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Whatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.

Class Registration begings on April 1, 2014

More than 300 teachers, experienced in subjects they love, arrive each summer to create a diverse assortment of courses for youth and adults offering a cross-generational learning experience. Special Studies offers subjects ranging from child and youth development, music, education, religion and philosophy, to fitness, health, and personal and professional development. Enjoy Chautauqua’s Special Studies’ unique learning experience and enrich your mind, body and spirit.

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Application Deadline: October 1, 2014.


2014 Course Updates 


1334 • Reiki Level 1: Certification Class

Teresa Schaeffer

The Japanese word Reiki (pronounced "Ray Key") means "Universal Life Force Energy." Reiki is believed to have begun in Tibet several thousand years ago. Reiki is an extremely powerful hands-on healing energy technique that utilizes high frequency vibrational energy for relaxation and stress reduction thus promoting healing. It helps us to find our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Reiki Level 1 provides an overview of the history of Reiki and its introduction to the Western World; instruction and experiential training in the healing technique; and initiation and attunement to the transcendental energy. A manual and certification is awarded upon successful completion of class training.

Maximum enrollment: 15. Minimum age: 18.

Week 1, 26–27 / Th & F / 1 - 4 p.m. / Turner, Rm. 104

Fees: 1 week (2 sessions) • $95 / Materials Fee • $10


Writers’ Center

2202 • How Writers’ Write

E.L. Doctorow

Maximum Enrollment: 50


1349 • Emotional Freedom Technique.
The wrong week was listed in the catalog only. This is a Week 9 course.

1221 • Handicrafts and Hobbies
offered Weeks 5-7. Incorrect dates were printed in the catalog and online.

2014 Cancellations

1414 • Topics in American Music and Literature / Barbara Sims

2002 • The History of American Musical Theater / Joel Kenemore

313 • Story Design for Video Games / Seth Hudson

1708 • Everyday Ethics and you: Figuring out ethics in an unethical world/Annie Booth