S.A.U.G Morning Groups

August 2019



These are small groups (generally 5 to 10 campers per group). Each camper will choose a group to be in for the entire week and meet with your group every morning.

Draw Your Week at Camp - Harold Goldfus

Start with the assumption that if you are willing, whatever your artistic ability is, it is good enough to draw your impressions of your week at camp. We will spend our sessions demonstrating and discussing various approaches to drawing, as well as sketching on location. At the end of  the week, you will have a very personal souvenir of your experiences at camp to take home with you.

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Supplies: Harold recommends bringing an 8.5 by 11 drawing book or larger, plus whatever drawing media (pencils, pens,  color markers, pastels etc.) you enjoy using.

A typical morning in this group may include:

  • Check in.
  • Warm up quick drawing session.
  • Go out on location to draw. 
  • Demonstration of various approaches and techniques.
Draw Your Week at Camp

Kindness Rocks - Lynne Fairchild

Spend the week giving your inner child some playtime while you bring joy into someone else's life.

Kindness Rocks is a worldwide project where people paint rocks for others to find, with the intention to bring delight and inspiration to the finders.

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You need absolutely no painting or lettering skill for this morning group (most Kindness Rocks creators are kids).

A typical morning in this group may include:

  • Check in
  • Guided meditation
  • Create Kindness Rocks
  • Share our experiences
  • Check out

Supplies: Lynne will bring all the painting supplies, and you'll bring the rocks (she'll send you suggestions for finding the rocks).

Please contribute $5 to offset the cost of paints and pens.

Kindness Rocks

The Spiritual Aspect of the Aging Process  - Carol Hughes


A typical morning in this group may include:

  • check-in
  • facilitation of group members' desires/needs for each morning, helping w/ consensus. There's no pre-conceived agenda/exercises/assignments.
  • check-out

Mosaic stained glass plus  - Don Spencer

Make a stained glass panel that lets light thru, a framed mirror, or a 3 dimensional piece. We will learn basic techniques of cutting and breaking glass, and some ideas of design. No Soldering, no lead!

This way of working with stained glass leaves more room for improvising and creativity than traditional leaded glass. Don will provide glass and tools to use, bring your ideas and Don will bring choices for art work.

For this group: You can bring your own designs, and even work in a different size or in 3-D, if you O.K. it with Don first. Beyond the basics, it’s possible to do 3 dimensional projects, like candle holders or lamp shades, or flat panels of different shapes on wood; if you bring your own base piece in the shape you want. If you are planning on doing your own design or a 3-D piece or incorporating non-glass elements, please send your ideas to Don at before camp so he can advise on suitability. If you are looking for project ideas or to learn more about mosaic work, Don recommends The Mosaic Artist's Bible by Teresa Mills and available from Amazon. (Note: group assignments are announced in early August.)

Fees: There is a $20 material cost, payable to Don. 

A typical morning in this group may include:

  • check-in
  • teaching if needed
  • work on individual projects
Mosaic Stained Glass

The Joys of Giving and Receiving: An experiential week

     - Maryellen Doherty and Kari Gunderson

Life is a co-creative dance in which we play both roles, that of giver and that of receiver; as humans we don't always easily flow between those roles, and we're often better at one than the other. Maryellen and Kari are teaming up for a holistic approach to this topic.

Maryellen will facilitate the group in exploring the presence of giving and receiving in life, in general and in our own lives.  We'll utilize experiences from our morning group and our camp week to broaden our awareness of giving and receiving, to consider our responses, and to ponder possibilities for more joy.

 Kari will offer physical activities that can be integrated with the topic, to help raise awareness of where we are, and to encourage a better balance of giving and receiving. Yoga centering and stretching, posture for physical health and balance, an on-your-own aerobic jaunt around campus, a group-led camino around campus, clothed seated back-rubs, self-massage, and exercising with bands are all possibilities.  (Group members will always have choices about their level of participation in any activity.)

A typical morning in this group includes a 'popcorn' check-in and planned agenda...

Here's a sample morning:

  • 10 minutes: Yoga centering and stretching.
  • 20-30 minutes: check-in.
  • 20 minutes Maryellen topic, part 1.
  • 15 - 20 minutes self-massage, caring for my precious self.
  • 15 minutes break.
  • 20 minutes Maryellen topic, part 2.
  • 15 minutes: check-out.
Mosaic Stained Glass

Want to know more about the group leaders this year? Read about them here!


Draw Your Week at Camp - Harold Goldfus

~~ I am a veteran camper and have lead drawing groups at camp for over ten years. I try to draw daily. I am a member of Urban Sketchers Chicago.


Kindness Rocks - Lynne Fairchild

~~ I have been a group leader at Amuuse and Saug-for-All since 1997, and I lead groups professionally. I am trained and certified as a professional life coach, and I am an artist.


The Spiritual Aspect of the Aging Process - Carol Hughes

~~ I was a regular personal growth group leader at both AMUUSE and Saug-for-All camps for many years, as well as facilitating therapy groups in my private practice as a clinical counselor for 22 years until I retired at the end of 2016.


Making Mosaic Stained Glass Plus - Don Spencer

~~ I have 20 plus years of working in mosaic stained glass and 50 years teaching.


The Joys of Giving and Receiving: An experiential week

Maryellen Doherty

~~ I have a masters in Holistic Counseling; have led various personal growth workshops at camp and beyond; in my 6th year of leading a semi-monthly group for empowering and connecting women over 50; passionate about personal and spiritual growth and enjoying life.


Kari Gunderson

~~ My qualifications for co-teaching this group are 

  • Being a huge fan of Maryellen and her groups.

  • One to three decades ago, working as a myofascial massage therapist and teaching muscle pain management classes, getting certified as a yoga teacher and an ACSM fitness instructor after a two-year degree in exercise science.

  • A dedication to physical health, my own and others’, and to the joy of giving and receiving in our SAUG community.

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