|Invitation: June 25-27 folk school retreat||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Wallace (walla003tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 08:33:44 -0500|
June 8, 2004 June Folk School Retreat When: June 25-27, 2004 Where: Philadelphia Community Farm near Osceola, WI (50 minutes from Minneapolis in ideal traffic conditions) Who: Anyone interested in the relationship between family, culture, and self In a time of fast change and technological modernization, how do we go about the many times difficult work of honoring, enjoying, challenging, and struggling with family traditions? How did these family traditions mold you? What import should these traditions have on establishing a meaningful life for the present? We hope that participants share not only stories and values of family traditions but also traditional craft and other powerful connections to family that participants may have such as songs, dances, recipes, etc. Faith Hareldson and Joel Ulrich from the Jane Addams School for Democracy and Robin Harvey from Philadelphia Farms will help facilitate the weekend. Come reflect on and create from family traditions and how they can best be a part of everyday life. The overall shape of the weekend retreat will look something like this: Friday 3:00-6:00 pm -- Arrive, settle, explore, and help prepare for meal 6:30 pm -- Hearty soup and bread supper, introductions 8:00 pm -- Evening opening conversation and activities Saturday 7-9 am -- Breakfast bar at your convenience 9:00 am Conversations in large and small groups 12:30 pm -- Lunch 2:00 pm Free time, small group work, and time to enjoy the Farm 5:00 pm -- Dinner preparation, meal, and clean up 8:00 pm Evening reflection circles Sunday 8:00 am -- Hearty breakfast 9:30 am -- Closing circle 11-12:00 -- Cleanup and leave for home Folk school retreats invite all participants to trust in the power of listening and telling our own stories. We aim to slow our pace over the weekend to listen deeply to others and to make room for our most authentic selves to speak, trusting that something of use will emerge as we engage in this process. Our goal is to leave on Sunday feeling rested, rejuvenated, and graced to find ourselves being more as we leave than when we came. A special note. The folk school gatherings are intended to bring new people together and to be open to people who share the values of stronger communities and are working to build them. We hope this invitation will reach some people who have not previously taken part in a gathering sponsored by the folk school group. Please share this invitation with anyone whom you wish to invite. SIGNING UP FOR THE RETREAT Participation in this retreat is capped at 10 adults. The Log House has four bedrooms and one sleeping loft, so we are looking basically at two people sharing each sleeping space (not counting babies) with variations as needed. We are reserving four places at this retreat for women from last year's May term "Lives Worth Living" course, who are in process of creating a women's community. Lynn Englund and John Wallace will also be participating. That leaves 4 open places for the retreat for people to sleep over in the Log House. There is room for 6 more people who live nearby and can conveniently sleep in their own homes and travel back and forth to participate in the retreat meals, discussions and activities. REGISTRATION Please register by Wednesday, June 23rd, so that some food can be purchased in advance. Simply e-mail John Wallace (walla003 [at] umn.edu) or Lynn Englund (engl8813 [at] umn.edu) saying that you intend to participate and include the following information: 1. Name 2. Food requirements: vegetarian, vegan, other food desires or allergies? 3. Telephone numbers for arranging rides, emergency contact information, etc. 4. If you are driving, let us know your estimated departure and arrival times and whether you will have room for others. If you need a ride, indicate the time you can leave and where you need to be picked up and dropped off. 5. When we should expect you, if you are unable to arrive by 6 pm or need to leave early. 6. Please let us know if you would like to give or receive a scholarship and what amount you can contribute or desire. You may pay John during the weekend. ARRIVING AND DEPARTING We will expect you to arrive by 6:30 p.m. for dinner on Friday and to stay with us until about noon on Sunday unless other arrangements are communicated to John or Lynn. COST Philadelphia Community Farm charges $15 per person per night for lodging . Our group will be buying our own food and preparing our own meals. Based on the experience of previous workshops, it will cost $15 per person for food for Friday dinner through Sunday brunch. So, the total cost is $45 per person for those staying at the Farm, $15 for those who commute. AUTOMATIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS Philadelphia Community Farm has a scholarship fund for students who participate in Hopework Folk School retreats. This fund automatically reduces the cost for each student who participates to $25. SLIDING FEE To recognize the fact that different people have different abilities to pay, we offer a self-selected sliding fee, for non-students, ranging from $20 to $70. What you pay is up to you--there is no application or review process. If you choose to pay less than cost ($45), you are accepting a scholarship. If you choose to pay more than cost, you are providing a scholarship for someone else. For students, because of the automatic scholarship, the fee range slides down to $5 to $50. BANKER John Wallace will serve as the banker for this retreat. Please make your checks out to him. You may pay at the retreat. If you want to send a check, please send it to John at 4536 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. PERSONAL GEAR AND BEDDING Philadelphia Farm provides sheets for the beds. You are encouraged to bring your own pillows, towels, and blankets or sleeping bags. Also bring personal toiletries including soap and shampoo. TRANSPORTATION We encourage car pooling and will help to coordinate rides. Please let John or Lynn know if you need a ride or if you can provide rides. John will put out a summary of who is driving and who needs a ride so that good travel matches can be made. Also, please let John know if you would like to caravan with other cars. Driving time is 50 minutes from Minneapolis in ideal traffic conditions, but can be well over an hour during rush hour. MEALS Simple meals are prepared on site by retreat participants. Meals are often entirely vegetarian, but if not, a vegetarian or vegan option will be available. Please note any special dietary needs when you register. DIRECTIONS TO THE LOG HOUSE AT PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY FARM From the Twin Cities Take 35E or 35W north. Right after 35E and 35W join together again, take exit 129 for Highway 97 east. Go east on 97 for about 15 miles (this is approximate) to Highway 95. Go north on 95 for about 5 miles. Turn right on County 243 and cross the bridge over the St. Croix River into Osceola. At the stop sigh turn right and go under a railroad bridge. Go 200 to 300 yards. Take the second possible right turn (half way up hill) onto Ridge Road. Go 2 miles to a "T" junction (60th Avenue). Turn right and go 1/4 mile. You stay on the paved road which turns left at this point (note: the dirt road straight ahead goes into Philadelphia Farm proper, but not the Log house) and continue south on the paved road for 1.7 miles. Just after 45th Avenue, look for the for the sign for Fire Road # 438 by a driveway on your left. The driveway leads to the Log House, which is set back from the road, behind a row of young white pines. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION If you are delayed or get lost, try Lynn's cell phone, (612) 710-7287. You may also call Philadelphia Farm. Phone: (715) 294-4048, or the Log House (715) 294-4411. Philadelphia Community Farm 579 280th Street Osceola, WI 54020
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