Afternoon Workshops for CERSI 2024

We have a wide variety of afternoon activities available for Summer Institute 2024!

Early-afternoon workshops tend to be intergenerational & open to all ages (though adult supervision may be required for younger children). Late-afternoon workshops tend to be age-segregated and usually more adult-oriented, with child-care offered so that parents can attend adult activities while their children play.

Early-afternoon Workshops (1:30-3pm)

Art in the Afternoon
Lori Mirkin-McGee , Instructor

Come make art in the warm summer sunshine! There will be a different craft everyday, ranging from making bookmarks, keychains, necklaces, decoupage, and more! No special skills needed. Everyone is an artist at Art in the Afternoon! No supplies needed


Humans have used many techniques and materials to beautify their bodies over the ages. Come enjoy a continued tradition at Summer Institute, as we play with a variety of tools to decorate ourselves and each other. There will be temporary tattoos, hair color, henna, hair yarn wraps and many other fun things to play with.

Let’s Do Science
Beth Jewell, Instructor

Each afternoon, we’ll do a STEAM-based, hands- and minds-on investigation of our physical world, investigating hypotheses based upon scientific principles. We’ll explore molecular-level interactions among different substances by making lather prints; harness the sun’s energy to make s’mores; discover the optimal combination of ingredients to make “stained-glass window” candies; and more.

Socrates Cafe
Jeff Boughton, Instructor
Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences, using the version of the Socratic Method developed by founder Christopher Phillips. The groups model their discussions from the 2001 book of the same name by Christopher Phillips and a guide he also developed. Today, there are hundreds of such gatherings, coordinated by volunteers.
Adult Choir
Becky Zimmerman, Director
AGES 13+

The adult choir is open to all and has a wide variety of skill levels. Solo roles may be available at the discretion of the choir director. Rehearsals occur in the afternoon and immediately before morning worship performances.

Resistance Songs
Sany Roman and Elliott Pullen, Song leaders

Come gather round people, wherever you roam. Bring your guitars, banjos, harmonicas, washboards, turkey basters, voices. We’ll explore protest music from Yankee Doodle and Dylan to Guthrie and Greenday – and everything in between. From California to the New York Islands, Americans have always used music as a rallying cry. Let’s gather in that spirit and lift up our voices together. A change is gonna come y’all.

Tie Dye (2-4pm) ALL AGES

Bring your white fabric (t-shirts, socks, pillowcases, etc., up to 2 items per person) and create amazing tie dye creations! Instruction in folding and dying offered by experienced artists.


Late-afternoon Workshops (3:15-4:45pm)

Folk Orchestra
Pat Lorei, Leader
AGES 13+

The SI instrumental musicians will gather in the afternoon to learn music that will be shared at evening vespers and perhaps closing ceremony. Requirements include having an instrument (string, brass, wind, percussion all welcome) and music reading ability about middle school level. Leader tries to keep music in the F-C-G neighborhood.Each session will focus on learning two to three tunes to play during (and hopefully enhance) the three adult led vesper services. In some past years the orchestra has taken part in some morning worship services as well. The leader/convener tries to choose selections (that are about middle school band level) from many different genres (traditional, blues, folk, jazz, POLKA) to give participants exposure to a variety of musical styles. And participants will hear the same corny music themed jokes every year.

Afternoon Writing Workshop
Gina Phillips, Instructor
AGES 13+

Come play with words with us, as one might play with mud in a puddle. This will be an environment with no pressure, no criticism, and no judgment for anyone who likes to write, or who thinks they might like to write. Each day we will use fun, simple prompts to inspire us to write whatever comes to us, in any form we desire, and then share (or not!) as we are comfortable. We will then give and receive affirming responses to our fellow writers.

Theme Talk Back
Rev. Julian Soto, Speaker

Join our theme speaker and dive further into the morning’s theme presentation Small group discussion and Q&A.

Water Aerobics and Aqua Zumba Kristin Olson, Instructor AGES 16+

Water aerobics for all abilities including the use of pool noodles. Water is 4 feet deep at the deepest point so it’s higher impact than in some pools. Exercises can be adapted to be higher or lower impact depending on your needs. Enjoy exercise in a fun, relaxed, and joyful environment. Aqua Zumba – This high-energy aquatic workout fuses South American Zumba rhythm and dance steps with a pool party. Aqua Zumba gives participants all the benefits of a challenging, fun, body-toning workout – in the water! Reduce stress, improve blood circulation, and tone your body with this fun and engaging session.

Tie Dye (2-4pm) ALL AGES

Bring your white fabric (t-shirts, socks, pillowcases, etc., up to 2 items per person) and create amazing tie dye creations! Instruction in folding and dying offered by experienced artists.