Summer 2016 Programs at Bearnstow

See the schedule for the Summer 2016 workshops below.

Bearnstow is actively seeking additional workshops in the sciences. Our 65 acres of pristine woodland and 2,400 feet of shoreline on Parker Pond are uniquely suited for studies in biology, ecology, and earth sciences. Instructors in the biological and geological sciences should send inquiries to Jim at Bearnstow.


2016 Summer Calendar Fees & Scholarships      Registrations

Download Bearntow’s complete Public Events Calendar (PDF)

June 2024: Natural History Week at Bearnstow — presentations and nature walks by visiting naturalists

June 1925: Bearnstow’s 70-Year Anniversary — A retreat week for all Bearnstow alumni

June 27July 8 (two weeks, MonFri): Day Camp for Children of School Age


June 29: A Memorial Celebration for Murray Louis, Mount Vernon Community Center, 7:30 p.m.

July 1: Alexander Rosenberg: “Glass as Performative Practice” — visual artist and glass blower, at Bearnstow, 7:30 p.m.








Saturday, August 13: Danzar de Imaginario (Dancing Widely) (PDF) — Adriana León (from Mexico) and Bearnstow dancers in concert, Union Hall, Vienna, Maine, 7:30 p.m.


Friday, August 26: Young Artist Residency Concert, Union Hall, Vienna, Maine, 7:30 p.m.

Free Community Classes for All Ages

Bearnstow offers free community classes for all ages and abilities at the Mt. Vernon Community Center every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. from June 29 through August 17. Please see the workshop descriptions for the content of each class (links above). For more information, phone 207-293-2280 (after June 15).

For Young People, 15–18

Young people ages 15 to 18 are invited to attend adult workshop classes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. There are usually two classes each morning, each workshop having its own aesthetic (see workshop descriptions, links above). Permission of the instructor is needed for admission. Fee is $75.00 for the five morning sessions. To apply, write Bearnstow Administration detailing the student’s interest.

Free Performances at Bearnstow

Bearnstow presents free performances by the current week’s workshop dancers and artist residents every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. from July 8 through August 19 at Bearnstow (see directions to Bearnstow).

Two Formal Concerts, at the Union Hall, Vienna, Maine, 7:30 p.m.:

Saturday, August 16 — Adriana León Concert (from Mexico)
Friday, August 26 — Bearnstow’s Young Artist Residency Program dancers present a concert of works composed in the Bearnstow workshops throughout the summer.



Summer 2016 Fees and Scholarships

Fee Schedule for One-Week Workshop:
Resident Participants $675
Day Participants $425
Fee Schedule for Any Two Consecutive Weeks:
Resident Participants $1215
Day Participants $975

(Bearnstow offers a fee of $600 per workshop if you attend three or more consecutive weeks.)

  • Tuition for Resident Participants includes housing and meals. See Bearnstow Accommodations.
  • Tuition for Day Participants includes lunch every day and dinner Sunday and Wednesday evenings. At other times meals may be purchased if desired: breakfast ($8.00) and dinner ($15.00).
  • Resident Participants arrive on Sunday afternoon before dinner and depart on Saturday after lunch. Workshops include morning and afternoon classes daily plus lab time, with time for recreation. Total course hours exceed 30 and may be accepted by colleges and universities for credit. Apply to your respective institution.
  • For Day Participant commuters the workshop week includes the opening Sunday dinner, all class activity from Monday through Saturday morning, six lunches, and dinner on Wednesday evening (the evening of the Mount Vernon Community Center class). Day Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Bearnstow.

Scholarships and Discounts
  • Limited Work/Study Scholarships are available (please note your request on your registration). Work/study participants assist the Young Artist Residents in exchange for a $50 deduction from their total fee. Dance professionals and teachers should inquire about available discounts.
  • Tuition Scholarships are granted based on need for participants requiring additional financial assistance. Applicants should contact their workshop instructors and apply separately by email to Bearnstow Administration. Applicant should supply résumé, portrait photo, letter of recommendation, and proof of need.
  • Referral Discounts are available by referring a friend. You may refer a friend to a Bearnstow workshop (either the workshop for which you are registering or any other 2016 workshop) for a $50 discount in your fee when your friend registers. Please enter your friend’s name on the registration form.
  • Full-season Young Artist Residencies provide access to all classes throughout the summer season, as well as a stipend. The Young Artist Residency Program for summer 2016 will run from June 19 to August 28 (arrive on June 16). To apply, send résumé (MS Word .doc format or PDF only), portrait photo, and letter of recommendation to Bearnstow Administration by December 31, 2016. Bearnstow will begin receiving applications for summer 2017 on September 1, 2016.
Workshop Auditing
  • Auditors must have an agreement with the instructor to attend classes. The instructor may wish to charge an auditing fee. Please e-mail Bearnstow Administration, giving your professional status and the workshop you would like to attend. Auditors who wish to stay at the camp will be housed with student participants and are subject to the weekly room and board fee of $350.
Fees for Day Camp:
  • Two weeks Day Camp for children of school age (6–14 years): $275.00 (includes lunch each day). See Day Camp for more information.
Fees for Guests:
  • $75.00 first day per person, $60 per day subsequent days; children under 10 (housed with parents) half price. For infants, parents must bring sleeping accommodations. Parents will be responsible for minors at all times. Staff guests are housed with staff members. Go to Guest Registration form.
Additional Funding Sources
  • Universities and colleges have professional advancement programs. For matriculated students, our workshops may fulfill credit requirements for your university. Please apply to your institution.
  • For Maine residents: Maine Community Foundation offers scholarships to attend Aspirational, Non-Traditional, & Camp Scholarships. See also other Available Scholarships that may be applicable to you.

Register for 2016 Summer Workshops

     Complete the online registration form and submit your deposit or full payment by credit card through PayPal (you do not have to be a PayPal member), or by check payable to Bearnstow. Please choose the appropriate form: Resident Participant Form or Day Participant Form. If you encounter any problems completing your registration, please write the Bearnstow Webmaster. If for any reason, you cannot register online, e-mail your name and address to Bearnstow Administration and request that a printed registration form be mailed to you.


Apply for the Young Artist Residency Program

     Please apply by e-mail to Bearnstow Administration with résumé, portrait photo, and letter of recommendation no later than December 31, 2015 for the 2016 summer season.



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