January 26 – Music is Brain Food: Music for an Ageless Mind
Enjoy this entertaining, informative and interactive session. The lecturers present recent research in science and psychology, offering insightful musical illustrations and interactive exercises. Participants are invited to engage in a variety of activities, clapping and playing rhythm instruments. The critical roles of music in exercise, social connections, spirituality, diet, sleep and cognitive challenge are demonstrated.
Joshua Berrett, PhD, international musicologist and Lynne Berrett, psychotherapist and life coach have presented at many national and international conferences on this interesting subject. Both have made major contributions in their respective fields.
February 2 â€“ Ladakh: Land of High Passes
Daryl Hawk presents his narrated slide show. This past April he embarked on a 3,200 mile solo journey across the kingdom of Ladakh in northern India and the region of Kashmir. This is a remote and rugged land that separates the peaks of the western Himalayan range from the vast Tibetan plateau. It is one of the highest and driest regions in the world, cut off by snow for six months of the year. The tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is found here as a living and thriving religion.Â
Daryl Hawk has traveled alone to some of the most remote and isolated places in the world recording stories with his camera. He has spent weeks at a time documenting and immersing himself in the different cultures and landscapes of various countries. As a travel writer, Daryl has often had his articles published in international magazines and newspapers.Â Â
February 9 – The Mayan Civilization: A Classic View
This slide presentation explores a wide range of visual experiences, focusing on the need to develop awareness of things around us. Enjoy being fascinated by seeing the world from a fresh viewpoint: dramatic landscapes, volcanic mountains, ruins of ancient temples, close-ups of botanical subjects, animals and birds in the wild, as well as a view of todayâ€™s colorful Mayan people.
Dave Pressler holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has headed educational exhibits at The American Museum of Natural History, New York City, the Field Museum, Chicago and the Hudson River Museum, Westchester. His work appears in numerous private collections and public institutions