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Master the Possibilities Education Center strives to be on the cutting edge of life-long learning and as such is a focal point of our active community. Located in the new Circle Square Commons Town Center, our exciting educational programs provide hundreds of opportunities throughout the year to learn and grow. Our outstanding faculty is involved in designing classes that build on our active adults' knowledge and experiences and stimulate and challenge them to become more engaged in education.

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Visiting Artists: Kathie George presents Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper Workshop
Attend a three-day workshop on Feb. 12, 13, and 14 and create a different work each day. For details see the Arts and Humanities section of the course schedule.

Visiting Wildlife Scholars and Photographers: This winter’s schedule includes four outstanding programs featuring nature and wildlife. Guest speakers represent an international view from former president of the World Conservation Society, two award-winning nature photographers/speakers highlighting America’s Everglades and the Galapagos Islands, and a scientist duo sharing the tremendous impact that citizen scientists are making in the conservation of birds and habitat. Click on the Science section of the course schedule for details.

Kathie George Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper Workshop
February 12, 13 & 14, 2015




Introduction to Showjumping: FEI Nation's Cup
Attend a short class to learn about the most prestigious show jumping series for national teams in the world and receive a FREE ticket to attend the FEI Nations Cup on Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. with opening ceremonies beginning at noon. Six equestrian teams battle it out for global fame. Come see HITS host the only U.S. North American Region qualifier for the Finals in Barcelona, Spain. Free with workshop attendance. Tickets are limited!

Introduction to Fabric Scene
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
OR Wednesday, March 25, 2015
1-3 PM

An introduction to small landscape quilts....techniques and methods used to create fabric scenes that may be framed or designed as wall hangings. Fabric and templates will be provided and used in class to create your first landscape. Bring scissors, straight pins, and a sewing needle.

Resident: $35
Non-Resident: $40

Beginning German - Level 1
Saturdays, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2015
10-11 AM

You will learn the phonetics of the German language in order to read and to speak the language. Simple German conversation will be taught to converse in German when one is traveling to Germany.

Resident: $30
Non-Resident: $35

Beginning Beekeeping (Preparing for Spring)
Friday March 20, 2015
3:00 PM 4:00 PM

All aspects of beginning beekeeping are covered from equipment needed to costs of becoming a beekeeper. Each class includes what needs to be done at the time of year class is being taught. Much time is given to questions and answer sessions to insure students take home as much information as they need to be successful beekeepers or understand the workings of a beehive and the beekeeping industry. We are placing beehives on property to allow open hive fields trips when needed.

Resident: FREE / Non-Resident: FREE

Black History Month - Click here to view schedule.

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Dynamic Discussion Groups. Socrates Café and our Current Events discussion groups always fill up fast. If you want to be a part of the Socrates Café, participants must register and attend Socrates Café: What’s This All About on May 2, 2015 in the afternoon. Click on the Social Sciences section of the winter catalog for details.

Expanded Learn and Go programs. Attend a variety of educational sessions followed by a trip to see more about the topic. Tour some of the area’s horse farms, an organic and blueberry farm, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and a national historic landmark. For more details see Lifestyle and Fun in the winter catalog.

Taste of Music Coffee House and Workshops. Join us on the third Thursday of the month for our new coffee house in the Master the Possibilities lobby from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Experience music of all types from blues to Florida songwriting to classical. For details on the first Taste of Blues coffee experience and associated courses click here.

Creative Saturdays. The third Saturday of each month comes alive with courses to help you discover or rediscover your creative self. Participate in one of several all-day immersion classes in the visual arts, theatre, music or writing. For details see the Arts and Humanities section of the catalog.

Expanded art classes. The winter schedule includes more than 100 art classes – a creative explosion! Artful Gifts, an outreach of Marion Cultural Alliance, is just around the corner from MTP in Circle Square Commons. We have integrated some of their faculty into our line-up of courses. If you aren’t sure where to begin, attend our free Art Demonstration Day on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



The Master the Possibilities Winter Catalog is now available online, at the Education Center and at various libraries. There are 530 classes and 150 brand new offerings to help you learn, grow and have fun. Register early to insure you get your top choices. Some classes fill up fast.

Master the Possibilities Receives National Recognition
Master the Possibilities Center for Lifelong Learning has been identified as a national model for adult education. The Center was recognized by Retire Magazine (2012) and Where to Retire (2014) Magazines as a “stunning success” with “cutting edge programming.”

Read the recent Ocala Star Banner article on Master the Possibilities: Lifelong learning through Master the Possibilities at On Top of the World

Click here to read "College For Seniors" an article about Master the Possibilities that was published in Ocala's Good Life magazine.

Online Classes
Virtual classes are available 24/7 which means you can take the class when it is most convenient for you. The process of taking online classes is very simple, please watch this short video.

After you register successfully and pay for the class you will receive the credentials to allow you to start the class. For most classes when you finish viewing the class videos and Power Point presentations, you contact the instructor. He forwards you an exercise that you complete at your own pace at home. Then the finished material is posted back to the instructor via email. He will make suggestions and provide notes in regard to your finished work. All your questions will be answered at any time during the two or six month subscription to the class material. For more information on how the class works, please use this link