Workshops 2024/2025

Workshops / courses are held on a wide range of topics including the arts, science, history, current affairs, and film. They are developed and led by Academy members who act as facilitators. Some workshops operate as discussion groups where a member may lead a discussion on a chosen topic. In other workshops, members research and deliver presentations on the subject of their choice and lively discussion follows.  Workshops are offered in-person at Tartu College, 310 Bloor Street West, Toronto or online via Zoom. Academy members may register for up to 4 workshops.

You must first JOIN / RENEW membership (click JOIN / RENEW at the top of the website) and then you may register for your preferred workshops.

If you have already joined / renewed your membership, to register for another workshop, remove or change a workshop, or request to be added to a waiting list, email

In accordance with current health guidelines, masks are encouraged but not required for in-person events.

Most workshops meet every other week for 6 sessions in each of the Fall and Winter terms beginning as follows:
Week 1 Start (Fall Term / Week Starting Sept. 9, 2024), Week 2 Start (Fall Term / Week Starting Sept. 16, 2024)
Week 1 Start (Winter Term / Week Starting Jan. 6, 2025), Week 2 Start (Winter Term / Week Starting Jan. 13, 2025)

Workshop Details

Travel Adventures

Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday;  2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
One Term – Fall; Online via Zoom  

Join us in exploring new adventures and sharing the exhilaration of discovery! If you could take your next trip today, where would you go? What entices you about this destination? Alternatively, tell us about a memorable travel experience from the past. For the past three years in this workshop, we have explored a world of destinations, from the well-known to the obscure and remote. Group members select a destination and highlight their choice of history, historical attractions, culture, scenery, or any aspect of interest to them. Recommendations for tour groups, flights, solo travel, dining and accommodation can be introduced if there is an interest. Group members will research their destination and prepare a 20 – 25 minute presentation, which will be followed by an interesting and lively discussion.

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World of Opera: Listening and Learning

Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Wednesday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Two Terms; In-person  

This workshop aims to touch the entire world of opera: from its early beginnings in the 16th C. to the modern day. We will learn about and listen to the music of the historic opera repertoire, the most beautiful music in the world, and view exciting performances on stage by the most enthralling voices. There will be presentations around individual composers, opera history, periods of opera, famous singers through the ages and much more. You may be a real enthusiast or a complete neophyte… this workshop will appeal to and engage everyone.

Participants will be expected to prepare and deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on the topic of their choice. Technical help will be available to those who may need assistance with sound or visual content in their presentation.

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