Camp Brosius Art & Wellness Week

Live Well and Be Creative at Brosius

Unplug and be active! June 11-17

Get in touch with your mind, body and spirit during art and wellness week at Camp Brosius. Take lessons from artists and get active with health and fitness professionals! Whether you're a seasoned artist, a regular gym rat, or someone who is seeking a healthier lifestyle, art and wellness week is for you! Activities are optional so if you only want to focus on art and creativity or the fitness and wellness aspect, you can choose your preference.

Guests ages twelve and older, kickstart a new you with a weeklong health and fitness program:

Group fitness classes at your level including yoga, line dancing, water aerobics, and circuit training.

Daily hikes through scenic Wisconsin trails.

Water activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking.

Daily meditation and breathing exercises.

Hands-on healthy cooking demonstrations.

Important Information:

No additional fees are required for guests staying at Camp Brosius. 

Calm the mind and spirit with art:

Printmaking: Drawing inspiration from natural objects found around Camp Brosius, you will design your work on a linoleum slab, carve away pieces for the image, apply ink, and pull your art together onto a piece of paper.

Spray paint and stencil art: Create a two-dimensional multimedia work on paper using acrylic and spray paints.

Acrylic painting: Paint your own canvas using acrylics.

Nature mandala: Piece together your own masterpiece utilizing materials found around camp.

No additional fees are required for guests staying at Camp Brosius. To ensure supplies are available, you must register in advance to participate.

About the instructors:

Clinical assistant professor Rachel Swinford, PhD, teaches a variety of exercise, dance, and leadership-development courses at the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. She co-directs an adapted dance program for people with Down syndrome and leads INShape IUPUI, a service-learning initiative that pairs exercise science students with IUPUI faculty and staff to provide wellness assessments, exercise prescription, and personal training. In 2015, she was recognized as Dance Educator of the Year by the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and she received Down Syndrome Indiana's STAR award in 2014. This educated and energetic group fitness instructor and workplace wellness guru will provide you with tremendous tips for fitness at your level.

Kinesiology lecturer and Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) director Allison Plopper, MS Kinesiology, leads the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management's PARCS program in the Indianapolis community, overseeing twelve IUPUI service-learning assistants and 150-plus kinesiology students. Under her leadership, these students conduct fitness assessments, exercise prescription, group exercise, and personal training for low-income Indianapolis residents in community settings. Recently certified in the CLIMB curriculum, Ms. Plopper is extending her work to provide people with Parkinson's disease options for disease progression mitigation through exercise. She will provide physical activity options for all abilities--designed to get you moving at a comfortable level--while at Camp Brosius.

Ellen Leonard, MA Adult Education, is a health and wellness professional. A former researcher, she is now an adult educator, stress management consultant, health and wellness coach, yoga instructor (500 RYT), and Ayurvedic practitioner. In addition to her role as an IUPUI adjunct faculty member, Ellen designs and develops online curriculum for universities. Her unique approach to health and wellness incorporates evidence-based practices and positive psychology. Ellen's mindful meditations, yoga, and stress-management techniques will help you cast aside all your worries this summer and set you up for a more relaxed and productive lifestyle. Enjoy her engaging healthy cooking demos, designed to provide you with fun ways to eat while living well.

Corey Jefferson, MFA, is an instructor in the ceramics department at Herron School of Art, IUPUI. He specializes in adding found objects to his creations and sculptures, and embraces both wheel-thrown and hand-building methods. His wife Megan Jefferson, BFA, teaches art at the Indianapolis Art Center, where she also creates lesson plans for art projects and works with children during after-school art programs. Megan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with painting concentration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has interests in painting, drawing, camping, and traveling, among other hobbies. Guests rave about Corey and Megan's teaching style and the couple's ability to find and foster creative abilities in everyone.