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2014 Workshop & Event Calendar

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Please register for workshops & events when you make your overnight or day visit reservation. Register online or call
518-668-9690. We can only notify you of schedule changes or cancellations if you register in advance!

Workshop/Class Passbooks may be purchased by calling 518-668-9690. $70 for a booklet good for 10 classes.  Single classes/workshop will cost $8.00 unless otherwise noted.



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Sun, Aug 17 - 20, 2014
SoulCollage Retreat (2:00 PM - 12:00 PM)

SoulCollage is a process of discovery, play and community art making where we intuitively choose images and create small collages, eventually creating a deck of "cards", each card a "mirror of self and soul". Working with images allows us to express ourselves & souls in a way that deep play, creativity, and reflection.

We will work with SoulCollage - making cards, doing readings, exploring the Committee and Companion Suits, while allotting time for swimming, dreaming, walking and relaxing in between. Open to all from beginners to those more experienced with SoulCollage. Bring your cards, you sense of wonder and prepare to relax and renew!



To register contact:
Carolyn Kay Bradley carolynb28@gmail.com 518-441-6468
Judith Prest jeprest@aol.com 518- 895-8001


Retreat Leaders
Carolyn Kay Bradley, Ed. S. is a retired school counselor with specialties in building school community, character education and PBIS. In addition, she is trained as a SoulCollageĀ® facilitator and loves this process so much that she wants to share it with the universe!

Judith Prest, LMSW, a published poet, photographer and collage artist, holds certificates in Expressive Arts, Creativity Mentoring and SoulCollageĀ® facilitation. A retired school social worker, she now does her "real work" of creativity coaching at retreat centers, retirement communities, prisons, community agencies and at Spirit Wind Studio, where she lives and works.



Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Yoga (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

Yoga with Genii Rutherford, RYT 200.

Renew, refresh and restore your mind, body and spirit. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. All levels welcome.
Cost: Free Admission for overnight guests and Day Pass Holders or $8.00 per session
Location: Pavilion - Weather permitting



Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Journaling Workshop (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Discover the many benefits and techniques of journaling. We will spend our time together writing from a variety of prompts; some are thought-provoking, some will help bring clarity to our life and put you in touch with your deepest self and others are just plain fun. Due to the private nature of journal writing, we will not read our writing to each other as a general practice. Beginning and experienced journal writers welcome. Bring a notebook or journal and a favorite pen.

Lynn Sickles is an experienced journal writer and workshop facilitator. She believes that writing down our thoughts, ideas, emotions and memories and the details of our day to day life can be an insightful and empowering tool that helps bring clarity to our life. Journal writing is important to living a peaceful, happy, healthy and balanced life and helps women on the journey of self discovery.

Free for overnight guests and day pass ($15 purchase) holders.

$8.00 for workshop only or season pass holders

Reservation recommended - 518-668-9690
Location: Fuller House Parlor



Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Pilates with Linda (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

Pilates with Linda Schaffer - certified Pilates, Yoga and Group Exercise Instructor

Discover better posture by moving through a series of floor exercises designed to increase your strength, flexibility, stamina and concentration. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat.

All are in Trix except for 7/24 and 8/14 will be in Gazebo (weather permitting)
$8 per session, Free for overnight guests and Day Pass Holders.
Space is limited, please call ahead.
Location: Wiawaka Grounds



Fri, Aug 22 - 24, 2014
Writing Your Memoirs (2:00 PM - 11:00 AM)

THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT!

During this weekend course, students will be given the tools to begin to tell their own stories. Thinking and writing about our lives are powerful activities of discovery. We will consider ways to begin and events to include in the writing of memoir. Our group will share writings and ideas in a safe and helpful environment. Memoir is a valuable gift we can create for ourselves and posterity.

"For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?" (Faye Moskowitz in the And the Bridge is Love)

Presenter: Bio
Irene Baldwin has been writing and teaching memoir to students of all ages and abilities for many years. She holds degrees in English from SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Albany. Irene was a teacher of high school English and enrichment for four decades at Cambridge Central School in Cambridge, NY. Irene is a writer, a poet, an educator and a lover of words. "Everyone has a story to tell; my goal is to facilitate the process that brings much satisfaction and self-knowledge to each student



Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Massage (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Massage available every Friday. Please call ahead to book!
$45/half hour
$70/full hour


As a graduate of Mildred Elly College with an associate's degree in Massage Therapy, I am passionate about using my intuition and education to provide each client with the most effective treatment possible. I pursued the field of massage because I have always had the desire to work with people and make them feel their best. I know that no two sessions are alike and I will customize a unique massage experience to meet every client's individual's needs in order to promote their overall health and well being. I like to blend my styles of Swedish, relaxation, trigger point, and deep tissue massage to create a customized massage experience that addresses the needs of each individual. This will be my third season working with Wiawaka and I look forward to another beautiful season on their grounds. I also look forward to meeting each of you!



Sat, Aug 23, 2014
Eden Energy Medicine (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Eden Energy Medicine Sessions
Call ahead to book, or walk in.
$35/half hour
$65/full hour

Eden Energy Medicine is a powerful way of working with your body's interweaving energetic patterns by accessing 8 systems, the best known of which are the chakras, meridians & aura. Gentle touch connecting points across the body and work in the body's energy field unclogs blockages and reinforces optimal energetic patterns so that the body can heal itself.

Ellen O'Connell took informal Energy Medicine classes for 5 years before earning a scholarship to Donna Eden's 2 year Energy Medicine Certification Program, graduating in February 2011. She continues to augment her studies of energy healing with classes in flower essences, properties of crystals, and healing sound. She also teaches in Saratoga. Ellen practices at The Garden, 434 Church St., Saratoga Springs.



Sat, Aug 23 - 24, 2014
''The Beauty of Herbs'' Herbal Basics and Art Meet in the Wild (9:30 AM - 2:00 PM)

Join Certified Herbalist, Margo Mullein, and Hudson River School Painter, Patti Ferrara, for two day workshop on discovering and revealing the beauty of wild medicinal herbs.

On Saturday, we begin at 9:30am with a guided meditation to open our hearts and minds for a walk around the lovely grounds of Wiawaka. During which we will meet and greet wild growing herbs, and discuss the many stories, and uses of the plants that we see. At the end of the morning session, participants will identify one plant that really resonates with them, and the one they will work with for the rest of the workshop. Saturday evening, after dinner, Patti will teach participants how drawing their plant can deepen their experience of it. This evening session prepares the participants for the next morning's work. An evening fire will round out our time together.

On Sunday morning after breakfast, we meet in the garden for a silent labyrinth walk. Then we'll go to our plants, and capture their beauty in two ways: first with watercolors - resulting in a finish painting in an 8x10" matt. Second, by making an herbal vinegar, discussing the many benefits and uses of this type of herbal preparation. Stay after Lunch, and return to our art supplies to make tags or labels for the vinegar's.

2-day Workshop and Materials: $57.00
with meals $97 (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch)
with meals and lodging $159 (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast & lunch)


Margo Mullein began her work as a plant intuitive at the age of 5 when her first tree spoke to her. Since then, she has been building a practice as a certified herbalist specializing in a seasonal approach to living in balance and harmony with the earth. She is the founder and director of Walking Root Healing Herbs Gardens & and has begun a new facet of her Health and Wellness career, now working with Elders. Her most current passion....following the Celtic wheel of the year.

Patti Ferrrara is a self taught multi medium artist who has always been inspired by nature. She has taught workshops in both oils and watercolors. Ferrara lives in the Catskill Mts., and pursues her art daily.
Location: Wiawaka Center for Women



Mon, Aug 25, 2014
Introduction to BELLY DANCING (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

Introduction to Belly Dancing
5 session class, Monday evenings at 6-7 pm. July 7, 14, 28, Aug 11 and 25. $50 for the 5-class session of $15 per class.
Please call to register.
Location: Wiawaka Retreat Center for Women



Wed, Aug 27, 2014
Yoga (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

Yoga with Genii Rutherford, RYT 200.

Renew, refresh and restore your mind, body and spirit. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. All levels welcome.
Cost: Free Admission for overnight guests and Day Pass Holders or $8.00 per session
Location: House of Trix - Wiawaka



Wed, Aug 27, 2014
Women Artists of the 20th Century with Kate Duddiing (4:30 PM - 7:00 PM)

Tiffany lamps are well-known and easily recognized by their images of nature.
But how they were created, by The Tiffany Girls, was unknown until 2005. Listen as Kate shares the recently-discovered stories of these women artists of the early 20th century.

Photographer Margaret Bourke-White took photos around the world from the 1920s till the 1960s. Initially she photographed architectural subjects, including the photo on the cover of the first Life magazine. But she then became captivated by people's faces, and so she told their stories.

Did you ever wonder why Georgia O'Keeffe painted those huge flowers and the bones in the desert? Kate shows 25 photographs of Georgia's paintings while sharing Georgia's own words about them - a virtual tour by the artist herself.

Again this would involve a slide show for each story - I bring my own laptop, projector and screen.

a southwestern style dinner will be served following the story hour.

Overnight guests & Day pass holders - $15
Season pass holders or event only - $30
Location: Fuller House



Thu, Aug 28, 2014
Pilates with Linda (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

Pilates with Linda Schaffer - certified Pilates, Yoga and Group Exercise Instructor

Discover better posture by moving through a series of floor exercises designed to increase your strength, flexibility, stamina and concentration. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat.

All are in Trix except for 7/24 and 8/14 will be in Gazebo (weather permitting)
$8 per session, Free for overnight guests, and Day Pass holders.
Space is limited, please call ahead.

$8 per class, free for overnight guests or Day Pass Holders
Location: Wiawaka Grounds



Fri, Aug 29, 2014
Massage (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Massage available every Friday. Please call ahead to book!
$45/half hour
$70/full hour


As a graduate of Mildred Elly College with an associate's degree in Massage Therapy, I am passionate about using my intuition and education to provide each client with the most effective treatment possible. I pursued the field of massage because I have always had the desire to work with people and make them feel their best. I know that no two sessions are alike and I will customize a unique massage experience to meet every client's individual's needs in order to promote their overall health and well being. I like to blend my styles of Swedish, relaxation, trigger point, and deep tissue massage to create a customized massage experience that addresses the needs of each individual. This will be my third season working with Wiawaka and I look forward to another beautiful season on their grounds. I also look forward to meeting each of you!



Sat, Sep 20, 2014
DIVINE SALVAGE: Collections, Bundles and Frames (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

DIVINE SALVAGE: Collections, Bundles and Frames
A workshop that explores the human penchant for collecting
and our attachment to possessions, habits and ideas.

Presented by Doliver Productions - Sandi Dollinger & Joan Oliver

The Indo-European root of the word "art" is "to arrange" or "fit together." In this sense, art is whatever is described as having undergone a deliberate process of arrangement by an agent. We begin by collecting, then playing with the materials or objects, organizing them in a variety of ways making new combinations, trying things, then observing the arrangements we have made. ( How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith, 2008, p. 15)

The workshop will employ a sequence of exercises (art, writing, performance) and dialogue that culminates in a ritual to release and/or honor the outcomes revealed during the inquiry.

$40 - lunch and workshop


Sandi Dollinger is an Albany-based playwright and theatre professional who also teaches as an adjunct English professor at the College of St. Rose. She has taught workshops in playwriting at Pyramid Life Center and worked as a volunteer teacher in cities in Poland, Lithuania and Honduras. Sandi lives in a flat in Albany with her cat-muse, Nunzia.

Joan Oliver is a visual artist, poet and independent grant professional. She has received national recognition for her drawings and paintings, been acknowledged for her poetry and generated over $17 Million in grants. She holds a master's degree in library science from SUNY Albany. She resides in an 1890 farmhouse in Glenmont, NY, with her Schnoodle, Scupper, and tabby, Meena.
Location: Fuller House Parlor - Wiawaka



Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Fall Foliage Plein Air Painting (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Subject matter for the workshop will be the landscape, the beauty and unique character of the gardens and architecture of Wiawaka: Fuller House, Rose Cottage, Mayflower Cottage, The Lake House, Wakonda, The Boat House, and of course, the incredible views! Each student will chose whatever site interests them to paint. The Sessions will include painting demonstrations, discussions of painting techniques, principles, tools and private as well as group critiques of finished works.

All levels are welcome to attend, beginning to advanced. (Students who prefer to work in other mediums, pastels, charcoal or pencil sketching, watercolors or acrylics may discuss this option with the instructor.) Students must come equipped with their own supplies including a portable easel. A list of suggested supplies will be available in advance upon registering. It is not necessary to purchase every paint color listed, the important ones will be noted.

Cost to attend - $15 day pass to Wiawaka
Also must pay instructor $50 for half day (9-12 or 1-4pm) or $100 for the whole day. Pay instructor day of but you must pre-register with Wiawaka by calling 518-668-9690


Make a retreat of it for $100!
Includes overnight lodging, lunch on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday (Dinner on your own Saturday night) Artist fee paid directly to instructor. Friday can be added, with a continental breakfast served on Saturday morning for an additional $85


Deborah holds a Master's Degree in Art from the State University at Albany, New York.

Currently she is an instructor for the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, New York, where she teaches painting and drawing. (www.artscenteronline.org). She has been teaching at the Arts Center and maintaining an art studio in the Ilium Building in Troy since moving back to upstate New York from Maine in 2001.

Gallery Affiliations: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Clements Gallery, The West End Gallery

While living in Portland, Maine, Deborah was the Director of the Tramonti gallery and freelance artist for the Georgetown Collection. A popular Trompe l'oeil muralist in Portland and on Peaks Island, she was commissioned to execute large scale paintings for the Wyeth Family Exhibit now owned by the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland and commissioned to create landscape murals by the Carroll Reed Corporation for locations in West Palm Beach, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina and Fort Orange, New Jersey. Selected by the Maine Arts Commission for the State of Maine Arts Festival Exhibit at Thomas Point Beach and selected to execute permanent Murals at Sea Road School, Kennebunk, Maine.

Moving back to upstate New York was a return to Deborah's childhood home and the surrounding environment inspiring a return to "easel-size" paintings, working in the studio as well as on site, or plein air. Her focus is the natural landscape, the farmlands and fields of the region and the Adirondacks, the fading images of the barns and farmhouses, the architecture that was once so familiar and plentiful now rapidly disappearing.
Her paintings are representational executed with loose, broken brushwork combined with palette knife painting using a color palette derived from nature.

In her oil painting classes Deborah urges her students to develop the painting techniques that best convey their personal interpretations of the landscape. "Although I teach representational painting it is not a goal to simply reproduce a photographical image. I am more concerned with students understanding the process and being comfortable with that, and have the work be expressive, rather than being overly concerned about the end product. I want my students to fall in love with the act of painting and not be intimidated by the process."
Location: Wiawaka Center for Women