Bayside 2018 Adult Morning Workshops & Activities

Note: These are the adult morning workshop & activities from Bayside 2018. While many activities will remain the same, we will also offer new workshops. In Spring 2019, we will update this page with the workshops for Bayside 2019.

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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! Workshops cover a wide range of topics and meet from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45. Attendance is not required by anyone, but if you don’t, you might miss something really cool!

Morning Workshops:

Mindfulness Fundamentals

   Eric Nelson

   Class is held in the chapel M-F following morning celebration (approximately 10am - 1145am)

*Eric will also offer 20-30min afternoon sessions in the chapel at 4:15pm for those who are unable to attend the morning sessions.*

Research shows Mindfulness Meditation to be a powerful antidote to the stress of modern life. Mindfulness practice is uniquely effective in addressing a wide range of health issue, emotional stressors, and interpersonal challenges and is increasingly used by: business, health care, psychotherapy, education and sports.

You will learn essential practices that can be used throughout your day to help you work with difficult thoughts, emotions and even physical pain.  With practice you become less judgmental and reactive and increase your curiosity, kindness, sense of well-being and even task effectiveness.

What you learn:

  • Letting go of unhealthy habits of thinking and behaving
  • Sensing life directly through fresh eyes
  • Living in the present and being less preoccupied with thoughts of past and future
  • Working creatively with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • Acknowledging life as it is without resistance, while acting wisely and responsibly
  • Developing self and other compassion
  • Mindfulness @ Work

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

Eric will also offer a one-day sampler mindfulness workshop on Monday at this same time.  

Naturalist Workshops

   Exact days TBA

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

Nurturing Resilience

   Mary Kesler

   Monday, July 9 from 2pm-4pm in the chapel

This workshop will explore how to nurture resilience in ourselves, kids, grandkids, students, etc. in response to life’s tough situations. Mary Kesler is a retired professor of Clinical Psychology at Winona State University.

The Weird Stock Market

  David Kesler

  Tuesday, July 10 from 2pm-3pm (or later, depending on how long people would like to talk) in the chapel

Why is the stock market so weird? We will look at behavioral aspects of the stock market and why it can be so weird. David Kesler is a retired Finance professor at Winona State University.


   Luke Brooks-Shesler

  Thursday, July 12 from 2pm-4pm in the chapel

We will discuss what personality is and how people define personality, the “Big Five” (which is our current personality paradigm - agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism, openness to experience), and ways to measure personality. Then we will take a personality test and discuss our results. Luke Brooks-Shesler is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist.


   Christel Kesler

  Friday, July 13 from 2pm-4pm in the chapel

We explore the causes and consequences of inequality. Then we discuss the ethical implications of inequality, and what role and responsibility we have in the perpetuation and reduction of inequality. Christel Kesler is a Professor of Sociology at Colby College.

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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