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Insight Meditation, For The Benefit Of All Beings

$18

with Willow Embry

Calendar Mar 14, 2024 at 10 am

In-Person

NOTE:  Due to the popularity of the class.  Willow will conduct 2 sessions, a morning and an afternoon session.  This ensures all members will have the attention each will need in this class.

When you complete registration, please email me if you prefer the morning session or afternoon session at goldleaf@maine.edu or text me 207-491-5770.

Insight Meditation is a non-faith-based meditation practice, much like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Insight Meditation or Mindfulness Meditation involves being more aware of our habitual thoughts and tendencies and approaching these without judgment. This simplified, accessible version of mindfulness is now taught in schools, universities, workplaces, prisons, and hospitals.

Simple, basic guidance for calming the breath and observing the activity of the mind will be offered. We will do short, sitting (in chairs) and walking meditations. There will be time for discussion and sharing. Practice in daily life will be encouraged. No meditation experience is needed. Weekly practice prompts will also be offered.

Please let me know which session you are signing up for @ goldleaf@maine.edu or text at 207-491-5770.

MORNING SESSION:

March 14, 21, 28, 2024.  10 am-11:30 am

April 5, 11, 2024.  10 am-11:30 am.

April 18, 2024. 9 am-10:30 am

 

AFTERNOON SESSION:

March 14, 21, 28, 2024.  1 pm-2:30 pm   

April 5, 11, 18, 2024.  1 pm-2:30 pm   

The Landing/Olsen Learning Ctr. 

Willow Embry is an environmental activist and a long-time meditator. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Burma, in 2014, at the age of sixty-eight. She returned to the U.S. and continued practicing as a nun at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. After practicing there for three and a half years, she returned to lay life. Today, she continues to explore consciousness in diverse ways.

Full Course

Aquamation

$8

with Katherine Riposta

Calendar Apr 18, 2024 at 11 am

In-Person

This class provide information & resources on cremation by alkaline hydrolysis, which breaks down the human body into its chemical components. The cremains, or ashes, are the same as those people are accustomed to scattering or memorializing in an urn, niche, columbarium, or cemetery. However, the "green" cremation process consumes far less fuel and is offered at a substantially lower cost than green burials.

April 18, 2024

11 am - 12:30 pm

Ed Ctr, room 110

Katherine Riposta is a manager/funeral director of her family business, Direct Cremation of Maine.

Will run

Travel to Costa Rica

$8

with Nadine Marchand

Calendar Apr 19, 2024 at 1:30 pm

In-Person

In January Nadine Marchand & Deb Stahler went on a 2-week Road Scholar tour of Costa Rica. You can take the same trip (maybe not exactly the same!) without leaving Farmington by joining the class.  From the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast, Costa Rica is a land of multiple ecosystems. They visited five areas of the country exploring the natural wonders. They also enjoyed numerous presentations by experts in their fields. This travelogue will include many photos of the country and also some of the information about the country's social & political structure that was shared with the group.

April 19, 2024

1:30 pm

Location: Ed Ctr, rm 114

Nadine loves to travel; Deb not so much. But both thoroughly enjoyed the country of Costa Rica with its diverse flora and fauna.

Will run

Medical Regulation in Maine

$8

with Tim Terranova

Calendar Apr 25, 2024 at 10 am

In-Person

Host:  Joe Terranova

This is a discussion regarding the professional licensure of physicians and physician's assistants in Maine and how it impacts patients, trends, and emerging issues.

April 25, 2024

10 am

Ed Ctr, room 113

Tim is the Executive Director of the Maine Board of Medicine.  

Trip to Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, Spring Term

$8

with Barb Toner

Calendar Apr 26, 2024 at 10 am

In-Person

Back by popular demand: The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum is a fascinating and interactive museum tucked away in Bethel Maine, which rivals small museums in bigger cities. The quality and quantity of samples are stunning and the displays are interesting and very well done.

The cost per person is $10.00, (this is discounted from the regular $15 admission) payable at the admissions desk on arrival. We will spend roughly 2 hours (flexible) visiting the museum (you can wander the museum on your own; there is much to “ooo and ahhh” over) From tourmaline to talc and mica to meteorites, you will come away with new knowledge and appreciation of the minerals and gems of Maine!

If interested, after the visit, participants can stay for lunch at a local restaurant (if available)

April 26, 2024

10:00 am

Rain date: May 6, 2024

Self-Guided

Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, 99 Main St, Bethel, ME 04217

Carpool at the Park & Ride next to Walgreens at 8:30 a.m.

Will run

A Visit To Siesta Sanctuary 1

$8

with Ray Stillman & Margaret Buschman

Calendar Apr 30, 2024

In-Person

This is an introduction to Siesta Sanctuary which provides a permanent home for parrots that are displaced from their homes due to their owner moving or passing away, changes in a home situation, or sometimes for disruptive behavior.  

While no parrot has likely lived alone and rarely with other birds, the Sanctuary has a goal of providing each new arrival the opportunity to become a part of a flock of their choosing. They can fly about when they wish, eat what they like, find a perch that looks and feels right, and find friends of their choosing.  In some cases, residents of the Sanctuary are successfully adopted by other families.

April 30, 2024

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location:  Siesta Sanctuary, 104 Brown Rd, Harmony, ME 04942

For more info: https://www.siestasanctuary.org/ 

Margaret & Fritz Buschmann, founders of the non-profit Siesta Sanctuary fell in love with parrots during a visit to Busch Gardens many years ago and have owned parrots for many years. After a couple of years raising parrots for sale, they chose to establish Siesta Sanctuary in 1999. Although about 40 birds live there now some of whom are senior members, the Sanctuary has often served nearly twice that number at any one time.

Full Course

John Colter

$8

with Charles Parker

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 6:30 pm

In-Person

John Colter is a man of mystery. He enrolled in the Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery (1803-1806) and became a fur trapper and noted scout. Colter had some adventures with the Blackfeet. He was likely the first European to describe the geysers and hot springs of what became known as Yellowstone Park. Charles will pose as John Colter recently arrived from the mountains in the city of St. Louis. The time is summer in 1810. Listen as John Colter speaks and answers questions in 1810.

May 7th

6:30-8:00 pm

North Dining Hall, section C

Charles taught chemistry since the time of the four elements. He also harbors a strong interest in history. He has presented the person of John Colter, a member of Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery. 

 

Will run

A Visit To Siesta Sanctuary 2

$8

with Ray Stillman & Margaret Buschman

Calendar May 8, 2024

In-Person

This is an introduction to Siesta Sanctuary which provides a permanent home for parrots that are displaced from their homes due to their owner moving or passing away, changes in a home situation, or sometimes for disruptive behavior.  

While no parrot has likely lived alone and rarely with other birds, the Sanctuary has a goal of providing each new arrival the opportunity to become a part of a flock of their choosing. They can fly about when they wish, eat what they like, find a perch that looks and feels right, and find friends of their choosing.  In some cases, residents of the Sanctuary are successfully adopted by other families.

May 8, 2024

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location:  Siesta Sanctuary, 104 Brown Rd, Harmony, ME 04942

For more info: https://www.siestasanctuary.org/ 

Margaret & Fritz Buschmann, founders of the non-profit Siesta Sanctuary fell in love with parrots during a visit to Busch Gardens many years ago and have owned parrots for many years. After a couple of years raising parrots for sale, they chose to establish Siesta Sanctuary in 1999. Although about 40 birds live there now some of whom are senior members, the Sanctuary has often served nearly twice that number at any one time.

Full Course




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