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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


October 5 - October 7

The second membership meeting of the year (Saturday at 2:00) is combined with picking apples (starting Saturday after breakfast) and pressing them into sweet cider. 

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Spanish Immersion Fall 2018

October 19 - October 21

Gather for fun and friends and immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture. Whether you are a native speaker or a beginner, this weekend is a time to brush up on your skills and share traditional food, songs, and stories from Spanish speaking cultures. Two nights and five meals. $130 (non-m...

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October 26 - October 28

Take this weekend to get away from it all to connect with nature’s wonderland and other co-op friends from near and far. Bring a friend, your family, or just come solo and enjoy this lovely season and talk about co-ops. We’ll fill you with great locally sourced foods. Call or email to register t...

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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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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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  • 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.
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