2017-2018 Workshops

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Meditation Workshop | Ancient Meditation Technique for A Healthy Mind and Body

Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$40 per person

Tickets available beginning September 1, 2017. Registration recommended by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 28. Register by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Tickets will be sold at the door on September 30, subject to availability.

In these modern times, with constant changes in technologies, living with stress, and aging, it is important and crucial to have mental peacefulness. One way to gain mental peace is through incorporating the ancient Buddhist teachings, the Nine Stages of Mind Training, into our daily lives. Many Buddhists and non-Buddhists have used this technique to overcome stress and suffering.

In this workshop, including a presentation and guided meditation, Losang Samten will share meditation techniques he learned from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Nine Stages of Mind Training Meditation will be of benefit for those seeking meditation for mental peacefulness.


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Workshop | Scandinavian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Saturday, December 9, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

$20 Adults | $12 Seniors/Students. For ages 12 and up. Space is limited. Registration opens September 1. Registration is required by 5:00 PM Monday, December 4. Call 267.502.2990 to reserve your spot.

Make traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornaments you can take home to decorate your tree. Participants will learn about Swedish straw ornaments, and weave hearts and harvest knots. Younger participants can make paper woven-heart baskets, a 19th-century Danish tradition that has now spread to other countries. A guided “Christmas in the Castle” tour is included as part of the workshop, as well as exclusive access to the Museum’s World Nativities and Do You See What I See? Imagery in Nativity Scenes exhibitions and Nativity Quest.


2016-2017 Workshops


Instructor Michelle Synnestvedt

Myth, Movement, and Mantra: An Exploration of the East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$45 per person. Reservations strongly recommended by calling 267.502.2990. No refunds after Wednesday, September 28. Tickets also available at the door beginning at 8:45 am on Saturday, October 1.

Doors open at 8:45 am. Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 am.

October 1, 2016 marks the first day of Navaratri, The Nine Nights of the Goddess, the largest International East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine in the world. Millions of people from all over the world join together to listen to great myths of the powerful and beautiful forms of the divine feminine in the form of Durga—an exquisitely beautiful goddess who rides a lion and holds the power that restores order, love, compassion and light to a world shrouded in darkness.

Join Michelle Synnestvedt for an exploration of this celebration that will include story-telling, gentle yoga movements appropriate for everyone, traditional East Indian Kirtan (interactive call and response chanting/singing) and meditation. Wear comfortable clothes easy to move in and a yoga mat if you have one. There will be chairs for everyone.

About the Instructor: Michelle Synnestvedt, E-RYT 500, has had a love for East Indian culture, philosophy and spiritual practices since her father returned from a sabbatical in India when she was 10. She started studying Zen in high school and yoga asana in her 20s. Her formal yoga teacher training began in the 1990s in an alignment based Hatha yoga system, and opened her first yoga studio soon after. She went on to train hundreds of teachers in the Philadelphia area over the last two decades.

She loves the ongoing joy of nurturing long-time students in weekly classes and also enjoys teaching the deeper studies of Philosophy, Intro to Sanskrit, Anatomy, Therapeutic Alignment, Sacred Myth, and Devotional Chanting (Kirtan) and Meditation to students and teachers.

Meditation was the first serious daily practice she found that began her own healing and remission from a debilitating disease over 30 years ago. It has since become the life boat in her daily life and perhaps the most foundational and precious part of empowered health she shares with clients and students as part of the process back to well-being.

Her practices deepened profoundly when she met her main guru (teacher) in the Tantric non- dual lineage. Much of Michelle’s training from her guru and other teachers in India is in Sacred Speech, the art of the oral tradition, in which she shares stories, traditional myths and wisdom.

She has also had the honor of studying with perhaps some of the greatest teachers on mindfulness and meditation today, Pema Chödrön and Sally Kempton.

For more information about Michelle Synnestvedt visit www.dhuniyoga.com or www.michellesynnestvedt.com


Canceled: G is for Grace

Glencairn Museum and Susan Kelly von Medicus regret the need to cancel this workshop. Stay tuned for information about future workshops with Ms. Kelly von Medicus!

Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17, 2016
12:00 - 4:00 PM

$195 per person | All materials are provided

Registration is required. A $100 deposit is required to hold your place. Contact the instructor at eikon68@aol.com for more information and to register.

Artist and iconographer Susan Kelly vonMedicus will teach participants the Gothic alphabet and will guide the illumination of a page using Gothic Script. Decorations will be made in the manner of the scriptorium of the Middle Ages, using mineral pigments and 23-karat gold leaf. A tour of the Museum’s sacred art collection and Christmas exhibitions will be included. No artistic experience necessary.

About the Instructor: Susan Kelly vonMedicus was born in Philadelphia to the fabled Kelly clan, a devout Irish-Catholic family. Her parents, John B. (Jack) Kelly, Jr. and Mary Freeman, were both Olympic athletes. Her aunt, movie star Grace Kelly, married Prince Ranier III of Monaco to become Grace, Princess of Monaco. Susan has recently completed an icon as a gift for the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Monaco, a commission from her cousin Prince Albert II to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the archdiocese of Monaco.

Ms. Kelly vonMedicus was educated at the following institutions: Mater Misericordiae Academy; The Baldwin School; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and The Prosopon School of Iconology. From January through April of 2013 she is an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art on the west coast of Ireland, just a few miles down the coast from Westport, County, Mayo, where the Kelly family emigrated from in the late 19th century. The mother of three sons, Susan lives and works in the Philadelphia area, creating artwork and keeping a garden, chickens and bees.


Pysanky Workshop: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Saturday, April 8, 2017

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM for Children. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Children ages 5 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

1:00 - 4:00 PM for Teens and Adults. Recommended for ages 13+.

$12 Children | All materials are provided

$20 Adults, $15 Students/Museum Members | All materials are provided

Space is limited. Reservations required by Wednesday April 5. Please call 267.502.2990.

PLEASE NOTE: As of Wednesday, February 8, these workshops are SOLD OUT.

Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, are a centuries-old Eastern European decorating tradition that is passed down through the generations. Children love making these beautiful eggs. Using a stylus called a kistka, we will write with melted beeswax onto the shell of a raw egg, then dip it into vibrant dyes. The finished eggs are beautiful little Easter decorations. Please wear old clothes or a smock as the dye will stain. Children will bring home two decorated eggs and their own decorating tools.

Click here for more examples of decorated eggs.

About the instructor: Wendy Hallstrom is an instructor at Hunterdon Art Museum, the Center for Contemporary Art and the Hunterdon County Senior Center in western New Jersey, where she teaches both adults and children in various media. In addition to painting, Wendy has mastered the craft of Pysanky, Ukrainian egg decorating, and teaches the technique. Wendy's primary media is watercolor, but in recent years she has begun exploring religious iconography, writing icons in egg tempera in the Russian tradition and modern icons in acrylic. Her work has been displayed in juried shows in New Jersey and South Carolina and is in several private collections.