Our programming feels so alive because it is grounded in UU values and our UU communities. Facilitators will work with staff to ensure programs are carried out safely, including limiting the number of participants. If you are interested in participating in a program, please register in advance.
2021 Adult Program Schedule
Fees quoted below do not include meals or accommodations. Please visit our online booking platform to arrange your stay.
Please refer to the adult packing list below for suggestions of what to bring for your stay.
July 30-August 2 — Unicamp Nature Walk with Janice Canning
The nature walk is a leisurely walk along the trails of Unicamp. Suitable for all ages but children under 12 do need a responsible adult with them. We will look at the flora and fauna of Unicamp. I will ask all to remain 6 ft from each other if not in a bubble group with them. 10 as a maximum so that we can all see and hear even though socially distanced. Register here.
July 31 — Labyrinth: The Journey with Helen Iacovino
The journey, particularly the Hero’s Journey which is our journey of self-knowledge and spiritual discovery, is frequently associated with the labyrinth. It represents our common life path, and a path leading to a goal (the centre) and back out again into the world, something transformative. It also represents the convoluted journey we have all taken during this pandemic, with all the inherent uncertainty. We will explore these themes. Will not include a labyrinth walk, because distancing is impossible in a group labyrinth walk. Instead it is recommended that participants walk Unicamp’s labyrinth on their own or with their household sometime before and/or after the workshop. Register here.
August 1-6 — Grown: Your Sexual Self with Kim Alexander
As children, our beliefs and values often mirrored those of our parents. When it comes to sexuality, there’s a lot we didn’t learn at home. Let’s talk about sex! Dr. Kim Alexander is a gynecologist working in sexual health and an OWL facilitator. Register here.
August 6-8 — Dance Workshop: Functional Movement with Kathleen Rea
Study functional movement, led by Axis Syllabus teacher candidate Kathleen Rea. The Axis Syllabus is a compendium of information relevant to the training, preperation, and performance of the human body. The Axis Syllabus provides comparative data on flexibility, strength, alignment, injuries, and movement practices. Anatomical attributes and ways of moving that are basically safe and energy conservative will be explored. Kathleen will refer to physics, anatomy, and relevant scientific data from various fields. Register here.
August 8-13 — Eco Workshop with Nicola
Learn reliable techniques to create your own productive, restorative, eco friendly edible landscape with this in depth exploration of food forestry, agroforestry, polycultures vs monocultures, pollinators, utilizing biomimicry (mimicking a natural woodland). Register here.
August 13-15 — 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. Register here.
August 20-22 — The Power of Self Compassion: Non-Violent Communication with Aukje
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 judgemental and critical thoughts of yourself by developing an understanding of why you choose the behaviours you do. This 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 no knowledge of NVC at all.
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. Register here.
August 20-22 — Sound Healing Retreat: The Magic of Music with Michael Moon
Relax 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 your voice 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. Register here.
August 20-23 — Morning yoga with Artist-in-Residence Vivian Chong (free, drop-in, limited spots available)
August 27-29 — Write and Tell your Personal Story with Anne Bokma (SOLD OUT – please contact us to join the waitlist)
Sharing our stories is a sacred act. “All that we are is story,” said the Canadian Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese. This Story telling workshop presents you with the opportunity to create and share your story. Guided by award-winning journalist and long-time Unicamper Anne Bokma, you’ll write your true-life tale (maximum 1,000 words) over the course of the weekend and deliver it (maximum 6 minutes) in front of a small group. Anne Bokma is the founder of the 6-minute Minute Memoir, a popular quarterly storytelling event in Hamilton, ON., which has featured dozens of presenters sharing hundreds of tales over the past seven years. She is also the author of the 1019 memoir, My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful — One Woman’s Secular Quest for a More Spiritual Life from Douglas & McIntyre, a book Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck describes as “an engaging, entertaining, well-researched romp through the many variations of non-religious spiritual practice.” Join the waitlist here.
August 29-September 3 — Artist Retreat: Connecting with Nature, the 10th Anniversary, with Lauren Renzetti
Connecting with Nature with Lauren McKinley Renzetti. We will be Starting Sunday at 5pm with introductions and working until Friday 4pm. Using Unicamp and environs as our inspiration with its picturesque vistas, mossy craggy caves, 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 create a series of small works in watercolour or drawing media of 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 composition. Use colour theory to create depth. NEW: We will explore principal 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 days 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. Register here.
August 29-September 3 — Public speaking workshop with Sarah Hilton