Summer Workshop Series

This class is filled - no more registrations will be accepted at this time.

if interested - please email to be placed on a waitlist in case a spot opens up. 

at the Bethany Retreat Center

202 Route 105 Highland Mills, NY 10930 

July10th - 21st

Schedule of the Day

9:20 - 9:30 am - Arrival

9:30 am - 10:20 am - Fitness 4 Life

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Budgeting and Checking Basics

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Movie Theater Project

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Hands-On Environmental Science

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Fitness Ninja

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm - Clean-up and Dismissal

Class Descriptions

Fitness 4 Life!

This movement class will reinforce the importance of physical fitness in our daily lives.  These exercises will target the development of core strength through the following four areas: aerobic, strength training, flexibility and balance.  Students will be encouraged to compete against themselves to improve their performance.  Individuals will also be given the opportunity to explore mindfulness based exercises such as breathing, meditation and yoga.  Modifications can be made for individuals of all abilities.

Budgeting and Checking Basics

This 1 hour class will introduce participants to the concepts of budgeting and checking account basics (use of debit card and balance your ledger of credits and debits).  Participants will learn terms related to budgeting and checking accounts such income, expenses, savings, and giving. All concepts will be taught using a multi-sensory approach with a variety of hands-on activities. Concepts taught will be made relevant with real-world examples.

Movie Theater Group Project (Project Based Learning)

The participants in the class will have the opportunity to create their own movie theater company.  Participants will be assigned to small groups on the first day of class and will work with that group for the duration of the program to complete the project.  Support to each group will be given by DWH instructors.  Each group will design their own movie theater and will have to work collaboratively to decide on developing a marquee, movies shown, snacks sold, pricing for movies, snack bar, and employee schedules.  Once the project is complete, each group will have an opportunity to present their cinema and random real-world situations (ticket sales, snack bar sales etc)  will be applied to each group and they will get to see if their movie theater was successful.  Math concepts such as adding and subtracting money and solving elapsed time problems will be integrated into the project. 

Hands - On Environmental Science

This one hour class will be taught by a certified science teacher with 30 years teaching experience.  Exploration and experimentation will occur indoors and outdoors on the grounds of the Bethany Retreat Center. DWH instructors will be present to assist all individuals in the learning. Topics explored will be tree, plant, and animal tracks identification, living organisms we can and cannot see, food webs, the importance of taking care of our environment, and practical steps individuals can take to be good stewards of the earth.  Participants will have the opportunity to make predictions, conduct simple experiments, and draw conclusions based on their results and experiences. 

Fitness Ninja

This will be a 1 hour workshop held at Bethany Retreat Center in Highland Mills, NY. This workshop will be a fitness class that incorporates the elements of martial arts into the class. Participants will have the opportunity to learn basic martial art techniques while improving their cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.  This class will be taught by an instructor who has trained in the martial arts for 25+ years and holds a black belt in traditional karate.  A Dignity Works Here instructor will also be present at each class to facilitate social communication, individualized instruction, modification of activities if needed and overall support of participants.

photo credit: Stacey B. Orzell