Adult Education Classes, 2020

Adult Education Classes

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There are three periods during the morning of 55 minutes each. Classes are for six days, Sunday through Friday. Teachers are selected by the Program & Evaluations committee. Each teacher teaches his/her class twice each morning for 6 days. Classes are strictly optional and no attendance is kept.

The Program & Evaluations committee seeks to achieve a balance of classes in these categories, usually nine or more classes total:

  • Social/Political:  Labor issues, political workings, and miscellaneous other
  • Religion & Spirituality:  Bible study, comparative religion, etc.
  • Personal Development:  Dance, yoga, etc.
  • Mini Winis:  One-time, one-hour classes (with rare exceptions).

New teachers are sometimes brought in because the committee is looking for someone to teach a specific topic. Most often, a teacher is brought in by a camper who has experienced the teacher elsewhere.


The classes, 2020

—    Socio-Political    —

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication  –  Eze Sanchez

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is called "a language of life" by its founder, Marshall Rosenberg. The heart of NVC is communicating with empathy, but it is much more than a set of communication skills. NVC consciousness - the true essence of NVC - requires that we change the way we see ourselves, others, and the world. NVC asks us to look at the world through a lens of feelings and needs, to acknowledge that nothing anyone has ever done was for any reason other than to meet their needs (values, goals, desires, etc.). NVC encourages us to realize that what we all have in common, regardless of color, race, creed, religion, and so on, are these two things - feelings and needs. In this introductory course, we will explore how to bring these feelings and needs consciously into our everyday lives so that our communication may be deep, enriching, and ultimately, more connected.

Eze has come a long way to get to where he is now, as a life coach, sharing NVC with the world and helping both couples and individuals achieve more satisfaction in life. He had just started his Master's degree in mechanical engineering and was about to wrap up his Bachelor's in the same field when he realized engineering wasn't meaningful for him. From there, he went on a soul quest, traveling to visit shamanic healers in South America, attending immersive meditation retreats, becoming a massage therapist, and ultimately, finding the heart of what (he believes) is most important - NVC. Now, this is the heart of his practice as a coach, as a friend, and person.

Bob Marley: Black People’s Reality in the New World - Slavery to the 21st Century  –  Piper Kendrix Williams

This course will consider race, black identity, race relations, history and more via Bob Marley songs. I’m interested in how art shapes culture and the ways the close consideration of black art can teach us so much that formal education has failed to do. Bob Marley’s words and songs offer truth, challenge, perspective and relevance to our current complex times as America gets ready to elect a new President.

Piper is the co-author of The Toni Morrison Book Club (Wisconsin UP, 2020). She is also the co-editor with Brian Norman of "Re-presenting Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow" (SUNY 2012). She is an Associate Professor in the English and African American Studies programs at The College of New Jersey. Currently, she is working on A Black American Love Story, a book that merges memoir, family biography, and cultural criticism. Piper has also attended Winni for many years with her extended family.

—    Religion and Spirituality    —

Yoga  –  Jennifer Brosious

The physical effects of a yoga practice are numerous: increased flexibility, lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons, massaging and detoxifying the internal organs, and strengthening and toning muscles, to name a few. But in a way, these enormous physical benefits are just a “side effect.” Yoga – through pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation – helps to harmonize the mind with the body, reduces stress and helps to put us in touch with our own inner wisdom. Classes will be taught in a multi-level format with modifications for those needing to move more slowly and variations for those who are ready for more of a challenge. Please bring a mat and any props if you have them – some will be available for borrowing.

Jennifer — having been richly blessed with a lifetime of dance, performing, teaching and work in transformation in yoga — found the answer to her search for that which would weave together her particular talents and experiences in a way that would enable her to make a profound difference for others. This past January, she and her husband Laine celebrated the 13th anniversary of creating Your Community Yoga Center, a group of dedicated teachers and practitioners who believe that Yoga should be fun, healing and ultimately transformative. She is thankful for the loving and inspiring teachers who have illumined her life, and seeks in turn to pass on this gift of yoga to others.

Revolutionary Love  –  Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix

Believing that love is the force that should drive all of our actions requires both open hearts and open minds. Understanding that God's love for us is unconditional and is available to all, regardless of the way we worship or the way we pray, the way we look or the way we love, invites each of us into opening our hearts to all and can serve to open our minds to new ways of thinking, new ways of believing, new ways of acting in our world. Yet, there are those who believe that religion should be separate from the political, that preachers should not be 'preaching politics from the pulpit." This course is intended to challenge that notion, using current problems that exist in America among God's people (meaning all people) to chart a path directly back to scripture.

Marilyn — a graduate of Yale Divinity School with a Master's of Divinity — worked for over 15 years as an Organizational Development Consultant principally at AT&T but also in other profit and not-for-profit settings. Marilyn has also served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ. Marilyn earned her Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her Executive MBA from the University of New Haven and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also from the University of New Haven. Marilyn currently serves as a Bridge Conference Minister of the Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ. Marilyn is married to her best friend, Alan and together they have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and two dogs, Bear and Sugar.

The Historical Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls  –  Reverend Jason Wells

Many people hold on to the mental picture of Jesus that they received in childhood church experiences. That picture holds on, often unchallenged in our minds. But if we open our minds to the scholarship, archeology and new ways of seeing the Bible, our faith can grow deeper and broader. This class will talk about the scholarship behind the current "Quest" for the Historical Jesus. Insights will come from reading the Bible afresh in the light of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other recent discoveries.

Jason is the executive director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches where he organizes ministries among nine diverse Christian denominations. Prior to this position he served Episcopal congregations in New Hampshire for 13 years after his ordination in 2004. He is a former president of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and has served on the Episcopal Church's committee on ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Jason received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and also holds Bachelor’s Degrees in computer science and mathematics from Southern Methodist University.

—    Personal Development    —

Songwriting for Open Hearts  –  Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne

We look forward to writing songs inspired by our theme for the week. Bring your beautiful open minds and hearts to the collaborative songwriting phenomenon, and experience the energy and give- and-take of putting our heads and hearts together to create meaningful songs to sing and to share. Each class session will write a song together over the course of the week, and we'll decide as a group each song's direction. By the end of camp we'll have two new songs to share with our Camp Winni family. Feel free to speak out with your ideas, words and one-liners. And feel free to simply listen and learn. It's all good. Class is most definitely open to teenagers and adults.

Lynn & Lindy — self-proclaimed as “organic song farmers" — are award-winning performing songwriters from outside the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro in the upper east side of Texas. They tour nationally, serving up jazz- and blues-infused original songs in a genre they define simply as Texas Folk. Honored to be selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts to serve on the state’s official Texas Touring Roster, the duo enjoys the title of Official Texas Touring Artists for the August 2014- 2020 touring season. Their musical formative years share common experiences in folk, classical and gospel music – organic influences that inform their singing and songwriting. Lynn and Lindy have co-led songwriting classes at Camp Winni off and on since 2004. They included a Camp Winni group co-write ("And So It Begins") on their latest CD release "Simpatico."

Hoot Booster  –  Tré Davis & Trevor Davis

Music is an integral part of Winni, so whether you’re a Campfire Cowboy or a Hootenanny Hero, you want your performance to be its best so you can walk off stage with a smile. In this class we will bring together folks interested in performing at this year's conference (and beyond!) for a class focused on developing the skills you'll need. Participants may come with prepared material so that you can (if you want to) be paired with an accompanist or work on your own solo act as effectively as possible in the few days before our two performance opportunities - the Hoot and the Coffee House. You are also welcome if you have some ideas you are considering or are simply interested in learning about the elements of performing.

Trevor's love of diversity has been the keynote of his musical career. It’s been the source of his unflagging interest in performing, and of his easy connection with a broad range of clients. How can you become bored when you are always trying something new? Today, diversity and excellence continue to characterize what he offers his audiences. His wide-ranging experience has given Trevor a broad familiarity with the local Connecticut music scene and its artists. He has become a master of creating bands custom-designed for each situation. From Dixieland to jazz standards, rock, folk, and country, Trevor continues to play them all.

Tré is a lifetime Winni goer, a musical and visual creative force, and a performer whose first stage was in the Chapel at camp. He is also currently active in an original band out of New Jersey/New York and a full-time video/photographer. For almost 2 decades all types of performance have shaped his understanding of connecting with an audience through words and music, along with countless hours recording in studios, working as an audio technician, and stage-managing large scale live performances. Educated in the music industry and having worked in corporate music as well, his skills and views are informed by the goal of maximizing the effectiveness of an individual's performance, whether on stage or online, and it would be a pleasure to impart that knowledge in a way that could make performing more accessible and less stressful for anyone interested in it.

The Heart of Play: Engagement, fun, connection and laughter!  –  Howard Moody

Play can be so much fun for everyone particularly when the emphasis is on inclusion, cooperation, spontaneity, fun, creativity and excitement. Using a delightful mix of active games, Circle games, energizers, theater games and new games, Play Specialist Howard Moody will have everyone laughing and connecting with each other no matter what your age or physical abilities. Plato said, "You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation." So if you want to have fun, laugh and feel that wonderful connection that happens when we all play together please come and join in. Truly the way recess was meant to be for everyone!

"Play is when we don't know we are different from each other."  – David, age 5

Howard has been facilitating workshops for over 25 years and he specializes in designing team building, stress reduction, and wellness presentations that focus on play and laughter. Howard has been a faculty member at the Omega Institute for Holistic studies for many years and he is also the co-founder of The Adventure Game Theater, an extraordinary improvisational learning process for teens that has been featured on PBS and NPR. Deepening connections among people is Howard's passion and his mission is to help people be fully inspired, creative and playful in all that they do. Howard is also a certified Advanced Trainer for The Nurtured Heart Approach and has written a book, Nurtured Heart Play, in collaboration with Howard Glasser, the founder of the Nurtured Heart Approach. Howard has also just completed his comprehensive games manual entitled The Heart of Play Games Manual. Over 200 Activities for Connection and Joy.

Enneagram Personality Types  –  Herb Pearce

Time to sharpen up your knowledge and skills using the Enneagram Personality Types. We’ll cover a different topic each day. First, we'll cover the nine types and confirm your dominant type. We’ll then delve into the world of your personality subtypes, explore how to improve your psychological and spiritual growth, make sure you know how to relate effectively to each type and top if off with comparing the Enneagram to the Myers-Briggs and Astrology! You'll learn more about yourself and others than you can imagine! For those of you who took Herb’s class last year, some new material will be covered and you are welcome to join in again!

Herb has taught over 6000 workshops in the last 40 plus years on relationships, self-esteem, spiritual and psychological development, and personality dynamics and is the author of Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Presidential Profiles: Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives, Lessons from the River and Herb's Tips for Living. He is a psychotherapist who specializes in improving relationship dynamics, working with individuals, couples and families, and does team building training in organizations to work together effectively with personality differences.

Collage Workshop  –  Julie Siftar & Dan Nicholson

Julie and Dan will lead an adventure in the art of collage. We will use cut and torn paper, magazines and photographs as a medium for developing unique, expressive imagery. Collaborative as well as individual work will be welcomed. Both the process and the product will be celebrated.

Julie & Dan have been art teachers for over 50 years combined. Together we have over 70 years of Winni experience. We live in Stow, Massachusetts with two teenaged daughters and two cats.

—    Winni Minis    —

Tie Dye  –  Jason Brosious

This is a chance for the camp to come out and play with different ways to customize t-shirts, sheets, scarves, etc. Campers should bring their own items, we’ll bring the dye. The instructor will also bring some shirts for those who didn’t bring one. Shirts will be available on a first come first served basis and we are asking for a $5 donation to the scholarship fund, per shirt. We will have the standard tie-dye supplies, as well as paraffin for wax resist dying, and maybe more.

Note: This class will run all morning for one day so there will be plenty of time for you to complete your projects!

Jason has been coming to Winni since the late 70’s early 80’s and is a big fan of art.

Moving Social Change: Active Listening  –  Jennifer Porcari

In order to connect with people and move them to action in issues, it is crucial to connect a person's self-interest to the social movement or activity. Active Listening makes two-way communication possible, and is a communication skill that must be practiced. This class will explore active listening involving all our senses, and provide tips for becoming a strong active listener.

Jennifer has worked in the labor movement for more than 30 years, including the last 23 years on the national staff of the American Federation of Teachers, organizing public employees across the country. She is a trainer, organizer and self- proclaimed tax geek who studies public policy to ensure that our democracy is well supported. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

Moving Social Change: The Organizing Conversation  –  Jennifer Porcari

In every social movement, activists work to spread the word and engage citizens in desired activity. To effect social change, we must engage and converse to move people to action. There is a science to organizing that begins with an organizing conversation. This class will review tools to help with the one-on-one communication necessary to build power.

Jennifer has worked in the labor movement for more than 30 years, including the last 23 years on the national staff of the American Federation of Teachers, organizing public employees across the country. She is a trainer, organizer and self- proclaimed tax geek who studies public policy to ensure that our democracy is well supported. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

Solution Focused Theory, Thinking, n' Therapy  –  Bill Milford

This is a brief introduction to the concept of Solution Focused Theory. This theory is based on the idea that exploring problems leads to more problems and worse, problematic language and feelings that are roadblocks to progress. SFT has a singular focus toward achieving goals and strategies built around language, techniques, and processes toward achieving them. Obstacles toward achieving goals are overcome by using strengths, experience, and experiments. While the success rate for SFT is similar to processes such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, client and therapist satisfaction with the overall process is much higher. Come listen, learn and experiment!

Bill is an Assistant Professor and the Division Chair for Social Work at Thomas University where he has taught the clinical practice classes for 15 years. He enjoys philosophical banter, theological musings, and mostly humor with regard to this life we are living. However, he is deeply committed to the mission of social work and especially the proliferation of folk music.

The Beautiful Game: A History and Introduction to Chess  –  Chris Ross & Max Kaye

We will spend the first 20-30 minutes discussing the history of chess, and then devote the remaining time to playing games. As two friends who have bonded over the chess board, the instructors will place an emphasis on seeing chess as a chance to connect with each other.

Chris has been studying chess in his free time since a young age and is very excited about educating and playing the members of the community.

Max also loves chess and, hopes to build an open environment for all to connect with each other through this beautiful game.