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.

RILL congratulates Shane Hagewood of King George, recipient of this year’s RILL scholarship. Shane is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at RCC.

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.

Benefits:  Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury residents enjoy 50% off class tuition. Virginia Commonwealth Bank Golden Advantage members receive 15% off class tuition.

Many of our classes will be held through Zoom. Not sure about Zoom? Contact Michele for a free demo. Call (301)646-8827 or email minderrieden@rappahannock.edu.

FALL 2020

*Due to regulations pertaining to COVID-19, in person classes will require each person to wear a face mask at all times while in the building. Class sizes are limited due to social distancing requirements.

Writing for Your Health

RCC Kilmarnock Center

Instructor: Ann Eichenmuller

Tuesdays, September 8, 15, and 22

1 pm to 3 pm

$45 (includes the Writing Rx Workbook)  Register and pay here

Want to be happier and healthier? All you need is a pen! In this interactive, research-based course, participants will learn how expressive writing can decrease doctor visits and improve blood pressure, lung, liver, and immune system function, boost memory, and increase feelings of well-being and satisfaction. The instructor will guide students through a variety of writing activities including gratitude lists, journaling, healing letters, and memoirs for personal development. The class fee includes a personal writing workbook for each participant to keep.

Ann Eichenmuller is an educator, journalist, and the author of The Writing Rx as well as three nautical mystery novels. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Humanities. Eichenmuller is the recipient of the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Award for Excellence in Education.

Introduction to Feng Shui 

Virtual class through Zoom
(Not sure about using Zoom? Contact Michele at minderrieden@rappahannock.edu.)

Friday, September 18

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.”

Investing for Income in a COVID World

Virtual class through Zoom
(Not sure about using Zoom? Contact Michele at minderrieden@rappahannock.edu.)

Thursday, September 24

11 am to 12 pm 

FREE for alumni and friends of RCC.  Register here

Does the volatility of the stock market make you jumpy? Worried about your investments? Join this seminar to learn how you can make your investments work for you in a topsy-turvy market.

Clayton W. James is the founder and Managing Director of Jamestowne Investments, LLC. Clayton has been a registered financial advisor since 2003 and has earned the Accredited Asset Management Certificate (AAMS). He specializes in assisting multi-generational families, trusts, small business owners, corporations and private endowments to ensure investment assets are fully diversified, have core asset allocation principals, generate income, and have the protection characteristics needed to provide both growth and longevity. 

Edna O’Brien Literary Sampler (Sorry, this class is full.)

RCC Kilmarnock Site

Instructor: Gail Wilson Kenna

Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29

1 pm to 3 pm 


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.

Fall Floral Arranging (Sorry, this class is postponed.)

RCC Warsaw

Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks

$45 (includes most materials) 

Create beautiful floral arrangements using gourds and fall materials. 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.

Coming Spring 2021

Getting Started with Creative Writing and Publishing–NEW!

RCC Glenns Campus

Instructor: Peter Stipe

1 pm to 3 pm


This program will be a three-part series of workshops. The first session will explore creativity and how to draw out your best stories. The second class will address the discipline of a writing process, how to proofread and edit, and how to work with a critique group. The final meeting will explore the different ways participants can get their work published. These will be working classes where participants write, share their work and critique each others’ writing. Outside reading will be suggested but not required.

Peter Stipe is the author of three books. Now retired, he enjoyed a long career that has included time in education as well as work in Human Resource Development and Training for a variety of businesses. He has a B.A. in History from Boston University and an M.Ed. from Tufts.

Church and State in Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia

Historic Christ Church and Museum

Instructor: Robert Teagle

10 am to 12 pm


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.

Honeybees: A Look Inside and Outside the Hive

RCC Kilmarnock Center

Instructor: Catherine Bennett


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.

Brains and Balance

RCC Kilmarnock Center

Instructor: Meg Miller


2 pm to 3 pm

$35  Register and pay here.

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.

(These classes may be rescheduled, moved to Zoom, or cancelled based on changing COVID-19 restrictions.)

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