Across the country, school bells are ringing to welcome students back for another year of learning and enrichment.  While it’s been a few years since our Trilogy members have played four-square at recess or hung out by their lockers, many are choosing to continue their education through lifelong learning classes.   Some Trilogy members are digging into the past, while others are brushing up on the latest technology.  Some are exploring current global issues, while others are experimenting with new art forms.

Read on to discover just a few of the ways that Trilogy members are heading “back to school” this fall.

Art History at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge

Members of Trilogy at Redmond Ridge are invited to sign up for the series “From Realism to Post-Impressionism.”  This introductory art history course traces key development and themes explored by prominent European artists over the last half of the 19th century. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the artists of this time responded to their cultural and social contexts, and why artists found it important to expand beyond traditional artistic forms and subjects associated with the powerful Academies. Though illustrated lectures anchor the course, discussion will be encouraged at all times.

The instructor, Koyla Rice, currently a PhD candidate in modern and contemporary art history and criticism at the University of Washington, received his MA from Rice University. He has taught a wide range of courses on western art, theory criticism at the University of Washington, Seattle University and the University of Puget Sound over the last decade, and is an adjunct professor in the UW’s art history and Masters of Arts in Museology program.

Trilogy at Redmond Ridge members, please visit the Events page of for full class details and class meeting times.

Wine 101 at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

This month, members of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes are learning all about wine in “The Great Courses – Wine Tasting Basics.”

Whether you’re a novice looking to master the basics, an enthusiast who tours vineyards, or something in between, there’s no better way to learn about wine than from a wine expert – someone who has an authoritative knowledge of wine in all its breadth and depth.

This five-session class gives members this opportunity with a series of engaging video lectures delivered by acclaimed Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan.  As they watch the lectures, members will pause with Ms. Simonetti-Bryan to taste and compare approximately 30 carefully selected wines.

One class session will be an engaging tour of Toucan Wines winery in Arroyo Grande Valley with owner and winemaker Doug Timewell.

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes member Jim Murray will help guide the class through the program and will lead discussions.  Jim is recognized in the community as one of our most avid and knowledgeable wine enthusiasts.

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes members, please visit the Events page of for full details and class meeting times.

World History Studies at Trilogy at The Vineyards

Trilogy at the Vineyards members are invited to join travel expert Rick Deutsch as he takes you on a journey through Machu Picchu! The arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in Peru led to the mass extermination of the Incas in the mid-1500’s. Cuzco, a short flight from Lima, was their capital, and this city still thrives today. Machu Picchu, located deep in the jungle, was never seen by the Spaniards and lay undiscovered until 1911. The only way to get there is a four-day hike on the Inca Trail to this mysterious sacred site. You can also go by train.  Learn about this fascinating culture and the plight of the Incas.

Trilogy at the Vineyards Members, visit the Events page of for full class details, and to learn about future talks that will be given by Mr. Deutsch.

Computers & Technology at Trilogy at Vistancia

Do you want to learn more about home technologies, how to get the most out of your personal computer, which tablet is the best fit for you, or how to use cloud storage?  Members of Trilogy at Vistancia need look no further than their own Trilogy at Vistancia Computer Club (TAVCC) for the answers to these and other technology questions.   The purpose of the TAVCC is to promote the understanding and enjoyment of personal computers, the Internet, and home technologies.  The club encourages members to share computer knowledge, and supports the Trilogy at Vistancia Community Association and the residents in education, communication, and other technology-related activities.

Monthly club meetings consist of presentations and demonstrations related to computing and evolving technologies.  The meetings are held October through May on the 2nd Monday of each month, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Kiva Club Center For Higher Learning.  Thoughout the year, the club holds informal problem solving sessions each Saturday from 10 am to 11 am.  These sessions are open to all Trilogy members.  All levels of expertise are encouraged to join the Computer Q&A as members share information and explore the world of technology together.

Trilogy at Vistancia Members who would like to learn more can visit the TAVCC website at

Photography Studies at Trilogy Orlando

Join instructor Gerald Wu as he discusses outdoor photography & street photography this month.  Mr. Wu possesses over 26 years of experience as a 35mm film and digital photographer.  This includes shooting family portraits, entertainment head shots, live action scenes, artistic landscapes, still backgrounds, conventions, print catalogs and behind-the-scenes shots.  He has worked in many visual mediums including feature films, television shows, TV commercials, live events and more.  Gerald’s past experience includes being a producer of feature films/commercials, production manager, videographer and a television stage manager.  Classes are $10 per person.  Students are asked to please bring their cameras to class.

Trilogy Orlando Members, please visit the Events page of  for class times and details.

Yoga 101 at Trilogy at Rio Vista

Whether you’ve never set foot on a yoga mat or are a seasoned yogi, the Back to Basics Yoga Class at Trilogy at Rio Vista will help you to hone your yoga skills. One major difference between yoga and other forms of physical practice is that yoga builds on itself, becoming more effective over a period of time. As the name suggests, this class focuses on some of the more basic principles of yoga practice, beginning with breathing exercises and moving through some of the more common poses, and always ending in rest. Focus will be on correct alignment in order to empower you to grow and explore.  This class is appropriate for a wide range of students, from beginners to seasoned practitioners wanting to dive deeper into the familiar.

Trilogy at Rio Vista Members, please visit the Events page of for class times and details.

Culinary Class at Encanterra

Each month, the culinary team at Encanterra offers demonstrations and culinary classes that are full of great tips and tricks to sharpen your skills in the kitchen.  This month, Encanterra members can “Discover the Power of Pumpkin”!

Pumpkin isn’t just for pie!  Did you know that pumpkins are not only high in antioxidants, but also act as an anti-inflammatory?  This can help with joint health, stress relief, and soft tissue injuries.  Pumpkin is full of vitamin C and carotids to help support your immune system health and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Join us at this month’s culinary class to learn how to turn this festive gourd into flavorful soups and sides that add a tasty serving of nutrition to your daily diet.

Encanterra members, please visit the Events page of for full details and culinary class meeting times.  New topics are offered each month!

Performing Arts at Ardiente

Stop by the Ardiente community on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll hear some terrific tapping coming from the aerobics room.  There are a number of talented tappers at Ardiente – but all levels of dancers are welcome to join in the fun.  Whether you’ve never tapped before, you haven’t laced up your tap shoes in a while, or you dance every day, this Tap Class will bring a shuffle to your step and a smile to your face.  Tap shoes are recommended, but not required – so come as you are and enjoy!

Ardiente Members, visit the Events page of for full details and class meeting times.


The above classes are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the opportunities for lifelong learning and enrichment at the Trilogy communities.  Many of our communities host several unique classes each month on topics ranging from Russian Opera to Financial Investments to Contemporary Ethics to Baking Basics – and so much more!  Visit the Events page of,, or to discover the enrichment opportunities available at your community.  Never stop learning!