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.

*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 two weeks before the event to see if there is space available.  Thank you for helping us welcome more guests.

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Day for the Heart

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Writers Retreat

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Fill Your Cup

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Silence

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Self Guided
Reflective Walks

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Forest Bathing
and Life Journey

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

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 facilitated conversations, and self care practices in the morning. After lunch optional activities inside and out.
We will use reflective writing, gentle physical movement, and stillness to tend to our physical and emotional heart.
Bring a nourishing lunch, and clothing for outdoor exploration.

Facilitated by Nicole Rasmussen

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

-Previous guest

Upcoming Events

Day for the Heart

Thursday, March 2nd, 2022

Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Writing Retreats

Our Writers Retreat offers time away for your personal writing project in the company of other writers.

December Retreat Only Local writer Ronda Redmond will be our special guest. She will read her poetry on Friday night after dinner. Then over the course of the weekend, our guests will have the opportunity for a private session to discuss the writing process, poetry, publishing, and more.

February Retreat This weekend is designed with wide-open space to make time for moving a project forward. Brief optional writing activities and time to share our work over dinner conversation add to the experience. This always proves to be a wonderful weekend for creativity, productivity, and connection.

Guests will spread throughout the Nancy Nelson Lake House for their writing and spend time enjoying the inspiration of nature.

 

Upcoming Events

November 18th-20th, 2022

Friday 4 pm - Sunday 12 pm

Guest Writer: Ronda Redmond

$150

February 17th-19th, 2022

Friday 4 pm - Sunday 12 pm

$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 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, Self-care for Women

December 9th-11th

Friday after 4 pm- Sunday at 12 pm.

Silence

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

-Spanish Proverb

Silence is a gift.  Allow your soul to catch up with your life by giving your self time in silence.  This gentle silence retreat offers a wide open structure to give you space to explore silence.

 

Weekend Retreats:

After dinner on Friday night, silence will begin. Saturday night dinner will be break silence and enjoy a meal together. Then silence will continue until we will meet for a wrap up conversation on Sunday morning.

Optional activities will be offered including: time on the land with reflective practices, and art supplies are available in the Gathering Room. Spread out throughout the Nancy Nelson Lake House or enjoy your private bedroom.

Day Programs:

Please bring lunch and a beverage.  We do have a refrigerator for your use and a kitchenette with coffee and tea available. Dress comfortably. Silent times along with brief facilitated conversations to open and close the day.

Facilitated  by Nicole Rasmussen

In the depth of silence, we hear the irresistible call of Life. Unknown

“Today walking the labyrinth slowed my head down. I want to take time to be SILENT in such a way that I don’t have to schedule it—it becomes part of my life.” Guest

Upcoming Events

Day of Silence

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Day of Silence

Thursday, January 19th, 2022

Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $30

Silence Weekend Retreat

January 27-29, 2023

Friday 4 pm - Sunday 12pm
Cost: $150

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. 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. Please take the nature activities and the things you learn home with you to share with your family and friends. It’s fun!

Days: Please bring lunch and a beverage.  We do have a refrigerator for your use and a kitchenette with coffee and tea available. Dress comfortably.

Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

I am going home with skills, e.g. slowing down, observing, enjoying flowers, and knowing flowers have something to tell you. Guest

“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

Returning Summer 2023

Self Guided Reflected Walks

The gates to Charlson Meadows are opening for private time on the land.  Explore solo or bring a friend for a walk on the trails through the woods.

Meet at the chalet to collect a map with guided reflection questions and optional activities and finish up with beverages around the fire.

Dress for the outdoors.

Guided tours of the Lake House are available upon request.

As the weather changes, we will add snow shoes and kick sleds to the fun!

 

Allow nature's peace to flow into as sunshine flows into trees.

-John Muir

Upcoming Events

Reflective Walk in the Woods

Free

Select preferred date and time:

Monday, November 7th, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monday, November 7th, 2022

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monday, December 5th, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Consider bringing a gift for Toys for Tots!

Monday, December 5th, 2022

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Consider bringing a gift for Toys for Tots!

Futures Dates:

Monday, January 9th

Monday, February 6th

Intuition Retreat

Most people are living on the periphery of their lives. Intuition invites you into the center. Willis Harman
Intimacy with life is the foundation of intuition.  Common descriptions of intuitive experiences include fun, belonging, purpose, creativity, insights, and awe.  Join us as we explore:
  • Intuition and intimacy skills
  • Emotional Intuition
  • Intellectual Intuition
  • Creative Intuition
  • Experiential intuition
  • Spiritual intuition
Please bring in books, poems, stories, music, or other things that impacted you or helped you in your life journey.
Day Programs:
Please bring lunch and a beverage.  We do have a refrigerator for your use and a kitchenette with coffee and tea available. Dress comfortably.
Facilitated by Sharon Franquemont

Upcoming Events

Returning Summer 2023

Volunteer in the Giving Garden

If you would be interested in volunteering in the Giving Garden, email Renee@cmeadows.org to be added to her email list to be informed of opportunities to help.

Bee Blitz

Join us as we document the variety of bees at Charlson Meadows.  We will be using the iNaturalist app found in your preferred app store. (Consider experimenting with it before you arrive.) During each session, we will walk through the land capturing pictures and details to send to a national registry for bees to be used for research.

This informal event led by Renee, our Facilities Operations Manager.

Upcoming Events

Check back summer of 2023 for more special events.