In the Meadow

Wisdom Tree

September 27, 2022

Life Journey Series by Nicole RasmussenOur new series will highlight the Life Journey Program. Developed by Sharon Franquemont, these unique spaces on the land are intended to foster a meaningful connection with nature and hold space for self-reflection and growth. See our online Interactive Life Journey Map to learn more.  Wisdom Tree“The invariable mark of wisdom is to…

Life Journey

August 11, 2022

Welcome to Charlson Meadows’ Life Journey ProgramBy Sharon Franquemont Have you ever been inspired, renewed, or relaxed by interacting with nature? If so, you are right. Abundant research results confirm nature’s contribution to people’s health and wellness. Creativity, sense of purpose, and belonging are enhanced. Depression, anxiety, and stress are reduced. If you have not experienced this…

Meet Alex, Facilities Staff

July 20, 2022

Optimism is a gift, and Alex has it to share.He sees beauty in all of nature, including the animals, the birds – even the insects at Charlson Meadows. (That is optimism on display!)  Alex is the newest member of our team. We can thank Trevor for introducing him. They have been friends since fifth grade! His background experience is in construction, machining,…

Kim Boelter, Charlson Meadows Staff

May 21, 2022

Kim Boelter, Charlson Meadows Staff You may meet Kim in the kitchen, or near the Chalet where she greets guests for the Reflective Walks. Maybe you will meet her while she’s in the garden, or making the Nancy Nelson Lake House sparkle. She came on staff two years ago to prepare the Lake House for guests, and as a hard worker with…

Trevor Luedke, Facilities Staff

April 21, 2022

Trevor Luedke, Facilities Staff “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney Have you enjoyed the view or a fire at Council Point? You can thank Trevor. Starting in middle school, he spent summers removing buckthorn with a group of friends who affectionately became known as the…

Meet Jim Jordan, Facilities Staff

March 21, 2022

“Work with your brain, not your back.”                A quote from a wise neighbor farmer Jim Jordan has needed both his brain AND his back for his work at Charlson Meadows. He knows a lot about a lot of things, and that is exactly what Charlson Meadows needs. Jim has been an integral part of…

Meet Renee, Facilities Operations Manager

February 21, 2022

Meet Renee, our Facilities Operations ManagerRenee Levesque first arrived at Charlson Meadows as a guest. She was one of our favorite kinds of guests –  a social worker serving her community. With her endless energy and compassion, she cared for people in prisons, juveniles in the court system, and vulnerable adults for over 26 years.…

Meet Kurt, Facilities Manager

January 21, 2022

“If we can’t fix it, it ain’t broke“ – Quote found at the Tonka Toy Factory Meet Curt SandquistAs our Facilities Manager, Curt Sandquist is the keeper of the to-do list. When a property has eight buildings and 142 acres that list is never-ending. Curt leads the team that is the first to arrive to open our buildings, and keeps Charlson…

Meet Nicole, Program Director

October 11, 2021

As we continue our series of introductions, it is time to introduce myself, Nicole Rasmussen, Program Director. The Rasmussens are the first to say, “Hello.” – a Rasmussen family value Our family loves to meet new people and build longtime friendships. We have made conversations a priority in our family life. It has served us well as we…

Meet Holly, Executive Director

September 11, 2021

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain Holly knew from an early age that she wanted to help people, but unlike her mom and her sister, the sight of blood makes her faint, so nursing was out of the…