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Our Programs

About Charlson Meadows Programming

Nature has much to teach us if we are only willing to observe, linger, and listen. Our programs are designed to connect our guests with nature in each glorious season. Following nature’s lead, we focus on different elements of self care throughout the year.

We offer two main types of programs: day events and weekend retreats. Day events are $25 and weekend retreats are $125 ($25 for programs and $100 for food). See below for more information about what we have upcoming.

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Forest Bathing and Life Journey

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Living Intuition

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Writing Retreat

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Fill Your Cup Retreat

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Day for the Heart

If we want a wholehearted life, we have to be intentional about cultivating sleep, and play and letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth."

-Brene` Brown

Forest Bathing and Life Journey

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown for going out, I found, was really going in."

-John Muir

Journey into self care with nature. Spending time in nature automatically enhances contentment, balance, and aliveness. Without effort it reduces stress, depression, or anxiety. You are restored in nature’s presence. Together we will:

  • Relax surrounded by nature’s ease and vitality
  • Explore Nature and Forest Therapy to slow time down in order to open life up
  • Discover our unique Life Journey or wander as you wish
  • Share meaningful moments with each other
  • Leave refreshed and renewed

Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Nurses receive CEUs (6 for day events, 12 for weekend retreats) , Faith Community Nurse Network; Charlson Meadows Certificate of Study upon request.

Just driving through the gate at Charlson Meadows, I relax. I have entered another world—one that nourishes me on every level.”

-Previous Participant

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Living Intuition

What happens in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love. "

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Intuition fosters aliveness, purpose, creativity, and enhanced relationships. Intuitive insights bring a smile to your face. They also gift your creative projects with ‘Ah Ha’ moments, your purpose with ‘Yes’, and your connections to self and others with awe and wonder. Together we will explore and practice:

  • Explore heart opening keys to relaxation and joy
  • Discover expanded sensory awareness
  • Nature’s direct contribution to aliveness
  • Collaborative intuition in relationships
  • Bring a creative project/or relationship to focus on
Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont
Nurses receive CEUs (6 for day events, 12 for weekend retreats) , Faith Community Nurse Network; Charlson Meadows Certificate of Study upon request.
Two things will make a difference in my life—listening doesn’t have to be done with the ears and the power of collaborative intuition we experiencedI know what’s possible."

-Guest Participant

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Writing Retreat

Do you dream of making progress on a writing project that has been tumbling around in your head? Journal, write poetry, or finish your novel in your favorite corner of Charlson Meadows.  You could take a notebook in the woods, spread out on the table, or curl up on a couch.

During the weekend you will have time for your individual projects. At meal times you can connect with other local writers and have the option to share some of your work.  Group writing prompts and activities available for those interested.

Facilitated by Nicole Rasmussen

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Fill Your Cup

Self Care for Women

We invite you to come experience rest, reflection, recreation, and encouragement as you connect with your heart in a safe community.  We provide space for you to come away to fill your cup in a beautiful setting, then connect you to simple, practical ways you can nurture your heart all year long.

Facilitated  by Nicole Rasmussen

If we want a wholehearted life, we have to be intentional about cultivating sleep, and play and letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self worth."

                                                        -Brene` Brown

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Silence and the Art of Non-Doing

How beautiful it is to do nothing and rest afterwards."

-Spanish Proverb

Silence sets us free.  Emotional upsets, to do lists, and worries melt under its calming gaze.  We remember who we are. We give up choosing productivity over ease, or judging ourselves daily by how much we have or have not accomplished.  Unplug from your daily habits and plug into silence—a silence that fosters the art of non-doing.  These silence and non-doing skills can nourish you for the remainder of your life. Activities are optional; commitments to silence are invited.

  • Explore different types of silence and their gifts
  • Discover why silence nourishes your brain
  • Cultivate your silence and non-doing skills
  • Create a Silence Map (Optional)
  • Silence is maintained, 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm

Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Silence is a compass point and gives us connection, e.g. doing nothing is doing something."

-Guest Participant

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Day for the Heart

Above all guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.-Proverb

Come away to spend time focusing on self care through brief instruction, and plenty of time for practice. We will explore a variety of skills to support reflection, rest, silence and gratitude. Beauty is found indoors, outdoors, and within us. Let us access and share that beauty with time together and alone. Have a favorite prayer or poem to share? Please bring it along.

Nurses receive 6 CEUs, Faith Community Nurse Network. A Charlson Meadows Certificate of Study is also available upon request.

I leave with precious memories of woods, nature and the awareness of God’s presence everywhere" 

-Previous guest

Upcoming Events

  • December Day for the Heart
    December 18, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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All Upcoming Day Events

Our day events will begin in the Nancy Nelson Lake House, then take you out in nature alone or in small groups. Bring a lunch and beverage. Dress for the weather and come away for the day.

All Upcoming Weekend Retreats

Invest a whole weekend at Charlson Meadows. These retreats offer short, potent group meetings, optional activities, and plenty of time for you to experience all Charlson Meadows has to offer. Delicious, healthy meals will be prepared by a local caterer.