1. Personal renewal, rebalancing, and healing
2. Reconnect with dear friends and colleagues and have a chance to nurture new relationships
3. Have an opportunity to share and take in fresh ideas on important topics
We believe the first two Retreat experiences are the most important. Therefore, we want you to know that from our perspective, regardless of what's on the program, you have the freedom to do whatever best meets your needs throughout the weekend.
Check-In Between 4 PM - 11PM
7:00 Campfire stories, song, and dance – sharing memories, laughter and inspiration – With attending musicians, storytellers, poets, and dancers – and Maestro of Ceremonies Andrew Kutt and Joel Karabo Elliott
A welcome celebration in rhythm and song with Joel Karabo Elliott!
Beverages and snacks served.
7:00 Back-to-Center – Mind-Body Relaxation and Energization Exercises (optional) Share a favorite mind-body exercise or activity with the group.
8:15 Walk together to the Gazebo
8:20 Setting and Sharing intentions. We invite you to share what attracted you to the Retreat and what you aspire to experience and come away with – Facilitated by Jonathan Wolff
9:00 Time to Connect with Friends . . . Old and New
10:30 An Andy Goldsworthy-Inspired Natural World Experience – Facilitated by Jonathan Wolff
12:15 Lunch and Free Time
2:00 The Gifts and Gains of Our Pandemic Experience - Led by Kathy Leitch
4:15 Writing from Within with Doris Ferleger
Writing from within, an expressive writing workshop offers delightful and deep ways to renew ourselves, nourish ourselves, relax, and heal ourselves. Listening deeply to each other and being heard by each other are perhaps the greatest kindness we can give.
We will use poems and guided imagery as our inspirations. Poems and exercises may be used with students at all levels to engage them in authentic self-expression and developing respectful listening skills.
4:15 P.L.A.Y. (People Laughing, Adapting, and Yippeeing!) -Creative Group Expression, Innovative Problem-Solving, and Community-Building Games – Led by Andrew Kutt and Jonathan Wolff
5:30 - Life in a Different Light: Pre-dinner Meditation with Andrew Kutt
7:30 Cash bar opens at Grand Ole Hall (pre-concert)
8:00 Concerto in JOY Major! A vocal and instrumental performance by Peter Kutt and Alex Nuesse
9:30 Firepit sing-a-long and storytelling (optional)
7:30 Back-to-Center Mind-Body Relaxation and Energization Exercises (optional) Share a favorite mind-body exercise or activity with the group.
9:00 Walk to the gazebo for morning reflections and check-in
9:30 Enjoy More Time with Old and New-Found Friends – Continue a great conversation from the day before, or connect with some new and different folks!
10:45 Abundance as a Communal Act – Led by Claire Salkowski
Summer’s truth is that “Abundance is a communal act, the joint creation of an incredibly complex ecology in which each part functions on behalf of the whole and, in return is sustained by the whole. Community doesn’t just create abundance—community is abundance, “ says renowned author and educator, Parker Palmer. In both small and large group, we will explore the ways to live with abundance amidst the creation of community and recognize this lesson from the natural world in the hopes that we might find ways to transform the human world in which we each exist and “give ourselves to the abiding and abundant grace of our common life.”
In our time together, both individually and collectively , we will explore through the use of “third things” such as poetry, readings , journaling and other activities, the following themes:
1:30 Rest and Recline . . . for Storytime – “Montessori Moments” – Share a tale!
Hosted by Kitty Bravo
2:30 FREE TIME . . . to the reflect, connect, and relax – on your own or with friends
3:15 Back-to-Center: Yoga with Cassandra in the Grand Ole Hall
4:30 SHARED BLESSINGS . . . What Will You Bring Back to Your Family, Your Classroom, and School Community as the Gifts of Your Retreat Experience? – Facilitated by Jonathan Wolff and Andrew Kutt
6:00 Closing Dinner
7:00 Retreat Reflections and Closing Ceremony – Led by Andrew Kutt and Jonathan Wolff
7:30 Free Time to relax and bid farewell to friends and colleagues
8:30 Closing fire pit sing-a-long and storytelling (optional).
Checkout by 11 AM