Lake Sylvia is special. Both of us knew it from our first summer out as Book One trainees. We felt welcomed, challenged, supported, and inspired then and every year since. Every June we arrive with the need to renew our energy after the school year and leave invigorated and bursting with new ideas. Nancy’s tireless efforts over the past decade to create and sustain the Lake Sylvia community are invaluable and it is an honor to be entrusted with taking Lake Sylvia the next stage of its growth. We are forever grateful to her for making our training possible and wish her the very best in her retirement with many happy days to share with her adorable grandchildren.
In one of Nancy’s final acts as director she helped us find our new home, the Koinonia Retreat Center. Located in New Haven, MN (about 90 minutes west of Minneapolis) the center has plenty of space for us to stretch including more rooms for enrichment activities for students and teacher trainees alike. This year for enrichment, in addition to art with the creative Sue Davis, we will have Dalcroze with Emma Shubin, including a full afternoon workshop for all music teachers! Private lessons are available for Alexander Technique and with our teacher trainers. Wendy Stern and Meret Bitticks will be returning to spend the week with us and this year we are excited to welcome Pandora Bryce and Laura Larson as Teacher Trainers! Pandora and Laura both bring decades of experience and passion and we know they will be a perfect addition to our Lake Sylvia family.
David Gerry’s presence, a defining part of our institute experience for so many years, will be sorely missed after his unexpected passing last December. In our daily work with our students and as we continue the Lake Sylvia, his indelible impact on our lives and teaching is always in our mind. We’ll be requesting everyone to bring a pair of crazy socks to wear in his honor during one of our themed days.
We are continuing to update the website and aim to have registration open by Feb. 1. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We would love to hear from you!
Vanamali Medina and Andrea Myers