August 18 to 25, 2018
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2018 were
 Kelly Schnur &  Jane Shivas

Kelly Schnur

Jane Shivas  

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -
George Bernard Shaw

Come 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.

Our 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 following conversations:

Sunday: 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 year.  Monday: Play at Work - Tips, tricks, and games to use at work to help stimulate creativity, innovation, and a happier workplace.  Tuesday: 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.
Wednesday: Spiritual Play - How might we incorporate play and playfulness into our spiritual development and practice?  Thursday: 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 help. Friday: 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 our lives.

Come join the fun!

Theme Speaker

John Keefe at workWe 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 and tweets as @jkeefe.


Minister Of The Week:
Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel
UU Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA

Rev. Carol Thomas CisselRev. 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.

"Walking 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.”

Rev. 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.


Mary Heafy

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LOAS II Youth Group Team

Youth Coordinator:
Anna Henschel

Nancy Dorrans

Youth Group Leaders

Name: Malaga Group
Ages:  Pre-K (ages 0 to 4)
Meets at: Louisa's Barn
Leaders: Ginger O'Neill & KC Kehoe
Name: Lunging Group
Grades:  K to 1st Grade
Meets at: The Kiddie Barn
Leaders: Jennifer Whitten and Bill Labaire
Name: Cedar Group
Grades: 2nd through 4th Grade
Meets at: Lawrence
Leaders: Dana Shoultz & Scottie Blaydon
Dana Shoultz Scott Blaydon
Name: Duck Group
Grades:  5th & 6th Grade
Meets at: Parker
Leaders: Toby Dills & Jessica Robidoux
Toby Dills Jessica Robidoux

Name: Smuttynose Group
Grades:  7th through 9th Grade
Meets at: Brookfield
Leaders: Victor Finizio & Mike Leger

Mike Ledger

Name: Appledore Group
Grades:  10th through 12th Grade
Meets at: Marshman
Leaders: Ankur Mathew & Jessica Falconer

Workshops and Starbursts:

Week long classes offered daily

The Writing Circle
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 environment. 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 Room Workshops

Acting and Improvisation
Alexandra Landau

In 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!

Adult OWL
with Tanya Van Order & Beat Barblan

Come explore lifelong sexuality in all its glorious manifestations in a covenanted, safe, open-minded and fun environment!

Tanya 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 sexuality. 

Painting with Your Inner Child 
Liz Wilson

This 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
(both M.Ac.)

          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.

Yoga for All
with Denise Tinlin

This workshop is a great place to start your yoga journey!

We 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 experience. 

"Yoga 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

Denise Tinlin is a Yoga-Alliance certified teacher 500RYT with 200 hrs of additional training. 

I 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. 

The 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.

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

Henna Tatoos
with Terri Behm
Tie Dying for Adults
with Jessica Robidoux Leger

Tickle Me Fancy!
with Diane Taraz

     A playful 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 enough.

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.


Celestial Navigation
with Chris Blaydon

Ever 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

Procrastination - Discussion of the book The Tools: 5 tools to help you find courage.

Quiet & Solitude

with Tom McGuinness

We will sit, take a few deep breaths, enjoy the quiet, interrupted only by short quotes about these two virtues.

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