 2018
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2018 are
Kelly Schnur & Jane Shivas
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“We don’t stop
playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -
George Bernard Shaw
out and play with us on Star Island and explore the importance of play
in our lives, our children’s lives, our relationships and our work.
Discover what play means to you and let’s play together as
adults, as children, as families and as a community. Reconnect with your
youth and laugh with your children, your partner, your friends –
let’s have fun together.
theme speaker, John Keefe will explore how play fits into different
aspects of our lives. Over the course of the week he will offer the
Play on Star - Learn about games and fun on the island over the
last five decades, and get a glimpse of those lined up for this
Play at Work - Tips, tricks, and games to use at work to help
stimulate creativity, innovation, and a happier workplace.
Play at Home - Better
connect with your children and others you live with through subtle
and formal forms of play. We'll also talk about the latest
knowledge around the importance of play in human development.
Spiritual Play - How might we incorporate play and playfulness
into our spiritual development and practice?
Playing In Pairs - Couples
therapist and OWL instructor Kristin Keefe, LMHC, will lead an
adults-only conversation full of helpful ideas, a discussion about
resistance and obstacles, and information about how curiosity can
Play in the Internet Age - With
our screens we can compete against each other, build virtual
cities ... and grow distant from people right next to us. We'll
talk about how to better integrate recreational screen time into
join the fun!
are so very fortunate to have one of our very own LOAS2 family as our
theme speaker and lover of play! John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer
and coder who works at Quartz as
a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz's
breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid
prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny
tinkering company called Really
Good Smarts LLC. Before moving to Quartz, he was Senior Editor for
Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists to
find playful ways to approach data reporting and design -- and leading
"play days" at work for team experimentation. Keefe is the
author of Family
Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from
Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week
for a year. Keefe has led classes and workshops at Columbia University,
the New School University, and New York University. He was also an
Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of
Media. Keefe blogs at www.johnkeefe.net and
tweets as @jkeefe.
Minister Of The
Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA
Carol Thomas Cissel is the settled minister of the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA. She
holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion and a
Master of Science in Nonprofit & Association Management from the
University of Maryland, University College. Before moving to
Pennsylvania to join the UUFCC congregation, she served UU congregations
in Maryland, California, Washington State, Oklahoma, and New Jersey.
with others, as they make meaning out of their lives, is some of the
most important work I do. I am light on the journey and seek to help the
people I serve as they explore faith, embrace hope and lay claim to
their personal theology. My work is centered on helping others look
inward to grow their spirits, and then gaze outward, replenished and
ready to serve the world.”
CTC is passionate about Interfaith Activism, Seeking Justice, Crafting
Exuberant Worship, Prophetic Preaching, Travel, and Small-Batch bourbon.
She enjoys reading thrillers and contemporary poetry, day hikes and live
music in small venues (blues, folk, classic rock and a bit of country). Carol
also finds JOY in collecting the masterworks of Native American and
First Nations Peoples artists, rooting for the Washington Nationals
baseball team, parenting 2 amazing adult children and stealing kisses
from her delicious grandson Andrew as often as she can.
II Youth Group Team
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
with Ellen Schmidt
When we meet others we say where we’re from and what we do in life within the limited patterns of most social or
work settings. The Writing Circle is a refreshing way to discover different
aspects of yourself and others in a warm, inspiring, and supportive
I define a writer as someone who writes - so whether you are a seasoned
writer or would like to write for the first time, you are welcome to
come to this workshop.
Best of all, there is no wrong way to do this! Each day I provide a “spark”, an open-ended
invitation that will kindle your memories,
stories, and thoughts for a spontaneous short write. There is an opportunity, always optional, to share what you’ve just
written. I have found that we often hear ourselves for the first time when we read aloud.
You give a gift to listeners, who in turn give you a gift of attentive
and deep listening. Feedback is always kind, encouraging, honest, and specific. Each workshop day is unique so feel free to attend one day,
some days, or every day. Please bring your preferred writing implement and a notebook.
You can find out more here: Writing
Acting and Improvisation, we'll be learning the basic tenets of
acting, and will play with each other by "living truthfully in
imaginary circumstances", as a famous acting teacher said.
Getting in touch with your emotions and learning not to censor your
gut reaction can not only help with acting, presenting, and
interacting with people, but can help you learn a lot about
yourself! We will start by really learning how to listen and respond
to another person, then bring that into improvisation games and even
small scripted scenes. You can drop in to a couple of meetings just
to learn to open up and play, or come the whole week to build up a
whole new skill!
with Tanya Van Order & Beat Barblan
explore lifelong sexuality in all its glorious manifestations in a
covenanted, safe, open-minded and fun environment!
and Beat have been teaching OWL (Our Whole Lives) Sexuality
Education for over 20 years to youth at the Morristown Unitarian
Fellowship in Morristown, New Jersey. They are excited to facilitate
this universally interesting workshop to fellow shoalers at LOAS 2!
Together we will find meaningful, respectful, enlightening, and fun
ways to enhance our communication skills and continue to increase
our understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and
with Your Inner Child
year’s art workshop’s aim is to rediscover the unbridled
creative flow of a child. We will be doing group and
individual exercises and projects that aim to release our goal
oriented selves and purely create. We will paint from music, I
will lead you through guided abstract paintings, we will find
meaning in the meaningless. Come play with us in the Artbarn!
with Pat Gorman & "Tuna" Flores
Qi Gong is the classical series of movements, postures and
breathing that promotes health, healing, and inner tranquility.
Similar to and derived from classical T’ai Chi, these slow-motion
exercises and holding postures are practiced daily by millions worldwide.
This tradition is the lineage of Doctor and Professor Cheng
Man Ching, Master of the Five Excellences and Surgeon General of
China before the Cultural Revolution He came to New York’s
Chinatown in the 1970’s and founded a school open to all where he
taught the Yang style short form of T’ai Chi and assigned Five
Element Qi Gong moves to his patients specifically chosen to balance
their Body, Mind and Spirit.
Pat Gorman was an early follower and student of Professor and
his lineage and has been studying and teaching Qi Gong, T’ai Chi
and his Medical lineage for over 40 years. Pat and her husband Steve
“Tuna” Flores, both
Five Element acupuncturists, have been
teaching Qi Gong at the
UU in Bridgehampton for over 10 years and have also taught around
the U. S., the U.K. and Europe. They have written and produced the
highly acclaimed Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong DVDs. Last
year they presented a Starburst at LOAS 2.
This year, a comprehensive 5 Day program will be presented to
help persons identify and correct their own imbalances;
stay in sync with the changing seasons; help with stress and
adversity; and flourish in the midst of
today’s challenges. These slow, easy and often
playful movements and postures are invigorating and renewing for all
ages and stages of health. Experience and understand the Five
Elements within you. Smile with us in a fun and playful class,
imbued with real Classical Chinese Tradition. Pat and Tuna will help
you find and learn the Qi Gong moves, postures and breathing that
will be most beneficial to your own Body, Mind and Spirit.
with Denise Tinlin
workshop is a great place to start your yoga journey!
will explore the foundations of yoga in a fun, playful, inspiring,
comfortable, and judgment free atmosphere.
The format is open, so students will be encouraged to ask
questions throughout class. There
will be lots of hands on adjustments and simple modifications to
meet everyone’s needs. You
will learn simple breathing techniques, basic meditation techniques,
the foundation poses of Sun Salutations and basic transition poses
found in most yoga classes. Also, Yoga Nidra will be offered , Yoga
Nidra is a beautifully guided meditation which instills a sense of
internal peace and will leave you feeling incredibly relaxed ,
present and rejuvenated. This Yoga is open to all ages and levels of
is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of
spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and
focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be
who we already are." — Rolf Gates
Tinlin is a Yoga-Alliance certified teacher 500RYT with 200 hrs of
see yoga as a powerful tool that increases self-awareness and brings
peace and love to life. I aim to give students an awareness to
experience their mind, body and soul, both on and off the mat, to
encourage focus on breath as a way of being present. I believe
connecting with the spiritual side of yoga through meditation is key
to contentment and happiness and believe every person is unique and
should be seen, heard and kept safe.
Yoga practice has the ability to help us learn to accept ourselves
for who we are while continuing to grow. I believe that yoga is
truly for everyone and every body.
I strive to teach the balance between hard work, discipline
and relaxation. We are all interconnected, so let us come together
in this practice to understand ourselves and connect through the
breath to our mind, bodies, spirit and each other.
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Check The Chalkboard for days and
times. Locations may vary.
Dying for Adults
Tickle Me Fancy!
with Diane Taraz
hour of songs that made people smile in centuries past.
This is the antidote for those who think
that folk music is boring!
We will address adult themes, but cloaked
in the gentle vocabulary of the 17th and 18th centuries, so if your
kid is old enough to “get it,” then they are probably old
A Free Woman:
The Amazing Grace of Mum Bet
with Diane Taraz
In 1781, Elizabeth Freeman, known as
Mum Bet, sued for her freedom in a Massachusetts court, and
won. Join Diane for a look at the life and times of
this remarkable woman through the compelling songs that
surrounded her throughout her long life.
Songs of the Sea
with Diane Taraz
Sing-along chanteys, thrilling
ballads, and maritime lore about
pirates, shipwrecks, and adventure on the bounding
main — plus some fascinating Star Island history.
with Chris Blaydon
wonder how they did that? Made it from the Old World to the New
World without the internet or Google Maps? Join Chris and
learn the secret!
with Tom McGuinness
- Discussion of the book The Tools: 5 tools to help you find
Quiet & Solitude
with Tom McGuinness
We will sit, take a few deep breaths,
enjoy the quiet, interrupted only by short quotes about these two
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