August 11 to 18, 2018
Your Chairs for LOAS 1, 2018 are
Aram and Jennifer Khavari
The Khavari Family: Miles, Aram, Jenn & Mia
for a paper Registration
Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of Caesar's
Last Breath, The
Disappearing Spoon, The
Dueling Neurosurgeons, and The
Violinist’s Thumb, all of which were named Amazon top science books of the
year. The Disappearing Spoon was a runner-up for the Royal Society of London's
book of the year for 2010, and The Violinist's Thumb and The Dueling
Neurosurgeons were nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science
writing in 2013 and 2015, as well as the AAAS/Suburu prize. He is editing the
2018 edition of Best American Nature and Science Writing, and his work has
appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine,
Psychology Today, and Slate, among other publications, and he has been featured
on NPR's “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” “All Things Considered,” and
“Fresh Air.” His books have been translated into seventeen languages around
Sam's Twitter Handle: @sam_kean
Sam's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SamKeanBooks
Minister of the Week:
Rev. John Gibbons
First Parish of Bedford, UU
Gibbons came to Bedford in 1990 after a decade as minister to the Unitarian
Congregation in Mendon and Uxbridge, MA. Ordained in 1980, he is a graduate of
the Harvard Divinity School and holds an undergraduate degree in religion and
political science from Tufts University. He is married to Sue Baldauf, a family
therapist; and they have one son, Eric. In previous lifetimes John was a
public school teacher, union organizer, counselor at a halfway house for teenage
girls, apprentice to a Mexican curandera (healer-woman), and a salesman of
pansies and parsley.
He is very involved in Bedford and metropolitan Boston, a participant in
interfaith roundtables, chaplain to the Bedford Minutemen, a founding member of
the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the Tuckerman Coalition, and the
Interfaith Alliance. He also participates actively in the life of the Unitarian
Universalist Association, is past president of the UU Partner Church Council,
former board chair of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and is
current chair of UUSC's Ministerial Leadership Network. First Parish Bedford was
recognized as a "breakthrough congregation" in 2012 by the UUA.
John regards the church as the last, best and most improbable hope for humanity.
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
“WOULD YOU LIKE TO ‘SING’ ON A STAR?”
with Linnea Bardarson
Let’s sing it out on
Star Island. Songs – old and new – gospel, folk, spirituals,
songs of social justice, a’capella and accompanied. Some will be
easy, some more challenging. We’ll have fun learning them.
Seasoned chorister or “only-in-the-shower” types – this
workshop is for everyone who loves to sing.
a Star –
one big circle goin’ round and round.
-Sly and the Family Stone
Linnea Bardarson leads a
20-voice choir at First Church and Parish, Dedham MA, where she has
served as Music Director since 2007. A classical pianist by
training, she fell in love the banjo a few years ago, and is at her
happiest when making music with others.
with Rebecca Emerson
Printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking, and has been
around for thousands of years. It can be done with with wood,
linoleum, rubber, or many other materials, and you can print onto
many surfaces as well; paper, wood, canvas and even fabric.
The printed image will be the reverse of what is on the block and
whatever surface is untouched will be what prints. Carving a
block can take anywhere from an hour for a small piece, to several
weeks or even
months depending on the size and detail of the image. If only we had
that much time… However, once you have the block you can use it
hundreds or thousands of times.
All materials, including paper will be provided
but you are encouraged to bring other items to print on, how great
would a Toby Tie Dye look with a print!
with John and Diana Vitarelli
little stress here and there is inevitable, and actually can even be
motivating… as long as we know how to let it go. If you are under
chronic stress, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, or
otherwise, finding a stress management system is essential to your
continued health and well-being. Practicing Yoga a is an
antidote to negative stress. Yoga has been proven to reduce the
production of cortisol and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory,
increases flexibility and builds strength, and the breathing
techniques allow the mind to find peace are become essential to the
enjoyment of life as we age.
Vinyasa is a breath based yoga
practice incorporating movement and static postures. A gradual
evolution into the yoga practice will allow for an intelligent
approach to the postures and space for deeper mental focus. Focus,
breathing and movement sends the mind into a state of peaceful calm
and John have been practicing yoga for decades. They own and operate
Dhyana Yoga studios in Philadelphia where they teach classes, lead
teacher training and work with private clients. Opened by Diana in
2002 Dhyana Yoga has been a leading school in the Vinyasa method of
John and Diana along with their
daughter Lorraine will join us for the week long "Just
The Vocal - Physical Connection and Breath
with Tina and Phil Burns
workshop focuses on the movement, relaxation and freedom required
for the creative spirit to thrive through artistic expressions at
all levels of performance and practice with particular attention to
music, breathing and the voice. The breath is at the core of our
ability to express ourselves freely both artistically and socially
in creative environments and provides stability and support. Freedom
of movement allows us to navigate comfort both on and off of the
stage connecting the breath to the body and ultimately to the voice
allowing for complete access to artistic communication in practice
and performance. Physical exercises connected
with breath management help to build the skills needed to navigate
necessary vs unnecessary tensions required in performance practice.
This work becomes the framework of support for our work as artists,
musicians and teachers.
with Patti Emmons
us for an exciting and fun-filled workshop on basketry. This
workshop will be divided into three different afternoon sessions.
Each session will be for two days (Sunday & Monday, Tuesday
& Wednesday, and Thursday & Friday) and each session will
make a different small basket.
each session you will learn the terminology for basketry and the
core basics of weaving a basket. You will have a finished basket to
take home with you at the end of each session. Each session will
be limited to 15 people. There will be a nominal fee around $3 for
each basket kit to cover the cost of materials. There will also
be extra kits available if you wish to make additional baskets at
will be asking conferees not to sign up for multiple sessions until
everyone has had an opportunity to sign-up for at least one session.
If there is room, you are welcome to sign-up for all three sessions.
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
SUNDAY: TOWN HALL
UU women’s activism from 1961-1986 with
TUESDAY: Origami Boxes
with Sam Francis and Gail Henry
WEDNESDAY: Guided meditation using breath
awareness with Bill Crane
THURSDAY: Whole Health Awareness with
Laura And Hugh Silk
FRIDAY: SURPRISE IRON CHEF
with Aram and Jenn with special guests....
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