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 $100 ($25 for programs and $75 for food). See below for more information about what we have upcoming.

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Life Journey and Forest Therapy

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Intuition: Cultivate Your Heart’s Joy and Creativity

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Writing Program

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Nature’s Beauty and Self Care

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Fill Your Cup Retreat

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Silence and the Art of Non-Doing

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Day of Prayer, Nature, and Spirituality

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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

Life Journey & Forest Therapy

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

Upcoming Events

Intuition: Cultivate Your Heart’s Joy and Creativity

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

Upcoming Events

Writing Program

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

Upcoming Events

  • February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $125.00 (USD)  

Nature's Beauty & Self Care

The first act of awe, when a person is struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, is the first spiritual experience. "

—Adapted from Henryk Skolimowsk

Beauty nourishes us on many levels.  Charlson Meadows creates and preserves beautiful settings for our guests inside our facilities and outside on our land. Beauty invites us to slow down, enjoy the moment, and be inspired. It is part of self care. Together we will:

  • Spend time with nature’s beauty
  • Enjoy the beauty found within our facilities
  • Learn specific appreciation of beauty skills
  • Share our beauty stories with each other

Focusing on beauty supports your inner beauty. You will leave with skills for Integrating beauty into your daily life.

Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Rarely do we come upon a property of such beauty and meaningfulness.  My heart is full from quiet reflection and peace-filled moments."

-Guest Participant

Upcoming Events

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

Upcoming Events

  • January 18, 2019 - January 20, 2019
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $125.00 (USD)   Sold Out

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

Upcoming Events

Day of Prayer

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is the yearning of the soul." 

-Mahatma Gandhi.

Come away to spend time in prayer alone and in community. We will explore a variety of traditional prayer practices in nature and enjoy conversation in the new Nancy Nelson Lake House. Beauty is found indoors, outdoors, and within us. Let us access and share that beauty with time in silence, the expression of gratitude. and the majesty of nature. 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

  • January 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • February 6, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $25.00 (USD)  

Other Events

Upcoming Events

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.

  • January 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • February 6, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $25.00 (USD)  

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.

  • January 18, 2019 - January 20, 2019
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $125.00 (USD)   Sold Out

  • February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Registershow details + $125.00 (USD)