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Capture Northern Michigan: Watercolors and Photography and Tai Chi Chuan: An Ancient Art of Wellness

Program Number: 6167RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tustin, Michigan
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Painting; Health & Fitness
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

10-5-2014

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Coordinated by Kettunen Center.



Capture Northern Michigan’s Beauty through Watercolors

Enjoy watercolor painting with a well-known, local artist and instructor. Daily watercolor demonstrations and open painting sessions with individualized assistance. Separate instruction for beginners and more experienced. Basic supplies provided. The watercolor artist will teach how to use reference photographs for use in your watercolor painting. Some sessions outdoors (weather permitting).



Explore Forest Ecology through Hiking and Photography

Interpretive hikes will help participants understand the seasonal changes of local flora and fauna. Learn how to take good quality photographs with a professional photographer, as well as editing tricks and techniques and how to use the various functions of your camera to get the most of your photographs.



Tai Ji: A Dance of Inward Expression

The emphasis of these Tai Ji sessions are less concerned with form and formality and instead is one that allows for "a dance of inward expression”.




Tustin

Tustin, a small village in northwest Michigan, was incorporated in 1893 and today is a perfect stopping point for those en route to one of the area’s recreational destinations, which include many trout streams and family-friendly rivers for canoeing.



Accommodations
Modern adult conference center located on Center Lake, with large, hotel-style rooms. Meals are served buffet-style. Wireless Internet available in all lodges. The Center has earned Green Lodging Michigan Partner certification.
Meals and Lodgings
   Kettunen Center
  Tustin, MI 5 nights
 Kettunen Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests.
  Contact info: 14901 4H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org
  Room amenities: Coffee makers.
  Facility amenities: Walking trails.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $98.50 double, $69.50 single. Additional nights are available if space allows. Please contact the Center 2 weeks prior to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $98.50 double, $69.50 single. Additional nights are available if space allows. Please contact the Center 2 weeks prior to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in between 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Road Scholar orientation, tour and get-acquainted activities begin at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. You will be staying at Kettunen Center that night.
  End of Program:
Check out by 10:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Independent departures after lunch. You will be staying at Kettunen Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid photo ID such as driver's license is also required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tustin, MI
  Nearest city or town:  Tustin
  Nearest highway: US 131.
  Nearest airport:  Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), Grand Rapids, MI.
  From End of Program
  Location: Tustin, MI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Grand Rapids

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

   

An economy rental car from Enterprise would cost approximately $200 (pickup Sunday return Friday at Grand Rapids airport) More information at 616-233-6341.

 

Traverse City - Cherry Capital Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Car rental rates average $45/day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

During airport hours of operations 

 

Distance:

 

Kettunen Center is approximately 60 miles south

   

Cherry Capital Airport has a limited number of car rentals available during this time and advanced reservations are highly recommended. It is sometimes cheaper to fly into Traverse City than GRR. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

 

Lansing/Lansing

 

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Average $45/day
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Open during airport operation 

 

Distance:

 

Lansing is approximately 100 miles north.

   

Driving time from Lansing to Kettunen Center is approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Sometimes cheaper flights can be found flying into Lansing rather than GRR (Gerald R. Ford International Airport) in Grand Rapids, MI.

 
Driving Directions
  Grand Rapids area Take U.S. 131 north (approximately 90 miles) to exit 168 (Tustin). Turn right and go 5 miles to 145th Avenue (just past Center Lake Bible Camp). Turn left. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
  Lansing Take U.S. 27 north just past Clare to U.S. 10 west. Travel about 8 miles to the M-115 (Cadillac) exit, turn right. Stay on M-115 for approximately 25 miles and turn left on 20 Mile Road (yellow flashing light) towards Tustin. Travel about 8 miles to 145th Avenue and turn right. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
  Northern Michigan Take I-75 south to U.S. 27 south to M-55 west to U.S. 131 south. Go approximately 8 miles to exit 168 (Tustin). Turn left (east) 5 miles to 145th Avenue (just past Center Lake Bible Camp). Turn left. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
  Southeast Michigan Take I-75 north to Bay City, go west on U.S. 10 to Clare. After you merge with U.S. 27 (just past Clare), stay in right lane and follow U.S. 10 to M-115 (Cadillac) exit. Stay on M-115 for approximately 25 miles and turn left on 20 Miles Road (yellow flashing light) towards Tustin. Travel about 8 miles to 145th Avenue and turn right. Follow road around to the left into Kettunen Center.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome & Orientation! Your week begins on a high note as Mulligan Stew, a local folk group, performs an evening concert. Social time afterwards to get better acquainted with fellow participants.
(Sunday, October 5)

Note: Short walk during tour of facilities and grounds.



   
 Afternoon: Please plan to arrive between 2:30 and 4:30 PM. Registration and check in at Main Lobby. Welcome & Orientation at 4:30, introduction to instructors and a look a the week ahead, followed by a short tour of facilities.
 Dinner: A buffet-style dinner is served from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Local folk group performs at 7:00 PM, followed by time for getting acquainted and socialization. Beverages and light snacks are offered during this time.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: First day Introductory Sessions: Tai chi and Yoga with an arthritis emphasis/ Water Color Instruction for Beginners with celebrated artist Mary Guntzviller/ Nature Photography with Charles St. Charles - reknown photographer/ Evening Special Presentation: Acclaimed Local Artisan Glen VanAtwerp will give a presentation and demonstration of Cedar Fan Carving - a traditional folk art of Michigan Lumberjacks.
(Monday, October 6)

Note: Nature Photography session may include a 1 - 2 mile hike on Kettunen Center trails.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served 7:00 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: Introduction to Yoga and Tai Chi 8:30 - 9:30. Introduction to Nature Photography with Charles St. Charles - 10:00 AM - 12:00 pm. (Note: Those wishing to concentrate solely on watercolor painting - the painting room will be open and Mary will be available for those wishing to paint.)
 Lunch: Lunch served 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Alternating concurrent 1 1/2 hour sessions - Basic Water Color Instruction with Mary Guntzviller and Nature Photography with Charles St. Charles. Participants will be in two groups - and have the option of attending both sessions. Nature photography session may include hike outdoors with cameras.
 Dinner: Dinner served 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening Special Presentation: Cedar Fan Carving - Traditional folk art of Michigan Lumberjacks, local artisan Glen VanAntwerp. Evening concludes with time for socialization and light snacks. (Note: Painting room is open for those wishing to paint.)
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Optional Morning Bird Hike led by local Audubon member/ Continuation of Watercolor Painting & Instruction with Mary/Tips on How to Edit Photos with Charles/ Recreational Free Time Choices: Nordic Walking (ski walking) - led by Kettunen Center Staff or kayak/canoe on your own. Evening Special Presentation: Mary Guntzviller's slide presentation of some of her work.
(Tuesday, October 7)

Note: Bird Hike requires easy hiking - binoculars are provided for those that wish to use them. Nordic Walking (ski walking) involves easy hiking on Kett trails with Nordic walking poles (provided).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served 7:00 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: 6:30 - 7:30 - Early Morning Stretch - Tai Chi and Yoga. 8:30 - 9:30 AM - (optional) Birding Hike. 10:00 - 11:30: Photography with Charles - advanced techniques, features of cameras, editing of photos. (Note: Those wishing to concentrate solely on watercolor painting, the painting room will be open and Mary will be available)
 Lunch: Lunch served 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: 1:30 - 3:30 - Watercolor Painting with Mary. For those that would like more time with Charles, the photography room will be open. 3:30 - 4:30 - Afternoon Break: optional recreation time - canoe/kayak on your own or join us for Nordic Walking (Ski Walking) - walk easier and safer, burn more calories - led by Kettunen Center staff.
 Dinner: Dinner served 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening presentation: The Art of Mary Guntzviller. Evening concludes with time for socialization and light snacks. Painting room will be open in the evening for those wishing to paint.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Morning Stretch (before breakfast)/ Morning Photography Hike with Charles emphasizing how to capture light in photos/ More Watercolor Instructional Time/ Advanced Photography and Editing/Afternoon Break: Take a Tour of Center Lake on the pontoon boat! Evening Special Presentation - The Work and Photos of Charles St. Charles.
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: Participants may wish to take cameras on pontoon boat.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served 7:00 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: 6:30 - 7:30 AM: Early morning stretch - Tai Chi and Yoga. 8:30 - 9:30 - Morning Photography Hike with Charles St. Charles 10:00 - Noon - More instructional time with Charles and/or Mary.
 Lunch: Lunch served 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Weather permitting - paint outside with Mary. Charles will be available for those who wish assistance in preparation for Photo Show. 3:30 - 4:30 - Afternoon Break: recreational free time on your own - kayaking, canoeing, hiking, or Nordic Walking. Tour Center Lake on the pontoon boat, led by Kettunen Center staff.
 Dinner: Dinner served 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Evening Special Presentation: Photo Show of the work of Charles St. Charles. Socialization time with light snacks, following the presentation.
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Final day of watercolor sessions. Photography show : Participants share favorite photos taken during the week. Cider Making on replica 1800s cider press/Early evening pontoon boat rides/Evening Special Presentation: Participants share stories and talents to end the evening.
(Thursday, October 9)

Note: Cider Making takes place outside.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served 7:30 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: 6:30 - 7:30 Early Morning Stretch - Tai chi and yoga. 8:30 - 9:30 Morning Hike led by Kettunen Center Staff. 10:00 Photo Show - selected participants photos followed by time with Mary in the painting room.
 Lunch: Lunch served 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: 1:00 - 4:00: Final water color session with Mary. 4:00 - 5:00 Afternoon break: Cider making.
 Dinner: Dinner served 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
 Evening: Early Evening Pontoon tour of Center Lake. Evening Special Presentation: Sharing of stories, jokes, and music - by the fireplace or campfire while enjoying light snacks and fresh cider!
   
Accommodations: Kettunen Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Tai Chi/Art Show!/ Wrap Up Activities/Departure
(Friday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served 7:30 - 8:30 AM.
 Morning: 6:30 - 7:30 Early Morning Stretch - Tai Chi and Yoga. 10:00 - Photo Show Art show of participants watercolor paintings. Closing activities. Room check out at 10:30 am.
 Lunch: Lunch served 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
 Afternoon: Departure after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Closeups in Nature


Author: John Shaw


Color Choices - Making Sense Out of Color Theory


Author: Stephen Quiller


Making Color Sing -Practical Lessons in Color and Design


Author: Jeanne Dobie


Watercolor from the Heart


Author: Barbara Nechis


Wildlife Photography - Stories from the Field


Author: George Lepp




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