In addition to the morning theme talks, a number of workshops and activities are offered in the afternoon. Here are some examples of what has been available in the past:
Music Workshop and IA Choir
Music at IA takes many forms. A surprising number of talented musicians attend the conference and we happily exploit their talents. A choir has been held each afternoon made up of anyone in the conference who likes to sing. Experience is not required, nor is the ability to read music, although experienced music readers are enthusiastically welcomed. Traditionally, the choir sings in the chapel every morning and we often appear in the IA Follies, our all-conference talent show.
The IA Choir has been a wonderful place to sing, whether you have never sung in your life or do it all year long. Music has ranged from simple hymns to folk music to classical rounds to short anthems to African freedom songs to Broadway tunes to original songs about Star to just about anything else you can think of.
Art Barn Workshop
Last year’s IA Art Barn workshop focused on re-purposing and transforming everyday materials that were produced for one-time use. Since our environment can’t afford to absorb single-use items into landfills, we gave paper products, twine, metals, and plastic new lives by making functional and aesthetically pleasing objects and wares. We incorporated other “found objects” on the island into projects and made drawings using charcoal from the remains of the bonfire. Art supplies are always available in the Art Barn for conferees to borrow and use for making art at any time!
At the end of the week, we hold our annual Art Auction that raises money for the IA Scholarship fund. We auction art made on the island, but conferees are also invited to bring art for the auction.
Yoga Workshop and Morning Stretch
We often include a yoga workshop and morning stretch, both of which are open to all bodies and abilities. Morning stretch takes place on the front porch and starts off your day with energy and community. Yoga workshops are usually held inside in the large, bright space of the Brookfield building several times throughout the week.
Writing, poetry, book clubs and others
Past conferences have included many other activities, including writing and poetry workshops, book discussions, and many others.