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Climate Change Retreat

Climate Change, Our Actions, Our Spiritual Journeys

Intergenerational Retreat sponsored by Waysmeet Quaker Center

5PM Friday May 4 through 1PM Sunday May 6, 2007

Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek WI (near Eau Claire).

We know that our physical sustenance depends on ecosystems that have developed and are dependent on stable climate systems. We are learning how greatly our daily lives and habits affect those systems. The frightening extent of predicted changes deeply affects our emotions and our spiritual lives.

This weekend retreat for families and individuals of all ages will be an opportunity to examine all these facets of climate change and to identify ways we can move forward with positive actions. The program will include a mix of presentations & discussion; art, music, and hands-on activities; and time for self-examination and reflection.

Schedule below the fold...

Tentative Schedule

The weekend will provide a mix of structured group activities and individual or family free time, including outdoor hikes, games, art, intergenerational sharing, worship, and discussion. Details of the activities and times will be flexible, but the overall schedule will look something like this:

Friday :

Late afternoon: Arrive and get to know the camp

6:00 Supper: Bring your own food

7:00 Welcome, Introductions (all of us)

Intergenerational art and sharing: Our connections to the earth (Kathleen)


7:30 Breakfast and cleanup

9:00 Science of Climate Change (presentation, time for Q&A/ discussion) David Houghton

10:30 Intergenerational Worship-sharing with art materials: Our responses to this information (Kathleen)

12:00 Lunch and cleanup

1:00 Carbon Footprint exercise (David Abazs)

3:00 Free time, Choice of activities including

Hike to Big Falls, led by Bryce


Visit the nature center, shorter hikes on mapped trails there

? cook stone soup for supper

Other individual activities, conversations, etc.

6:00 Supper

7:30 Abazs family slide show/ presentation: US energy production

9:30 Free time, story-telling, singing, Sleep.


7:30 Breakfast and chores

9:00 Intergenerational First Day School: Moving forward: What can we do next?

10:30 Meeting for Worship (at the Nature Center?-- we'd have to ask about reserving the space)

Children's activities

12:00 Lunch, Cleanup, Departure.


April 27, 2007 - 9:24am