Creative Community Spaces, Jan. 2016 Retreat

Creative Community Spaces

What are creative community spaces? Those places where people of all ages can come together for food, dance, theater, music, song, crafts, and conversation, for starters. Creative community spaces help us thrive at every age! What creative community spaces do you long for, or are grateful to have in your life?

Join us for a retreat at Shalom Hill Farm, January 8-10, 2016 in the style of Hopework’s first non-profit, self-organized retreats. We will spend the weekend forming and enjoying a community, sharing meals, conversations, walks on the snowy prairie, and story circles with prompts to bring lift up our past experiences of creative community spaces and what they provide in our lives. Some of these experiences may have been in what Myles Horton calls “islands of decency,” and some not so much but still experiences from which we took important lessons.

My job is to provide opportunities for people to grow (not to make them grow, because no one can do that), to provide a climate which nurtures islands of decency, where people can learn in such a way that they continue to grow. (Horton, The Long Haul, p. 133)

WHEN: Arrive before 6 PM Friday, January 8. Leave by 12 noon Sunday, January 10, 2016.

WHERE: Shalom Hill Farm, a retreat facility near Windom, MN (map) (directions)

COST (per person): Sliding fee scale according to your means

$140 – Cost plus scholarship another
$110 – Cost
$80 – Below cost

    Fee includes:

  • 2 nights lodging in a private room with shared bathroom across the hall
  • 5 home-cooked meals with your assistance (according to ability)
  • Visits with the chickens, sheep, and llama
  • Prairie walks and use of the sauna.


Friday, January 8

1-5 p.m. — Arrive at Shalom Hill Farm, check into private room, and explore
6 p.m. — Evening meal
7:30 p.m. — Gather in the library for a welcome and introduction to the retreat.

Saturday, January 9

7 a.m. — Beverages and breakfast buffet.
9 a.m. — Gather in the library for the morning circle.
12 p.m. — Noon meal.
1 p.m. — Afternoon activity.
6 p.m. — Evening meal
7:30 p.m. — Evening circle in the library

Sunday, January 10

7 a.m. — Beverages and breakfast items buffet.
9 a.m. — Final circle to close the retreat.
12 p.m. — Leave Shalom Hill Farm, lunch on your own enroute home.


This retreat filled to capacity on Dec. 16

Author: Lynn

Contributor of ideas and possibilities for cooperative governance, education, and society; maker, mother, daughter, life partner; lifelong learner.