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Kripalu Yoga with Ezra

$20

with Ezra Sassaman

Calendar Feb 25, 2021 at 12 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Kripalu Yoga with Ezra is a relaxing midday pause from working at home and sheltering inside through the pandemic winter. 

 

This session is perfect for first-time and beginning yogis. Each hour-long class combines breath and body awareness, gentle stretches, and strengthening exercises. Classes balance mind and body, create opportunities for self-reflection, and aim to leave participants in a state of serene calm.

 

Our seven-week session has a “sets of seven” theme, including the colors of the rainbow, chakras, seven-letter words, and more!

 

Supplies needed: exercise mat, yoga blocks/blanket optional

 

Instructor Bio: Ezra completed his yoga teacher training at Kripalu in 2019. He hoped to teach in person, but began offering yoga over Zoom instead because of the pandemic.

 

As the rare yoga teacher who can't touch his toes, Ezra understands yoga means something different for every person. He hopes to bring the practice to students who think they are “bad at yoga” and convince them there is no such thing!

 

This is a live, online meeting via Zoom. Participants will receive a link (see your email) to join the class 1-2 days before the first class. If you need help with Zoom, contact MDI Adult Ed at least 2 days before the class begins for assistance.

An Artist's Journey through Paris

$15

with Carol Shutt

Calendar Feb 25, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join beloved MDI artist and art teacher, Carol Shutt, as she shares her artistic process from an art-making trip to Paris. She will show her imagery and poetry from an art book she created while there, and describe her process in a way that teaches you how to create a travel art journal for yourself.  This is a live online class.

Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 1

$15

with CJ Walke

Calendar Mar 3, 2021 at 6 pm

In this two-part workshop, we will focus on organic methods to help gardeners and homesteaders establish and maintain healthy fruit production. 

In Part 1, we will discuss variety selection and soil preparation for planting young fruit trees, as well as how to grow a young tree in its early years before flowering and fruit production. 

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.

Mindful Eating in COVID Times

$40

with Jen Harry

Calendar Mar 9, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

COVID times have thrown us off kilter in all respects, including our eating habits.  In this 4-week class, we will compassionately explore and learn about the physical, emotional and environmental factors that can influence our food choices and eating patterns, with the intention of increasing awareness and creating a healthy balanced relationship with food.  Learn exactly what mindful eating is, the different types of hungers that drive our desire to eat, the science behind food cravings and willpower, as well as how nourishing ourselves with food affects our resiliency and can increase our overall well-being.  This is a live online class.

Makeup class, if needed, 04/06/21.

Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 2

$15

with CJ Walke

Calendar Mar 10, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this two-session series on growing fruit trees, we will focus on organic methods to help gardeners and homesteaders establish and maintain healthy fruit trees for home fruit production. 

In part 2, we will discuss organic methods of insect and disease management in order to produce quality fruit, as well as how to best manage fruit trees as they get older and larger.  This is a face to face online course.

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.

Beekeeping for Beginners

$55

with Peter Cowin

Calendar Mar 15, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is designed to stimulate interest and questions about beekeeping as a hobby or to help with pollination. It covers what is needed, where to locate bee hives, where to buy them, what it costs and how to care for bees so they survive the winter. Many join the class because they are aware of the huge importance and decline of honeybees and other pollinators and just want to help. Learn about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping, pollinate your garden and grow your own honey! This is a live online class.

Makeup class, if needed, 04/05/21.

Peter Cowin, a/k/a the Bee Whisperer, started keeping bees in the 1970s at the age of 11, and now tends to more than 130 colonies.  He is past President of Penobscot County Beekeepers Association and mentor to many local beekeepers.  Peter runs a beekeeping supply store in Hampden, Maine.  He sells packaged bees and produces queens and makes hundreds of nucleus colonies for sale each year.  His bees produce thousands of pounds of honey per year sold under the Bee Whisperer name.  Peter has been teaching beekeeping at his honey farm and for Adult Ed for more than eight years.

Delicious Dessert Bars

$22

with JoAnne Wood

Calendar Mar 20, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

We’ll be making two of JoAnne’s favorite dessert bars in this live, online class: Tangy lemon crumble bars and browned butter frosted pumpkin bars.

Upon registration we will email the ingredient list so that you can cook along with JoAnne if you wish.

Please note that this is an online class. The instructor will send out a Zoom link closer to the start date so you can access the class. If you are new to Zoom and need assistance, please contact Martie Crone at martie.crone@mdirss.org or call 288-4703 at least a day or so before the class begins.

JoAnne Wood was born in England, grew up in San Francisco, and comes from a long line of fine British bakers. After graduation from the California Culinary Academy, she worked as a pastry chef in the San Francisco Bay area.  Since moving to Maine in 2000, she has worked as a professional pastry chef, owned a dessert catering company and, for more than 15 years, taught cooking classes.  She has a passion for cooking and baking, and for teaching people of all ages.

 

Fruit Tree Cultivation Part 3: Pruning

$15

with CJ Walke

Calendar Mar 20, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

After our Fall 2020 two-session series on cultivating fruit trees, there were requests for a hands-on pruning workshop.  This workshop will focus on the role, priorities and techniques of pruning to maintain healthy fruit trees for home fruit production.  C.J. Walke will demonstrate at a Hancock County site to be determined. 

C. J. Walke has been working for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association since 2006 and for the past decade, he has focused on providing technical services to farmers and teaching practical skills related to organic tree fruit cultivation.





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