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Women's Independence Day Weekend
 July 4, 5, 6, 7, 2013
 Bard College at Simon's Rock,
Great Barrington, MA
Proactive Opportunities
for Women's
Empowerment and Resilience
A weekend of EXPLORATION and SUPPORT for YOU
in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains!
Providing real tools and inspiration for your evolutionary acceleration.
  Women's Vision Quest & Leadership Training
Body-Work, Movement, Music, Poetry, Shakespeare, Inspiration and Learning
Open your heart and mind to release your own abundant creativity, strength, and resilience.

  • Daily classes in movement, voice, Shakespeare and song designed to open your heart and release your spirit.
  • Daily Vision Quest sessions with Master Leadership and Team Coach Athena Katsaros
  • Cocktails and Dinner at the legendary Dream-Away Lodge
  • An Evening with Tina Packer: Tracking the Feminine Creative Impulse
  • Theater tickets: Love’s Labours Lost at Shakespeare & Company
  • Post-show champagne salon with Lisa Wolpe of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, and director of Love’s Labours Lost
  • Personal 90-minute Bodywork session with Positional Therapist/Massage Therapist Emily Huber to help you to regain your energy, manage stress, release tension, quiet the mind, open the muscles, rehabilitate injuries and promote deep relaxation

12 participants will enter a time of change and growth together



Lisa Wolpe – P.O.W.E.R. Institute Director, Founding Artistic Director, Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company

Lisa Wolpe is an actress, director, teacher, playwright and producer, and is Producing Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, which she founded in 1993. LAWSC was named by LA Magazine as “one of the ten coolest things to do in Los Angeles”, and featured on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS News. Lisa has directed 30 productions of Shakespeare and played over 20 of the Bard’s leading roles. Current projects: directing “Love’s Labours Lost” for Shakespeare and Company and playing Hamlet for LAWSC. Also: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare & Co., Boston Center for the Arts, Arizona Theater Co., San Diego Rep, Boston Theater Works, California Shakespeare Festival.


Tina Packer is Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company and writer and star of "Women of Will", now playing in NYC.

Tina Packer is one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts and has probably has directed more Shakespeare productions than any other woman in the world. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, now one of the largest and most critically acclaimed Shakespeare Festivals in North America. Packer founded Shakespeare & Company in 1978 with the goal of creating a classical American Shakespeare company of the highest standard that holds language as the center of the theatrical experience. It is rooted in the ideals of the Elizabethans: inquiry, passion, love, poetry, physical prowess, balance, and harmony. Honoring the human being is fundamental to this aesthetic, and finding the regenerative moment in acting and teaching are the skills demanded of Company members.


Athena Katsaros is a leadership and team coach.

Athena believes that powerful leadership requires three key components: inspiring others, skillful communication, and effective action. She will lead daily classes at P.O.W.E.R. to help you clarify and imagine your next steps to achive your bigger purpose. Athena works with executives who are committed to being exceptional leaders, visionaries, and catalysts for change in their organizations. Athena’s training programs focus on leadership, teamwork and creativity. Through their work with her, executives develop their emotional intelligence as well as their creative and strategic thinking. Athena acts as a partner and trusted confidant who listens, challenges, encourages, and guides her clients to meet their goals and overcome their challenges. As an executive council member of Bpeace, Athena works with women leaders in Afghanistan and Rwanda. She is a leader at IdeaTribe, whose credo is:

"We are optimists. We believe in the spirit and creativity of humanity to address any challenge that comes across our path. Each of us individually and all of us collectively are responsible for creating the future. Now is the time to come together with others to respond with the power of our imagination to the challenges that we face around the world."


Paula Langton is Head of Acting and Associate Professor (Voice and Speech) at Boston University, and a professional actress.

Linklater Voice—Master Teacher. Additional training: Over 20 years of extensive study in improvisation with Keith Johnstone, acting with Tim McDonough, Uta Hagen, Shakespeare & Company; Roy Hart singing with Carol Mendelsohn and Richard Armstrong; world music & polyphonic singing with Venice Manley; the healing voice with Joy Gardner-Gordon; primitive voice with Stemwerk; extended voice & lamentation with Marya Lowry; vocal violence with Kate DeVore; vocal health with Dr. Steve Zeitels. Teaching includes: Linklater Certification, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare & Company, Emerson College, Wheaton College, University of Massachusetts, Trinity Rep Conservatory, Vineyard Playhouse, Merrimac Repertory Theatre. Extensive Acting experience.


Karen Beaumont directs and teaches in private workshops, with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and serves as the Head of the Theatre Program at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Ms. Beaumont worked extensively as an actress in Canada before coming to the United States. She has studied at the Canadian Mime School and with many theater artists, including Philippe Gaulier of the LeCoq School in Paris, Trish Arnold of the Guild Hall in London (formerly primary movement teacher at LAMDA, London), and Kristin Linklater currently teaching at Columbia University. Karen is a director, actor and mask and movement specialist (Somatic Movement and master teacher of the Trish Arnold movement for actor’s method). Her most recent directorial work was assistant director and movement director of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a multimedia adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Haruki Murakami. She also worked with Joan Ackermann ("Off the Map" with Campbell Scott) directing her play "In Light of Jane". Her most recent role was in Joan Ackermann’s “Batting Cage” directed by Karen Allen.


Emily Huber, LMT, RYT, CPT
Seeing Through the Hands Studio
New York State Licensed Massage Therapist
Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Personal Trainer
Graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Other Allied Sciences

Positional Therapy, Massage, Yoga and Personal Training. Emily will help you create more space in the body therefore allowing more breath to circulate and enabling blood to flow more easily. The more full one's breath, the more life is available.

To apply, please email the following information to Lisa Wolpe at L.A.W.S.C.

I wish to apply for Independence Day Weekend Power Training.


Reasons for Enrolling:

Please list any physical limitations we should be aware of:

We can, if it helps you, also house your partner and your children so that you can all spend the weekend in the Berkshires. Please contact us at (310) 453-5069 to make arrangements. Additional room and board for your guests will be assessed at $60 per person per day, and guests can be accommodated at the theater and at meals. Restrictions apply. Classes are private and limited to participants only. Local Women not requiring room and board are eligible for a suitable discount; please enquire.

  • $1500 includes: 4 nights lodging, all meals, 90-minute bodywork session, all classes and events, a night the Theater and Celebrations to Inspire and Awaken Your Creativity and Imagination!
  • $1000 for just the full weekend of Master Classes in Vision, Voice, Movement, Shakespeare.
  • Arrival is expected on the 4th of July by 4pm. Departure on the morning of July 8th. All Room, Board, Instruction and Entertainment included.


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