Adult Programs

 

Unicamp offers a wide variety of programs for adults. Scroll down to see details about our Adult programming for the 2019 season, or click here to access our 2019 Program Brochure.

Again this year, Unicamp will have an Adult Programming Coordinator. They will be a catalyst for programming activities co-created by the community. It might feel like a more flexible, informal festival of offerings, tuned into the interests and practices of Unicampers. We’re co-creating community. In addition, many of our beloved facilitators are returning, continuing Unicamp traditions such as singing, dancing, art-making and hiking the Bruce Trail.

Most of our workshops get plenty of people. However, we need a minimum enrolment at least a week beforehand for the workshop to run. If you are interested in participating in a program, please register in advance.

Our programming feels so alive because it is grounded in UU values and grounded in our UU communities.


2019 Adult Programs at Unicamp:

(Fees quoted below do not include meals and accommodations)


May 10–12: Spring Welcoming Community Building Work Weekend

Join with us to greet the spring at Unicamp! We will help wake up the camp from its winter slumber and start on some spring projects. Property Manager and Seasonal Unicamper Terry O’Sullivan will lead building projects, and welcomes help: tosull2@yahoo.ca.


May 17–20: May Long Weekend

Programming will be co-created by campers. For details, check the chalkboard in the dining hall when you arrive. Consider what interests you could bring, to show up more fully.


June 7–9: Bruce Trail Hiking with Frank Kuznik

Frank Kuznik and David Royle will lead two hikes in the beautiful Dufferin Highland section of the trail. The Saturday hike is about 12–15 km in length, at a moderate pace. The Sunday hike is a bit shorter. Both hikes start at 9 am. Program fee: $25
For more information and to register, click here.


June 3-7: Writers’ Retreat

10th Annual Writers’ Retreat
Monday, June 3rd, 8.00 p.m to Friday, June 7th, noon.
Exploring Our Inner and Outer Landscapes at the beautiful Unicamp setting with its trails, ponds, beaches and woodlands, we will be inspired to free our creative spirits. We will be guided by meditation, poetry and a variety of writing suggestions. There will be ample free time for silence and solitude, as well as group sharing in a safe, encouraging community. No previous experience necessary. Facilitated by Valerie Nielsen leader of The Writers’ Circle at The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton.
For more information contact Valerie at valerienielsen01@gmail.com.
Program fee: $150. To register, click here.


June 8: Open House Saturday

On Saturday, day passes are free. Come tour the camp, bring a picnic lunch, have refreshments and see what Unicamp is all about. Relax, play, swim, hike, and join our communal campfire!


Aug 16–18: Sacred Circle Dance with Barbara Herring

This is a program of exploration of the world around us and within through simple movement to a variety of world music. Dances are relaxing and playful, uniting us in mind, body and spirit. No experience or partners needed! Bring drums or stories to share, scarves and sacred objects to adorn our dance area. Facilitator Barbara Herring has led Sacred Circle Dance since 1996. She has led dance events in Ontario, BC and the USA. Barbara brings a sense of calm, joy and reverence to the dance. She is joined by the well-known facilitator and choreographer Anne Crowe. Book early, enrollment is limited to 30. Program fee: $60.
For more information and to register, click here.


Aug 16–18: Bruce Trail Hiking with Frank Kuznik

Frank Kuznik will lead two days of hiking on the Bruce Trail’s beautiful Dufferin Highlands section. Saturday’s hike will be 12–15 km long, at a moderate pace with a drop-out point, followed by a shorter more leisurely hike on Sunday finishing in time for Unicamp’s Sunday service. Start time will be 9am both days. Program fee: $25
For more information and to register, click here.


Aug 19–23: Soulo Theatre Workshop

Flying Soulo – Your Story on Stage: Transform your life stories into a Solo Theatre Show. Through improvisation, writing exercises and one on one coaching with director Tracey Erin Smith you’ll uncover the stories that need to be told and learn how to transform your truth into a powerful and entertaining show. The week culminates in a sharing of your work-in-progress with the Unicamp community.

SOULO Theatre’s founder and artistic director Tracey Erin Smith is an international award-winning director, performer and instructor. Tracey has directed and performed Off Broadway and is the director/creator of the TV documentaries She’s The Man and Drag Heals. Start time: Monday 2pm. End time: Friday 2pm.
Cost: $400.00. Contact: tracey@soulo.ca. Pay for program via: e-transfer or cheque to Tracey Erin Smith.
Pay for accommodations and meals online at unicampofontario.ca


Aug 23–25: The Magic of Music with Michael Moon

Relax and deepen into the magic of music and its amazing healing properties. The most powerful instrument is the human voice, closest to our body and our spirit. Come learn how to use it as a simple, yet profound healing tool. You don’t have to be a musician or singer to experience the magic. We will explore the basic principles of sound healing, drumming, chanting, group improvisation and more. If you play a musical instrument, bring it along. Michael shares his 30 years of study and practice of sound healing and music production. Past participants have said: “The best workshop of its kind”, “So much fun and so relaxing”, “An amazing experience!” Includes a special concert with Michael on Saturday night.
Info: mm@thetempleofsound.com Program fee: $110.  Register today!


Aug 23–25: The Power of Self Compassion

What if you were more compassionate with yourself? How would that change who you are with yourself, in your relationships and in the world? In this experiential workshop you will have an opportunity to explore how to change judgmental and critical thoughts of yourself by developing an understanding of why you choose the behaviours you do. his opens the door to self-compassion.

Although this workshop is based on teachings from Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication (NVC), it is appropriate for both those who have taken past workshops in NVC as well as those who have not.

Program facilitator Aukje Byker is a Certified NVC trainer and has learned that when she can be compassionate with herself, she has greater compassion for others as well. Program fee: Pay what you feel comfortable paying—between $25 and $250. For more information about the workshop, email: aukje@cogeco.ca  Register today!


Aug 25–30: Connecting with Nature Artist Retreat

Connecting with Nature with Lauren McKinley Renzetti. We will be starting Sunday at 5pm with introductions and continuing until Friday 4pm. Unicamp and its environs will be our inspiration with its picturesque vistas, dappled ponds, rolling hills, fantastic forests and expansive skies. We will explore the perfect location and capture the light of morning, afternoon, dusk and sunset. In three or four sessions a day we will create a series of small works in watercolour or drawing media of your choice with on-location drawing and painting. These may be finished works or studies for future paintings. Go off on your own, or stick with the camaraderie of the group.  Be introduced to a variety of techniques and strategies to create interesting compositions. Use colour theory to create depth. NEW: We will explore principals of composition, along with principals of design. Learn about the close view with single objects & the long view using panoramic skies and hills. End the day with a constructive critique and reworking that day’s studies. Discussion about Kim Dorland, Tom Thompson, Emily Carr, & The Group of Seven and other contemporary artists and their styles will also help round out this week-long immersion into the Canadian Landscape. This retreat is for all abilities, whether you are a practicing artist or just starting out, you set your own pace. Bring your own materials. For additional information or enquiries; mckinleyrenzetti@gmail.com. Program fee: $150 for the workshop.  Register today!


Aug 25–Sept 1: Wellness Week

In addition to the following workshops and retreats, there will be offerings of yoga and other wellness practices by people in our Unicamp community. Registered Massage Therapist Ayelet Grosbein will be available to offer massages, including 7am Sunrise Treatments. To book, contact aheartmassage@gmail.com.


Aug 29–Sept 1: (10am–noon): Injury Rehab and Prevention

This workshop will address injuries, chronic conditions, for everyday people, seniors and elite athletes. Lecture and simple yet effective physical exercises will teach you how to work with your body instead of against it. The new perspectives you can learn effect not just your physique but your sense of life in general. Accessible to all. Program fee: 8-hour course 4130 ($105 with payment by July 14).  Register today!


Aug 29–Sept 1 (3:00–4:30 pm): Functional Movement with Kathleen Rea

Former dancer with NBOC, Ballet Jorgen Canada and Tiroler Landes Tanztheatre, Kathleen Rea teaches at George Brown Dance. She founded the Wed Dance Jam and is the author of The Healing Dance. She is a certified instructor of the MELT Method (Hands & Feet) and an Axis Syllabus teacher candidate. This workshop will build on the above workshop by taking functional movement concepts into dynamic motion. Safe and energy conservative ways of moving and accessible information on body alignment, joint function, physics and anatomy will be provided. Spiral and wave-like movements will be used to minimize tension and build resiliency. Exercises can prompt discoveries that people may transfer into daily life. Students need to take above workshop to gain full benefit from this workshop. Accessible to all. Program fee: 6-hour course $100 ($80 with payment by July 14).  Register today!


Aug 29–Sept 1 (4:45–6:00): Contact Dance Improvisation with Kathleen Rea

Contact Improvisation (CI) is a social dance in which momentum between people is used to create and inspire dance movements. Kathleen has been doing CI for the past 19 years, and teaches CI at George Brown Dance. See her full bio above. Kathleen teaches CI with a functional movement perspective. This is an intermediate to advanced level CI course. Program fee: 5-hour course $90 ($70 with payment by July 14).  Register today!


Sept 13–15: Young Adult Retreat (Camp is closed for this private rental)

Join UU young adults (18–35) for a weekend of community, conversation and carousing amidst the splendors of the changing leaves. Come for a hike on the trails, pick apples and make cider, gather a crew for a workshop, or grow friendships over crafts and games. Whatever the weekend is, it’s up to you as participants to bring your own gifts forward. With cars coming from everywhere between Montreal and Windsor, we can probably help with a ride too. Children under 12 welcome! Program cost: Sliding scale, TBD.
For more info: young-adults@cuc.ca, or visit www.cuc.ca/events


Sept 27–29: Welcoming Winter Work Weekend

Come and join us this weekend to help Unicamp get ready for winter. Accommodation, Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast & lunch are provided in exchange for 9 hours of your work (6 hrs on Saturday and 3 hrs on Sunday morning.) See page 13 for more details.
For more info, contact director@unicampofontario.ca


Oct 11–14: Thanksgiving Weekend

A long-standing tradition at Unicamp. Come and join us for a mixture of community work Saturday, as we ready for the winter, help prepare our Sunday Thanksgiving feast, apple pick, hike, chop wood, begin readying camp for the winter, join in for campfires, sing-alongs, games in the dining hall and even a late fall swim! The leaves this time of year are beautiful! Join us for Sunday worship service at 10am, with brunch at 11am and dinner at 5pm. Our Cooks are the only paid staff this weekend, please book and pay online prior to arrival and come ready to help with accommodation clean up, meal clean up and other tasks during the weekend. Fees include accommodation and meals from Saturday Breakfast to Monday lunch, with Friday night being a potluck, and we will provide soup and bread! Dorm or Tent: $85 pp, Cottages: $100 pp and youth 5–15 $50 for the weekend. Other activities happening throughout the weekend are: Saturday night dance, group hike (1–2 hours), a fall craft hour and gratitude sharing circle.  Register today!


October 13, Thanksgiving Feast only: If you are unable to join us for the whole weekend, consider joining us for Thanksgiving dinner on thanksgiving Sunday at 5:00pm. Fee includes day pass to camp: Adults $30, youth 5–15 years $18. Please book online and pay prior to arrival, as our Cooks are the only paid staff working this weekend.  Register today!