Greater Community

    (Return to newsletter)

Items can be listed for up to 3 weeks

Waldorf Swim Club at Bowdoin College Greason Swimming Pool with Waldorf Grad Coach
Admission will be offered to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Merriconeag Waldorf school.
Saturday Mornings 10am
Session 1: March 2 – April 6, $48
                    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
Session 2: April 13 –May 25, $48
                     April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11 (Medieval Faire day: swimming will be before or after faire or on Sunday afternoon), May 18, May 25 (possible swim meet against Bowdoin College Swim team who may not use their legs)
      Coach Ryan Kulesza is a serious member of the Bowdoin College swim team and a very nice gentleman. He attended Waldorf school for grade school and high school in Washington, DC. His home is Bethesda, Maryland. He is also available privately for swimming instruction at $40 per hour. Ryan's swim coach fee is also $40 per hour. This calculates out to $8 per student per one hour session.
      Acceptance will be on first come, first serve basis. Limit will be multiples of 5 up to 15 students (5, 10, or 15). If we get 10, swim club will be 2 hours. If we get 15, it will last 3 hours. Your child will participate one of the 3 hours. If you miss a session you do not get reimbursement because this would raise the cost for the other members of the swim club.
FMI: Contact John Joseph, 207-504-2021, Founder/Manager,
Coach: Ryan Kulesza, 207-522-2643,
Equipment/Water boy: Bennett Joseph
Any parent who would like to be involved is welcome. I will even give you an official title. (01-29)

Upcoming Events at the Freeport Library:

Bugs from Around the World
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30pm
What do tarantulas, scorpions, Madagascan hissing cockroaches and giant walking sticks have in common? They are all part of Jim Nutting’s fabulous collection of insects and invertebrates. Some are live; others are preserved in beautiful stained glass display cases. Don’t miss the chance to see these amazing creatures in person at the Freeport Community Library. (01/29)

Summer Solstice Retreat, June 16-21, 2013
5-day Writing, Yoga and Meditation Workshop
At beautiful Stout's Island Lodge, WI
With award-winning writer, author, and experienced Waldorf teacher, Jeannine Ouellette
and certified yoga and meditation teacher, Maria Toso
Daily yoga and meditation sessions ignite and support creative synergy. As you connect your body, mind, and senses through movement and stillness, you release tension and cultivate deep insight and balance.
Morning and afternoon writing sessions bring your gaze over the edge of doubt and into the space of the unexpected, where new things come from, while reconnecting you to the innate joy of language and possibility. Experience these brilliant workshop techniques drawn from the work of anthroposophist, poet, and master teacher Paul Matthews, who uses playfulness as a portal to the profound, as well as from James Pennebaker’s groundbreaking work with writing for healing and transformation. You will have plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful and contemplative island setting.
$1,695//$1,495 per person for single or double occupancy (includes all lodging fees & taxes, most meals, and all programming)
Please register early, space is very limited and the retreat may fill quickly.
For more information visit You may also email or call 612.244.0865 with questions and for additional information about tuition discounts or payment options. (01/29)


Join Us For Tibetan New Years Celebration, Dzogchen Meditation Center
Monday February 11th All Day Event
9:00-10:00 coffee and donuts in community room
10:00 – 11:00 Opening chants and sitting in the main shrine room
Padmasambhava Sadhana and Sangcho
Kyudo Bonenkai – purification of the New Year
Champagne Brunch with I Ching Divination
Hike at Butler Head (optional)
Free time
4:30 Sadhana of Mahamudra
6:00 Fireworks and refreshments
Shambhala Anthem
Movie “Lion’s Roar”
All events are open to the community on a Donation Basis. For more information Contact us at 607-3392, (01/29)


Renewal Courses 2013, June 23 - 28 & June 30 - July 5. Click here to view booklet. (01/29)


Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms: Grand Adventures and Possible Pitfalls
Join the Freeport Conservation Trust for a presentation by Maine mushroom expert Greg Marley
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street, Freeport. Come learn about Maine’s wild mushrooms. This talk will cover the best tasting easily identifiable edibles that anyone can confidently collect as well as the worst of the toxic mushrooms found in Maine’s fields and forests. Greg’s talk will be complemented by fresh, stunning photos of his favorites, foraged on the paths of a locavore mushroomer For more information on Greg visit his website at Copies of Greg Marley’s books will be available for purchase and signing. (01/22)



BABY IT'S COLE OUTSIDE! MWS parent, Lisa Bossi will be singing the wonderful and witty music of Cole Porter at a dinner concert, on Friday, February 1st at the Freeport Community Center. Dinner is served afterwards in a friendly, casual setting. Tickets are limited and go fast.

6pm concert plus 3-course dinner at 7pm: $18 (BYOB)
Limited seating, call Kim at FCS, 865-3985 for tickets. (01/22)




Meghan Nathanson will be leading an 8-week, weekly gathering of women in their Journey Toward Mindful Mothering beginning Tuesday, January 15, 2013 through Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The group will meet from 7:15pm – 8:45pm at Jai Yoga in Brunswick, ME and is open to all mothers interested in bringing more meaning into their relationships with their children and more peace into their lives. The energy and sharing of this group will always be kind, never judgmental, and never preachy. We will simply meet each other where we are.
To register, please visit the Jai Yoga webpage, click on “Practices to Go Deeper” and scroll down to the 3rd offering. The cost is: $75 for the entire 8 week series or $16 class drop in. The class will be held at the River Studio at Jai. Please feel free to contact Meghan directly with any questions. (mindful (01/15)

Winter Camp at Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, New Hampshire is the perfect way for your child to enjoy the best of a New England winter: playing in the snow, bonding with friends around a wood stove, and riding through the woods and fields on a horse-drawn sleigh. The week’s zany Winter Olympics and the quirky Music Festival are annual highlights. Winter Camp 2013 will take place during the February break - February 18 - 23. Won't your child join us? Visit our website: for more information and to apply.
Please contact me if you have any questions.Shelley Goguen Hulbert, Executive Director, Camp Glen Brook
35 Glen Brook Road, Marlborough, New Hampshire, 03455, Tel: (603) 876-3342, Fax: (603) 876-3763,

Email: (01/15)

Freeport will be holding a panel discussion on Thursday 1/31/13:

Promoting a Culture of Safety and Tolerance in our Community.
What we can do to prevent violence and foster understanding

On Thursday January 31 at 6:30pm, TARP, the Tolerance and Respect Project of Freeport Community Services, and State Representative Sara Gideon are co-sponsoring a conversation with an expert panel in wake of the Newtown, CT shootings in December. Experts will address mental health issues, gun laws and regulations, school safety, parenting, school climate concerns as well as looking at the burdens of the culture of masculinity. Panelists include: Drew Wing, Executive Director of Boys to Men, Mental Health Professionals from the community, Rebecca Francis from Community Counseling Services and Officer McManus, RSU5’s School Resource Officer, among others.
The Safety & Tolerance Panel Discussion will take place at the Freeport Performing Art Center, 30 Holbrook St. Freeport High School. It is open to the public. Free childcare is available upon request (please call ahead to make a booking for childcare). Click here to read the complete press release. (01/15)

The Heart of the Matter: A 10 day residential Shamatha/Vipashyana Retreat
Friday, February 1st through Sunday, February 10th
Visit our Website at for more info or to register
Dzogchen Meditation Center, West Bath, Maine, (207) 607-3392,

See flyer. (01/08)