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People’s Institute 2018

The 3rd annual People’s Institute will explore two aspects of climate change through the expressive arts. The elements of climate change we will cover include climate refugees and the Native American Water Protectors. We will use the expressive arts to allow ourselves a more profound emotional understanding. The expressive arts are visual arts, drama, storytelling, movement, music, and writing. We will leave energized and motivated and with many good ideas of what we each can do.

We will have two groups of resource people to lead us. One group will include people who have been involved in direct action to survive two different tragedies. The first team will be climate refugees (or people who work directly with climate refugees) who have had to leave their home countries because of the changing climate. The second are those who were part of the Native American struggles at Standing Rock, Line 5, and other sites to protect land, water, and sacred places. These people will provide us with new in-depth information about the problems’ causes, actions, and the current situation.  Each day we keep most of the afternoon open for leisure activities and will have a lifeguard at the beach.

People’s Institute is open to everyone. It will start Friday, September 1 and continue until Sunday, September 4.  Some work exchange and scholarships will be available.

People’s Institution is a program organized by Circle Pines Center, an educational and recreational cooperatively governed camp with the mission to model cooperation as a social and economic system. There will be three learning sessions per day, with time to enjoy camp life at Circle Pines’ 294 acres of rolling hills, forests, meadows, and ¼ mile of frontage on a spring-fed lake. Activities available include swimming, boating, hiking, art, singing, campfires, and other leisure activities. And, of course, socializing and laughing with the social justice and intellectual stimulation.

Our meals are homemade and delicious, with many ingredients from our garden or locally-sourced. They will be served family-style in the dining room. There is always a vegetarian alternative and attention given to dietary needs. Each participant assists with meal set-up and clean-up once each day. Optional programming for families or children to be determined.

Circle Pines offers one and two-week sessions during our five-week summer camp for children between the ages of seven and seventeen. We offer family weekends year-round, including Cider and Maple Sugar Making Weekends, Get-Away weekends, and topic weekends. We also rent our facilities out to like-minded groups.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER contact Circle Pines Center at 269.623-5555 or

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