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Spring is full of energy… yes, outside as flowers bloom and birds migrate, but inside the Wilderness Wind office as well. Each day can involve:

♦ a call for a Lakeside cabin booking or a canoe trip

♦ interviewing possible summer staff

♦ board committees making plans for the summer

♦ or volunteers letting me know when they can help at camp.

You can participate in this summer as well (click on the links for more information):

♦ there is room in the canoe trip and Lakeside schedule for additional participants

♦ Join the birder’s retreat  June 14th-19th

♦ Join a father/son fishing trip scheduled for July 4th-9th

♦ Paddle in the Paddle-a-thon on August 6th.

♦  Laugh and create with the Creator’s Retreat, September 2nd- 5th

♦ Join us for all or part of the Work and Play fest from September 7th-11th.

♦ Volunteer for a few days or a week. Wilderness Wind has been shaped by volunteers in such life-giving ways that it is hard to imagine what a summer would be like without them. Cooks, office assistance, and assistance with buildings and maintenance are always needed.

♦ Follow us on Facebook.

We hope to see you in the north country.


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(Note: see our updated website for more information about the upcoming 2011 programmed retreats at Wilderness Wind: including a Birding Retreat, Fishing Retreat, Creator’s Retreat, and a Work and Play Fest. Something for everyone!)


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Writer’s Retreat 2010:

In June last summer a group of eight aspiring writers gathered together by the shores of little Lake Armstrong, on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, for an intentional time apart. Facilitated by authors Julia Kasdorf and Jeff Gundy, the retreat offered participants breathing space and quiet: to explore, to listen, to share, to eat, to tease, and above all, to do the thing they loved most – to create with words.

Here is a glimpse of their time together:

Near Ely

The first morning on the lake
Near Ely,
The rain has stopped and left
The surface to rest.
Passing with nameless hope
The last wisp of fog skates
Voiceless away.
No embellishment.
Offering what is.
This morning, this day,
This water.

-Poem by participant Ron Sears


Stacie VanEvery reflected:

“An outdoor dinner in good company, washing dishes in a simple metal basin,
sharing stories with new friends. The writer’s retreat weekend at Wilderness
Wind was an opportunity to escape from the demands of everyday life, if just
for a few days.

The creative group of writers encouraged me to think outside of the box. I
am not a poet. I have never claimed to be a poet. Yet I found myself
surrounded by a group of people whose words were fluid, engaging and thought
provoking. I experienced new ways of approaching creativity which helped me
with my own writing.

The solitude I found at Wilderness Wind was just what I needed to recharge.
The location was beautiful – wildlife, fresh air, and a rustic little home
away from home called Wehonnay.”

Going Micro

Lichen and bugs,
Pine cones smaller than your thumb.
Cracks in the rock,
Needles everywhere.
Looking down, lying low,
Face to the earth
Is another way to know
And believe.

– Ron Sears, at the Sigurd Olson cabin
Ely, Minnesota

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