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.

Spring 2020 Courses Announced!

#324   Brains and Balance

RCC Kilmarnock Center

Instructor: Meg Miller

Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11 

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.


#325  Turning Memories into Art: Mixed Media Collage

RCC Warsaw Campus

Instructor: Bernadette “Bernie” Barclay

$50 (includes supplies) Register and pay here.

“Turning Memories into Art: Mixed Media Collage” is a hands-on workshop in which students will use a favorite item or memory to create a one-of-a-kind work of art. Employing various materials and techniques each student will leave with a beautiful collage on a canvas suitable for display or to give as a gift.

A recent student commented, “I enjoyed the class very much. Bernie is an artist and an educator. She was helpful and encouraging to each student. I’m looking forward to my next class with Bernie.”

Participants are asked to bring materials such as photos, lace from a wedding gown, a relative’s cherished recipe–anything that rouses favorite memories or inspiration—to be incorporated into final piece of art.

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.


#326  Introduction to Computers

RCC Warsaw Campus

Instructor: Martin Bailey

Mondays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6 and 13

2 pm to 4 pm

$40 (Class is limited to 12)  Register and pay here

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.


#327  Honeybees: A Look Inside and Outside the Hive

RCC Kilmarnock Center

Instructor: Catherine Bennett

Wednesdays, March 25, April 1 and 8

1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here 

Have you thought about becoming a beekeeper or just want to know how to protect and support the bee population? In this course you will learn about the world of honeybees from the inside out and what you can do to help them and us survive. The Queen Will See You Now takes you inside the hive into the organization of this highly organized society, their health, reproduction, and lives. All We are Asking Is Give Bees A Chance presents the efforts we can make in our gardening to help bees, and us, survive together.  Learn about the seven products we use that bees make and we directly use. Get Buzzzy explores how we can help bees from planting beneficial flowers to becoming a newbie beekeeper.

Catherine Bennett, a co-founder of the Northern Neck Beekeeper Club, enjoys the fascinating but challenging pursuit of honeybees husbandry for a quarter of a century with her honey Robert at their farm Melrose Plantation, where she wrote  & published Honeybees & Recipes, a guide for non-beekeepers with an environmental conscience.


#328  Introduction to Feng Shui

RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Debbie Bowie

Friday, March 27

1 pm to 3 pm 

$20  Register and pay here

Feeling stuck? Stressed? Cluttered? The arrangement of your living areas and work spaces influences your relationships, health, finances, and more. In this class you will discover ways to create balance and harmony in areas you spend most of your time to affect positive changes in your life.

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.”


#329  Historic Sites in White Stone

Various locations

Instructors: Lois Williams

Wednesdays, May 6, 13, and 20 

1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

The White Stone area in Lancaster County is filled with history. Day one begins at the White Stone Town Hall with Robert McKenney, Lancaster County menhaden historian, discussing the impact menhaden fishing has in White Stone. Day two focuses on the Lees and Lawsons with talks lead by Lois Williams and Robby Robison, ending at Enon Hall Farm hosted by Bill and Gay Chapman. Day three begins at the Steamboat Era Museum and then a visit to Lawson Bay Farm with hosts Robby and Marcia Robison.

Lois Williams co-authored Tobacco Trader on the Corotoman and is a member of the RILL Executive Committee.


#330  Edna O’Brien Literary Sampler

RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Gail Wilson Kenna

Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28

1 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

In this discussion-based course, students will read three novels from the captivating Irish writer, Edna O’Brien whose literary life began in the 1960s and continues today. The works read will be Country Girls (the trilogy), Light in Evening, and The Little Red Chairs. An optional book will be O’Brien’s memoir, Country Girl, which will be discussed during the first class.

Gail Wilson Kenna taught college and university classes for decades in foreign countries and in the United States. A published author of four books, Kenna most recently won second place in the National League of Pen Women Vinnie Ream competition. She is also a 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship winner and 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.


#331  Church and State in Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia

Historic Christ Church and Museum

Instructor: Robert Teagle

Wednesdays, May 27, June 3 and 10

10 am to 12 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

Established by law and supported by taxation, the Church of England was the official religion of colonial Virginia. Church life revolved around the parish, a geographical area that supported a minister and functioned as a unit of local government. Over the 18th century, Presbyterians, Baptists, and other dissenters challenged the Church of England’s authority and traditional role in Virginia society.

In the Revolutionary period, Virginians brought forth religious liberty with landmark legislation that shaped the new nation in profound ways. This course examines how Virginia moved from a royal colony with few dissenters and a well-established Church of England to an independent commonwealth that declared religious freedom to be a natural right of mankind.

Robert Teagle is the Director of Programs & Communications at the Foundation for Historic Christ Church in Weems, Virginia, where he has worked since 2000. He earned his BA in History from the College of William and Mary and MA in American History from Virginia Tech. His research interests include the architectural history of early Virginia, the role of the Church of England and the rise of religious liberty in colonial Virginia, the Carter family, slavery and emancipation, and the history of Christ Church Parish.


#332  Spring Floral Arranging

RCC Warsaw

Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks

Monday, March 30

1 pm to 3 pm

$45 (includes most materials) Class is limited to 10.  Register and pay here.

Create beautiful floral arrangements using daffodils and spring materials. Participants should bring favorite flowers/flowering bulbs from the garden, spring foliage. More details provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 10.

 Laura Anne Brooks is a certified teacher in Japanese Ikenobo Ikebana and in English Floral Design. Her design studio in King William, VA, is Designs from Dunluce. Her work is often featured in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is a frequent lecturer for the National Garden Clubs and Federated Clubs of Richmond, and teaches classes at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. She is a creative designer who arranges from the farm to the table.


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