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Circle Pines Center

Circle Pines Center teaches peace, social justice, and environmental stewardship through cooperation in work, education, and recreation.

We are a member-based, cooperatively-governed (501(c)3) non-profit.  We co-create a children’s summer camp and year-round retreat center with programs for families, children, and adults, and have facilities which are available for rent (school, faith-based and other groups, retreats, weddings, family reunions, etc.).

Located between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo off the North Country National Scenic Trail,  the center is nearly 300 acres in Southwest Michigan.  Filled with rolling hills, hardwood and pine forests, meadows and frontage on spring-fed Stewart Lake, we have miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, diverse wildlife and an organic garden and orchard.

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Upcoming Events

Spring Memorial Day Weekend Retreat & Membership Meeting

May 25 @ 7:30 pm - May 27 @ 3:00 pm

One of CPC’s twice-yearly Membership Meetings (Saturday, at 2 pm) is combined with this holiday weekend. Members and guests gather at the waterfront for swimming and boating, hike, folk dance, sauna, make crafts, play games, and engage in many discussions. An opportunity to see and participate in ...

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SPRING 2018 WORKBEE #3

June 1 - June 3

Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor (though if you want to come and pay instead of working, that’s allowed too). There is also a time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday ...

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SPRING 2018 WORKBEE #4

June 8 - June 10

Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor (though if you want to come and pay instead of working, that’s allowed too). There is also a time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday ...

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Buttermilk Jamboree

Buttermilk Jamboree

In our 8th year, our annual music festival attracts families from across the area. All are welcome to celebrate and enjoy our grounds.

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Lodging

Lodging

Our property is the ideal setting for weddings, rustic corporate retreats, family reunions, and community gatherings, with lodging options to house up to 78.

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Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Our program combines elements of a traditional summer camp with cooperative work projects. We teach cooperation as a way of life.

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Volunteer at Circle Pines Center

Please consider volunteering with us at one of our upcoming work days.

All the smiling faces.

  • Staff outing to visit Tom and Kat and Lake Michigan. It was the Summer Camp gardener's, Micah from L.A., first time seeing the lake. It was probably 50 degrees in the water, but he jumped right in. Sasha, our New director is in the foreground with Micah deep. Kitchen assistant, Shannon edges another pic and Kitchen Manager Gerardo is basking last.
  • #mutualaid Talking about #peoplesinstitute #2018 Coming this #LaborDay at #CPC
  • The first director of Circle Pines when it formed in 1938, David Sonquist, wrote some of the words that we still use today alongside some of the questions we still ask. #cooperationasawayoflife #centralstatescooperativeleague
  • #campiscoming #campcounselor #cooperationisamazing #cooperativefunandgamesthatsright #organic #inclusive #liveoutdoorsallsummerlikearockstar #yakovsmirnoffssonworkedhereonceisntthattheperfectreasontoapply
  • The #bmwmotorcycle club came out to #volunteer to clear ahead of their retreat later this year. They cleared the way to reclaim this beautiful old chimney for human use again. #cooperatorsunite #cpc #buttermilkjamboree
  • #campislikehittingtheheartbuttonforreal
  • #summercampdanceparty #goofin #boomintheroom #zoomazoom
  • #jordanhamilton #piesandjams
  • Jordan Hamilton coming up
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