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2014 Funshops

What is Soul Collage?

What is Soul Collage? It has been described as “a dialogue with your soul,” or a “doorway to your inner wisdom.” At it’s most basic, Soul Collage is something anyone can do, building a deck of images over time that reflect our lives, who we are, where we’ve been, and where we dream to go. Soul Collage can be used as a tool for growth and healing, like a personal Tarot deck. Participants in this funshop will have some time to look through some images and make a card to keep! Hosted by Karen Dematos.

Unschooling Unicyclists Unite

Bring your unicycles to LIFE is Good and we’ll leave the lobby at 11:00 am for a group ride .We’ll stop for a coffee and snack and then head back to the hotel, so bring a couple of dollars for a mocha! Remember to check the notice board in the lobby for possible last minute changes due to schedule conflicts or weather! Hosted by Paul Ellis.

Mary Poppins: The Movie, The Songs, The Kites!

Come watch the classic family movie “Mary Poppins! Sing along to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and A Spoonful of Sugar and more, if the spirit moves you (we’ll have song sheets available).

Bring favorite blankets and toys if you want to cuddle in the front with the little ones.

The final song in the movie, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, will be the inspiration for the follow-up funshop the next day. We’ll make a simple kite to fly at recommended parks nearby. All materials and instructions provided. (Donations will be gratefully accepted to help defray costs.)

Then, whenever it suits you – go fly a kite!

Hosted by Robin Bentley (with lovely kite-making assistants Tori King & Senna Bentley).

Monster – The Drawing Game

This is a drawing game two or more people can play. A piece of paper is folded into thirds, and each person draws on a section – the head, the middle, or the legs – without looking at the other sections. The result is funny, scary, cool, and always unexpected! Here is a short instructional video about Monster:  Hosted by Julia Berrelleza.

UKULELE Jam & Show!

Have you been waiting for the right moment to show off your burgeoning ukulele talent? Now’s the time! The first LIFE is Good Mic-less Open Mic! Bring your uke game to this game!

If you have a ukulele, bring it!

If you have a tuner, bring it!

We’ll work together to make sure everyone’s uke is tuned, and that everyone who comes with a uke learns how to strum at least a “C” and maybe an “Am”! We’ll share some uke performances, and time permitting we’ll try a group Four Chord Song! The newbies can strum along to the “C” each time it comes around! You’ll get the feeling of being part of a band, even if you are strumming only to the “C”! Or even if you are just holding the ukulele!

Please email me at shonnalee at gmail dot com with your name and the song you wish to perform and its chords if you’d like others to be able to jam with you. Or if you have any other uke funshop jamming ideas let me know via email and we’ll try to incorporate some of your ideas! Hosted by Shonna Morgan & some random Cerullos.

Good Morning Fun Run!

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning at 7:45 in the conference lobby,  join me for a 3 mile run from the Hilton towards and along the mighty Columbia River. I’ve been hosting this fun shop for years at LIFE is Good, and regardless of how hard it is sometimes to get up that early after an entertaining evening that may have gone on and on till the wee hours, everything always feels better after a morning run! Depending on interest I can throw in some interval training ideas for those of you who would like to learn tips on how to quicken your run pace. Often it becomes a “Getting to Know You” Chat/Run! Sometimes it’s an unschooling philosophy while running run! It’s always a surprise how it turns out, but it’s always a great way to get the day started! We finish sometimes grabbing a coffee at a local coffee shop, so bring a few dollars in your pocket, just in case! Hosted by Shonna Morgan.

Meet and Greet for Newbies

We will help everyone attending the conference for the first time understand the flow of the conference, maneuvering logistics, tips on getting your needs met and answer any questions you might have about how to make the conference work for you and your family. Or if you’re not a newbie, come share your favorite conference tips. Hosted by Kristin Lake & Becky Betts.

Nintendo 3DS Meetup!

Bring your Nintendo 3DS and come meet other Nintendo 3DS players, play some of the same games and tag them in StreetPass, battle together, or share items. You can also “Friend” other players while at the meetup. Some games that utilize tagging, friending, shadowlink, and item sharing are Pokemon X and Y, Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds, and Animal Crossing New Leaf. Other games welcome, too! (Note: DS and 2DS players are also welcome to come but may not have the same options for playing because of their system differences.) Hosted by Marek & Stefan Lewis.

Awesome 80′s (& Slightly 70′s) Dance Party

Break out your legwarmers and crimping iron for an hour of nonstop dancing to the best of the 1980s (and some of the 70′s). Neon colors, blue mascara, and giant plastic jewelry encouraged — but not required. This event will happen during Thursday night’s Pajama Party, so if you’ve got some old 80′s themed pj’s, here’s the time to show them off! Hosted by Colleen Paeff.

Super Hero Search Strategies

Learn Internet search tips and tricks to answer the most mind boggling questions and find relevant, reliable information faster than a speeding bullet. We’ll cover Google’s advanced search strategies, how to access private databases and the deep Web, general and subject directories (and when to use them), as well as how to judge the quality of your search results. Prepare to be amazed!! Hosted by Colleen Paeff.

Artist Trading Cards

What are Artist Trading Cards? Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are simply miniature pieces of art that are made out of cards measuring 2.5”by 3.5”. You can buy special paper already cut to this size, or better yet, simply use sturdy paper you already have at home. Old file folders, card stock, greeting cards – any paper that is not flimsy – can be cut to the right dimensions and used as an ATC. Think about baseball trading cards and look for paper about that weight. Or, be creative and use materials other than paper. Just keep to the 2.5” x 3.5” size.

Once you have your 2.5 x 3.5” card, what you do with it is up to you. Draw on it, paint, collage, sew, embellish, write words. In an ATCs funshop, all of the participants share materials, themes, techniques and ideas with others in the funshop to make unique ATCs. And we always schedule time for trading/swapping finished cards too.

ATCs Supplies needed from Home for this Funshop:

  • Cardstock – Cut to the 2.5″x 3.5″ size and leftover scraps.
  • Colored paper of various weights and sizes.
  • Old gift wrap, Magazines and Catalogs for collage cards.
  • Fabric scraps, Buttons and other sewing notions for embellishment.
  • Watercolor paints, Crayons, Colored Markers, Gel Pens, Colored Pencils etc.
  • Scissors, Paper Punches, Glue, Tape, etc.
  • And any other Arts and Crafts supplies that you would like to share (Most Scrapbooking Supplies work well for making ATCs).

*Even if you don’t participate in the ATC funshop, we would really appreciate donations of art supplies from everyone!*

Open to all ages. Hosted by Julie Bazuzi.

Real-life Quidditch

Quidditch is not just for wizards anymore. We may not take off from the ground but that doesn’t mean we can’t play the sport, as adapted by Middlebury college in 2007, which has grown into a serious, major, international phenomenon. Join the Portland Quidditch League for some broom-riding, goal-scoring, chaser-beating, quaffle-throwing, snitch-grabbing fun in the park. Bring water and enthusiasm. Hosted by Benji B’Shalom.

Flash Mob

Using the funshop as practice time to learn the Happy Dance and refine the moves. Looking forward to forming a group of fabulous dancers to mob Esther Short Park. If you want to take part in the FLASH MOB, please start practicing the moves now. The dance we’ll be doing will be posted soon. Hosted by Stephanie Cutler.


I will be hosting an ultimate tag game. Ultimate tag is a game where everyone is “it”. If you do not know how to play we will teach you and if you do know how to play – Great, see you there! Hosted by Joel Berrelleza.

“Learn to Run” Workout #1! Yes, you can!

Almost anyone can learn to run 5km, the trick is to start slow and easy and gradually build up over time. Bring some comfortable running shoes and we’ll head outside, rain or shine, for Day 1 of a Learn to Run program! Hopefully we can do this early early in the conference, so there will be one day off and then you can grab a buddy and do the 2nd workout of Week 1!

I have been a run leader for the 2nd largest 10km race in North America, The Vancouver Sun Run, for 5 years. I’m excited to introduce some LIFE is Good participants to what “Learn to Run” can look like, and how it can be achievable for many people, even those who think “I could never run!” Hosted by Shonna Morgan.

RandomFact Trivia

Welcome to RandomFact Trivia! In this mini Game show you must answer questions correctly to score points for your team. The team with the most points when all questions have been asked wins.

Different categories including:

  • History
  • Cats
  • Books
  • Candy/Dessert

Hosted by Amelia Van Brink & Katie Reid.

Résumé Review

If you want start a career in theater or film making, you need an industry standard résumé. This is a unique opportunity for conference attendees to get my professional coaching presentation to learn

How to format your industry résumé properly
How to compose a killer cover letter that translates non-industry experience into relevant skills
Best practices to organize your design portfolio
Tips and tricks for finding job leads, networking and making those all important cold calls

Bring a copy of your current résumé. I will use some of your paperwork as examples, and help you make the best of your credits. More information about my Résumé Review service: Hosted by Robyn Coburn.

Nitrogen Ice Cream

Everyone loves the moment when the liquid nitrogen pours and the clouds of white rise – then out of the cool mist comes delicious, light ice creams and sorbets made on the spot with our fresh ingredients. This has become a conference tradition since I first started facilitating this at the Boston Live and Learn. Held on the closing picnic, it works best when people bring a wide selection of ingredients for their favorite ice cream recipes.

We can make small batches of everything from vanilla to espresso to mint chocolate chip to jalapeno jelly strawberry. And it works just as will with non-dairy drinks like soy, almond or rice milks and juices. Generally served in small cones or paper cups for the gluten-free. I could use some helpers – so please don’t hesitate to approach me at the conference. Hosted by James Coburn.

 Ultimate Werewolf

Werewolf is moderated role playing game of hidden identity and deduction. It’s the classic scenario of good guys vs. bad guys or to be more precise, werewolves vs. villagers. Up to 60 people can play! Recommend age is 6 or older. Younger kids are welcome but may need support in order to keep their identities secret. Hosted by Renita Keatley.

My Little Pony

Everypony come celebrate all things My Little Pony! Discuss and share your favorite ponies, episodes, toys, songs, and glitches. Perhaps we’ll have a singalong and pony trading too. Hosted by Mai Lon, Morrigan & Deirdre Ross.

Pippi Longstocking Appreciation Club

A funshop to celebrate the work of author Astrid Lindgren, specifically her beloved character, Pippi Longstocking – the embodiment of healthy, humorous, free-style living! We will dress up in colorful stripey stockings and have lemonade and Swedish cookies while we make red braids headbands together. Hosted by Emily Troper.


Whovians, Sherlockians, Whedonites, Trekkies, (etc.) welcome to Fandom!

A funshop to explore and express all your fandom. Super fans, fan girls and fan boys and parents of, come dressed in cosplay if you like, bring your quotes, art, ideas and connect with others who love the same games, books, movies, TV shows, comics, characters and manga. Share stories of brushes with fame, or other ways fandom has enhanced and improved your life. hosted by Chloe King and XuMei & Renee Cabatic.

Rainbow Loom

Bring your loom and bands if you have them. Learn how to make brightly colored, fun wearable art. Learn new techniques, trade bracelets with  friends old and new. Hosted by Renee & XuMei Cabatic and Jessica Halgren Sexton.

Fiber Geeks Unite!

Knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, wet felting – so many ways to mesh fine little hairs together into wonderful creations! Hang out with busy fingers, share ideas, help a newbie learn a new skill, or simply drop by for some tactile exploration.  A group creation may be started and continued throughout the conference. There will be supplies and gadgets on hand to use, but feel free to bring whatever goodies you’d like to show off, share and/or work on project-wise.

Parents of littles are strongly encouraged to hang with them as they explore and play. Hosted by Anne-Marie Fjeld.

All Things Pokémon!

Bring your cards to play or trade, draw your favorites, have fun with all things  Pokémon! Hosted by Annabel Paulson.

What Your Pet Can Teach You (aka Veterinary Stuff for Kids)

What happens if you look at your pet the way a veterinarian does?  You find out that your pet has a lot to teach you about all kinds of things! Hosted by Cerie Couture.



More funshops will be added soon!