Human Arts and World Village

Week 1:      Human Arts     World Village

Week 2:      Human Arts     World Village

 

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Traditions Week 1: June 26 - July 1

 


~ Human Arts: Week 1 ~

Acupressure and Self Care

The theories and principles of Chinese medicine lead to an astonishing range of treatment methods, including acupuncture, dietary/nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, breathing techniques, martial arts, and even sexual techniques that are designed to treat the body, mind, and spirit of each individual. Acupressure, the stimulation of energetic points in the body using finger (or suitable substitute) pressure is one of these pillars. Along with other forms of massage, acupressure pre-dates acupuncture (stimulating the same points with a thin needle) by millennia—in fact, scholars of Chinese history and medicine agree that for as long as people have existed, we have relied upon touch for relief of pain, release of trauma and illnesses, and stimulation of the immune system. In this class attendees will learn several methods of stimulating acupressure points for self-care, as well as for the treatment of friends and family. Greg will teach and demonstrate simple acupressure regimens that any person can perform to build the immunity, release pain and tension, and address acute conditions such as allergies, colds/sinus problems, menstrual irregularities, pain and trauma, and more. Attendees will receive detailed handouts to help find the points in the future, as well as a deeper understanding of the energetic framework within the body as seen through the eyes of Chinese medicine. Limit: 16 students.  Period 4 ~ Greg Padrick

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Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga focuses on deep relaxation, rejuvenation and healing. It promotes physical and mental fitness through poses, breathing exercises, guided imagery and meditation. For all levels and ages, especially those new to yoga or seeking a soothing practice.  Period 5 ~ Erica Chesnik

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Hatha Yoga

All ages and all levels can participate in the instructor's hatha style yoga class. The instructor will lead the students through a gentle flow, usually beginning with breath exercises to thread into the initial sitting positions, followed by a sequence of standing asanas and ending with a deep relaxation in a few restorative poses. Classes will bring your awareness to both breath and the practice of "letting go" to help eliminate physical and mental toxins to leave you feeling recharged and more receptive. The week is cumulative and students will get the most out of the lessons by attending classes every day. By the end of the week students will have working knowledge on how to start their own daily practice, or for those who already practice they will have knowledge for how to further deepen their devoted practice. Every Body needs yoga! ❖ Period 5 ~ AJ Blye

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Morning Yoga

A wonderful way to get centered and greet your morning at Common Ground on the Hill, this class is for everyone – those who have practiced Yoga for years and those who are eager to try it out. The class focuses on optimal alignment by increasing strength and flexibility as well as integrating the body, mind, and spirit to celebrate wholeness and inner peace. NOTE: This course is an additional $50 for full-time students. ❖ 7:00 AM ~ AJ Blye

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Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan, roughly translated as “internal martial arts,” has achieved popularity in China and beyond. It is not uncommon to see Tai Chi practitioners practicing in a park, by a lake, or in a neighborhood on winter mornings or summer evenings. In general, Chinese of all ages engage in this slow and graceful, healthy activity. Tai Chi emphasizes relaxation, concentration on the body parts, tranquility, and harmony of both mind and body. In this course, we will study 12 forms of Tai Chi Chuan, which includes various movements. Tai Chi practitioners move their bodies in a slow, relaxed, and graceful manner through the 12 forms, which has proved to have beneficial effects with respect to balance, fall preventions, and non-vertebral fractures, as well as many chronic diseases. ❖ Period 4 ~ Peter Chen

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Thai Cooking

Enjoy a hands-on introduction to the delicious food and colorful culture of Thailand. Students will help and observe while learning to make a number of Thai dishes that are sure to delight friends and family for years to come. Join instructor Roj Caswell and bring 'The Land of Smiles' into your kitchen and your home! Materials fee: TBD, payable to instructor, not to exceed $35.  ❖ Period 3 ~ Roj Caswell

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YogaRhythmics

This class provides a joyous approach to strengthen the mind/body/spirit connection. Participants will be instructed to align with the seven energy areas of the body (chakras) associated with yoga. A structured sequence of natural movement patterns, serve to open, energize, and integrate these areas, also providing greater energy flow in the body. The rhythms of dance, creative movement and frequent use of multicultural music play into a dynamic and fun experience of self-expression. It is for all bodies and requires no prior yoga or dance experience. Leave the class with an increased sense of joy, freedom, fitness, flexibility, and energy for a busy life. Students should bring a yoga mat and water. ❖ Period 3 ~ Marya Michael

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~ World Village: Week 1 ~

World Village

World Village offers a rich variety of activities for young people ages 5–12, attending with adult participants at Common Ground on the Hill. Students must have completed kindergarten to be enrolled. The Common Ground on the Hill theme of building community through the arts is embodied in this program. Activities include music, dance, drama, crafts and recreation, and the activities draw upon the traditions of many cultures from the U.S. and around the world. Common Ground musicians and artists make scheduled visits to World Village, sharing their music, dance and art with the youths. This year, children have an opportunity to explore Chinese language and the cultures of mainland China and Taiwan through fun and interactive activities, taught by native Chinese instructors. Enrollment is limited to 40 children, who are offered a choice of 3–4 age-specific workshops per period. There are four periods each day. Refreshments are offered morning and afternoon. Participants revert to their guardian’s care during lunch. World Village ends at 4:00 PM, after which there are a number of elective classes that can be attended with an adult guardian for an additional $50 fee.  Periods 1-4 ~ Debra Duffin, Slim Harrison, and Visiting Artists

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Human Arts and World Village

Week 1:       Human Arts     World Village

Week 2:       Human Arts     World Village

Traditions Week 2: July 3 - July 8

 

~ Human Arts: Week 2 ~

Afternoon Yoga

The afternoon yoga class will explore a Yin style of yoga to help you stretch and relax at the end of your day of classes and while gaining energy for a lively evening of music and fun. Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that our life force (chi) flows throughout our meridian system contained within our connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, and fascia.) Yin yoga works this energetic system by stretching the connective tissue of the knees, hips, pelvis, and spine, thereby facilitating the flow of chi for our general health. With its deeply nourishing poses that are held for 3-5 minutes (no standing poses), Yin Yoga encourages a greater capacity for mindful awareness and helps us realize a deep sense of peacefulness and ease. This class is suitable for all levels.  Period 5 ~ Cinda Rierson

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Bicycling

This course is for all levels of cyclist – from those who would like to become more serious about bike riding to those who already love to ride and do so often. If you are relatively new to the sport, we will introduce you to your bike, how to use the gears, proper riding technique, and simple maintenance. We will go for appropriate length rides so that you become comfortable on your bike and get a nice workout to end your day. For the more advanced cyclists, we will go for longer rides and discuss more advanced bicycling, maintenance, and training techniques. A bike is a beautiful instrument, and Carroll County is a wonderful place to learn how to make it sing!  Period 5 ~ Geordie Mitchell

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Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga focuses on deep relaxation, rejuvenation and healing. It promotes physical and mental fitness through poses, breathing exercises, guided imagery and meditation. For all levels and ages, especially those new to yoga or seeking a soothing practice. Period 5 ~ Erica Chesnik

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Golf

This activity is offered for nature lovers who enjoy taking long strolls in the woods looking for lost objects. If you would like, your guide, Phil Gallery, will provide tips on how to stay out of the woods and move your ball from tee to hole in as few strokes as possible. If you work and study real hard, after taking this course you may never have to yell "fore" again. Players will meet on the practice green of the college course by nine each morning. Following fifteen minutes or so of short game practice, players will play the college's nine-hole course. Daily costs will be $10 for walking and $20 for riding. In case of rain, the class may relocate to the local driving range. Max. 14 students. NOTE: This is a 2-period class!  Periods 1 & 2 ~ Phil Gallery

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Morning Yoga

A wonderful way to get centered and greet your morning at Common Ground on the Hill, this class is for everyone – those who have practiced Yoga for years and those who are eager to try it out. The class is a series of asanas or yoga poses with emphasis on alignment, coordinated with the breath, to build strength and increase flexibility, self-awareness and ending in deep relaxation to integrate the practice. These classes emphasize precision and body awareness and use props such as blocks and straps to facilitate movement into the poses. Hands-on assists are offered to ensure optimal alignment. Options are offered for beginners and to allow more advanced students to go deeper into the poses. NOTE: This course is an additional $50 for full-time students.  7:00 AM ~ Cinda Rierson

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Tai Chi Fans

Tai Chi Fan is a form of Tai Chi practice, in which the fan is viewed as an extension of body, not a separate part of Tai Chi practice. Over centuries of development, Tai Chi Fan has evolved into a fitness exercise, intended to improve health and which uses the fan as a mind-body exercise. We will learn 18 forms of Tai Chi Fan, a popular and basic set of practice. Practitioners will learn correct external forms, relaxed physical body, concentrated mind, and proper breathing.  Period 4 ~ Peter Chen

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YogaRhythmics

This class provides a joyous approach to strengthen the mind/body/spirit connection. Participants will be instructed to align with the seven energy areas of the body (chakras) associated with yoga. A structured sequence of natural movement patterns, serve to open, energize, and integrate these areas, also providing greater energy flow in the body. The rhythms of dance, creative movement and frequent use of multicultural music play into a dynamic and fun experience of self-expression. It is for all bodies and requires no prior yoga or dance experience. Leave the class with an increased sense of joy, freedom, fitness, flexibility, and energy for a busy life. Students should bring a yoga mat and water.  Period 1 ~ Marya Michael

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~ World Village: Week 2 ~

World Village

World Village offers a rich variety of activities for young people ages 5–12, attending with adult participants at Common Ground on the Hill. Students must have completed kindergarten to be enrolled. The Common Ground on the Hill theme of building community through the arts is embodied in this program. Activities include music, dance, drama, crafts and recreation, and the activities draw upon the traditions of many cultures from the U.S. and around the world. Common Ground musicians and artists make scheduled visits to World Village, sharing their music, dance and art with the youths. This year, children have an opportunity to explore Chinese language and the cultures of mainland China and Taiwan through fun and interactive activities, taught by native Chinese instructors. Enrollment is limited to 40 children, who are offered a choice of 3–4 age-specific workshops per period. There are four periods each day. Refreshments are offered morning and afternoon. Participants revert to their guardian’s care during lunch. World Village ends at 4:00 PM, after which there are a number of elective classes that can be attended with an adult guardian for an additional $50 fee.  Periods 1-4 ~ Debra Duffin, Slim Harrison, Miranda ten Broeke, and Visiting Artists

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