Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning

RILL was designed with you in mind!

Enroll in a course today and explore something new in a stimulating classroom environment where you can share your interests with community members. RILL is an exciting program of the Rappahannock Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC EFI) that is intended to be a life-enriching learning experience for adults. As RILL students keep their minds active through these thought-provoking classes, they also have the privilege of helping local students in their pursuit of higher education. Each year a scholarship is awarded to an RCC student through net proceeds from RILL class tuition payments.

Classes: RILL’s noncredit college-level classes are held in convenient locations within RCC’s service region — Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. Some instructors may suggest specific preliminary reading material to prepare students to get the most from the course; this information will be sent to registered students ahead of time. The courses will include neither prerequisites nor tests.

Fall 2019 Brochure available


#323 Making Memories into Art

RCC Warsaw Campus

Instructor: Bernadette “Bernie” Barclay

Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 1 pm to 3 pm

$50 (includes supplies) Register and pay here.

In “Making Memories into Art: Mixed Media Collage” students will use a favorite item or memory to create a one-of-a-kind work of art to inspire oneself or give as a unique gift. This hands-on workshop will examine the various materials and techniques used to design a beautiful collage. Students will complete a 12” x 16” canvas.

Participants are asked to bring materials such as an old photo, lace from Mom’s wedding gown, a relative’s cherished recipe–anything that rouses favorite memories or inspiration.

Instructor and artist Bernadette “Bernie” Barclay, is a life-long artist, creative instructor, and owner of Love. Create. Art. She has a passion for making people happy, especially through art. “I moved to the Tappahannock area from Richmond about 8 years ago and wanted to fulfill my dream of bringing art to the Northern Neck Community,” comments Barclay.

Please complete the course evaluation: Making Memories into Art Course Evaluation


#322:  Brains and Balance

RCC Kilmarnock Center

Instructor: Meg Miller

Tuesdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, and 12 from 2 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

Space is limited so register early!

Comprehensive class designed for seniors with the goal of improving strength, flexibility, dexterity, and balance utilizing free weights, bands, and balls. Parts of the class are done while seated in a chair. Emphasis is on exercises and drills to build spatial awareness, improve or restore function, build muscle and assist in activities of daily living. Includes overview of basic muscle anatomy, dance for coordination, and dexterity/endurance challenges, and a lot of fun.

Meg Miller is a certified group fitness instructor who teaches senior fitness classes at the Northumberland YMCA.

#312  Introduction to Computers

RCC Warsaw Campus

Instructor: Martin Bailey

Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm


This course is designed for those who aren’t confident using technology. It will begin with basic computer operating fundamentals for both hardware and software, and will provide an overview of Windows 7 OS and Windows 10 OS. Students will develop competency in file and folder organization and management, Internet and email usage, and management of various file formats. This course will also briefly introduce the Microsoft Office Suite, reviewing the main features of each of its primary applications. Computers will be available however feel free to bring your own laptop. Tablets will be addressed in the last session.  

Martin Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in computer science from Virginia Tech. Before his retirement from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, he was involved in many aspects of computer work, including programming, algorithm development, database management systems, and computer security. Bailey is also an adjunct professor at Rappahannock Community College.

Please complete the course evaluation:   Intro to Computers Course Evaluation

#313  Harlem Renaissance Rewind: Painting and Prose

L.I.F.E. School of Art, Tappahannock

Instructor: Donna “DJ” Jackson

Tuesday/Thursday, September 10, 12, 17, and 19 from 4 pm to 6 pm

$55 (includes supplies) 

Travel back in time to the Harlem Renaissance period, 1919–1949, when African-American art, literature and music was alive and vibrant. Bring out your creativity through expressions in painting and prose. Explore the different art forms and artists of the era and create masterpieces in the styles of selected artists. Music of the period is played in the background to set the mood while you paint. Literary works will be discussed and you can write your own pieces to accompany your modern-day renaissance painting. Learn about the social, cultural and political circumstances that gave rise to the Harlem Renaissance and the great migration north. Hands-on class.

Donna “DJ” Jackson is a native of Northumberland County, and currently teaches middle school art in Richmond County Public schools. She along with her cofounder opened its doors to L.I.F.E. School of Art in June 2018 in Tappahannock, VA. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Norfolk State University and a Master of Arts degree in arts management from George Mason University. Her love for the arts continues through her non-profit venture. 

Please complete the course evaluation:  Harlem Renaissance Course Evaluation

#314  Winning the War Against Paper Clutter

RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Debbie Bowie

Friday, September 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm


Paper is unrelenting. It just keeps pouring in, cluttering up our homes and offices. It is the most difficult organizing challenge that we face in our daily lives. Paper clutter can shut down even the best organizers and send very capable people running for an escape. In this class you will learn what makes paper management so challenging, strategies for clearing paper clutter and daily paper management, what papers to keep and what can be pitched. Develop habits that will make it possible to prevent future paper clutter nightmares.

Debbie Bowie has been described as an “organizing angel” by clients. She has helped thousands of individuals clear clutter to make room for new opportunities and dreams to manifest in their lives. Debbie is a Certified Professional Organizer®, a Certified Organizer Coach® specializing in ADHD, feng shui practitioner, a professional speaker and the author of two books, “From Cluttered to Clear in Just One Year: Your Room-by-Rooms Home Makeover” and “Rock Scissors Paper: Understanding How Environment Affects Your Performance on a Daily Basis.”

Please complete the course evaluation:  Winning the War Against Paper course evaluation

#315  Rosewell: An Overview and History of Colonial America’s Most Magnificent Mansion

RCC Glenns Campus Lecture Hall on Wednesday, October 9 and Rosewell Visitor’s Center on Thursday, October 10

Instructor: Clayton James

9:30 am to 11:30 am

$35  Register and pay here.

With its 300 year history, the Rosewell Ruins in Gloucester County exist today as a relic of America’s fabled past. From the earliest Native Americans to the post-Civil War industrialization, American history was forged at Rosewell. This course will take a chronological walk through the history of Rosewell and discover why Rosewell today stands as one of America’s most important historical sites and is referred to as America’s “Most Magnificent Mansion.” Day one will be a presentation about Rosewell and on day two students will visit Rosewell.

Clayton W. James, CFM, is a registered financial advisor and serves as the Managing Director of Jamestowne Investments, LLC. Clayton graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics, and has been helping investors in the investment management industry since 2003. Mr. James is currently Rosewell’s president.

Please complete the course evaluation: Rosewell Ruins course evaluation


#316  A Julian Barnes Literary Sampler

RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor:  Gail Wilson Kenna

Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

Julian Barnes, a celebrated, contemporary British author, has extraordinary range (novels, short stories, essays, articles) and remarkable variance in subjects and themes. Intellectually subversive and wildly funny, he writes witty and daring prose which engages and delights the reader. Books that will be explored in the four discussion-based classes are: “The Noise of Time,” “The Only Story,” “The Lemon Table,” and a fourth selection to be determined. Following registration for the course, students will receive the reading list and the order in which they will be discussed.

Gail Wilson Kenna taught college and university classes for decades in foreign countries and in the United States. A published author of four books, a 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship winner, Kenna is the Creative Nonfiction judge for the Soul Keats literary competition in San Francisco, now in its 28th year. Since moving to the Northern Neck in 2004, she has taught numerous writing and literature courses for RILL.

Please complete the course evaluation: Julian Barnes Course Evaluation


#317  Creating Inspired Floral Arrangements

RCC Warsaw Campus

Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks

Tuesdays, November 5, December 3, and January 14 from 1 pm to 3 pm

$45 (includes some materials) 

Floral artist Laura Anne Brooks will lead students through a series classes based on three different styles of floral design: French, English garden, and contemporary. Classes will stress mass, line, and form, while incorporating color, harmony, texture, and balance. The November class focus is on French design, and a mechanics piece and flowers will be provided. For the English garden class in December a 12” to 14” urn is required. Evergreens, berries, red roses, and other florals will be incorporated. The January class explores contemporary design using a low, flat 12”-14” container in the Japanese style. Houseplants and tropicals will be used. After an hour of instruction and an hour of hands-on arranging, participants will leave each class with large, professional arrangements.

Laura Anne Brooks is an accomplished Japanese Ikebana designer and has studied French and English art and decoration as well as floral design in the European manner. Her design studio in King William, VA, is Designs from Dunluce. Her work is often featured in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Please complete the course evaluation: Creating Inspired Floral Arrangements Course Evaluation

#318  Growing More Than Plants: Gardening for the Mind, Body, and Soul

RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructors: Susan Lindsey and Anne Olsen

Thursdays, November 7, 14, and 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

What is it that connects humans and plants? We enjoy their beauty and the nourishment they provide, but there is much more. Discover how gardening is used for emotional therapy, to aid rehabilitation, to provide intellectual stimulus, and for spiritual healing. Explore different types of gardens and the essential role gardens and gardening play in schools, hospitals, monasteries, even prisons. They can promote urban renewal, mental health, and economic security. This three-part series explores the deep connection that exists between two very different orders of creation.

Long-time Master Gardeners and residents of the Northern Neck, Sue Lindsey and Anne Olsen have presented many programs on different aspects of horticulture. Both have held leadership positions in multiple aspects of the Master Gardener activities. For Sue, the themes of these presentations have offered an opportunity to explore the complex network of interactions between man and plants. And after 30 years of working in and visiting gardens, Anne continues to be fascinated by how gardeners’ different approaches fulfill their individual needs.

Please complete the course evaluation: Growing More Than Plants Course Evaluation

#319  Genealogy 102: Climbing Deeper into Your Family Tree

RCC Glenns Campus

Instructors: Bessida Cauthorne White

Fridays, October 18, 25, and November 1 from 1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

You have the basics of your family tree but now what? How do you search for the missing branches? With White guiding you find out how to use DNA results beyond the basics, military records, and online resources and software options. Discover your family’s unique history and story.

Bessida Cauthorne White, a genealogist for nearly 40 years, is her church’s historian and historian for eight families. She is a founder of two genealogy societies and currently serves as president of Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society. White manages the DNA results for 35 persons.

Please complete course evaluation: Genealogy 102 Evaluation


#320:  Historic Sites in Upper Lancaster County

Various locations

Instructors: Page Henley and Lois Williams

Wednesdays, October 23, 30, and November 6 from 1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

October 23 participants will gather at St. Mary’s Whitechapel and Page Henley will discuss “350 Years at St. Mary’s Whitechapel.” On October 30 there will be a driving tour of the Corotoman Peninsula with highlights from Lois Williams; and the course concludes on November 6 at Merry Point with a tour and discussion of “The Davis Tobacco Inspection Station and Warehouse.”

Page Henley, former president of the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society, is a descendant of The Rev. Lawrence Rousseau Combs, the Rector of five Episcopal Churches in Lancaster County from 1902 to 1933, including St. Mary’s Whitechapel and Emanuel, a small church at the end of Towles Point. Lois Williams co-authored Tobacco Trader on the Corotoman and is a member of the RILL Executive Committee.

Please complete the course evaluation: Historic Sites Course Evaluation

For more information, please contact Michele Inderrieden at (804)333-6824 or email minderrieden@rappahannock.edu.