Relax your mind. Stretch your body. Nurture your spirit.
Somewhere between the rigor of academic life and the vigor of sweat-producing sport lies the arena of mind, body and spirit. At New College, you’ll find many opportunities to feed the parts of you that need solitude, calm and creative expression.
Yoga is very popular on campus. Classes are offered at the Fitness Center, but we also gather on the Bayfront, where you can catch a serene sunset. You don’t have to know all the moves to participate in our dance classes, which are taught by the founder and disciples of a world-class contemporary dance company located in Sarasota. Students who truly love dance have the opportunity to participate in a Dance Tutorial, where they tap into their imaginations to create twice-yearly performances for the general public.
You can also experiment with sound and movement through New Music New College, which offers students a chance to create and perform at least once a year for its contemporary music series. If you really love to move your vocal chords, join the New College Chorus, which also gives public concerts, and the Acapellago singing ensemble.
Outside of the classroom, there are many opportunities to expand your mind that don’t require anything except to show up. New Topics New College and an Archaeology Series are two examples of College-sponsored lecture/discussion series that are free to all students. Recent topics explored climate change through the camera’s lens, the lessons from Deepwater Horizon, and the history of a black settlement of freed slaves called Fort Mose.
Cooking together in our community kitchens is a great way to unwind, and our students love it. Nurturing your body is easy to do in Sarasota, because there are so many places where you can purchase healthy, organic food. There is a Farmer’s Market downtown every Saturday, several Amish-run fruit and vegetable stands, Whole Foods and Earth Origins markets, and an organic farm called Jessica’s where the vegetables are so fresh that if they run out of basil, they bring it in from the fields for you.
Sometimes all you want to do is lie in the sand under a warm sun. No problem there! Our area has some of the finest beaches in the world, from the sugary sands of Siesta Key to the glorious crescents of Anna Maria Island. Myakka State Park, about 15 miles from campus, is Florida’s largest state park, and it’s a good place to view birds, alligators and other wildlife. There is a fresh water lake, river, wetlands, pine flatwoods and prairie. There is also canoeing, picnicking, hiking and camping, as there is at Oscar Scherer State Park as well.
In downtown Sarasota, you’ll want to visit Bayfront Park, where you can watch children play near the dolphin sculpture, broaden your horizons at our monumental Season of Sculpture, or simply enjoy a great sunset on a swing made for two. For more things to do off-campus, check out Around Town.