This retreat is a ton of fun for adults and kids alike (special kids program). It is on the absolutely beautiful ranch of Ken and Lois Carpenter, just below Vallecito Lake near Durango. Fishing and fellowship are superb. People come in tents or trailers, or stay at nearby lodges. The Carpenters have built a gorgeous pavilion right on the river for this annual event.
From Lois Carpenter: Our retreat is July 12 – 14. Campers can still arrive and set up camp on Friday night. The guest minister is the Rev. Fred Wooden of Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He is an experienced UU minister who served a UU church in NYC for a long time before going to Fountain Street Church, which is an independent church, not UU. They have a long tradition, however, of hiring UU ministers. He will do a workshop on Sat. morning and worship service on Sunday morning. There may be something special on Sat. afternoon. If not, just free time to visit, fish, hike or do whatever.
There will be the continental breakfast on Sat. morning, everyone’s own sack lunch or picnic on Sat. noon and the potluck on Sat. evening. Still hope we can do a campfire that evening, but will have to wait and see how bad the drought is. There will be a catered breakfast Sunday morning. The children will have plenty of activities in the Frontier Village with the help of Frosty Pines (see www.frostypines.com/) again this year: covered wagon rides, art with natural plant dyes, tracking and stalking wildlife, and Dutch oven cooking with the children making cobbler to bring to the potluck!
Prices will be the same as last year:
Children 12 and under–FREE
Youth ages 13 – 17–$10.00
Adult, full retreat–$30.00
Adult, Saturday only–$25.00
Sunday worship service–FREE (of course)
Sunday Breakfast for adult or youth NOT attending any prior part of the retreat–$8.00
Non-campers should check www.vallecitolakechamber.com/accommodations/ for places to stay in this area.
Brochures should be out in early June. We’d love to have attendees from TRUU. Just encourage people to save that weekend. And bring the kids!