Fall Retreats Are Happening
Our fiscal year has ended on a high note, as Outdoor Ministry celebrates two in-person retreats. At the beginning of the month was the Women’s Retreat held at Camp Onomia. Our facilitator, Rev. Sandy Johnson, led us in discussions, actions, and creative works around the resilience of women in the Bible and throughout history. Participants left with a sense of their own resilience and how they can tell their stories to the next generation of young people.
Our second annual Women’s Wilderness Retreat at Camp Amnicon was filled with rest, renewal, and a little rain. Spending time on the shore of Lake Superior and taking a lazy canoe ride down the Namegokan River, participants took in the wilds of creation. Once back at camp, good food and conversation kept us going by the campfire; and the Earth sang us to sleep with a rain lullaby.
One of our campers had this to say:
“Going into this retreat I imagined myself having a good time and being able to hang out with my friend that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. I did not expect to experience what I did. I was able to be one with nature as I come from a big city where you cannot experience that much. We had wonderful conversations around the campfire and delicious food. We went canoeing and saw some wildlife. It was truly a feeling of renewal that I think we all needed, and I cannot wait to go back next year!” ~ Kristen Peterson/ Hazel Park UCC, St. Paul