Summer Continuing Education Classes

Summer Continuing Education Classes

Summertime in Leadville is a time to take advantage of the extra daylight and learn a new hobby or skill. This summer Colorado Mountain College in Leadville is offering a variety of non-credit classes like gardening, geology, wildflower hikes, and business boosting social media sessions. Check out the complete list and descriptions below. Some classes are even 50% off!

For more information or to register call (719)486-4292.

Life on the Rocks Series

Summer Continuing Education ClassesGeologist Dan Howe will lead you on a journey through the Earth’s geological and biological systems through time. Sit back, engage and immerse yourself in a unique review of the history of our planet. Learn about the interactions between Earth’s geological and biological systems through time. Fossils and rocks tell a compelling story. The study of Geo-biology has been popularized in recent years as Big History.

Life on the Rocks: Origins & Early Life on Earth      July 6, 9am-12pm, $25

Life on the Rocks: Hydrothermal Vents and Snowball Earth   July 13, 9am-12pm, $25

Life on the Rocks:Mass Extinctions    July 20, 9am-12pm, $25

Life on the Rocks: Global Warming      July 27, 9am-12pm, $25

When Ice Ruled Leadville I and II

Summer Continuing Education Classes Dr. Vince Matthews has taught at five different institutions of higher education, holding tenure at two. He was the State Geologist of Colorado and Director of the Colorado Geological Survey. He is Senior Author of the multi award-winning book Messages in Stone — Colorado’s Colorful Geology and compiler of A Tourist Guide to Colorado Geology. These classes fill quickly. Register soon!

When Ice Ruled Leadville I     July 9, 8am-5pm, $59

Leadville’s spectacular scenery reflects a time when ice covered and formed much of the landscape. It was a time of valleys filled with thousands of feet of ice; of 600-foot-deep lakes forming, then catastrophically emptying in a day. Learn to read the signs of this classic glacial terrain in the field. Generations of geologists all over America have studied Turquoise Lake in their classrooms. Now you can study its marvels first hand. Follow the glacially dammed lake from Malta to Buena Vista. Experience periglacial features such as patterned ground, rock glaciers, and sackungen.

A 1/2 mile of hiking is required, dress appropriately for the hike and the weather. Pack a lunch or bring lunch money.

When Ice Ruled Leadville II     July 16, 8am-5pm, $59

This course will view beautifully displayed glacial features at Leadville, Camp Hale, Minturn, Vail, Dillon, and Fremont Pass. Wonderful examples from two periods of glaciation of lateral, terminal and recessional moraines. Cirques, aretes, U-shaped valleys, roche moutennee and ice-fields. There is a short hike to rock glacier, dress appropriately for the hike and the weather. Pack a lunch or bring lunch money.

Participation in When Ice Ruled Leadville I is not required

Social Media for Entrepreneurs     June 14, 16, 21, 23, $100  $50 for entire series 

Summer Continuing Education ClassesIf you want to reach clients and prospects, you need to be where they are – by using social media you’ll increase the odds that your marketing message will get through to a significant number of customers.

Invest in your business! Learn how to use social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to reach customers and drive sales efficiently and effectively. These 2-hour classes will introduce each platform along with social media techniques designed to optimize time and resource management. All levels and abilities welcome. Register for all four sessions or each individually. Email the instructor with any questions:

Facebook for Entrepreneurs     June 14, 6-8pm, $30

Twitter for Entrepreneurs     June 16, 6-8pm, $30

Instagram for Entrepreneurs    June 21, 6-8pm, $30

Pinterest for Entrepreneurs    June 23, 6-8pm, $30

Reiki Level One & Two

Summer Continuing Education Classes
Rose O’Connor and Joe Poole are Usui Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki® Master teachers and practitioners and own Rocky Mountain Reiki in Buena Vista.

Learn the art of Reiki with the experienced husband and wife teaching team, Rose O’Connor and Joe Poole. Reiki is a Japanese technique that heals and guides all areas of one’s life. It can be used for oneself and for others to bring balance and deep relaxation, promoting inner peace and improved health. Students will be mindfully led through lecture, demonstration and guidance to bring Reiki into their lives and the lives of others. Completion of Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Level One and Level Two will provide you with the skills needed to share Reiki with others as a certified practitioner.

Reiki Level One     June 3, 5:30-8:30pm & June 4, 9:30am-4:30pm, $90 $45 (50% off level one)

Reiki is a gentle yet powerful method of healing the body on all levels; physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual. This class will teach you what Reiki is, where it originates, its uses and benefits, and how to give a treatment to yourself and others. You will receive an attunement and become a certified Reiki I practitioner. Students will be required to purchase a text for $12 from the instructor.

Reiki Level Two     June 10, 5:30-8:30pm & June 11, 9:30-4:30pm $110

 Reiki Level II teaches you three sacred symbols used for healing. You will increase your frequency and learn to focus your intentions to use Reiki on a deeper level. Attunement and manual included. Prerequisite is Reiki Level I.

Studio and Outdoor Painting and Drawing Series

Summer Continuing Education ClassesAs a long time visual arts teacher Carolyn Gentling has taught a range of age groups and enjoys teaching multiple forms of art including drawing, painting, mixed media, fibers, ceramics, printmaking, and sculpture. Carolyn brings energy and the love of art making to inspire students and cultivate creativity. She creates a positive, supportive environment for students and finds joy in sharing her passion of art with others. Carolyn has a BFA Fibers from the University of Wisconsin and K-12 Art Teacher Certification from Metro State. She greatly enjoys the outdoors and landscape watercolor painting. Carolyn is a published author/illustrator of a young children’s book.

Watercolor Pencil Basics, Leadville’s Majestic Mountain Landscapes     June 17, 1-4pm, $35

Explore watercolor pencil dry and wet applications, layering, tonal foundation, fine lines, and texture for your paintings. Class will include studio and outside work time. Nurture your creativity! All levels welcome! Supplies required. Link to supply list below. If there is bad weather we may have class inside.

Mixed Media Painting, Leadville Forests & Mountains     June 18, 10-4pm, $45 $22.50 (50% off!)

Spend time drawing the gorgeous mountain views from campus and return to the classroom studio to combine drawing inspirations, collage elements, and painting techniques to build your mixed media painting. Connect with nature! All levels welcome! Supplies required. Link to supply list below. If there is bad weather we may have class inside. Bring your lunch.

Mountains, Skies & Water in Watercolor    June 23, 10-4pm, $45 $22.50 (50% off!)

Explore watercolor painting techniques for mountains, skies, cloud configurations, and water. Class includes studio time on campus, and outdoor work time. Be inspired by the beauty! All levels welcome! Supplies required. Link to supply list below. If there is bad weather we may have class inside. Bring your lunch.

Mines, Meadows & Mountains     June 24, 1-4pm, $35

Explore drawing and painting techniques capturing Leadville’s history and stunning mountain landscape. Class will include studio time and time in Leadville’s mining district. All levels welcome! If there is bad weather we may have class inside. Supplies required. Link to supply list below.

Materials and Supplies List


Have Sketchbook, Will Travel – Buena Vista

Summer Continuing Education ClassesGet out of the studio and enjoy sketching excursions with instructor, Sibyl Teague. Sibyl lives in Chaffee County and has a BFA in Painting from the University of Michigan and an MA in Art, Printmaking from Adams State University where she currently teaches Art History.

Nature Up Close & Personal     July 9, 10-12:30pm, $25

A sketching excursion along the Barbara Whipple Trail. Learn to draw the details of nature.

Sketching History    July 16, 10-12:30, $25

A drawing excursion in historic downtown Buena Vista. Use simple perspective systems to sketch buildings.

Sketching People     July 24, 10-12:30, $25

A sketching excursion to the Farmer’s Market in Buena Vista. Draw people in an interesting environment.

Focus!    July 30, 10-12:30, $25

A sketching excursion along the Barbara Whipple Trail. Learn to use the camera on your cell phone and a handmade viewfinder as tools to compose your drawings.


Alpine Environment Wildflower Guided Walks

Summer Continuing Education Classes

There are phenomenal wildflowers not too far from your back door. Professor, farmer, and serious botanist Miskwa Yellowknife will lead these field classes on a tour through the colorful flowers of our alpine environment. Dr. Yellowknife will help participants to identify the unique flora of the Ball Mountain and Mosquito Pass areas east of Leadville. Alpine environments are harsh, and put special stresses on the flora which has adapted in numerous ways. Alpine plant communities are unique and highly fragile and one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The class will identify the flowers of the Ball Mountain area by their scientific and common names, allowing the participants to get to know these very unique plants, which include some native orchids. Participants must be able to walk short distances over uneven ground, carry water, and rain gear. Meet at Colorado Mountain College, Don Hix Memorial Gazebo. Field guides will be provided. Please note that neither wildflowers nor weather is predictable, and we may change the location to take advantage of blooming locations.

Monday, July 11, 3-6pm, $35

Tuesday, July 23, 3-6pm $35 $17.50 (50% off!)

Summer Continuing Education Classes

Wool Felt Making

July 18 & July 25, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, $50 $25 (50% off!)

Join us for an introduction to the ancient art of traditional wool felt making. Felt made using the wet felting technique is the first fabric known to humanity and is known for being a strong non-woven material. Creative exploration in the endless design and color possibilities will be encouraged as participants discover the magic of basic felt making. Participants will start with flat felt making and advance to 3D felt making which will be transformed into a hat, bag, or vessel. Dress in comfortable clothing that can handle splashes of water/soap. Feel free to bring food and drink to enjoy during class.

Cost of the class includes all materials & supplies for the in-class projects.

Grow Your Own Food At 10,200′

Summer Continuing Education ClassesMonday, June 6 & June 13, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, $35 $15 (50% off!)

High altitude gardening is one of the toughest but most rewarding challenges! With perseverance, knowledge, and some cooperation from mother nature you can grow your own food. We will discuss starting seedlings indoors, raised bed vegetable gardening, container gardening, and will touch on soil, composting, micro climates, season extension techniques, trouble shooting, and of course what types of vegetables are most likely to thrive up here. Get ready to reap what you sow!

Mines of the Mineral Belt Guided Bike Trail

Summer Continuing Education ClassesThis casual, guided tour along the Mineral Belt Trail includes several stops to learn about some of the mining history and modern land reclamation efforts. Students must provide thier own bike/helmet. Dress to be outside for approximately 4 hours rain or shine. Bring water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and extra layers. Students must be able to bike up to one mile at at time on the paved Mineral Belt Trail, uphill and downhill between stops. The Mineral Belt Trail is approximately 11.6 miles long and we will be covering the entirety of the trail during the 3.5 hour class. The class will depart from, and return to the Don Hix Memorial Gazebo at the Colorado Mountain College Leadville Campus.

Saturday, August 13, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, $10

Sunday, July 24, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, $10