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Circle Pines Center shares 294 acres of rolling hills with beautiful meadows, pine and hardwood forests, and lakefront with a variety of wildlife. The Center also adjoins 14,000 acres of state recreation lands. A sandy beach on spring-fed Stewart Lake, part of the 1/3 mile of shoreline owned by Circle Pines, offers excellent swimming and canoeing. The property contains over 30 buildings, including a wood-fired sauna near the lake. Our organic orchard and garden supply fresh produce and miles of trails are kept groomed for walking and cross-country skiing.
The center of activity is the Farmhouse, built in 1868, renovated and expanded over time by Circle Pines’ members. It includes a dining hall, kitchen, offices, library, and meeting rooms. Close to the Farmhouse is Swallows Lodge, which provides heated accommodations for up to 31 people. Just east of the farmhouse an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and firepit. Nearby is the main bathhouse, usually referred to as Kings & Queens, which also houses a laundry room.
Amenities & Necessities
You’ll need to bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries. Swallows Lodge is accessible dormitory-style living with individual rooms and shared restrooms with showers. Orchard, Junior, Youth, and Yellow cabins have electricity, but do not have indoor plumbing. Portajohns are a short walk away and two bathhouses are available in non-winter months. Lakeside camping offers rustic privacy next to Stewart Lake 1/2 mile south of the Rec Hall with picnic tables, firepits, a portajohn, but no running water.
The greatest work can be accomplished when people are at peace with one another working toward a common goal. Understanding individual differences with a focus on grassroots activism and community brings a sense of unity and collaboration to CPC.
Cooperation cannot exist until all people have the same basic rights. Whether it’s summer camp or purchasing food, Circle Pines Center strives to implement and educate for social justice to create a more cooperative and equitable world.
Recognizing that humans have the power to change the planet for the better or for the worst, we believe that it is our role to be stewards of the environment. Protecting the environment through conservation and sustainable practices flows through all we do.
From special events to camp to community meetings, a shared sense of purpose and cooperative thinking enhance the quality of life at Circle Pines Center. Through daily work projects, conversations, and relationships, CPC instills the practice of cooperation as a way of life.
From small business or community activist meetings to large weddings, CPC holds a special place in the heart of all your attendees. We’re perfect for one-time events or weekly and monthly activities for families, organizations, and local businesses. Come here to reconnect, rejoice, and retreat!