Bayside 2019 Adult Morning Workshops & Activities

Updated on March 12, 2019.
Additional workshops and activities will be added over the next few weeks!

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For Earlier Risers:

Most of us slowly get out of bed and mosey on down to the dock with a hot cup of coffee to enjoy our kids’ smiling faces as we find out how many fish they have caught with the Bayside Fisher-Dads. However, Baysiders are very welcome to join into the Pilgrim Center polar bear plunge in Green Lake in the morning or enjoy more relaxing morning exercise activities such as yoga, zumba, or sleeping in...


Daily Morning Celebrations

Each morning we gather for a period of contemplation and celebration. These reflective moments will be coordinated by one of the campers and bring together poetry, music, meditation, rhythm, song, and a few surprises...

Each year a few of the campers share their own peak learning and experiences with the group, building a week's worth of meaningful programming by tapping the best resource out there — fellow Bayside campers!

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If you have a spiritual practice, talent, or bit of knowledge that you'd be willing to share with your fellow campers during our time together, please let the registrar know.

Following Morning Celebration, there are workshops, sailing lessons or “me-time” opportunities. Bayside workshops are eclectic, inspirational, dynamic, and fun! Attendance is not required by anyone, but if you don’t go, you might miss something cool!

Morning Yoga

   Virginia Harrison

   Outdoors weather permitting, indoors as needed, from about 7:00 to about 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Join Virginia and other Baysiders for early morning yoga! Whether you practice yoga regularly or have yet to try a downward-facing dog pose, you are welcome to come stretch and breathe for 30 minutes to start your day well. Unlike a formal yoga class, we will each do our own yoga poses at our own pace. Virginia will have a couple of extra mats to borrow and some quiet music to set the mood. (If you own a mat, please bring it.)

Emotional Balance: connecting values, intention and mindfulness

   Eric Nelson

   This workshop meets Monday-Friday 10-11:45 am. Course based on book: Emotional Chaos to Clarity by Phillip Moffitt

When life doesn’t go the way we planned or hoped, we sometimes collapse into emotional chaos, which can lead us to make poor decisions and act unwisely. This chain of events can create a great deal of suffering for us. However, it’s possible to relate to the disappointment and difficulty in our lives without stress and anguish. Emotional chaos is the result of reactive mind states. You know all too well what reactive mind states are—anger, anxiety, frustration, irritation, restlessness, worry, insecurity, doubt, obsession, etc.

These reactive mind states are not your fault really. Life is unpredictable and sometimes painful, so of course it generates mental and emotional chaos. But you don’t have to helplessly submit to your mind being tossed around willy-nilly by these inner storms.

There is a way to move from the emotional chaos of the reactive mind to a state of clarity in which you are able to respond to people and situations from a responsive mind state. Your responsive mind state knows what you are about. It allows you to stay grounded in your deepest values even in the face of life’s uncertainty. You experience clarity that allows you to act with wisdom and stay true to what matters most to you. This abiding wisdom yields a sense of ease and direction in life that I call skillful living. Here are some of the benefits of skillful living that this book seeks to help you discover:

  • You know and act from your core values at all times
  • You gain wisdom from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.
  • You can discern between thoughts, words, and actions that cause harm and those that do not,
  • and you act accordingly.
  • You know your true nature, the essence of your character, and how to protect it.
  • You accept gain and loss equally and derive insight from each.
  • You have an inner life in which love can flourish, even if your outer life is filled with challenges.

Eric Nelson is the facilitator for the class and brings 20 years experience in mindfulness and compassion research and training. 

Spiritual Autobiographies

    Luke Brooks-Shesler

    Workshop is held M-F following morning celebration (10am - 11:45am), location TBD

During this workshop we will write the story of our spiritual lives. We will think of key spiritual moments in our childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The workshop meetings will include group discussion, in-class exercises, and writing assignments. This workshop will also involve writing outside of class. On the final day of the workshop, we will read our spiritual autobiographies to the class.

Mindfulness Meditation

   Eric Nelson

  Mindfulness Meditation will be held in the chapel M-F from 4:15pm - 4:45pm

Naturalist Workshops

   Exact days TBA

Workshops may include a stream walk, bat talk, and survey of Green Lake ecology.

Porch Workshop

A perennial favorite! Join seasoned Baysiders in exploring the complex personal, spiritual, and political facets of contemplating the world from a large porch overlooking the timeless splendor of Green Lake. Participants will learn valuable skills like:

  • several easy-to-assume postures for shut-eye meditations
  • positioning yourself to make the most of the handrail and footrest
  • the best nods and grimaces to entertain passersby

Depending on how rapidly the workshop progresses, participants may investigate more advanced skills like:

  • leaning w-a-a-a-a-y back
  • VLHR (very-low heart rate) meditations
  • synchronized snoring

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