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Nature Retreat

Ness Creek

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Come and join us on September 27-29 for a relaxing fall weekend at the Ness Creek Site near Big River, SK to spend time in the forest.

The schedule will include much free time for wandering and wondering, but will have opportunities for a guided walk, some nature art-making, and campfire chats.

Accommodations are rustic cabins (with electric heaters), there are shared bathroom facilities, and all meals are included.

The Ness Creek Site is home to 20 km of trails offering retreat participants the opportunity to really get out there and explore nature.

Limited capacity: max 30 participants

Directions: http://www. nesscreekmusicfestival.com/ directions-and-maps

Dates: Friday, September 27 at 6:00 pm until Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 pm


SaskOutdoors Members $180

Non-Members $220

Children 6-18 $90

Children under 6 Free

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Nature Retreat Draft Schedule (may change)

Friday, September 27

6pm-late: warm meal upon arrival in the cantina/kitchen (participants arrive at various

times), check in to accommodations, review loose schedule for weekend. 

8:30pm: self-led night time star walk, campfire (bring a headlamp!)

Saturday, September 28

8:30am: breakfast

9:30am: morning yoga (outdoors or on stage) or morning walk (yoga led by a voluntary group member, if desired)

11am: group get back together, solo time/visit permaculture garden space

12:00pm: lunch

12:45pm: art & crafting, journaling or quiet time/napping on own

2:00pm: guided forest walk, nature scavenger hunt

6:00pm: supper

7:00pm: campfire, evening presentation TBD

(sauna time, night walks, etc. on own)

Sunday, September 29

8:30am: breakfast

9:30am: morning stretching or morning walk

10:30am: group get back together, group poem writing to wrap up

11:30am: share writing and crafts with one another

12:00pm: lunch

Head for home!


Packing Tips:

  • Bring really warm clothes including toque and mitts as it gets cool and moist in the evenings
  • Headlamp
  • Bring good rain gear
  • Bring art supplies, musical instruments, a journal, a novel, things that you’ve been meaning to make time for
  • Bring a surprise snack that you can surprise the group with
  • Towels and swimsuits to splash in the creek if it is nice or go in the sauna
  • A potty if you are bringing a small kid as the bathrooms are in a different building
  • Bring LOONIES if you want to shower
  • Throw in some extra socks
  • Wear water proof shoes

Our Group poem from 2016 to provide inspiration:

Nature Retreat 2016, NessCreek

I stepped outside into the stillest, purest morning silence.

Trembling aspens dropping golden coins.

Bat Education;

Pretty good, the bat was sleeping.

I like watching the wind blow the trees.

I like meandering through the woods with the children.

Well, I like digging.

Excuse me, Is this where the faeries live?

Exploring the woods, discovering habitats.

I love wind! Watching, kicking, throwing the leaves.

Late night saunas in the pouring rain.

Fresh Air + Silence,

Snow geese making V's, W's, + calling to us that colder weather is coming.

Milk and sucking my hands by the fire is delightful.

Yellow trembling leaves beneath my boots crunching like crisp snow,

Communal Creativity Shared for All.