With Eclipse Glasses!


August 19 to 26, 2017
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2017 were
  Peter Shoults and Sue Penny

Peter Shoults
Peter Shoults Then (with brother Roy-in glasses) and Now
Sue Penny
Sue Penny

"Awakening To A New Consciousness"
Theme Speaker
Venerable Lama Konchok SonamVenerable Lama Konchok Sonam
Founder of the Jokhang Institute in Arlington, MA.

We are honored to have the Venerable Lama Konchok Sonam, founder of Boston’s Jokhang Institute, as our theme speaker.  Born in Lhasa, Tibet, he became a monk at 18.  In 1991 Lama Sonam was imprisoned by the Chinese government and after many years and several unsuccessful attempts, he finally escaped by walking across the Himalaya Mountains to India.  While in India, he received many teachings and blessings from over 25 great masters.  In 2003 he arrived in Boston to serve as the resident Lama at the Drikung Meditation Center in Arlington, Ma.  His vision is to build a Jokhang Temple in the USA modeled after the one in Lhasa, Tibet which is a World Hertage Site and considered to be the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet.  Lama Sonam hopes to preserve the rich heritage for the exiled Tibetan community.  Its aim is to be a place where understanding between all religions, cultures and people may flower, where spiritual seekers, scholars and the local community may freely experience and study Tibetan cultural and spiritual practices, art and architecture.  At LOAS II Lama will encourage us through meditation, chanting and teachings to awaken love, compassion and forgiveness as part of our daily lives.


By creating a Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site in the United States, the Jokhang Temple has taken a huge step in making Tibet's precious spiritual treasures available to the West, as well as helping Tibetan wisdom take root in a land outside of geographical Tibet, where it is imperiled.





Minister Of The Week:
Kimberly Quinn Johnson

Mary Heafy

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LOAS II Youth Group Team

Youth Coordinator:
Edie Crane

Kevin Flatt

Youth Group Leaders

Name: Malaga Group
Meets at: Louisa's Barn
Leaders: Mike Scott & Sally Hostetler
Name: Lunging Group
Meets at: The Kiddie Barn
Leaders: Gemma Scott & Lynne May
Name: Cedar Group
Meets at: Lawrence
Leaders: Dana Shoults & Scott Blaydon
Name: Duck Group
Meets at: Parker
Leaders: Toby Dills & Jess Robidoux

Name: Smuttynose Group
Meets at: Brookfield
Leaders: Mike Leger & Victor Finizio

Name: Appledore Group
Meets at: Marshman
Leaders: Ankur Matthew & Susan Haase

Workshops and Starbursts:

Week long classes offered daily

Nature Studio
Arthur Eves & Elizabeth Hutchinson

Spend the week making creative collaborations with our surroundings with art history professor, Elizabeth Hutchinson, and the Star Island naturalist, Arthur Eves.  Taking inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy, India Flint and other environmental artists, we will make sculptures, textiles, photographs and prints.  We will use materials gathered on the island – such as seaweed, shells, stones, bones, feathers, sticks, flowers and leaves – and ideas generated from observation at the microscopes, telescope and tanks at the Marine Lab.  Our goal is to gain insight into Star’s natural environment, to wonder at natural and scientific processes at work in the formation of both our materials and our finished objects, and to connect with our creativity.  Some of our projects might themselves become part of the Star landscapes during our week together.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
with Kristina Dallas

As a veterinarian Kris uses Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine every day at work!  In this workshop she will focus on Five Element Theory.  Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are constitutions that inform and predict what we were born with, who we are (both physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.) where our strengths and weaknesses lie, where our vulnerabilities lie health-wise, what kinds of success and challenges we have in relationships with other people (based on their primary element), even what time of year we are more likely to be well versus unwell.  It is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves, our health predilections and our challenges in relation to other people.  It is fun to learn, has a long, deep history in China, is easy to grasp at first, difficult to master!

Kristina also runs a political activism Facebook page with her brother. Check it out: CounterBalance

Patti Emmons

     Join us for an exciting and fun-filled workshop on basketry. You will learn about the different types of baskets and why they were typically made.

Brandywine & Napkin Basket     We will be making two types of baskets during the week. The first will be a square napkin basket where you will learn the terminology for basketry and the core basics of weaving a basket. This will take about two days. The second basket we will make will be the round Brandywine basket, which will take up the remainder of the week.
     You will be able to personalize your basket by either the size you want your basket to be and/or what color weavers you decide to use. Colors to choose from are navy blue, hunter green, red, or smoke. There will be a minimal fee for each basket kit to cover the cost of materials.

The Writing Circle
with Ellen Schmidt

     You don't need to call yourself a writer to come to the Writing Circle.  Here's all you need:  the willingness to connect with yourself and others, to surprise yourself and to listen attentively.  I guarantee a warm and supportive atmosphere. Each day there will be a new "spark"  to spontaneously kindle a languishing memory, a lingering thought, a sleeping story, waking into written words that you didn't know lay silent within you.
     "How do I know what I think till I see what I say?" (E.M. Forster).
     "Writing...is discovering." (Robert Frost).   
     You are welcome to come one, several, or every day. Please bring your favorite writing implement and a notebook.  I'll have a few extras, too.


Prayer flags, Mandalas and More!
with Candis Dixon

Candis Dixon*mandala
a cosmogram
a residence of deities
a world in harmony

*made present with

*in order to
focus the mind
contain chaos
reveal meanings
generate compassion
realize healing

*and ultimately
to demonstrate

in the art barn:
watch as a mandala
is created, then destroyed.
make a personal mandala.
create prayer flags together.
create a prayer wheel.
walk the labyrinth.
or just be there.

with Darlene Nadeau, M.S. M.Ed.

     Darlene’s gentle yoga classes are infused with breath awareness, acceptance, compassion, and mindfulness.  She has been teaching yoga since 2005 and integrates yoga traditions from Anusara, Iyengar, and Kripalu yoga studies. Darlene is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga and Pilates Instructor.

   Come experience yoga whether you are a beginner or experienced yogi.  You will experience an increase in breath awareness, more range of movement, improve postural alignment, relieve increase immune response, as you learn to relax and release tension, and much more. 

     Darlene enjoys connecting with supporting each person’s highest levels of wellness. She has a passion for learning, growing, and thriving. She also delights in art, travel, nature, gardening and dance. 


Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
Check The Chalkboard for days and times. Locations may vary.

Zumba with Izzy Byrne 
in Brookfield
Porch Talk: Debriefing and Reentry with Kristin Keefe 
on the Porch
Prayer Flags with Heather Troyer 
in Lawrence
Musical Awakenings with Diane Taraz 
in Marshman
Hamilton: Two Men and a Musical with Joanna Henderson 
in Elliot
Chi Qong with Pat Gorman & Tuna Flores 
in Elliot
Book Discussion with Jane Elkin: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
Purchase here, or Download Audible.com here
Henna Tattoos with Terri Behm 
in Lawrence
Improvisation with Carly Ball 
in the Pink Parlor
Critter Release with Arthur Eves and Lama Sonam 
from the Marine Lab
Article Discussion (TBD)
with Judy Samuelson
Tai Chi Light with Shelly Psaris 
on the Tennis Court each morning

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