Lacawac Sanctuary has recently announced two upcoming educational workshops for the month of August at the Sanctuary—Lacawac in Watercolors and Yoga Wellness Weekend.

- Lacawac Sanctuary has recently announced two upcoming educational workshops for the month of August at the Sanctuary—Lacawac in Watercolors and Yoga Wellness Weekend.

Take your painting to the next level during this extensive program that focuses on both basic and advanced skills in landscape painting.

Lacawac offers a range of spectacular subjects and watercolors are especially suited to capturing and expressing that beauty.

Lacawac in Watercolors Summer Weekend Workshop will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17.

A meet the artist reception and dinner will take place on Friday Aug. 15 followed by a mini-lesson in preparation for the workshop.

Highly renowned class instructors Renee Emanuel and Bill Teitsworth are both award winning artists and highly accomplished art teachers.

Renée Emanuel, a native of Northeast Pennsylvania, graduated from Marywood University with an MFA in Painting.

She creates colorful paintings in acrylic, watercolor and casein that celebrate her strong connection to the land and the still life objects that evoke an interior landscape.

She has been recognized as an award winner in the publication, The Best of America, Watercolor Artists and Artisans.

Emanuel is a signature member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.

Her work was also selected for the books Watercolor Expressions and The Best of Acrylic Painting, and was the focus of an article, “Cherished Objects” in Country Living Magazine.

Her paintings were awarded recognition in The Best of Pennsylvania Artists and Artisans and represented in the “Small Works, North America” exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Bill Teitsworth is an award-winning watercolorist, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and a member of the board of directors of the American Watercolor Society.

He developed and taught an innovative fine art drawing and painting program for Keystone Community Resources.

He currently teaches national workshops for Bucks County Art Workshops and for Coastal Maine Art Workshops, Rockland, Maine.

The cost for the Watercolors Weekend Workshop Weekend is $200 (Lacawac members $185) which includes lodging on Friday and Saturday nights including meals.

The commuter cost for those not lodging at Lacawac for the weekend is $150 (Lacawac members $125).

The commuter cost includes dinner on Friday night and lunch only on Saturday.

Lacawac’s Yoga Wellness Weekend kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. with a Restorative Yoga Class with Diane Rixner.

Lodging is available for those wishing to spend an overnight at the Historic Watres Lodge.

Participants are welcome to hike our trails, join our Paddle on the Lake, and Cabaret night, or go out on the town.

A Restorative Yoga Class is also scheduled at 10 AM on Sunday Aug. 24. Classes are $8 each per participant. Reiki Sessions will also be available at $1/minute (15 - 60 minute sessions).

Yoga is Diane Rixner’s passion, she loves being a yoga instructor. Her goal is to share the wonderful benefits of yoga & meditation that she discovered on her own journey. so that students can have a joyful journey of their own.

It is a joy for her to see the change in a student’s’ body, mind and spirit after class.

She has a B. S. in Education from Bloomsburg University, a Yoga Instructor Certification from the Yoga Education Institute & Fitour and is a Reiki Practitioner.

To keep her practice growing she has attended workshops at The Himalayan Institute and The World Yoga Center. Nutrition, wellness, fitness walking are her other interests.

For more information on overnight stays and further details on Lacawac’s Workshop Weekends please call (570) 689-9494 or email Reservations required for both weekend workshops.

Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

It was founded in 1966, via the donation of 341 acres (now totals 545 acres) and a group of historic buildings.

The mission of Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation is to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania.

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