What is WILL?

What is WILL?

Will is a grass-roots organization created by residents and a partner of Western New Mexico University in Silver City. At WILL, learning is a lifetime adventure for intellectual and personal discovery in a supportive and informal setting.

Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Avenue, Juan Chacon
Bldg RM 108, Silver City, New Mexico 88061.
info@will-learning.com | 575-538-6835.

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

WILL members bring talents and life experiences to WILL, making our courses and social events lively places to learn. WILL course schedules are made available to the public weeks prior to the semester start. Members sign up via email, online, or by visiting the office.

Join at the Fall, Spring or Summer semester Sign-up Social and attend great courses!

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

The Artist Lecture Series brings professional artists and writers who exchange ideas in presenting their work in literature, fine arts and a host of other topics. Lectures and Lunch & Learns are free and open to the public.

If ongoing learning outside the traditional classroom appeals to you, then join us.

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$75 a year shows your support for Life Long Learning, our community and all the classes you want to take all year long! More . . .

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30) A Voyage Through the Heart
Facilitator: James Skee
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: September 29: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Dr. Skee will teach a one and half hour class on 1) the anatomy of the heart, 2) heart function, 3) heart problems (including heart disease, blockages, treatments, etc.) and 4) how to avoid heart problems. The second half of this one day class will be the dissection of a pig heart where Dr. Skee will show the anatomy to give all an appreciation for the complexity and delicacy of this amazing organ. Anyone interested may physically touch the heart. Anyone who is squeamish, may decide to not take this class or leave before the dissection portion.
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WILL Lunch and Learn - Andrea Warner and Jeff Goin - Silver City Seva

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12 NOON to 1:00 p.m.
WNMU, 12th St, Global Resource Center, 1st Floor ABC Room
FREE and Open-to-the-Public.

Synopsis: An important (and admirable) quality of Silver City residents is that we are community-oriented. A byproduct of our caring about community is that there are many non-profit, service-oriented organizations … and, thus, many opportunities to serve. "Seva" is a Sanskrit word which means “selfless service,” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In this Lunch & Learn session, we will explore both the inner and outer paths of being of service to others, enhancing our community, and, as a result, becoming better people.

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Andrea is the Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Grant County. After 14 years of living and volunteering in Mimbres she has recently moved to Silver City with her husband and two school age children. She and her husband have owned and operated a local woodcraft business for over 20 years. Staying home with her children for the last 10 years she found many opportunities to be of service in Mimbres: running the Community Garden, gardening with the children at San Lorenzo School, helping to distribute food at the local food pantry, and serving as a board member for Mimbres Valley Health Action League. She is a practitioner of Karma Yoga, the practice of selfless service to humanity whereby a spiritual seeker attempts to give their actions selflessly without hoping for merit, fame, or glory.

Jeff is former national budget manager of Greenpeace U.S. A resident of Silver City since 2007, he co-founded Single Socks, a non-profit thrift store that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-hunger programs in Grant County, New Mexico. He holds an MBA in finance from George Washington University, a B.A. in economics from University of Northern Colorado, and is a practicing Mahayana Buddhist. Jeff is founder and director of Lotus Center, a Silver City non-profit organization that provides instruction and opportunities to practice Yoga, Tai Chi, other forms of contemplative movement, and meditation. He has been teaching and leading secular meditations in Silver City, on a volunteer basis, since 2008. His classes provide practical ideas and methods for improving relationships, overcoming anger, dealing with stress and, in general, establishing and maintaining peaceful states of mind.

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reezing, Drying & Canning the Home Garden
Facilitator: Judy O'Loughlin
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesday & Thursday: September 27, 29: 9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Learn safe techniques for freezing, drying and water-bath canning. Class will be taught by the home economist for NMSU's Grant County Extension Service.
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Facilitator: Dixie Dexter
Enrollment Limit: 25
Date/Time: Dates/Times: 6 sessions: Mondays & Wednesdays: September 26, 28, October 3, 5, 10, 12: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Want to feel better and move better? Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement (ATM) lessons consist of verbally directed, sophisticated movement sequences designed to create the conditions for improved functioning. Sensory-motor activity is used to free us from habitual patterns and allow for new patterns of thinking, moving, and feeling. The lessons involve tremendous variety, helping to make the learning intriguing and enjoyable.
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Facilitator: Michael Scherer
Mondays: September 19, 26, October 3: 2016
Afternoons - 1:30 - 3:00 pm

This is the second offering of this popular course, which will explore some Islamic culture and history along with selected readings from the Koran.

The course includes in-class discussions of the readings, as well as some visual exploration of Islamic architecture. We will also listen to some recitations in the Arabic language.

FACILITATOR BIO: The facilitator spent 5 years in Egypt in the late 1980's, and had a successful course for WILL in the spring. He is not an expert but has knowledge to share.
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Facilitator: Michael Scherer Mondays: September 19, 26, October 3: 2016 Afternoons - 1:30 - 3:00 pm This is the second offering of this popular course, which will explore some Islamic culture and hi...

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