Adult Programs

Please note: All May, June and July 2020 events (including Children’s Camps and Youth Programs) have been cancelled. Please read our COVID-19 Statement here.

Unicamp offers a wide variety of programs for adults. Scroll down to see details about our Adult programming for the 2020 season.

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 and art-making.

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 our UU communities.

Mandala Making

2020 Adult Programs at Unicamp:

(Fees quoted below do not include meals and accommodations, unless otherwise stated)


May 9–10: 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. Please contact exec.director@unicampofontario.ca for details.


May 15–18: 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 17–21: Wild Ginger (Camp is open to event registrants and seasonal campers only)

Unicamp provides the perfect setting for this Wednesday to Sunday gathering (leaders arrive Tuesday night). This group is committed to the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, a political and feminist approach to Goddess- and Earth-based spirituality. The camp provides an opportunity to experience large group pagan rituals that connect us to ourselves, to each other, and to nature. Wild Ginger offers small group personal growth opportunities, a loving sense of community, chanting, dancing and fun. Every year, new and seasoned campers have expressed deep appreciation for the magic of Wild Ginger. Info and registration: wildgingerwitches.org or contact WildGingerWC@gmail.com.


June 23–28: Big Heart Dance Camp.

Experience embodying your full creative self in a safe, supportive and playful environment. This special event features a wide array of dance, yoga, music, and other healing arts modalities, shared through playshops and evening events. While this is run by an outside organization, Unicampers are more than welcome to join in! If you would like more information or have any questions, please be in touch by e-mailing  bigheartdancecamp@gmail.com or visiting www.ayrlie.ca


June 29–July 5: Stargazing with Mike Cormier: Prepare to be amazed by strange and interesting facts about planets, stars, and connecting the dots. Mike explains fun facts, showing us what’s shining down from outer space with humour. Maps of the night skies will be available.


July 1: Canada Day at Unicamp: Day Passes are Free (please book meals in advance). Programming will be Co-Created by Seasonals and other Unicampers; ask at Admin or check the Dining Hall board for updates!


July 4: 9:30–12:00 Noon: Labyrinth History Workshop and Walk

The labyrinth is an archetypal symbol dating back at least 3,500 years. It is found in Crete, Rome, England, France, Scandinavia, India,and the American Southwest. It seems to have sprung up concurrently on all 6 inhabited continents, and is related to the spiral. Art featuring spiral forms dates back to 15,000-18,000 BCE. Today and always, walking a labyrinth is a form of meditation; it feels like we are connecting to our deeper self. Includes a labyrinth walk. Cost: FREE (Please sign up as you book your reservations or at Admin).


July 5: Board Meeting: All Board meetings are open to Unicampers. Meet your 2020 Unicamp Board and Senior Staff members!


July 31st–August 3Midsummer Retreat: Come for a fun weekend of co-created programming, or kick back, relax, and enjoy the weekend renewing friendships of making new ones in true Unicamp fashion.


July 31–August 3: Stargazing with Mike Cormier: Mike is back with his telescope to explain strange and interesting facts about planets & stars, and to help us connect the dots. Maps of the night skies will be available.


August 1: Labyrinth Workshop and Walk. Theme: The Journey


August 1August 3: Permaculture workshop: Through the 12 principles of Permaculture, join us as we learn simple tools to actively participate towards an ecologically sustainable future. Day One ~ Care for the Earth. Observing Nature and learning to apply simple tools in creating sustainable biodiversity. Day Two ~ Care for each other. Exploring the recipe to sustainable biodiversity through collaboration. Day Three ~ Share the Wealth. How to create tangible individual and community economics. Cost: $309 (Sliding Scale available, please contact bookings@unicampofontario.ca for more information)


August 7–9: Sacred Circle Dance

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 25. To Register or get more information, contact Barbara at 705-748-6886 or barbfish1@sympatico.ca. Program Free: $65 (sliding scale available)


August 7 (4pm)–August 9: Dog Welcome Weekend 1
August 9–August 14 (9pm): Dog Welcome Week

We welcome campers’ canine pets during specific Dog-Welcome dates. For our complete Dog and Service Animal Policy, please click here.


August 9–August 14: Family Camp Week 1: Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge

Families from the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas will be our special guests during this week, but of course everyone is welcome! For more info, visit our Family Camps webpage here. (This is also our Dog Welcome Week).


August 9: Board Meeting: All Board meetings are open to Unicampers. Meet your 2020 Unicamp Board and Senior Staff members!


August 10–August 14: Grown: Your Sexual Self (Workshop)

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. Cost: FREE (Please register in advance so materials can be prepared).


August 13, 10 am–12 noon & 1:30 pm–3:30 pm: Ukulele Buddies

Ukulele Workshop offers your camp participants, kids and adults, the opportunity to learn, play, and sing along in an engaging and fun atmosphere. The Uke is such a fun instrument to learn that only by knowing a few chords kids and adults will be able to start playing many favorite tunes. Program Fee: $57.


August 16–August 21: Family Camp Week 2: Hamilton, Guelph & Peterborough and Friends

Families from Hamilton, Guelph and Peterborough and their friends will be our special guests this week, but everyone is welcome! Book your spot early as this week is expected to fill up early! For more info, visit our Family Camps webpage here.


August 16–August 20: Soulo Theatre Workshop

SOULO Theatre: Your Story on Stage. Transform your life’s stories into a Solo Theatre Show or Keynote. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and one-on-one coaching, uncover the stories that need to be told and reveal your truth and message in a powerful and entertaining show. Course culminates in a short performance. Program Fee: $437.75 for workshop; with Accommodations at Nellie’s: $533.75


August 17–August 21: Fibre Arts Week

Join us for Fibre Arts Week! It’s a combination of learning new skills and WIP (Works in Progress). Knitting and embroidery will be specifically taught and supplies for these two arts will be provided. However, if you have additional skills you wish the share (crochet, quilting, etc), please bring to the group, or simply bring your WIP and work on it. It will be informal and fun. Cost: FREE! (Drop In!)


August 19 (10–11:30am): Rawhide Adventures/Peace Valley Ranch Visit

All horse programs offered during our Children’s Camp weeks and Jouth Week are run by Rawhide Adventures at Peace Valley Ranch, right next door to Unicamp. Carl Cosack from Peace Valley Ranch will bring a couple of horses over to Unicamp on August 19th from 10am to 11:30am so kids can sit on the horses, take pictures, and ask questions. Carl is quite the story teller, so he’ll have lots of stories to share about Peace Valley Ranch and Unicamp. Cost: FREE! (Drop In!)


August 21–August 23: 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. Part participants have said: “The best workshop of its kind,” “So much fun and so relaxing,” and “An Amazing experience!” Includes a special concert with Michael on Saturday night. Info: mm@thetempleofsound.com Program Cost: $114


August 21–August 23: Write and Tell Your Personal Story with Anne Bokma
Friday: 4-6 p.m./Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m
(A second session will be offered Sept. 11–13)

Sharing our stories is a sacred act. “All that we are is story,” said the Canadian Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese. “From the time we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here.” This weekend storytelling workshop presents you with the opportunity to both craft and share a story from your life. Guided by award-winning journalist and long-time Unicamper Anne Bokma, you’ll write your true-life tale over the course of the weekend and then deliver it (maximum 1,500 words) in front of a small group. Anne Bokma is the founder of the 6-Minute Memoir, a popular quarterly storytelling event in Hamilton, Ont., which has featured dozens of presenters sharing hundreds of tales over the past seven years — and has raised more than $40,000 for local charities. She is also the author of the 2019 memoir, My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful—One Woman’s Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life from Douglas & McIntyre. You can find out more about Anne at annebokma.com. Cost: $125. Non-refundable deposit of $40 due by July 1. Contact annebokmawriter@gmail.com.


August 23–August 28: Family Camp Week 3: GTA

Families from the Greater Toronto Area will be our special guests this week, but of course everyone is welcome! For more info, visit our Family Camps webpage here.


August 24–August 30: Wellness Week—Programming will be Co-Created by Seasonals and other Unicampers. Ask at Admin or check the Dining Hall board for updates!


August 24, 26, 28: Laughter Yoga. Laughter Yoga is a unique form of exercise that was founded in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India, where anyone can laugh for no reason. Scientific research shows that the body does not know the difference between real or fake laughter. So, while the laughter often is initially forced, it soon becomes real due to eye contact and the contagious nature of laughter in a group. Laughter Yoga has four active ingredients: laughing, singing, dancing and child-like playfulness. It doesn’t work however, until it is actually used! No special equipment or clothing is needed. It is a great exercise for people of all ages. Keep in mind, 60 seconds of laughter equals 10 minutes on a rowing machine. Laughter Yoga is a high impact cardiovascular workout so drink plenty of water. For more info: https://laughteryoga.org/  Cost: FREE (Drop In!)


August 25, 29: Paint and Dance. Fun dance party for adults and kids – We will have large sheets of paper paint and music and we will dance and paint at the same time create with our whole bodies. Cost: FREE (Drop In!)


August 27: Transformative Mindfulness: Transformative Mindfulness Methods offer easy-to-learn self-healing tools for leading a healthier and happier life. These tools are simple, effective, and suitable for people of all ages, cultures and traditions. They are designed to enable you to:

  • generate awareness and acceptance of your own mental and physical challenges;
  • directly access the underlying psychological causes that contribute to the mental or physical suffering that you may be experiencing;
  • compassionately transform these causes, in a way that works best for each individual.

See: Transformative-Mindfulness for more info. Cost: FREE (For preparation of materials, please register in advance)


August 28–30: 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 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. Program fee: pay what you would feel comfortable paying—between $25.75 and $250.  For more information about the workshop, email: aukje@cogeco.ca.


August 29–30The Return of the Crone (Sat. 9:30–5, Sun. 7:30–8:15am)

A celebration for women who wish to honour their arrival at the age of wisdom and power. A scaled-down version of the Welcome the Crone retreat offered at Unicamp a few years ago, this offering will focus on connection and sharing. For those who wish to officially cross the threshold and be recognized.  Program Fee: $67 (sliding scale available). Anne Bokma (author of My Year of Living Spiritually) will be attending this event, and plans to write an article about her experience.  The article will not identify any other participants. Questions or concerns can be directed to Ellen at hekate1618@gmail.com or directly to Anne at annebokma@cogeco.ca.


August 29–September 4: Public Speaking Workshop

Through this powerful program you will learn to speak for success. Whether you are speaking to 1 or 1000, at conferences, boardrooms, within your congregation, or to share your story; confidence, clarity and creativity are key components for engaging and connecting you to your audience. Craft a story, presentation or message; use these techniques at home with your kids, within the community or at work and business. Build your communication skills to persuade, help others understand or share your expertise. Be ready to have some fun, practice your learning on the spot and leave with confidence, clarity and creativity to take your message, story, keynote or presentation to any audience. Cost: FREE (For preparation of materials, please register in advance); with accommodations at Nellie’s, $144 (please e-mail bookings@unicampofontario.ca to arrange accommodations).


August 30, 1 pm: Gender Splendour

Join us in a discussion circle of parents to share your perspective. Bring your questions and learn from others with a range of lived experiences. Cost: Free (Please register in advance).


August 30–September 4Connecting with Nature Art Retreat with Lauren Renzetti.
(Sunday, August 30th, 5–9 pm; Mon to Thurs, 7:30 am–9 pm; Friday, September 4, 7:30 am–4 pm)

We will be starting Sunday at 5 pm with introductions and continuing until Friday 4 pm. 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 principles of composition, along with principles 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. Program fee: $154.50 for the workshop. For additional information or enquiries: mckinleyrenzetti@gmail.com.


Sept 5: Unicamp’s 51st Annual General Meeting

Join us Saturday at 10 am for our Open Forum and Visioning Session, followed by the Annual General Meeting at 1:30 pm


Sept 11–13: Write and Tell Your Personal Story with Anne Bokma (Session 2)
Friday: 4-6 p.m./Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m
(See August 21–23 for details)


Sept 18–21: Young Adult Retreat

Join other UU young adults (18–35) for a weekend of community, laughter and spiritual connection 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 from $40–$150. For more info: email young-adults@cuc.ca, or visit www.cuc.ca/events.


October 9-12: Unicamp’s Thanksgiving Weekend and Dog-Welcome Weekend.

Come and join us for a mixture of community work on Saturday, as we ready for the winter. Help prepare our Sunday Thanksgiving feast, apple pick, hike, chop wood, join in for campfires, sing-alongs, games in the dining hall and even a late fall swim! The leaves are beautiful this time of year! Join us for Sunday worship service at 10 am, with brunch at 11 am and dinner at 5 pm. Other activities happening throughout the weekend are: Saturday night dance, group hike (1-2 hours), a fall craft hour and gratitude sharing circle.  Cost:

  • Cottage + Meals: $100 per person
  • Dorm or Tent + Meals: $85 per person
  • Youth 5-15 + Meals: $50 for the weekend

October 11, 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.


October 14 : Camp Closes.


Family Camp Talent Show