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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

Memorial Day and Membership Weekend

Whether you're a member or guest coming to be more involved or to get some much needed relaxation, Memorial Weekend at Circle Pines is a great time to enjoy the springtime grounds the Center and touch base with the cooperators that form the eclectic backbone of the once in a lifetime place that is Circle […]

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Workbee and Weekend Retreat

Come join us for our final Buttermilk Workbee of the year! Free and open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor. There is also time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, enjoying the beach, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. We start […]

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Buttermilk Jamboree

The Buttermilk Jamboree takes place June 14-16, 2019. It is Southwest Michigan's celebration of traditional and progressive arts with a common vision of social justice, cooperation and sustainability. This truly family-friendly event offers activities for people of all ages. Bringing together some of Michigan's finest musicians with exciting national acts, the Buttermilk Jamboree delivers an […]

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Circle Pines Center Homecoming Reunion

Gather your closest friend group and come to Circle Pines Center for mini-reunion retreat weekend. Reminisce about the past, make new memories for the future. Comment below to be placed on the mailing list, and save the date!

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Peoples Institute/Skill Share Weekend

New for 2019, in addition to offering a Climate Resilience activist track, Peoples Institute will also offer a Skill Share track that will allow individuals to grow their personal skills and resilience in a hands on way. Comment below to be placed on the mailing list, and save the date!

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Capture the Flag Camp: A 300 Acre Game

SAVE THE DATE for Capture The Flag Camp. Live out your childhood dreams this September. Bring your friends! Bring your enemies! There is no better place to spend your FULL MOON evening on Friday the 13th! We'll have a harvest moon dinner Friday night in the Rec Hall pavilion. What will we do? Camp, stay […]

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Midwest Mushroom Camp

SAVE THE DATE! Follow our Facebook event for further updates! PUTTING THE CALL OUT: Do you have a mushroom related skill that you would like to teach? Please e-mail sasha@circlepinescenter.org ASAP! We are putting together the schedule and are looking for a few more unique and hands-on classes! Maybe you make nature resin jewelry. Perhaps […]

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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.

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