Adams State is thrilled that we have received funding from the Next50 Initiative to advance our efforts to educate older adults. This program supports life-long learning and personal development among older San Luis Valley residents.

Register Now for Free Workshops

  • Free to adults over 50
  • Workshops will be held on Adams State University campus
  • Limited space – register early
  • Those under 50 can still register for a minimal fee
Next50 Workshop Registration

Contact: Savannah Torres at savannahtorres@adams.edu or 719-587-7686

Workshops

Botany for Gardeners

Sept. 20, 21, & 22
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
MCD 281
Barbara Kruse

Understanding the biology of plants won’t necessarily make your garden look better, but if you love plants this class will help you gain a better understanding and appreciation for them.
Sept 20 – Plant Cells, Stems and Leaves. (You won’t believe what a pear looks like under the microscope!) (3 hours)
Sept 21 – Flowers (3 hours)
Sept 22 – How to identify plants (3 hours)

Entomology for Beginners

Oct. 5
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
MCD 281
Barbara Kruse

Ever wonder if you have just seen a fly or a wasp or a bee that just flew by? This 3 hour course will give you the beginnings of insect classification so that the nest time you are curious about an insect you will be able to look it up more easily. The insect orders common to Colorado will be discussed. Examples will be provided, we will practice identification.

DNA for Genealogy

Oct. 23
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
MCD 281
Barbara Kruse

DNA, genes, chromosomes, genome, Mitochondrial DNA, DNA Fingerprinting, pedigree charts, sex linked traits, and more. This class will clarify much of the genetic terminology you encounter when researching your genealogy. We will also extract your very own DNA from your mouth!

Cheese and Sauerkraut Making

Nov. 9
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Room: TBD
Barbara Kruse

People have been making sauerkraut for thousands of years, cheese for hundreds. Ever want to try it yourself but were a little afraid? After discussing the science behind the two processes each participant will receive a gallon of milk, and a cabbage, and in a few hours the process will take place.

Essential Oils Workshops

5:30 – 7:30
MCD 101
Oneyda Meastas

August 30: Digestive Health: YOUR POOP IS IMPORTANT (Digestzen samplers)
September 13: Body Discomfort Relief/Pain Management (Golden Milk Tea w/Tumeric)
October 4: Mind & Mood Management/Restful Sleep (Citrus sampler & Orange Jalapeno Water)
October 11: Skin Care: Put Your Best Face Forward & Expose Your Décolletage (We all get facials; Do Not Wear Make-Up to Class)
November 8: Informed Self-Care & Proactive Medical Care (Spice Bars/Spice Tea)

Zumba Global Rhythms

Sep. 15th & 29th, Oct. 13th & 27th, Nov. 10th & 17th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
North Greens in front of Rex Football Stadium
Oneyda Meastas

Traveling Around the World Through Dance – dancing moves every muscle in your body and with the Zumba formula, you concentrate on upper body, center core and lower body for an overall body workout that actively engages all systems in the body while having so much FUN, you don’t even know you are getting a workout!

Salsa & Other Latin Things Bootcamp

East Campus Gym
Oneyda Meastas
Sat., Aug. 28th – Salsa & Other Latin Things Bootcamp 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 17th – Salsa/Bachata Progressive Patterns I 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 15th – Salsa/Bachata Progressive Patterns II 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 5th – Salsa/Bachata Progressive Patterns III 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 19th – Salsa/Bachata Progressive Patterns IV 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Inspired Health and Happiness

Sept. 25
9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Yoga mat recommended
Annie Pace

Explore ancient secrets of yoga and Ayurveda for optimal wellness in today’s crazy world. Includes: theory, application through breath and gentle movement, as well as personalized therapeutics. Be Inspired!

Pilates Mat & Props

Sept. 3rd & Nov. 4th
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Rex Gym

Join Yula Cisneros Montoya for an introduction to the Pilates technique developed by Joseph Pilates and built upon by subsequent generations of dance and exercise professionals to shape bodies and enhance mobility. Matwork is the foundation of the Pilates technique. The matwork is performed slowly, with control and precision, and requires intense concentration. The student will learn the underlying concepts and movement principles. Props are incorporated to add fun, create release, increase challenges, refine movement patterns, add resistance, and give support to execute the exercises. Yula Cisneros Montoya has over twenty years of experience as a dance and movement professional with a BFA in Dance and Pilates certification from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches at her private studio in Alamosa.

Pilates Ball

Sept. 10th & Nov. 18th
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Rex Gym

This class uses the stability ball primarily to challenge the balance and proprioception of the students for core development. Join Yula Cisneros Montoya to guide you through this session using the ball as a prop to give you tactile feedback, that offers variety and fun to a classical Pilates matwork. Yula Cisneros Montoya has over twenty years of experience as a dance and movement professional with a BFA in Dance and Pilates certification from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches at her private studio in Alamosa.

Reformer Pilates

Sept. 17th, Oct. 28th, Nov. 11 (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) & Dec. 2nd
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join Yula Cisneros Montoya for an introduction to the Pilates technique developed by Joseph Pilates and built upon by subsequent generations of dance and exercise professionals to shape bodies and enhance mobility. The Reformer is the most popular apparatus designed by Pilates. It functions primarily as a resistance device obliging the user to work within its grid. This promotes the development of good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. The student will learn the underlying concepts and movement principles in Pilates technique. Yula Cisneros Montoya has over twenty years of experience as a dance and movement professional with a BFA in Dance and Pilates certification from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches at her private studio in Alamosa.

Africanist Dance Aesthetics – Lundu

Nov. 12th
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
East Campus Gym

Join Yula Cisneros Montoya for introduction to Africanist dance aesthetics through a discussion and practice of Lundu, a style of Afro-Brazilian music and dance with its origins in the African Bantu and Portuguese people. Yula Cisneros Montoya has a BFA in Dance and Pilates certification from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches at her private studio in Alamosa. She has over twenty years as a dancer and educator who teaches specialized dance techniques in ballet, modern, African, and Afro-Latino dance aesthetics. In her work and her classes, she examines the transnational currents in expressive culture and the performing arts among people of Africa and Latin America, and Latinos and African Americans in the United States.

Africanist Dance Aesthetics – Zouk

Nov. 13th
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
East Campus Gym

Join Yula Cisneros Montoya for an introduction to Africanist dance aesthetics through a discussion and practice of Zouk. Zouk dance is a natural mixture of different traditional Caribbean dances. This mixture started in the fifties. With seeds planted in the French Antilles and cultivated in the studios of Paris, zouk exploded onto the music scene in the late 1980s, taking over dance floors throughout Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.Yula Cisneros Montoya has a BFA in Dance and Pilates certification from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches at her private studio in Alamosa. She has over twenty years as a dancer and educator who teaches specialized dance techniques in ballet, modern, African, and Afro-Latino dance aesthetics. In her work and her classes, she examines the transnational currents in expressive culture and the performing arts among people of Africa and Latin America, and Latinos and African Americans in the United States.

Africanist Dance Aesthetics – Marrabenta

Dec. 9th
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
East Campus Gym

Join Yula Cisneros Montoya for an introduction to Africanist dance aesthetics through a discussion and practice of Marrabenta, a popular style of Mozambican dance music combining traditional Mozambican dance rhythms with Portuguese folk music. It was developed in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, during the 1930s and 1940s. Yula Cisneros Montoya has a BFA in Dance and Pilates certification from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches at her private studio in Alamosa. She has over twenty years as a dancer and educator who teaches specialized dance techniques in ballet, modern, African, and Afro-Latino dance aesthetics. In her work and her classes, she examines the transnational currents in expressive culture and the performing arts among people of Africa and Latin America, and Latinos and African Americans in the United States.

Living with the Octopus: Railroads in the American West

Sept. 16
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Field Trip
Rich Loosbrock

Railroads played a vital role in building the human landscape of the San Luis Valley and the American West. Join Dr. Rich Loosbrock, Professor of History at ASU, as we tour the valley with an eye on how railroads influenced town development. We will start at the depot in Alamosa and take a short walking tour, then drive to Antonito to see the narrow gauge section of the Denver and Rio Grande Western. During the day we will learn about railroad history more broadly in the American West, including the role of land grants, conflict between rail lines, and the role of railroad in shaping the impressions of the West and building the tourism industry. Dr. Loosbrock is a veteran tour guide, specializing in Washington, DC and Boston, but has worked all around the country in using historic sites to teach U.S. history. He completed a dissertation on western railroads and was a frequent lecturer on the Fall Colors excursion trains of the Rio Grande Scenic Line.

DreamsWork

Oct. 18 and Oct. 25
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ASU Library Cooper Room
Cindy Medina

Participants will learn the mechanics of working with their dreams and how valuable dreaming is. Medina will discuss Jungian psychology terms such as individuation, archetypes, and symbols. However, the emphasis of the class is experiencing the meaning of their dreams.

A native of the San Luis Valley, Cindy Medina is an author, dream analyst, and environmental activist. Medina earned a master’s degree at Arizona State University and trained in Process-oriented and Jungian psychology in Zurich, Switzerland.

How to Deal with a Difficult Person

September 18th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
BUS 142
Liz Hensley

Cell Phone Photography

Sept. 25th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Art 213
Margaret Doell

Creative Writing

Sept. 28 & 30
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Library
Laurelin Kruse

Memory and daily life can be fertile ground for creative play and reflection. In this two-part creative writing workshop, we will engage in a series of writing exercises, readings, and conversations to explore our pasts and the present moment through writing. Whether you’re a lifelong writer or interested in trying something new, this workshop will offer new ways to think about how writing can enrich our lives.

Social Media & 21st Century Communication

Oct 2
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
BUS 130
Liz Hensley

Printmaking: Linocuts & Gelli Prints

Oct. 12, 19 & 26
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
ART 180
Robin Wolfe

Chia Pets (Pottery)

Oct. 29 & 30, Nov. 5 & 6
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ART 230
Sharon McCoy

Pot Heads (Pottery)

Nov. 12, 13, & 20
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ART 230
Sharon McCoy