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Weekend Retreat & Skill Share Weekend

August 30 @ 8:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm

Spend your Labor Day weekend at Circle Pines for our Climate Change Action Skill Share or just sit back and relax for the final big weekend of the summer!

We will have speakers and presentations all weekend and a hands-on opportunity to work on building a straw bale cabin on Circle Pines property. Of course there will be plenty of time for relaxing, wandering trails, and visiting the lake, too.

Some of the subject matter covered by our speakers will include food forests and permaculture, a how-to on organizing your community at the grassroots level, a talk from Kalamazoo’s Extinction Rebellion chapter, a bio-char bonfire and more. We will finish out the weekend with an in-depth presentation from the internationally recognized (and Daily Show featured!) organizers of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.

Please follow the ticket link above to register! Contact us for information on available work-trade and scholarship opportunities. 10% refund also available for active Circle Pines members and first time visitors.

Join us for a bootstrap weekend that will bring neighbors and leaders together to ask questions and share wisdom through skills. Local action is the focus: visioning a world where we all thrive.

Some presenters will include Nic Botek teaching natural building, speakers from Kalamazoo’s Extinction Rebellion chapter, and much more!


8PM Screening of Joanna Macy & The Great Turning (27 mins)
Game night at the Farmhouse


9:30 Breakfast & Announcements
10:30 Acroyoga on the lawn Acroyoga is a physical practice which combines yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Will you do Acroyoga? Come find out.
11:30 Natural Cob Building – near Orchards: Cob is a structural composite of earth, water, straw, clay, and sand, hand-sculpted into buildings while still pliable. Come learn how.
1 Lunch
2 Improv for Community and Cooperation at Stone Pavillion (Rec hall) What creates community and cooperation more than the word, “YES” Learn how to find ways to more easily build community and cooperation by exercising your imagination through improvisation.
3:30 Welding 101 workshop at Stone Pavillion (Rec hall)
4:45 Sewing Machine Repair Basics in Craft Room
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Biochar Bonfire & Chill near Acorns Rather than releasing carbon while burning, the Biochar burning technique actually REMOVES carbon from the atmosphere and improves the soil. Come learn more.

9:30 Breakfast & Announcements
10:30 Extinction Rebellion in dining room: Declaring a Rebellion to combat climate change and the growing emergency. We are a non-violent direct action group.
12 Open time- walk/ talk/ help at build site, etc
1 Lunch
2 Anti-Racism & Environmental Justice on Side Porch
3:30 RX Burning for Ecosystem MGMT at Stone Pavillion (Rec hall) Controlled burning is any fire intentionally ignited to meet specific land management objectives.
5:30 Make Pizzas! in kitchen
6:30 Pizza night in pizza chapel!


9:30 Light breakfast
10:30 TBD


August 30 @ 8:00 am
September 2 @ 5:00 pm


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