Presentations and Programs

Laughter Yoga and Difficult Conversations

Lecture #LC203
Kelly Garrett
Ringling College Museum Campus
Thursday, March 21 • 2:30-3:30 pm
Free: Gold and Silver Members and General Admission

Kelly Garrett
Kelly Garrett

Session 1: Did you know that as children we laugh over 300 times a day but as adults, we laugh only 30 times a day? Scientific studies indicate that laughter may have medically beneficial effects, particularly on cardiovascular health and mood. “Laughter Wellness” is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. It is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. You won’t want to miss this hysterical experience that will heighten your awareness of the therapeutic and restorative values of joy and laughter.

Session 2: No one wants to have “that” conversation and  often we avoid speaking up because we don’t know where to start or how to bring it up. In this session, you will learn how to approach a difficult conversation and break down the barriers to create a space for empathy and understanding. You will also learn how to use tools to ask and respond to those difficult questions.

Tidewell: Know Us Before You Need Us

Lecture #LC204 
Kelly Garrett
Ringling College Museum Campus
Tuesday, March 26 2:30-3:30 pm
Free: Gold and Silver Members and General Admission

Knowledge is power and the best time to learn about the compassionate care that Tidewell Hospice provides is before you need it. Did you know that patients and families who choose hospice care live longer and report feeling better both emotionally and physically? Did you know that there is rarely any out-of-pocket expenses for hospice care? Join us as we learn about the hospice Medicare benefit and dispel the myths surrounding hospice care.

Kelly Garrett is a Community Partnership  Specialist for Tidewell Hospice. She currently serves on the board of the Cancer Resource Network and recently became a certified Laughter Yoga Instructor. Kelly obtained her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University. She has personally been touched by hospice and believes deeply in Empath Tidewell’s mission to be unified in empathy as we serve our communities through extraordinary Full Life Care for all.


Opera Is For Everyone! with Martha Collins

Lecture #LC193
Mondays: 2:30-4 pm
3 Sessions: March 11-March 25
Gold Member: $54
Silver Member: $60

Opera has been captivating audiences for more than 400 years. Stage director, Martha Collins, believes this is because opera is compelling stories told through beautiful, timeless music by thrilling emotional singing. Known for her lively and engaging talks, she will lead you in exploring the extraordinary and compelling world of opera and the reasons for its enduring popularity. So, what makes opera great? The Singing! The Music! The Storytelling! Join us for this special program. 

Mar. 11: The Singers! Whether an opera stage or even “America’s Got Talent, an operatically trained voice has the power to enthrall and captivate an audience. Explore what makes opera singers unique in their ability to portray their characters through beautiful, emotional singing that soars out over an entire orchestra.

Mar. 18: The Music! Great opera composers were able to take a story and make it more compelling with music that is timeless and deeply emotional. Their music can often convey reactions and emotions more strongly than mere words alone. Martha will lead you to explore some of the most extraordinary artistic works of all time.

Mar. 25: The Stories! Learn from an opera director how these great stories are brought to life on the stage. Using stories from her years in opera, Martha will lead you through a director’s process from first opening the score to opening night.

Martha Collins
Martha Collins

Martha Collins, the Director of Education at the Sarasota Opera, has a long association with the company, having first joined in 2004 as a stage director. She has since directed over 21 mainstage productions and 12 youth opera productions, and this season she will direct Bizet’s Carmen and The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten. Martha has also directed at numerous other companies and universities throughout the U.S., and she has extensive teaching credits, including New York University and the Florence Voice Seminar in Italy. Born in Ottawa, Martha gained much acclaim in Canada as both a concert and operatic performer, and she was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She was chosen to perform for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the opening gala of the World’s Fair in Vancouver and on the silver screen, Martha appeared in the Norman Jewison film Moonstruck, in the role of Mimi.

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