Optional Activities

There are free-time breaks in the Saturday schedule to allow participants to meditate, rest, explore Castine or participate in activities that can deepen their conference experience. There is no fee for any of these activities.

betty-stookey162x162OPTIONAL GUIDED MEDITATION with Rev. Betty StookeySat., July 12, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Begin your day in silent and guided contemplation with Rev. Betty Stookey. The morning meditation is open to everyone, regardless of experience. Rev. Stookey uses the methods of conscious breathing taught by The Buddha and used by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, scholar, poet and peace activist. These simple methods can increase awareness of our own body and mind, which can bring immediate joy and peace. All are welcome.
george_emlen162x162GROUP SINGING with George EmlenSat., July 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Max. 40
Experience the transformative power of group singing with George Emlen, renowned song-leader, conductor and composer. George will teach simple sacred and secular songs from the ancient and modern worlds in a way that brings voices together joyfully and meaningfully. Music packets will be provided although music-reading ability is not necessary. This drop-in activity is open to all regardless of singing experience. Participants are invited to join in singing some of these songs at the worship service with John Philip Newell on Sunday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m.
labyrinth162x162WALKING A LABYRINTH with Chris Farrow-NobleSat., July 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Max.25
Using the outdoor labyrinth built at the Friday workshop (or an indoor labyrinth, if weather requires), participants will learn the difference between a labyrinth and a maze, share key elements of their personal spiritual practices, learn guidelines to walking a labyrinth as a spiritual tool, walk the labyrinth together, and reflect on the experience. Chris will introduce labyrinths at the beginning of each hour (at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). Handouts will be available, including a paper finger labyrinth. Conference participants are encouraged to drop in at any time to walk the labyrinth on their own.
sallyclinton162x162AYUSHRI YOGA, BREATH & MOVEMENT with Sally Clinton | Sat., July 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Max. 25
Enhance your day with a 50-minute yoga break at 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. Movement is the essence and nature of Life. Moving our bodies, connecting breath and movement and opening to the beauty of Nature can help us be more present to the Source. Join certified yoga instructor Sally Clinton in a fun, enjoyable afternoon movement break to stretch, breathe, energize and access the joy of Being. Class will be outside, weather permitting, and no experience is necessary. This will be a mixed levels class with options for varying abilities. Chairs will be available for those who need them. Yoga mats will be available, but please bring your own if you have one.
witherlewoods162x162WALK IN WITHERLE WOODS | Sat., July 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Max. 20 for guided walks
Walk through Witherle Woods with a naturalist or a historian from Blue Hill Heritage Trust along easy-to-moderate trails that follow the shoreline of Penobscot Bay. The 185-acre preserve is owned and maintained by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and is home to a wide variety of bird, plant and animal species. Hikers can also learn about its place in history, from early trading posts to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Walking the network of trails provides an opportunity to not only exercise but to also experience the scenic beauty of the Maine coast and be at home in nature. Maps are available for those who wish to walk the trails on their own. The trailhead is walking distance from the Maine Maritime Academy campus. Comfortable walking shoes, water and bug spray are recommended.