Summer Courses

Welcome to the Summer Session of Senior College at Belfast. Classes run from 9:30am until 3:00pm unless otherwise indicated, with a ½ hour break for lunch, or longer at the instructor’s discretion. All our classes are offered at the Hutchinson Center on Route 3 in Belfast. Please register early for the classes you would like to take to avoid disappointment. Course registration is $20.00 per course.

We are once again waiving the membership fee for all summer courses, plus all ages are welcome. You and your friends and neighbors need only to deal with a registration fee of $20 for each class you choose. Please bring a brown bag lunch for the full-day classes.

Take a look at all the classes, and after you’ve decided on the ones you are interested in, fill out our quick and easy summer registration form. No login necessary.

Re-thinking the Carter Presidency, Tuesday, July 10

Instructor: Bob Rackmales

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Morning snack, bring a bag lunch

Was Jimmy Carter a mediocre president or has his contribution been undervalued? The latest survey of rankings of US Presidents by the American Political Science Association lists him in 26th place, one notch below Gerald Ford and only two notches above Calvin Coolidge. However, a landmark new account of the Carter years by Stuart Eizenstat, due to be published in April, has led a number of leading historians to call for a broad reassessment of his legacy.

In addition to incorporating some of the new evidence provided by Eizenstat (who served as Carter’s Chief Domestic Policy Adviser) this course will draw upon material from earlier Senior College courses of mine, including “Maine to Foggy Bottom: Ed Muskie as Secretary of State” and “Human Rights in International Relations”.

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How to Start a Wine Tasting Group, Thursday, July 12

Instructor: Wendy C Kasten & Julie Della Matera

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Class limit of 14
  • Morning snack, bring a bag lunch

Because they wanted to be more knowledgeable about wines, Wendy and Julie decided to form a wine tasting group in 2011. In a group of 6 persons, they first took a “Teaching Company Great Courses” DVD course called The Everyday Guide to Wine. Once a month, a different group member would host the event and at the end of the 24 lectures (yes, two wine and food-filled years), no one wanted to stop getting together to explore wines. First of all, they realized there was still so very much to learn; the world of wines is vast and extraordinarily interesting. Second, the group was having so much fun. We felt we knew enough to set our own curriculum. The group is still active.

This is a one-day summer class. In the morning, come to learn simple steps to organize a wine tasting group with ideas for tasting, pairing, and themes to explore. Pack your lunch, because when we break for lunch at 11:30 at the Hutchinson Center, we will carpool to the Cellar Door Winery tasting room in Lincolnville for a private explanation of their wine making process and tasting some of their Maine grown grapes and Maine-made wines. Come spend a lovely summer day with us!

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Introduction to Meditation, Thursday, July 19

Instructor: Diana Maria Chapin

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Class limit of 25
  • Morning snack, bring a bag lunch

Gain a better understanding of meditation as a wellness practice. Participants will learn invigorating breath-work, the dynamics of the human energy system, the connection between imagination and groundedness, and the art of suspending themselves in the abundant present moment. Suitable for anyone, this series shows how meditation is accessible, enjoyable and rewarding. You’re ready! There’s nothing to prepare for—just come with an attitude of “not knowing” and curiosity—a willingness to relax and explore.

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Guided Meditations on the Chakra System, Thursday, July 26

Instructor: Diana Maria Chapin

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Class limit of 25
  • Morning snack, bring a bag lunch

Learn about the Chakra energy system—an aspect of the human field system which has been recognized for thousands of years by healers and spiritual masters. Chakra means “spinning wheel of light” in Sanskrit, and identifies the 7 major centers on the body where energy enters the human being, providing non-material support to the physical body. This series will explore and enrich each of the 7 chakras. Building life-force (chi, prana) energy in the body through breath-work and guided meditations, discussion and individual sacred space will be a part of each class. Join for stress reduction, anxiety reduction, uplifting your mood, general wellness, and relaxation.

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