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2014 Conference Listing

November 8th, 2013

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Vacation with a purpose in 2014 on Star Island, home to family and community gatherings for over 100 years. As New England’s unique summer island, we welcome all who want to explore the world as it might ideally be.

Explore our chronological list of 2014 summer programs below. As information is provided to us by conference leaders we will update links with descriptions, theme speakers, workshop leaders and other information.

Click here to download our 2014 program catalog


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Birding Weekend – May

Spring Bird Migration on Star Island

Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18


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Yearly Adult’s Conference

Danger Island

Sunday, June 8 to Sunday, June 15 or Wednesday, June 11 to Sunday, June 15


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Star Island Paranormal Conference

Paranormal Adventure Weekend

Thursday, June 12 to Saturday, June 14


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Star Arts

Celebrating Your Medium

Saturday, June 14 to Saturday, June 21


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Meditation Retreat I

Meditation & Spiritual Direction

Saturday, June 14 to Saturday, June 21


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Innerpeace: Nourishing the Practitioner

For Therapists, Counselors, Healthcare Professionals

Wednesday, June 18 to Saturday, June 21


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Isles of Shoals Historical & Research Association

Changes in the Sea: Marine Science Discoveries

Saturday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 25


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Couple’s Retreat

Rediscover the Relationship You Once Had and Create the Relationship You Want

Saturday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 25


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Natural History Week

Birding in the 21st Century

Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, June 28


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Youth Empowerment and Spirituality

Stargazers and Trailblazers

Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, June 28


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Road Scholar June

Experience Star Island

Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, June 28


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All Star 1 Family Conference

If a Tree Talks in the Forest…Eavesdropping on the Dialogues of Plants

Saturday, June 28 to Saturday, July 5


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All Star 2 Family Conference

The Wonders of Language from the Eyes of an Anthropologist

Saturday, July 5 to Saturday, July 12


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Lifespan Religious Education

Evolution, Devolution, Revolution: On Church, Change, and Choosing a Full Week Faith

Saturday, July 12 to Saturday, July 19


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International Affairs Family Conference

Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities

Saturday, July 19 to Saturday, July 26


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Star Gathering 1 UCC Family Conference

The Everyday Life of Christian Rituals

Saturday, July 26 to Saturday, August 2


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Star Gathering I UCC Youth Conference

Practicing Our Faith

Saturday, July 26 to Saturday, August 2


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Cranio-Sacral Physical Therapy Workshop

Saturday, July 26 to Wendesday, July 30


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NH Society of Photographic Artists Digital Photography Workshop

From Snapshot to Fine Print

Saturday, July 26 to Saturday, August 2


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Star Gathering 2 UCC Family Conference

Everyday Offerings

Saturday, August 2 to Saturday, August 9


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Star Gathering 2 UCC Youth Conference

Expressing Our Faith

Saturday, August 2 to Saturday, August 9


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Institute on Religion in an Age of Science

Science and Religion in a Globalizing World

Saturday, August 2 to Saturday, August 9


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Life on a Star 1 Family Conference

Playing for Social Good: Building a Better World Together by Exploring Why We Do What We Do

Saturday, August 9 to Saturday, August 16


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Life on a Star 2 Family Conference

Civilized to Death

Saturday, August 16 to Saturday, August 23


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Midlife Retreat

Mindful Planning for the Second Half of Your Glorious Life

Saturday, August 23 to Wedneday, August 27


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Road Scholar August

Digital Photography, Watercolor Painting, and Experience Star Island

Saturday, August 23 to Friday, August 29


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Connecting with Your Inner Child

A Weekend of Nurturing PLAY

Saturday, August 23 to Monday, August 25


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Historic Star Conference

Angling New England on to the Map

Saturday, August 23 to Saturday, August 30

Saturday, August 23 to Tuesday, August 26

Held in partnership with the Portsmouth Athenaeum


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Star Island Experience Week

Star Island

Saturday, August 23 to Saturday, August 30


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Meditation Retreat II

Practicing Presence

Saturday, August 23 to Saturday, August 30


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C² Creativity Conference

Out of Your Mind: Getting Creative about Being Creative!

Saturday, August 23 to Friday, August 29


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Pelican Reunion

Back to the Island

Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1

Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1


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Laity Family Weekend

Celtic Christianity

Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1

Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1


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Creative and Professional Practices I

Professional Development for Artists

Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1


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Contemplative Photography Retreat

Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1


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Road Scholar September

Digital Photography and Watercolor Painting

Saturday, August 30 to Friday, September 5


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Midweek I

Retreat

Monday, September 1 to Friday, September 5


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Gardening Retreat

GrassRoots Gardening: Rituals to Sustain Activists

Monday, September 1 to Friday, September 5


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Writelines 1

Monday, September 1 to Friday, September 5


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Creative and Professional Practices II

Professional Development for Artists

Wednesday, September 3 to Friday, September 5


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Innerpeace Healing Arts

Nourishing the Goddess

Wednesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 7

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7


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NH Society of Photographic Artists Retreat

Photography Retreat

Thursday, September 4 to Sunday, September 7


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Writers in the Round

Nurturing Connections Between the Arts

Thursday, September 4 to Sunday, September 7


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Fall Back to Star

The Shoals Tapestry

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7


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Chamber Music on Star

Chamber Music

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7


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Isles of Shoals Historic and Research Association

The Undersea History of the Isles of Shoals

Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7


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Star Screenwriting

Writing the Short Film

Sunday, September 7 to Wednesday, September 10


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Water from the Rock

Writing Toward Freedom, Meaning, and Connection

Monday, September 8 to Friday, September 12


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Transformative Mediation Training

Transforming Conflict, Relationships, and Lives One Mediation at a Time

Sunday, September 7 to Thursday, September 11


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Midweek II

Star, Star, Star Without Frills

Monday, September 8 to Friday, September 12


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Quaker Retreat

Friendly Rest and Rejuvenation

Monday, September 8 to Friday, September 12


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Star Women

A Casual Retreat for Women with a Mind/Body/Spirit Focus

Wednesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 14

Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14


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Star Yoga

Within and Without

Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14


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Star Hampshire Traditional Music and Dance Weekend

21st Traditional Music and Dance Weekend

Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14


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Star Harmony

Secular & Sacred Choral Singing for Community, Church, and Hospice Choruses

Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14


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Birding Weekend – September

Fall Bird Migration on Star Island

Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21


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The Gosport Regatta

Saturday, September 20 to Sunday, September 21


‘CHAIR’itable Giving

September 26th, 2013

by Rev. David Scheuneman, Residential Life Advisor & Island Chaplain

Star Moonrise Stu Mosseau for Online NewsletterAs a conferee since my childhood in the 1970’s, with twenty stints as minister-of-the-week and eight seasons as a conference chair, I thought I mostly knew how Star Island runs. Working here for the past two summers, however, I have been amazed at how much I still had to learn. For example, I have long known about the tremendous spirit of generosity that goes into sustaining our traditions. All year round, people contribute an abundance of “time, talent and treasure”. Most of our regulars know about the importance of financial giving to our Annual Fund and the McGill Society. Anyone who has helped plan or run a conference event knows something of how much time and talent people give to our community. But I was surprised to discover the depth to which volunteerism goes into all the other aspects of keeping Star going.

For an idea of the impact that Star Island’s volunteers have, just consider the chairs. If you have ever sat down on Star Island, you have personally been supported by a volunteer’s handiwork. There is a whole team of volunteers dedicated just to maintaining wicker. They spend days patiently making repairs and weaving new seats. (Can you imagine Star without our front porch rockers?) Or think of the 350 dining hall chairs, every one of which was carefully cleaned by volunteers one weekend. Numerous other volunteers, coming and going all summer, worked at refinishing the dining chairs one-by-one. Then there are hundreds of other chairs spread out in hotel rooms and staff quarters – cleaned mostly by volunteers every spring during open-up. So, if that many volunteers go into sustaining just one facet of Star Island’s charm, imagine how much generosity goes into maintaining Star as a whole!
The way I see it, Star Island is a gift that we give each other. Every year, I see how Star Island can bring out the best in people. And people, when they are at their best, naturally want to play a part in sustaining Star as the inspirational and transformative place it has been. Ultimately, though, the best gift we can give each other is to continue visiting and spending time together here – because that is the primary ingredient that makes Star Island what it is.

Fall 2013 Newsletter

Our Fall 2013 Newsletter offers a glimpse at various ways of giving to the Star Island community with a fresh design.

Geography

January 10th, 2010

Life on Star Island, second largest of the group of nine rocky islands lying nearly ten miles southeast of the mouth of the Piscataqua River, is much like living on a boat. On every side one sees and hears the sea. The shores of New England are visible to the west and north, but to the east and south are only sky and sea. (more…)


Star Island is one of the rocky, wind-swept Isles of Shoals, located off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. For over 100 years, summers here have provided individuals and families with a welcome respite from their busy mainland lives.

Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization which maintains the island and its facilities and provides hospitality services for visitors.

Contact Star Island

Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
Island Phone: (603) 601-0832
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Star Island Corporation
Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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