Lifelong learning: Mount’s Desmond Campus hosts dozens of adult enrichment courses

March 05, 2018

A t’ai chi class is held on the lawn of the Mount Saint Mary College Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment. The campus offers a variety of courses for lifelong learners.

A t’ai chi class is held on the lawn of the Mount Saint Mary College Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment. The campus offers a variety of courses for lifelong learners.


From yoga and t’ai chi to art appreciation and social media savvy, Mount Saint Mary College’s Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment offers hundreds of courses each year for the adult learner.

The Desmond Campus hosts non-credit classes in the day, evening, and in Saturday sessions. The campus is located at 6 Albany Post Rd., Newburgh, N.Y.

Explore Gaelic, spoken in regions of Ireland, and its sister language Scottish Gaelic, spoken in parts of Scotland and Nova Scotia, Canada, on Thursday, March 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The history and culture of Ireland and Scotland are rooted in the Gaelic, and the national identity of both countries today is inextricably linked with it. Gaelic is poised to make a great leap forward in terms of attracting new learners and potentially restoring it as the national language of Ireland and Scotland. The course will be taught by Robert McDonald, a Gaelic language instructor for the Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley. The cost of the course is $15.

Keep up with marketing in the digital world with “Social Media Marketing Made Simple: A Crash Course in Design, Digital Marketing and Content Optimizations” at the Desmond Campus on Tuesday, March 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. or Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn to implement, manage, and monitor successful digital marketing strategies to attract and retain customers and clients, increase revenues, and enhance online traffic and reputation management. This course benefits varying levels of skill and experience and will empower participants to maximize the impact of marketing on social media. Social platforms, privacy policies, and applications are constantly changing – this course provides the core concepts necessary to make content interesting, relevant, and engaging. This $99 class is taught by Andrew Ciccone, president and CEO of Hudson Valley Public Relations. His firm specializes in content marketing and has successfully developed integrated marketing strategies, creating highly engaging content, including user generated content, blog posts, content series, and videos.

Art aficionados can enjoy oil and acrylic painting classes taught by local artist Jodi Yeaple-King beginning April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and running for six weeks. A second six-week class begins May 23. The cost for each six-week session is $120. Please see the Arts and Nature section for a further list of art classes as well as art history lectures offered.

Additionally, all are invited to “Art from the Heart & Kidney,” a free mixed media exhibit at Desmond featuring the works of Yeaple-King. The artist’s reception is on Sunday, March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will include paintings, flower arrangements, and jewelry. The show runs through April 18.  

Other upcoming courses include chair yoga, hatha yoga, and gentle yoga, with options in March, April, and May; t’ai chi classes in March and May; and selections from the Desmond Speaker Series, ranging from “Native American Peoples of the Hudson River” on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. to “Fake News: Sorting Truth from Fiction” on April 16 at 10 a.m. 

Explore a world of opportunities at the Mount’s Desmond Campus. To download a catalog of the latest Desmond Campus events, visit 

For more information or to register for classes, call 845-565-2076 or email