Lifelong Learning

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.

 

Lighten Up! Decluttering and Downsizing

Tuesday, April 7
9:30-10:30am

This class will be available as an online video presentation by the instructor, Kate Buckmeier.  Registrants will receive an email with the link to the presentation on April 7.  Thank you for supporting FiftyNorth programming and instructors during this time!

Are you longing to declutter or downsize but feel stuck and overwhelmed by all of the decisions, logistics, and “stuff” that needs attention?  You are not alone, but it doesn’t have to be so hard!  Join Kate Buckmeier of Kate: Declutter & Redesign for a morning of tips and shifts that will lighten the pressure and make decluttering a practice that you can feel confident doing.  Kate will share how you can set yourself up for success, find your story in your stuff, and use resources that make it easier to pass things on.
Kate a consultant, writer, and professional organizer.  She is a member of The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and loves to share a message of hope and inspiration with individuals and families struggling with too much stuff.

Instructor:  Kate Buckmeier
Capacity:  36
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline: April 6

 

 

Herbs: More Than Seasonings

Wednesday, April 8
9:30-11:00am

LuAnn is looking forward to sharing with you an introduction to folk herbalism in her presentation titled “Herbs: More Than Seasonings!” 

On Monday, April 6 you will receive an email with a link to a YouTube video with the class instruction portion.  That video will be available for you to view beginning Monday, April 6.   You will also receive a link to a live interactive 40-minute Q&A with LuAnn via Zoom that will begin on Wednesday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m.  Thank you for supporting FiftyNorth programming and instructors during this time!

Increased attention to herbal remedies has some people wondering what it’s all about.  This introductory class offers an overview of folk herbalism and information about the many health benefits derived from simple herbal remedies.

Instructor: LuAnn Raadt
Capacity:  50
Cost:   $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline: April 5

NOTES: LuAnn Raadt, raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, grew up with a love of plants and growing things. She now happily gathers many of the “weeds” her family once tried to eradicate and uses them in remedies for common physical ailments and imbalances. Trained under professional herbalists, this farmer’s daughter particularly enjoys identifying plants, learning their botanical markers, and growing a variety of medicinal herbs that are not readily available or are considered at-risk in the wild. She is also passionate about introducing others to the fascinating world of herbal remedies and teas, and teaching them how to grow, make, and use remedies for themselves

 

 

By, For, and Of the People AND Myth or Truth

Tuesday, April 28
10:00-11:00am

A look at the DAR Museum’s folk art collection, based on the 2011 exhibit By, For, and Of the People: Folk Art and Americana at the DAR Museum.
A discussion of common myths heard in museums and historic places, based on the DAR Museum’s 2006 exhibit, Myth or Truth, Stories We’ve Heard about Early America

Presenter:  Stacey Mae McGowan Olson
DAR Museum Outreach Committee Chair
Josiah Edson Chapter, Northfield MNSSDAR
Capacity:  20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat

 

 

Trauma 101 What they didn’t teach me in school

Thursday, April 30
9:00-10:30am

We hear the word trauma often these days. What does it feel like? How do we recognize it in our own lives? What can we do about it?
Trauma – when I feel today the body sensations and emotions which first occurred long ago as if the incident is happening again right now. When I’m stuck with a conclusion I made long ago, which I know isn’t true, but I can’t seem to stop the bad feelings that come with the conclusion or change what my mind is still believing.
Using stories, experiential exercises and plenty of time for Q & A, psychologist Ellen Saul will help open this topic, bring some clarity to how it applies to regular folks (all of us!), and develop with the group some strategies for responding effectively to trauma within ourselves and others.

Instructor: Ellen Saul
Capacity:  20
Cost:   $13 nonmbr, $ 10 mbr, $0 platinum

NOTES: Ellen H. Saul, MS, LP, CST-T is a psychologist who practices in Northfield, MN. She has over 30 years of experience working with children, families and adults. She has special training in trauma and attachment. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and is certified in Level 2 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is also a Certified Sandplay Therapist and teacher. After a transition year of major downsizing and moves, she and her husband, John Besse, are experiencing more free time and learning about this new stage of their lives!

 

 

Walking Meditation

Tuesdays, June 16, 23, 30
11:15-12:00pm

Walking Meditation involves “intentionally” attending to the experience of walking itself.  We focus on the sensations in your feet or in your legs and body using our breath to anchor our awareness in the present moment.  We cultivate an internal observation of sensations associated with walking,  nothing more.  “Just walking and knowing that you are walking”.  This practice will help you build concentration and focus on each moment as it unfolds.  Practicing walking meditation can be expanded to your environment , trees, the sky, and sounds.
(3 sessions)

Instructor: Daniel Martin
Capacity:  10
Cost: $  30 nonmbr, $ 20 mbr, $0 plat

 

 

 

 

DIY Herbal Remedies

Wednesday, May 6
1:00-2:30pm

Learn the basic techniques of making your own herbal remedies (tinctures, oils, ointments, teas, powders) and suggestions on what you should have in your own home herbal apothecary.

Instructor: LuAnn Raadt
Capacity:  15
Cost:   $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat

NOTES: LuAnn Raadt, raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, grew up with a love of plants and growing things. She now happily gathers many of the “weeds” her family once tried to eradicate and uses them in remedies for common physical ailments and imbalances. Trained under professional herbalists, this farmer’s daughter particularly enjoys identifying plants, learning their botanical markers, and growing a variety of medicinal herbs that are not readily available or are considered at-risk in the wild. She is also passionate about introducing others to the fascinating world of herbal remedies and teas, and teaching them how to grow, make, and use remedies for themselves.

 

 

Vocal Aging: Symptoms and Solutions

Wednesday, May 20
10:00-11:00am

Does your voice sound weak and airy? Does it “crack” and tire easily?  Is it higher or lower than it used to be?  Losing your confidence in speaking and singing?  What can you do about it?

Instructors:  Donna May and Sigrid Johnson
Capacity:  20
Cost:   $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Katie Felland at 664-3708

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