Jen Appleby will be Artist in Residence Thursday through Sunday, July 16 through 19, bringing her Wingspan Mindful Movement to Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Route 1

Appleby is a hula-hoop dancer from Lisbon Falls who loves helping kids and adults alike find joy in learning to hoopdance. She is a longtime mover, having dabbled in tai chi, yoga, ballet and baton before finding a home in hoopdance as “flow art” five years ago. Hoopdance affords a person’s mind and body a creative means to connect to the present moment and to one’s own personal, physical experience. Hoopdance is good for balance, flexibility, attention, energy regulation, stress reduction, weight loss, core toning, immune strengthening and self-expression.

Appleby will hold two sessions daily on the 17th and 18th, with an evening jam on the 16th and a morning mindful stretch on the 19th. Morning classes will focus on meditative stretching, while evenings will include some basic dance moves and one-to-one instruction. Appleby also will be blowing giant bubbles, another whimsical and mindful art.

The Camp & Create Artist in Residence Program is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 548-6059.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or