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Greetings, So much going on this coming week. Great new topics!
We love seeing everyone back in action.    




Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737    

Featured Classes for Week of January 15 – 19  

Click on any topic below to learn more.

Yoga Nidra Meditation:
Become Relaxed and Serene (2-part series)
January 16 | 9- 10 am Tuesday
Online via Zoom  

From the comfort and peace of your own home, calm and reset your body
and mind through the practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation. We begin with
breathing exercises to relax the body as we ease into a guided meditation.
Yoga Nidra is the easiest form of meditation. It is an ancient sleep-based
meditation and very relaxing. People feel refreshed and their energy is re-
charged afterwards. Each session is equivalent to 3-4 hours of deep sleep.
Participants can sit in a chair, lie down on a sofa or yoga mat with a blank-

FGCU Academy 2024 Travel Open Houses
January 16 | 10:30 – 12pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join FGCU Academy as we formally unveil our 2024 travel excursions
including our Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, Exploring Iceland,
Southern Italy & Sicily, Scotland: Highlands & Islands, Provincial French
Countryside, New Zealand Adventure, Southeast Asia, Sensations of Lyon
and Provence and Jewels of the Rhine. Nine exciting and luxurious tours are
planned for our upcoming travel season starting in May 2024, and we invite
you to learn about them all. Through unique and interesting itineraries,
participants have the opportunity to experience life outside the classroom,
visit historic sites with local guides, experience another culture – its customs,
cuisine, language and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with
fellow explorers who share a love of travel and a sense of adventure.

Media Censorship – Science vs. Politics
January 17 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Brooks Enrichment Club  

This lecture explores the topics of bias and media censorship
and if the federal government has encouraged it? We consider
if censorship impacted the debate on the origins of Covid-19.
Topics include: Covid origin theories; intelligence assessments;
debate timeline and evolution; misinformation; trust in media;
political influence; and racism. Join a former counterintelligence
official in a candid and informative review.  

Digital Currencies: The Future of Money
January 19 | 1:30 – 3 pm
The Brooks Enrichment Center
The way we use money will go through a radical transformation within
the next decade. Most monetary transactions will be digital. This lecture
is designed to help beginners understand digital currencies and how they
will be used in the future. We discuss the characteristics of money, the
creation of money in our current monetary system and the future migra-
tion to digital money using blockchain technology. We also dive deeper
into the crypto ecosystem and discuss some of the various categories and
roles of digital assets.      

The Week Ahead
Monday January 15
The Life of Robert E. Lee
The Three Faces of China
iPhone/iPad Apps: Photos  

Tuesday January 16
Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)  

Wednesday January 17
The Manhattan Project  

Thursday January 18
iPhone/iPad Messages App
Queen Victoria – The Grandmother of Europe
The Koreshans of Estero and the Link to the Waco Tragedy
Computer and Internet Security for Desktops, Laptops, Phones and Tablets  

Friday January 19
The Louvre Museum in Paris: The Royal Treasure House of France      

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)  

(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

FGCU Academy  

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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

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Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

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Jewels of the Rhine
2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

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Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance
with registration or Click to View our Website        


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our
Critical Mission of Adult Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024
Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at
more than nineteen locations, there is something for everyone. If we have had the
opportunity to meet in person or if you have heard me speak, I hope I was able to
share with you my passion about FGCU Academy and its mission to provide life-
long learning and enrichment to the SWFL community. I believe it is critical to our
wellbeing to keep exploring new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged in
our past, present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University
can provide $0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides
for only 50% of our annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet re-
turned to pre-pandemic levels, so revenue is much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of
the Academy beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the
near future, it is important that I find the words to ask for additional support through phil-
anthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a
moment to consider a year-end donation to ensure our continued success. All amounts make
a difference in strengthening the work we do in the community.   

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs
at more than twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich
the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that par-
ticipate in our programs each year.   


or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I want to wish you a truly joyous holiday season! I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU
Academy program in 2024. Please contact me directly at [email protected] or 239.434.4838
with questions or to learn more.

In gratitude,  

John J. Guerra
Director of FGCU Academy              

FGCU Academy

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  


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