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Merrymeeting Adult Education

General Enrichment

Unwrapping Your Dreams


with Barbara Joy Hare

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

“A dream not interpreted is like a gift in the night… Not opened”. We spend a significant part of our lives dreaming, yet how often do we take the time to understand them, or use them in our daily life? This class will provide you with basic skills and theories for understanding and working with your dreams. Dream theories will be presented. Experiential exercises will be utilized for processing a dream. Participants can bring a dream that you are curious, excited, or baffled about in order to learn more about the language of dreams. “Joy” has taught dream work for 35 years at USM Continuing Ed, in various locations throughout the state of Maine, as well as internationally in Spain and Ireland. Her passion for dreams helps participants to connect with their understanding of dreams through theory and experiential practice.

Community Book Club


with Jeannie Sullivan

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Book: Braiding Sweetgrass. Robin Wall Kimmer is both a botanist and Citizen of the Potawatomi Nation. Through her teachings and story telling we the reader learn how plants, animals, and the world around us offer gifts and lessons. Even if we have forgotten how to listen to them. Come have a rich conversation about the book as we discuss how Kimmerer has merged her life as a scientist and Indigenous Woman. Kimmerer has much to share and reflect upon as she speaks to the creation of Turtle Island and the language of other beings. It will be a lively discussion as we share our own thoughts on such a powerful story. Book must be purchased separately.

Make-up 101: How to Buy & Apply


with Felicity Gibbs

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

This workshop is an introduction to the world of Make-up. We will be going over the proper way to buy a product, the proper way to apply a product, and learning to have fun with it. We will discuss tools of the trade: What products do you need and how/where you can purchase it. From foundation to bush to concealer to brushes. Matching colors with your undertones, and asking if price matters. And with time remaining, we will discuss how to use these tools: Once we have the right products, what is the best and easiest way to apply. We will go over the basic face. The right way to apply bronzers, blush, highlighter, etc.

Constellations of the Zodiac


with Laura Kenworthy

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 14, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

In this one-day workshop, professional astrologer Laura Kenworthy will introduce the world of astrology for the curiously-minded. The focus for this workshop will be on understanding the constellations of the Zodiac. Laura Kenworthy has studied the astrological archetypes and been a practicing astrologer for over 40 years. She writes the weekly Magical Mexicali astrology blog for Mexicali Blues and sees private clients for readings.She retired to Maine from NYC where she ran the Rudolf Steiner Bookstore on West 15th Street.

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR with AED – Adult & Child


with John Coffin

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 15, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jan 14, 2024

Become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED – Adult and Child. All the equipment (manikins and AEDs), videos, Student Workbooks, and consumable supplies are provided. Included in the course are Adult and Child CPR with AED and First Aid skills, where the students demonstrated the skills learned. Upon successful completion, an American Heart Association First/Aid CPR and AED Certification card will be sent to the student, valid for two (2) years. American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor: John E. Coffin

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Program


with Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 16, 2023 at 4 pm, runs for 8 weeks

The 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, developed by Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, is an empirically supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion for personal growth. In this class you will discover the science and physiology behind self-compassion and learn the skills to practice self-compassion in your daily life. The course includes meditation, reflection and writing exercises, and group discussion, with a focus on practice of the skills we are learning. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Full course details can be viewed at: Registration fees are non-refundable. Registration includes a copy of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. After registering, you will be sent a questionnaire which is required for participation in the course. Please note this is a compassion training program and is not therapy or a substitute for mental health treatment. Please reach out to Heather Shaughnessy-Cato with any questions: Special Note: There will be a 3.5-hour retreat on Sunday November 19th as part of this course. ***No class: 11/20. This workshop has been approved by NASW - Maine for 22 Continuing Education Contact Hour(s).

Course Assistant: Sarah Scott Zell, LCPC

Sauerkraut and Kimchi


with Zack Rouda

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 16, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Lactic acid fermentation is a metabolic process in which glucose and other sugars are converted into living cellular energy. It is an anaerobic fermentation that has been employed for thousands of years around the world. Fermented foods are an excellent source of vitamins and may promote a healthy gut biome. Learn how to make sauerkraut and kimchi! We'll use knives and other kitchen tools to cut up the vegetables, and follow a few time-tested and honed recipes to craft some delicious and healthy food. Every student will make one pint of sauerkraut, and one pint of kimchi.

Challenging Negative Attitudes


with Benefits and Beyond LLC

Calendar Next available session starts Oct 19, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Take Control of Pessimistic Perspectives and Stressful Situations. Learn to adjust your own attitude, handle negative situations and people, compare pessimism and optimism, cope with negativity from change and challenge negative organizational norms. Optional Book $50. Workshop taught by Eric Schroeder, who has been in sales, real estate and masonry heat for nearly 20 years. He has partnered with Benefits & Beyond to help other professionals in our community with their personal growth and development. Eric lives with his doting wife and energetic daughter in Bowdoin, Maine. When he's not playing with fire (masonry heaters), Eric likes lifting weights and putting them back down, helping people buy and sell real estate, traveling, taking part in church life, and drinking coffee with old and new friends. Virtual option available.

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