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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Our Classes

Connecting Across Differences: an Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


with Peggy Smith

Calendar Jan 30, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
  1. Would you like to deal with conflict more skillfully?
  2. Be sensitive to others without giving up your own needs?
  3. Deepen intimacy and have more ease within relationships?

The goal of this training is to explore a way of thinking, acting and speaking that builds connection even during times of stress and conflict.  The practical approach of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) assists us in thinking toward sustainable authentic community where everyone matters.  Participants will learn & explore new skills for using conflict as an opportunity to strengthen connection to others.

This interactive workshop will provide direct experience of empathic listening and empathic problem-solving. We have direct experiences of caring deeply for our authentic self at the same time as caring for the authentic other. These skills have the potential to increase harmony and cooperation within our our families, workplace, and the larger community.

You will leave this workshop with practical concepts and skills you can put to immediate use.

Whether you want to improve your relationship with yourself, your family, co­workers or community, your participation in this workshop will open new doors and expand your options.

A full NVC Level 1 workshop is in the planning stages for MDI during 2020.

About the Instructor:

Peggy Smith is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, with over four decades of teaching experience. She is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to our region.

Peggy holds a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a teacher in public and alternative schools for 32 years before devoting her full time energies to this endeavor. She offers trainings in a wide variety of venues. She has posted online a Courageous Communication curriculum developed over five years with men coming out of incarceration.

She is a co-founder of the Maine NVC Network and leads their monthly newsletter team.


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Website & Social Media to Support Your Small Business


with Mark Arnold

Calendar Feb 4, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The digital ecosystem is built up of many parts, a website and social media are all important for a company to build their online presence. Learn how to maintain your website and use social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Yelp, Business My Google) to promote your small business. A website and social media can and should work in tandem, complementing each other to build a stronger online presence for your company. Social media can complement your website – and vice-versa – by linking your social activities back to your business' website. Please bring your charged laptop.

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Driver's Ed Winter
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Driver's Ed Winter


with Dan King

Calendar Feb 12, 2020 at 3 pm, runs for 3 weeks

**Updated Schedule: see below

Driver’s Edge Driving School offers Driver Education at MDIHS. Students must be at least 15 years old by the date of the first class. Registrations forms can be found at the MDIHS main office or contact the Adult Ed office or email for a downloadable copy. You cannot register for this class online. A deposit of $100 must be returned with the registration form to hold the space. Checks should be made to “Driver’s Edge Driving School” and then returned to MDIHS Main Office. An email will be sent to out 7-10 days before the first class with more details.

Option: Please call Driver's Edge directly at 941-9494 to pay by credit card.

NOTE: This class will meet Feb. 12(W), 13(TH), 24(M), 25(T), 26(W) and March 2(M), 3(T), 4(W), 9(M), and 10(T). There will be no classes the week of Feb, 17th.

Guitar for Beginners and Beyond


with Derf McKeeton

Calendar Feb 24, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learning to play the guitar is easy and with practice you can become good! Each individual will be able maximize their own abilities whether they are brand new to the instrument or already have some experience. Reading and writing notes, basic harmony, chord progressions, and how play a song from start to finish will be introduced. Please bring a guitar and any material or songs you might have to class.

A $12.00 for materials fee is already included in the cost of the class.

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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant


with CCI Staff

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.  It will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.   This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider.  To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.  

All students will meet with the Director, Anne Patterson, to fully enroll them. 

There is an optional 160 hr externship that will be arranged if necessary.

Note:  Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination for a fee. 

Note: Some classes will be held at MDI Hospital, but this will be discussed in class.





Cooking: Vegan Cooking Around the World!


with Tony Dalisio

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 4 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Over a four week period we will discuss, learn and cook a plant based meal each week that is representative of a culinary tradition from different region of the world. How do you make pasta without an egg?..or how do you have BBQ from Korea without meat? We will cook up answers to these questions, and many more! So come learn how to introduce some healthy and diverse plant based options into your meal repertoire. Please plan to pay a materials fee of $35 at the first class for food.

Estate Planning Basics: What You Should Know to Put Your Affairs In Order


with Tim Stanley

Calendar Mar 4, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Estate planning is the process by which we consider the transfer of wealth or other assets in order to meet a specific goal. Some common estate planning goals include protection of a spouse or disabled child, tax savings, disability planning and business succession planning, among others. Part of the planning process is assembling the appropriate documents that can help you to achieve your goals. This class will explore some of the issues and goals that commonly lead people to think about estate planning, as well as the probate process, trusts, wills, and other strategies that can be used to achieve estate planning goals. 

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Backyard Chickens 101


with Jennifer Fisk

Calendar Mar 5, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Raising chickens is often a great way to literally grow your own food. But how do you avoid getting roosters if you only want layers? Should you have a rooster with your hens? What’s a brooding box? What if a hen gets broody? What does that even mean? How much space do hens need? Does my town allow me to have chickens?

This class will answer these questions and help you choose the right breed/breeds, obtain birds from good sources and employ easy methods of husbandry from day old chicks to egg laying.

The first week will focus on raising egg laying chickens while the second week will focus on meat birds which is quite different from laying hens.

About Jennifer Fisk: She grew up in upstate NY and moved to MDI 49 years ago. She is a former US Customs Inspector. She moved from in town BH to Town Hill in 1995 and built Acadia Woods Kennel in 1996. She got her first chickens in 2002 or so. Currently she has a mixed laying flock, 3 heritage turkeys, 2 Nigerian goats, 5 Silver Fox rabbits, 2 cats and 2 German Shepherds. She grows a fairly good sized garden from which she freezes and cans. She also grew 15 meat chickens, 8 meat rabbits and 2 Broadbreasted White turkeys this year. Jennifer grows or sources locally almost all of her food.

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