"Women, Woods and Wisdom"
Eco-Spirituality Dogsledding Retreat
February 7-10, 2013
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge
Imagine the thrill of gliding through the northwoods behind a team of dogs, warming yourself up next to a roaring fire as the wind howls outside, and engaging in meaningful conversation with other women. What's not to love?! This 4 day adventure includes time for reflection, prayer and discussion about our lives. Come to explore and experience the connection of the Holy and the natural world. Give yourself the gift of time and join us for this exciting retreat in the woods!
Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge was co-founded in 1987 by SJU alum Paul Schurke ’77 and is located on White Iron Lake near the Boundary Waters. Schurke is best known for his 1986 trailblazing expedition to the North Pole with artic explorer Will Steiger and their dogsledding team. Wintergreen Lodge is the world’s most foremost recreational dog sledding center and the only known resort in the world exclusively devoted to dog mushing. It has been featured by PBS, the Travel Channel and National Geographic to name a few and is continuously ranked among the top adventure lodges in the nation.
"Women, Woods and Wisdom" is the theme for our adventure and our spiritual guide will be Molly Weyrens. Molly has been guiding groups of women since her first canoe trip more than 25 years ago. She is a seeker who enjoys filling her days with meaningful conversation, learning and outdoor adventure. Molly is currently Director of Faith Formation at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish in Princeton, Minn. and recently completed her MDiv degree from Saint John's School of Theology. She looks forward to continued adventures and laughter with good people along the trail.
Age and Experience: People ages 5-85 have enjoyed this adventure trip. Most guests have never dogsledded before (and some have never even seen snow!). No experience or special gear is needed. Clothing and gear available for rent.
Fitness and Health: Dog sledding accommodates persons of virtually any fitness level. However, if you are seriously out-of-shape (for example, if you find walking a mile to be exhausting), then this trip may be too challenging. This adventure trip is ideal for those who have basic fitness (that is, if you could walk 2-3 miles without much difficulty). Wintergreen is also able to accommodate any dietary requests and various health conditions and disabilities.
Registration: Space is very limited. Participants must be 18 years or older. This trip is open to alumnae of CSB and their female friends. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRIP IS NON-REFUNDABLE DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS.
Transportation: Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Ely. However, we'll facilitate group transportation from the College of Saint Benedict for those who are interested. Please mark your preference on the registration form.
Cost: $675 (Includes meals, lodging, guides, dog teams/gear, Wolf Center tickets, trail fees, etc.)