|Impressions of Shalom Hill retreats||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H . Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 12:45:42 -0600|
This message was never distributed over the hopework list tho it could have been. It is being placed directly in the list archives to demonstrate how selected resources from the web site can be used in a presentation. It's impossible to appreciate a Hopework retreat at Shalom Hill Farm without going on one but this 3 screen / 7 linked photo essay is an attempt to convey a bit more of what the retreats are like. I've only been on one retreat but expect to make it again. It's a great place and tho it's a journey from the Twin Cities, it is more than another physical place. A different way of relating to each other and to time prevails there. You're too far from home to dash off to a pressing engagement. Relax and enjoy the engaging environment that fellow participants create. The newer part of the facilities at Shalom Hill Farm are built on several levels on / into a side hill and yet much of them are wheel chair accessible - sleeping rooms farthest down the hill are less accessible. It's a bit hard to visualize without 3d drawings. Here is a picture from outdoors looking up the hill that shows room levels and Commons room (top). http://www.hopework.org/retreats/may02/source/im000537.htm One consequence of the layout is great views across the farm land from most rooms. Here's one of Sheep pasture and Red Rock water towers. http://www.hopework.org/retreats/may02/source/im000539.htm At night you can see widely spaced light of towns and farms in the distance. Much of the discussion at takes place with people comfortably seated in a circle. Imagine being in the middle of that circle and turning around and taking a picture every 45-90 degrees. This is part of what you might see. Note the great views out the window in the background. http://www.hopework.org/retreats/jan02/jan02retreat/source/im000435.htm Here's a typical view from another retreat: http://www.hopework.org/retreats/oct01/imagesoct01/image4.jpg Sometimes one participant will give a presentation and there is time and great spaces for individual reflection and study: http://www.hopework.org/retreats/jan02/jan02retreat/source/im000440.htm Informal talk between over drinks: http://www.hopework.org/retreats/jan02/jan02retreat/source/im000431.htm Shared kithen duties makes it a hub of interaction: http://www.hopework.org/retreats/jan02/jan02retreat/source/im000447.htm Fred 12/17/03 -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 (near north Mpls) fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 (7am-10pm Cent time) List manager of Cohousing-L & other lists Ham radio:WB0YQM Fred's Link Page: http://www.cohousing.org/fholson
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