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 $30 and weekend retreats are $150 ($25 for programs and $125 for food). See below for more information about what we have upcoming.

*Due to the limited spaces for our weekend events, we kindly ask that you only register for one per year.  You are welcome to check back the week before the event to see if there is space available.  Thank you for helping us welcome more guests.

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Forest Bathing and Life Journey

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Intuition: Deep Connection

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Writing Retreat

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Fill Your Cup Retreat

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Restoration Ease and Silence

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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

Nature heals; nature restores. Research confirms it. Time in nature automatically enhances contentment, balance, and aliveness. It effortlessly reduces stress, depression, or anxiety. You are restored. 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 your unique Life Journey. 
  • Learn techniques that will serve you throughout your lifetime.

Today physicians can prescribe nature walks to combat depression and/or anxiety. Join us. See for yourself. 

Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

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

“I’m so grateful to be with loons, trees, clear waters, and stunningly beautiful people and conversations. This has opened a window into the next phase of work in the world.”                                            -Previous guest

Upcoming Events

Forest Bathing and Life Journey

Date: July 10-12, 2020
Time: Friday 4 pm -Sunday 12 pm
Cost: $150

Forest Bathing and Life Journey

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020, or Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020

Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Forest Bathing and Life Journey

Date: October 2-4, 2020
Time: Friday 4 pm -Sunday 12 pm
Cost: $150

Intuition: Deep Connection

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

-Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Intuition:  Deep Connections 

Intuition is all about connection—subtle, life changing, and profound connections. Intuition fosters aliveness, purpose, creativity, and enhanced relationships. Its insights bring a smile to your face. Creative projects are filled with ‘Ah Ha’ moments. , your purpose with ‘Yes’, and your relationships with fun and awe. 

We will explore intuitive skills that ignite: Your body’s intuitive intelligence.

  • Your body’s intuitive intelligence.
  • The wisdom of your heart. 
  • Inner purpose and creativity.
  • Healing of knowledge wounds. 
  • Greater intimacy and fun.

Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Intuition Educator, Author, and Consultant since 1984

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

Intuition: Deep Connection

Date: August 14-16, 2020
Time: Friday 4 pm-Sunday 12 pm
Cost: $150

Intuition: Deep Connection

Date: August 27, 2020
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Intuition: Deep Connection

Date: September 18-20, 2020
Time: Friday 4 pm-Sunday 12 pm
Cost: $150

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

Upcoming Events

Writer's Retreat

Date: November 6-8, 2020
Time: Friday 4 pm-Sunday 12 pm
Cost: $150

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 beautiful setting.  We provide space for you to come away to fill your cup and introduce practice research-driven tools you can use to 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

Fill Your Cup

Registration opening early Fall of 2020

 

Restorative Ease and Silence

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

Restorative Ease and Silence

Date: August 25, 2020
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Restorative Ease and Silence

Date: September 30, 2020
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

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

Day for the Heart

May 20th

July 7th

August 11th

September 2nd

October 6th

 

Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Open House

Come for a guided tour of the Nancy Nelson Lake House or take a private walk on the land. Whether you are new to Charlson Meadows or just looking for a chance to come back for a visit. This day is set aside for you!

Upcoming Events

Fall Open House

Date: October 8, 2020
Time: 8 am - 6:30 pm

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.

*Please register for only one weekend event each year to make room for others to enjoy what Charlson Meadows has to offer.