In the Meadow

At Ease

August 6, 2020

Restorative Ease and Silence How wonderful it is to do nothing and rest afterward. Spanish Proverb Ease and silence are rare skills in our fast-paced world. It takes will power and practice to overcome the sea of information confronting us and the task doing that populates our days.  Do you practice doing nothing, resting, and cultivating…

What is Forest Bathing?

June 28, 2019

Forest Bathing, also called Forest Therapy, offers specific techniques for you to experience nature’s healing power. Do you find yourself wanting to slow down, reduce your stress and anxiety, or re-connect with your sense of life purpose? Time in nature provides an answer. Charlson Meadows encourages you to explore this answer. Forest Bathing is a…

Meet our Vice President

July 15, 2021

“When the winds in your life change, it is a sign to adjust your sails.”  -In memory of George Ward The Vice President of our Board, Mary Hershberger Thun, has adjusted her sails throughout her life including stops at the University of Minnesota in the Student Services and Financial Aid Departments, serving as Mayor of…

It Started With A Dream

July 15, 2021

If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks.  That’s how dreams are achieved.–Unknown It started as a dream-a big dream.Charlson Meadows is a place that inspires with the power of beauty, both in the natural spaces and the exquisite details of the Nancy Nelson Lake House. A little historyNancy Nelson worked for Lynn Charlson,…

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, but…

December 17, 2020

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but…Here we are deep into the holiday season, and again in 2020, navigating new territory. We have a choice to say “Bah humbug” or reimagine how we celebrate.  Many have lost heart this year, and a boost of joy can be a helpful remedy.  What brings you joy? What fills you…

Hospitality Inside and Out!

September 17, 2020

As you have come to expect from Charlson Meadows, we love to show gracious hospitality.  This can be seen in our gardens too. With a goal to coexist with the creatures who make their home here, we’ve welcomed bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, mice, deer, and a hungry woodchuck that enjoyed a large bite of each and every beet!  Renee, our Resident Caretaker, brought…

Look Up

July 16, 2020

View from Sky Vista, the highest point at Charlson Meadows Look up!A walk has the power to change your perspective. It is a simple pleasure more cherished than it was last spring. The view will be varied as we step onto a paved city block, suburban trail, or gravel path, but the shift in scenery is…

Ready, Set, Reset

July 16, 2020

Meadow, our gratitude statue, welcomes all of our guests.Boost your immune system with sunshine, fresh air, and gratitude today! How are you doing? Today is a good day to check in with yourself. We are well into this season of quarantine.  Both essential service providers, and those whose calendars emptied, have walked this new territory for weeks, though…

A Whole New World

July 16, 2020

A Whole New WorldThis is uncharted territory. All of us are facing a new reality. How COVID-19 will go down in our collective memory is a wild unknown. “Social distancing” and “sheltering in place” are new words in our vocabulary.  As the weeks pass we will have a greater sense of what this will mean.…

Making Space for Rest

July 16, 2020

February is already here!If January has come and gone and your New Years’ resolutions dropped off your to-do list, you have a fresh opportunity to start again!  Your calendar has more empty spaces today than it will the rest of the year. Consider taking some time to add self-care to your calendar to set you…