Family & Friends Workshops
Theme Speaker: Co-creating the Beloved Community: Love, Justice, Diversity, Equity, Reconciliation and Redemption - Dottie Morris
“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends.” ~ Martin Luther King
During the participatory workshop on Sunday, we will examine ways we can co-create a community rooted in love, compassion and justice that benefits all. We will explore the questions: how do we ensure that Ferry Beach, especially our Family & Friends conference, stays true to these values, and how do we "bring it home"?
During the workshop, we will address key questions such as “What would be some key aspects of this type of community?”, “How would this Beloved Community look?” and “What types of structures would we have in place in order to assure we embody the values, principles and spirit of the Beloved Community?” Each participant will establish personal goals, develop a plan of action to help guide them and share these goals and plans with others.
Dottie's Bio: As the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Dottie Morris is a member of the Keene State College President’s Cabinet. Her main foci are providing support and direction to the Executive, Academic, Student Affairs, Advancement and Finance and Planning divisions of the college as the institution works to fulfill its commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.
For years, Dottie has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the capacity of counselor, teacher, academic advisor, and advisor of student groups. She has demonstrated a consistent and persistent dedication and devotion to diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and social justice over the past two decades. Prior to her position as Associate Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Equity at KSC, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Learning at World Learning School for International Training Institute (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT, the Director of Student Affairs for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Antioch University New England in Keene and staff counselor at the Colorado State University Counseling Center and the Coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program.
Investing In a Lasting Impression - Craig Urian
“Safe on Blue” would not be the iconic staple with intergenerational threads from our toddlers to teens if it were not for the efforts put forth by Family and Friends. We would not have pews to sit on down in the Grove Chapel if it was not for the efforts put forth by Family and Friends. These are probably two of the more noteworthy lasting impressions made by those seeking morning solitude and camaraderie while wielding tools of inspiration to get their morning workout in and preparing their bodies for an afternoon swim in the cool therapeutic ocean. This workshop will spearhead another project that will not only build our camaraderie and cleanse our bodies but leave another lasting impression on Ferry Beach that all of us can take pride in each year.
Craig's Bio: Craig has been affiliated with Ferry Beach and the Friends and Family Conference for over 12 years. In his early years I was fortunate to be a part of the two marquee projects mentioned above and has watched his evolving family benefit from those investments. In his reflections last year, he realized it was time to take on the role to lead another workshop to leave another lasting impression
Gentle Yoga Flow - Gena Maurer
Bring yourself into the present moment through a pilates/yoga practice that includes stretching, strengthening, toning, and ends with a mediation. All levels are welcome! Through various options, all will be able to enjoy!
Gena's Bio: Gena believes that moving your body creates balance within. A part of her life’s purpose is to assist others in developing their own mind, body, spirit experience. Her journey in the field of fitness began in 2002 where she began instructing spin & step classes at her local gym. This path has led her to her true passion of teaching Pilates, yoga, and boot camp classes. She has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years. Most recently, she became certified in yoga and Reiki 1 & 2. She is on the process of earning her 200 hour yoga training through Yogafit. Other interests include essential oil (young living), crystals, and flower essence.
The Body as Art - Rachel Wagner
In this three-day workshop we will use paints, natural materials, latex, spirit gum, and other skin friendly substances to turn ourselves into works of art. Techniques that can be explored include camouflage, traditional face painting, and special effects makeup. All you need is a patch of skin and a willingness to playfully experiment. You will leave with your own set of skin friendly paints and brushes. Materials fee: $20
Rachel's Bio: Rachel Wagner is a performing arts teacher, life-long learner, and occasional face paint artist who believes that the spirit of play and courage to fail is necessary for any worth-while creative endeavor.
Song Writing - Emily Bassarear & Nick Bloom
Have you ever felt the desire to express yourself through song? Do you find yourself making up tunes in your head? Or are you simply curious about what it would be like to transform your thoughts and feelings into music? Whether you’ve written 1,000 songs or none, the Songwriting workshop is an opportunity to pause and spend time with music and writing. We will be spending some time learning a few of the most common forms of American popular songwriting, including blues, gospel, country, ballad, and others. Then, you will have the opportunity to write and workshop your own songs, under the loving tutelage of Family and Friends’ own songwriters Emily Bassarear and Nick Bloom.
If you have a guitar, ukulele, or other instrument to accompany yourself, you are highly encouraged to bring it. However, no accompaniment or songwriting experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.
Emily's Bio: Emily Bassarear is a songwriter/instrumentalist who has spent countless hours and days bringing life to her thoughts through music. Emily’s passion for music has led her to be in different bands as a primary songwriter, singer and picker, most recently in a band called The Sugarbirds, based out of Fort Collins, CO. Valuing and listening to many types of music, Emily often finds herself writing blues, folk, and rock and roll music, accompanied by her own guitar and mandolin. Emily first came to Family and Friends in 1998 and is thrilled to be attending this summer as a workshop co-facilitator, alongside her dear friend Nick Bloom, who has brought life to his own music on the porches, pavilions, and beaches of Ferry Beach.
Nick's Bio: Nick Bloom is a songwriter, singer, strummer, and lover of many forms of song. He has written and performed his own music for over a decade in many parts of the country, though his favorite place to write and perform has always been the Rose Pavilion at Ferry Beach. Nick has released two albums of his own music with his New York City-based band, Bold Forbes, and regularly performs country-folk music in his current home city, Austin, TX. Nick cannot wait to lead this songwriting workshop at Family and Friends, one of the most creatively fertile, soulful places on earth. Furthermore, he is ecstatic to be leading the workshop with Emily Bassarear, a true friend and a true magician of string and verse.
Hydrotherapy - Marty Burgess
Marty Burgess is a Maine Guide and experienced standup paddle boarder. This year the focus of Hydro Therapy will be on stand up paddle boarding. This is an introductory course on the handling a SUP (stand up paddle board), water safety, launching and landing techniques and paddling techniques. This is an open workshop and you can join for a day or the entire week. The number of participants is size limited to allow for personalized instruction.
Improving paddling technique and board handling skill will enhance your enjoyment of your board. If you don’t have one, I have three paddle boards available for rent for each day. We also have a variety of wetsuits for your use along with safety gear to try. There are outfitters nearby where SUP rentals are available.
See you on the water! And in it on occasion.
Things you will need:
paddle board, paddle and life jacket, water shoes, beachwear (bathing suit or clothing suitable to swim in), sunscreen.
Writing - Gerry Boutcher
This class meets mornings and continues in the format of previous writing workshop giants at Ferry Beach: Jim Ellefson and Bill Trippe. Participants respond to writing prompts and class activities, in which they develop the major elements of writing. This is a class in which first time and seasoned writers meet together to read, write, and listen to each other in a stress free environment. Participants are encouraged to write about meaningful events in their lives- perhaps expressing it for the first time on paper. They are encouraged to experiment, and write in various forms- non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. These creative end results are shared aloud when the participant feels ready. Responses from the group are always positive and encouraging.
Gerry's Bio: Gerry has taught English, and English as a Second Language to all ages for over 40 years. He began his career in Vienna, where he lived, studied and worked for 4 years. He holds a B.A. from Colgate University, an Ed.M. in Language Education and a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He's taught students in the New Jersey Public Schools for over 30 years. He's been a UU for 25 years. Telling our own story has been an important part of my experience as a UU. In writing and teaching he feels he has succeeded when the students have found their voice and individuality. He is a member of the Montclair UU congregation. he has been leading the adult “5 Questions Class” there for the last 3 years, in which participants write about essential philosophical and spiritual questions in their lives.