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The Danvers Marriott Hotel is located near the Liberty Tree and North Shore Malls just off Route 128 in Danvers Mass. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable TV with HBO, coffee maker & mini fridge on some rooms.
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Essex Massachusetts is a must see if you love antiques and seafood! Essex is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts and is part of historic and beautiful Cape Ann. You will find fabulous antique shops and White Elephant shops along both sides of the main streets.

Visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum where more schooners were built than any other town in the world! You may also choose to cruise the area on any one of the many cruise boats or fishing charters. The bird watching on the marshes is unsurpassed so bring your camera!

Essex has many open spaces and conservation areas with trails and gorgeous waterfront scenery. It is a fabulous place to visit or live.

DID YOU KNOW: That the fried clam was invented right here in Essex in 1916? Be prepared for some truly mouth watering, delicious and fresh seafood including the World-famous fried clams!!

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Double Up on Ceramics
Double Up on Ceramics

Friday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, Mass.
 
Double your fun with two historic houses in one tour. The ceramics at Cogswell's Grant and Beauport represent a wide range of styles and origins, from expensive Chinese export porcelains, to high-quality English production pieces, to redwares made by individual potters in New England, and much more. 

Join Historic New England’s Senior Curator of Collections, Nancy Carlisle, first at Cogswell's Grant and then Beauport as she examines these unique collections and presents a brief overview of ceramics. 

Refreshments at Beauport are included. Tour begins at Cogswell's Grant.
 
$35 Historic New England members
$45 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.



When: Jul 15, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10 )
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 17
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 17

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
 
The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship. See the Lipizzan stallions execute dramatic leaps and plunges that were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century.

Enjoy these beautiful displays of equine grace and strength during the Lipizzans' annual visit to Cogswell's Grant.

Snacks and souvenirs are available. Please bring seats and bug spray.

Advance Tickets:
$13 Historic New England members ($11 children 6 to 12)
$15 nonmembers ($13 children 6 to 12)

Day-of Tickets:
$15 Historic New England members ($13 children 6 to 12)
$18 nonmembers ($15 children 6 to 12)

Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.

Please note: Advance tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled due to rain, tickets are valid at remaining performances.
 
Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.



When: Sep 17, 2016 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00 )
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 16
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 16

Friday, September 16, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
 
The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship. See the Lipizzan stallions execute dramatic leaps and plunges that were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century.

Enjoy these beautiful displays of equine grace and strength during the Lipizzans' annual visit to Cogswell's Grant.

Snacks and souvenirs are available. Please bring seats and bug spray.

Advance Tickets:
$13 Historic New England members ($11 children 6 to 12)
$15 nonmembers ($13 children 6 to 12)

Day-of Tickets:
$15 Historic New England members ($13 children 6 to 12)
$18 nonmembers ($15 children 6 to 12)

Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.

Please note: Advance tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled due to rain, tickets are valid at remaining performances.
 
Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.



When: Sep 16, 2016 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00 )
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 18
Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Cogswell's Grant, September 18

Sunday, September 18, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
 
The Herrmann family, breeders and trainers of the famed Lipizzan horse, demonstrate the highest levels of horsemanship. See the Lipizzan stallions execute dramatic leaps and plunges that were developed as aggressive battle maneuvers in the sixteenth century.

Enjoy these beautiful displays of equine grace and strength during the Lipizzans' annual visit to Cogswell's Grant.

Snacks and souvenirs are available. Please bring seats and bug spray.

Advance Tickets:
$13 Historic New England members ($11 children 6 to 12)
$15 nonmembers ($13 children 6 to 12)

Day-of Tickets:
$15 Historic New England members ($13 children 6 to 12)
$18 nonmembers ($15 children 6 to 12)

Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.

Please note: Advance tickets are non-refundable. If a performance is cancelled due to rain, tickets are valid at remaining performances.
 
Discounts available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.



When: Sep 18, 2016 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00 )
Integral Agile Wizardry Bootcamp - Boston area
Integral Agile Wizardry: Mastering Self, Seeing Organizational Systems A Five-Day Intensive for Committed Agilists Topics |Who Would Benefit |Prerequisites |Outcomes |Foundational Models |Our Instructors |Cancellation Policy Integral Agile Wizardry is a five-day bootcamp intensive for experienced Agilists and Leaders, helping them begin down the path of Integral Systems practice and spiral wizardry. The Bootcamp is highly experiential, interactive, and will focus significantly on your personal growth. It is designed to dramatically increase your overall effectiveness in the enterprise Agile coaching and transformation space, starting with a basic premise of, first, do no harm. The primary goals of the Bootcamp are two-fold: to do advanced work in developing the Self (meaning you) as the primary instrument of enterprise transformation, and to introduce the multi-dimensional Integral Agile perspective for systems and organizational change work. A significant pillar of this model is the notion of becoming an Integral Agile Wizard, someone facile in working at all altitudes of the spiral of development, helping to catalyze appropriate organizational change as an authentic servant leader. The Integral Agile approach attempts to do justice to the quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”  It is an approach that is unique in the field and is the most in-depth and comprehensive introduction to the Integral Agile concepts and practices available. Topics Integral Agile Wizardry is unlike any conventional training. It starts with the premise that we ourselves are the most important instrument of change. Therefore, we have designed modules for each of the five days to exercise and develop the Self: in relationship, in systems, and internally (including work in facilitated small groups, meditation, and shadow work). Each day has an overall major content theme, corresponding to the four Integral quadrants: Leadership (psychology), Competencies & Practices (behavior), Organization Architecture (Systems), and Culture. Specific topics include: Day 1: Your Self in Systems (Leadership Circle debrief, Reactive vs. Creative, Integral development, perspective taking at altitude) Day 2: Is Your Organization up to IT? Competencies and practices that create success with Agile in a range of cultures Day 3: Systems Thinking: Advanced, Agile-consistent Organizational Patterns & Structures Day 4: Culture, Change and Relationship (emergent properties of relationship in systems) Day 5: Your Self in Action: Holistic Seeing, Conscious Action in the Enterprise Who Would Benefit from the Intensive Agile Champions in charge of an Agile transformation initiative at the organization level Current Enterprise Coaches wishing to expand their skillsets and effectiveness Experienced Agile Coaches who are committed to growing into the Enterprise Coaching space Additionally, this intensive is for you if: Your Agile organizational transformation effort is experiencing difficulty or dissatisfying results Your SAFe or another Agile scaling initiative is floundering or not living up to expectations You have tried many things and you keep experiencing “one step forward, two steps back.” Prerequisites This is decidedly not a beginning or even intermediate agile class, but rather an advanced one for people committed to their own personal and professional growth in the service of human and organizational transformation. As such, acceptance is by application (please see below) so that we can assure participants meet the prerequisites, as well as taken at least one of the following classes: You must have taken either Coaching Agile Teams, Agile Coach Bootcamp, or Managing Agile Environments.  Specific prerequisites include both prior experience as well as pre-Bootcamp activities: 3-5 years experience with Agile in progressively complex organizational environments, including management or coaching responsibility for full programs and/or organizational units. If you are a coach, you should be grounded in Agile Coaching, such as having attended Agile Coaching Institute or other advanced course(s), having obtained an ICAgile Certified Professional-Agile Coaching or ICAgile Expert, a Certified Scrum Professional, or equivalent. If you are in management, you should have experience leading organizational change initiatives. Prior to the workshop, we will arrange for you to complete The Leadership Circle 360 rating tool (itself a $500 value). This requires you to invite 10 or more professional colleagues to assess your leadership behaviors. You will be debriefed on your results during the workshop. Come to the workshop with a focal system to work with, either an enterprise, organizational unit, or full program or release train (a single team or two is not sufficient). Outcomes the Class Will Produce While mastering agile coaching skills will require both time and practice, our class will allow you to: Understand and utilize the Integral Agile framework Gain a greater understanding of your functional level of development and the individual growth areas that will take you to your own next level Connect deeply to a community of practitioners who share a similar commitment to human transformation Be introduced to and start practicing new techniques appropriate to each Quadrant Get your own results from the most advanced 360-feedback instrument available Foundational Models Integral Agile & the Integral Operating System ICAgile Enterprise Coach learning objectives Select ICF Professional Coach Competencies ACI’s Agile Coaching Competency Model, especially Transformation Mastery Logistics Length: Five days, residential Hours: 9 am to 5 pm with a lunch break, plus evening work most days Continuing Coaching Education Units: At your option, continuing education units can be claimed with ICAgile toward certification in Enterprise Agile Coaching. You also may be able to claim SEUs with Scrum Alliance and PDUs with the Project Management Institute. The exact number of credits is yet to be determined. About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details.   Cancellation Policy We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given class.  If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone.  Still, we know that sometimes things happen.  Here's how it will work if you must reschedule or cancel: If you notify ACI at least 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future ACI class  -or-  a full refund. If you notify ACI less than 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive credit for a future ACI class minus a $75 rescheduling fee  -or-  a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. If you notify ACI less than 10 business days prior to the event, you may receive credit for a future ACI class minus a $250 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds. Our Instructors Lyssa Adkins Since 2004, I have taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach. With ACI, I have had the pleasure of training over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of agile done simply and well. I believe that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and I am passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression. I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition. Michael K. Spayd In a word, my professional work is about transformation. I have found that I am wired to help people–and systems–change. I am drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, I have worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years, I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams. My training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for my approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in my own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014. Michael Hamman For most of the past 25 years, I have committed myself to the possibility that the workplace be a site for personal, professional and social transformation. Trained early on in coaching and large group facilitation with Werner Erhard and Associates, I went on to train in systems thinking, facilitation, organization development, and leadership development with Peter Senge, Peter Block, Thomas Leonard, Otto Laske, Marvin Weisbord, and with the Leadership Circle. For 12 years I developed software, and coached and trained software teams in the beauty of design and teamwork. This rich variety of background and training informs a unique approach to coaching agile teams and organizations that strives to see the whole system. Over the last ten years, I have coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies, leaders and teams toward greater holistic agility. In the process, I have helped hundreds of people develop their own capacity for agile leadership and practice. Currently, my principle focus is in the areas of adaptive leadership and organization agility. I am working on a Ph.D. in human and organizational development at Fielding Graduate University. I am Director of Agile Leadership Training & Development for ACI.   This class requires an application process if you want to prepare to answer the 3 questions prior to starting the registration process, see the annotated Application Questions by clicking here.  

When: Jun 20, 2016 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09 )
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, June 22
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, June 22

Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.



When: Jun 22, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10 )
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, October 26
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, October 26

Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.



When: Oct 26, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10 )
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, August 24
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, August 24

Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.



When: Aug 24, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10 )
Agile Coach Bootcamp - Boston area
The Agile Coach Bootcamp A 5 day Agile Immersion for Experienced Agilists The Agile Coach Bootcamp combines The Agile Facilitator class with the 3-day version of Coaching Agile Teams, taking place over 5 days and evenings in a retreat setting. Your Bootcamp leaders guide you on a comprehensive experience, resulting in class certifications in Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and 37 SEUs by the Scrum Alliance. The primary class components of the Bootcamp are: The Agile Facilitator: Catalyzing Collaboration, Delivering Results Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching The two classes are woven together into a single, intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person! YOU MUST ATTEND ALL 5 DAYS including evening practices, to get the full benefit for yourself and to be fair to your fellow colleagues as the skills in the class build on one another. When you are gone, even for a short time, you miss a lot. In addition, being absent impacts your ability to achieve ICAgile continuing education certifications You should arrive by 8:00 am on Monday for check-in, to get settled, for light breakfast, etc. Class starts promptly at 9 am on Monday. Class will end 4:30p on Friday. Daily Class Hours: Monday - 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday - 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday - 9 am to 5 pm Thursday - 9 am to 8 pm Friday - 9 am to 4:30 pm   What's included in the course price: All Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) The two courses Lodging for 4 nights (double occupancy for Monday - Thursday night)   We suggest you fully immerse in the retreat vibe and the ease of being "there" and being focused by committing to stay in Lodging at the retreat center.    About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details.  Who Would Benefit from the Bootcamp ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers well versed in the agile basics and who have experienced an agile team. You must have actual experience to benefit from the bootcamp because we use your real life experiences throughout. We suggest at least 6 months’ experience. Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers who have had years of experience. Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation and coaching skills and the results they can provide. Any experienced agilist interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events. Any experienced agilist who wants to help people and teams achieve the changes it takes to use agile well.   The Agile Facilitator  You asked for it, we listened. We are SO excited to be offering a facilitation class that will help you professionally facilitate the Agile practices for your teams. We partnered with two great facilitators – Leslie Stein and David Chilcott – to design a course that fulfills industry requirements for becoming a qualified Agile Team Facilitator. This two-day course requires day and evening class time to cover what you need and allow you plenty of time to practice and get feedback. Here’s the full course description. Coaching Agile Teams To meet the full requirements of a comprehensive Agile coaching curriculum, we expanded our flagship Coaching Agile Teams course to 3 days. We offered the 3-day version, and students raved: don’t shortchange us with only 2-days! Finally, we can say this is a truly comprehensive course for Agile coaches. Here’s the full course description. Certifications The Bootcamp is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching track.  After successful completion of the Bootcamp, you can apply for ICAgile Professional continuing education certifications in Team Facilitation and/or Agile Coaching, provided you meet ICAgile's prerequisites. Learn more at ICAgile. The Bootcamp is also approved by the Scrum Alliance and yields 37 SEUs toward your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support your existing Scrum Alliance certifications, such as the CSM. Learn more at the Scrum Alliance. Any learning in Agile is typically acceptable to the Project Management Institute as continuing education. The Bootcamp yields 37 PDUs that you can claim toward your PMI-ACP or to support your existing PMI certifications, such as the PMP. Learn more at the PMI.   Cancellation Policy We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given event.  If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone.  Still, we know that sometimes things happen.  Here's how it will work if you must reschedule or cancel: If you notify ACI at least 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event   -or-  a full refund. If you notify ACI less than 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $75 rescheduling fee  -or-  a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. If you notify ACI less than 10 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $250 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds. About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details. 

When: Sep 19, 2016 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09 )
Agile Coach Bootcamp - Boston area
The Agile Coach Bootcamp A 5 day Agile Immersion for Experienced Agilists The Agile Coach Bootcamp combines The Agile Facilitator class with the 3-day version of Coaching Agile Teams, taking place over 5 days and evenings in a retreat setting. Your Bootcamp leaders guide you on a comprehensive experience, resulting in class certifications in Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and 37 SEUs by the Scrum Alliance. The primary class components of the Bootcamp are: The Agile Facilitator: Catalyzing Collaboration, Delivering Results Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching The two classes are woven together into a single, intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person! YOU MUST ATTEND ALL 5 DAYS including evening practices, to get the full benefit for yourself and to be fair to your fellow colleagues as the skills in the class build on one another. When you are gone, even for a short time, you miss a lot. In addition, being absent impacts your ability to achieve ICAgile continuing education certifications You should arrive by 8:00 am on Monday for check-in, to get settled, for light breakfast, etc. Class starts promptly at 9 am on Monday. Class will end 4:30p on Friday. Daily Class Hours: Monday - 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday - 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday - 9 am to 5 pm Thursday - 9 am to 8 pm Friday - 9 am to 4:30 pm   What's included in the course price: All Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) The two courses Lodging for 4 nights (double occupancy for Monday - Thursday night)   We suggest you fully immerse in the retreat vibe and the ease of being "there" and being focused by committing to stay in Lodging at the retreat center.    About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details.  Who Would Benefit from the Bootcamp ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers well versed in the agile basics and who have experienced an agile team. You must have actual experience to benefit from the bootcamp because we use your real life experiences throughout. We suggest at least 6 months’ experience. Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers who have had years of experience. Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation and coaching skills and the results they can provide. Any experienced agilist interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events. Any experienced agilist who wants to help people and teams achieve the changes it takes to use agile well.   The Agile Facilitator  You asked for it, we listened. We are SO excited to be offering a facilitation class that will help you professionally facilitate the Agile practices for your teams. We partnered with two great facilitators – Leslie Stein and David Chilcott – to design a course that fulfills industry requirements for becoming a qualified Agile Team Facilitator. This two-day course requires day and evening class time to cover what you need and allow you plenty of time to practice and get feedback. Here’s the full course description. Coaching Agile Teams To meet the full requirements of a comprehensive Agile coaching curriculum, we expanded our flagship Coaching Agile Teams course to 3 days. We offered the 3-day version, and students raved: don’t shortchange us with only 2-days! Finally, we can say this is a truly comprehensive course for Agile coaches. Here’s the full course description. Certifications The Bootcamp is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching track.  After successful completion of the Bootcamp, you can apply for ICAgile Professional continuing education certifications in Team Facilitation and/or Agile Coaching, provided you meet ICAgile's prerequisites. Learn more at ICAgile. The Bootcamp is also approved by the Scrum Alliance and yields 37 SEUs toward your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support your existing Scrum Alliance certifications, such as the CSM. Learn more at the Scrum Alliance. Any learning in Agile is typically acceptable to the Project Management Institute as continuing education. The Bootcamp yields 37 PDUs that you can claim toward your PMI-ACP or to support your existing PMI certifications, such as the PMP. Learn more at the PMI.   Cancellation Policy We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given event.  If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone.  Still, we know that sometimes things happen.  Here's how it will work if you must reschedule or cancel: If you notify ACI at least 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event   -or-  a full refund. If you notify ACI less than 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $75 rescheduling fee  -or-  a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. If you notify ACI less than 10 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $250 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds. About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details. 

When: Jun 20, 2016 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09 )
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant

Monday, May 16, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
  
With 165 acres of grasslands, salt marshes, and woodlands, Cogswell’s Grant is a treasure trove for birders. Join Dr. David Weaver, naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, for an introduction to the wide variety of species and habitats on the farm.

During a relaxing walk, explore the many aids to field identification, identify birds by their vocalizations, and discuss breeding behavior.

Please bring binoculars. Coffee and refreshments available. The house will be open for a brief tour.

$10 Historic New England and Mass Audubon members
$14 nonmembers
 
Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.



When: May 16, 2016 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 16 May 2016 00 )
Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell's Grant
Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell's Grant

Saturday, August 27, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
  
Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for an in-depth look at the collection of folk art portraits at Cogswell’s Grant. Discover the many families and artists represented in the house.

In the days before photography, portraits offered self-expression and family documentation, first to wealthy colonial settlers, then to the middle class. Itinerant artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, often self-taught, painted inexpensive portraits for rural families, and worked in a style whose charm still appeals today.

$5 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers
 
Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.



When: Aug 27, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10 )
Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes
Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes

Saturday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass
  
After thirty years, Nina Fletcher Little’s book Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households is still as popular as ever. Often beautifully decorated or made for a specific purpose, boxes offer insights into the lives of everyday people.

Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for a special tour of Mrs. Little's home, Cogswell's Grant, and see some of the 148 boxes in the collection, many of which are not usually on display.

$5 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers
 
Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or buy online.



When: May 28, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 May 2016 10 )
Artists' Plein Air Day
Artists' Plein Air Day

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Calling all painters: come to Cogswell's Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns.

Free beverages and snacks are available. Stay and tour the museum, which features one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art.

Free
 
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.



When: May 21, 2016 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 May 2016 09 )
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, July 27
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, July 27

Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.



When: Jul 27, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10 )
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, September 28
Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, September 28

Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.



When: Sep 28, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10 )
Favorite Things, Hidden Treasures
Favorite Things, Hidden Treasures

Monday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
 
Join us for an in-depth tour highlighting the favorite objects of American folk art collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, including objects hidden in the cupboards, cabinets, and drawers of Cogswell's Grant.
Hear stories of the Littles and their collecting, take an up-close look at the many objects in the house, and enjoy a rare opportunity to see treasures stored in the attic, which is not usually open to the public.

$10 Historic New England members
$20 nonmembers
 
Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information or buy online.
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When: Oct 10, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10 )
Colorful Origins: Historic New England's Period Paint Pioneers
Colorful Origins: Historic New England's Period Paint Pioneers

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.
 
Join paint color expert Sally Zimmerman, senior preservation services manager at Historic New England, for an in-depth paint tour of two North Shore properties.

Cogswell's Grant and Beauport reveal their owners' pioneering efforts to portray period color in their homes in the early twentieth century. Both houses provided color references for the Twentieth Century Colors of America paint palette.

Each guest receives the Twentieth Century Colors of America paint card and guide. Tour begins at Cogswell's Grant. Refreshments at Beauport are included.

$15 Historic Homeowner members
$20 Historic New England members
$35 nonmembers

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When: Jun 25, 2016 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10 )
doTerra Essential Oils event
Nikki Day will join Wellness Connect and share with you the positive health benefits of essential oils. Learn about their many uses such as a natural solutoin to health issues including headaches, fevers, infections, sleep issues, anxiety and much more. Nikki will show us how to use essential oils to the best of their abilities to allow you to take control of your and your family's health. You will also receive a free bottle of Wild Orange oil. Nikki Day has her bachelor of sciences in Healthy Pyschology with a minor in nutrition. She is a yoga instructor, health enthusiast and mother to three children. Please contact Charlotte Gibson for any questions and more information: cgwellnessconnect@gmail.com    °     617-877-2936

When: May 20, 2016 11 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Fri, 20 May 2016 11 )

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