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Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning


With W.I.L.L., Wilmington College began a new outreach to the community in the spring of 2010. We are dedicated to providing challenging seminars for those 40 and older in the greater Wilmington area. Our objective is to lead all who wish to join us to new ideas, possibly to new experiences, and to pleasure in the pursuit of continued, shared learning.

Spring 2021

After cancelling our class schedule last fall due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, we’re excited to present four courses for spring 2021. Please note that seating is limited due to safety precautions, so you will only be able to sign up for a single class this session. Classes cost $30 and you will need to provide your own supplies.


W.I.L.L. Seminars 

The seminars meet once a week for one to two hours. Some meet for two weeks, some for four weeks, some for six weeks, and some for eight weeks as each instructor wishes. There are no educational requirements, no tests and no grades for the seminars. Topics vary from the arts to the sciences to use of computers, quilting, film, and photography. Our objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote the joy of learning. Participants are encouraged to keep up with any assigned readings and to contribute to seminar discussions.

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Margaret Guentert

Wilmington College remembers Margaret Guentert, founding director of the WILL program, who died unexpectedly in May 2019. A member of the English faculty beginning in 1997 and the director of the Honors Program for several years, she retired as an assistant professor of English in 2009. Less than a year later, she established the Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning, in which she coordinated the offering of 20 or so adult seminars in both the fall and spring terms through fall 2018. Margaret is fondly remembered for her passion for education and belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor.

Spring 2021 Course Offerings

  • Sock Knitting
  • Stained Glass
  • Tai Chi
  • Weightlifting & Strength Training for Seniors

Sock Class: Intermediate Knitting | THURSDAYs | 4 p.m.

Participants will be able to understand how to get set up and start the leg, heel the flap and the magic of turning a heel, and working the foot and wearing the sock.

Required Supplies (Peggy recommends

  • 400 yards of sock yarn
  • Size 4 Double Point Needles (you may want to purchase two sets so you can work on both socks at the same time)
  • Stitch markers

Class Limit – 6

Instructor: Peggy Irwin-Eades

Peggy is a life-long resident of Clinton County. She is the proud mother of Katherine, Jacob, Paris and Tristen and wife of Ray Eades. Peggy picked up a set of knitting needles in September of 2005 and she has been knitting ever since. Peggy writes patterns, and designs and creates custom original pieces for individuals and small farms. Peggy owns 7 looms; she spins yarn, does wet and needle felt. Peggy has been teaching knitting to children and adults for many years.

Stained Glass | FRIDAYS, 2-5 p.m.


Explore the ancient and beautiful art form of stained glass as you create your own masterpiece. This one-on-one training is hands-on and incorporates both traditional and modern techniques. You will learn to cut the glass safely and successfully while learning methods of construction including Tiffany, Lead and Zinc Came.

Due to the cost of the materials, participants will be asked to pay an additional $100 beyond the WILL fee payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

Instructor: John W. Schum

John owns the South Street Gallery and is the Director of the Wilmington Community Arts Collaborative. He serves the City of Wilmington as a member of the Design Review Board. The stained-glass bug bit John almost 30 years ago. He loves the way light looks coming through stained glass at church. In his retirement, he gets to show people how to make stained glass.

Tai Chi | Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to NOON


Learn the internal benefits of Tai Chi, an ancient, slow meditative practice that creates tremendous health benefits. Tai Chi helps to improve your balance, reduce stress and increase your vitality. Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong develop and stimulate internal energy centers while helping to improve mobility and flexibility. Anyone can learn Tai Chi regardless of age, level of fitness, or flexibility. Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing and socks for each class; the new location is not accessible to those with mobility issues.

Instructor: Bob Baylor

Bob has been studying Tai Chi for the last eleven years, which has enabled him to achieve higher levels of health and spiritual awareness. As he continues his journey of personal discovery and growth, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others to help them improve their spirit, mind and body.

Weight Lifting & Strength Training for Seniors | Fridays, 11 a.m.


This class is designed to help participants build strength, endurance and flexibility with the use of weights and various body weight exercises. Life-long ailments can be accommodated through modifications.

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Paula Stewart

Paula is the Director of Wellness and Assistant Swimming Coach at Wilmington College. She holds certifications as a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Spinning Instructor, and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Paula is a 2-time Ironman finisher; she has been a previously sponsored athlete on SoBe Cannondale Mountain Bike Team, has summited Pikes Peak on 3 separate occasions and has also summited Mt. Evans (the highest paved road in the United States) by bicycle. Paula hopes to help you find an activity that you can enjoy while getting fit!