Pine Song Retreat 2023


July 7, 2023 - July 9, 2023    
3:30 PM


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Event Type

4 Corners UU Retreat at Pine Song
July 7-9, 2023

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WHERE: Pine Song on the Pine River, 12758 County Road 501, Bayfield (Vallecito) CO 81122, home of Ken & Lois Carpenter

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FOR:  Four Corners Area UU members, friends, and their guests.

COST: (Limited partial scholarships available; contact

  • Adult, full retreat: $56.50
  • Adult, Saturday only: $36 (includes catered meals)
  • Teen (13-17), full retreat: $20.50
  • Teen, Saturday only: $15
  • Children 12 & under: FREE

NOTE: Volunteers make the retreat happen! Please sign up at check-in to help clean up meals, make coffee, take down and store stage, build or put out the campfire, etc.


Friday, July 7

  • 3:30 pm Retreat area opens for registration and camping set up
  • 6-7 pm Zia Taqueria Taco Bar* (vegetarian and GF options available)
  • 7:30-8 pm Vespers Service. Rev. Dr. clare hamoor: Let’s begin this beautiful weekend with music, poetry and a little magic. This service grows from the poet Ross Gay’s understanding of joy as being “the underground union between us.”
  • 8:30 pm Game night in the Pavilion

Saturday, July 8

  • 8-9 am Registration and catered hot breakfast*
  • 9:30 am–12 pm: Workshop: Joy is an Act of Resistance, Rev. Dr. clare hammoor: How might a joyful experience in beloved community interrupt and disorient and reimagine? This workshop is rooted in the belief that joy is the work of resisting the individual day to day and instead choosing magic, together. Dive into an interactive exploration which invites us to splash in the work and magic of joy through presence and play. 
  • 12:30 – 1:15 pm Bring your own picnic lunch*
  • 1:30–3 pm “Unworkshops”: Consider offering an activity or skill.
  • 3:15–5 pm Free Time
  • 5-6 pm Social Hour – Lemonade, iced tea, or bring your own beverage. Consider bringing an appetizer to share.*
  • 6-7 pm Potluck Dinner* – Please bring an entrée, side dish, or dessert.
  • 7:30-10 pm Live Music for all ages in Pavilion!

Sunday, July 9

  • 8:30-9:30 am Continental breakfast provided*
  • 10:30 am: Morning worship: “Joy and Delight in Covenanted Community,” Rev. Barbara Coeyman, Sheryl Guy: Let’s express our joy and delight in being together as a covenanted community, represented by our connections through poetry, art, stories, and sharing the calm and quiet of meditation. As we near the conclusion of this retreat weekend, we will also join together with the UUFD choir in joyful music-making.
*Please bring your own plates, cups, and utensils in keeping with our environmentally friendly values. A washing station will be available.


  • Check-in at blue tent 9:00-9:15 am
  • Check out 3:30 pm


  • Activities will be led by Harrison Wendt (Youth Programming Coordinator) and Nikki Bauer (Sunday Teacher)
  • Improv games and team building
  • Hiking and nature walks
  • Painting joyful scenery
  • Creating story books
  • Creating and performing a play
  • Building and cultivating connections in the beautiful outdoors
  • 3:30 p.m. Middle and High School Youth Field Trip to Vallecito Lake

Please note:

  • All children and teens should bring a sack lunch, water bottle, tennis shoes, hat, jacket, and sunscreen. Water refill station will be provided.
  • Children under 18 need a designated adult present at the retreat.


Rev Dr clare hammoor
Rev. Dr clare hammoor

Rev. Dr. clare hammoor is a collaborative educator and theatre-maker committed to justice and joy, with experience teaching, directing, and devising in universities, public and private schools, professional theaters, and prisons. He is the Performance and Pedagogy Consultant for the DU Prison Arts Initiative. He holds doctorate and MA from NYU, a BA in Theatre and Religious Studies from Indiana University, is an ordained interfaith minister through The New Seminary, and is a certified advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner. He is currently earning his Masters of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology and is the Ministerial Intern at Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Loveland, Colorado.

Rev. Barbara Coeyman
Rev. Barbara Coeyman

Host minister Rev. Barbara Coeyman is a trained, credentialed, experienced interim minister, having worked with and built valuable perspective from her interim work in eight other congregations from the east coast to Littleton here in Colorado since 2005. In addition to her ministerial degree, she has three degrees in music, including a Ph.D. in musicology and a master’s in public management. She is a hiker and a biker, contra- and Scottish dancer, writer, UU historian, and volunteer musician in a wide range of UU events.


The Pavilion with tables and chairs, potable water, electricity, and a serving counter will be headquarters for meals and adult programs. Smaller shelters will serve for child care and children’s activities. Portable johns will be available. Participants may camp at Pine Song, stay in local facilities or drive from home each day.

Go to Vallecito Lake Chamber for Vallecito Lake accommodations, including trailer and motor home hook-ups. For accommodations at the lake, make reservations as early as possible.

What to bring
In keeping with our environmentally friendly values, please bring your own dishes, cups, and utensils. A dishwashing station will be available. We suggest a flashlight, hat, jacket, rain gear, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Bring your nametag from church, beverages (other than water, coffee, iced tea and lemonade), a dish to share for Saturday’s dinner, and a camp chair or mat to sit on around the campfire. Outdoor and board games are welcome. Please do NOT bring inner tubes or rafts. The river is very swift, cold and deep. Bring fly fishing gear if you want to fish in the river (catch and release only). You will need a valid Colorado fishing license.

Will your dog be happy on a leash at all times? Friendly dogs are welcome. Pick up waste promptly, please.

Hot dishes may be heated on the pavilion counter in your crockpot or electric skillet, but additional cooking facilities are not available.

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Directions to Pine Song

Directions to Pine Song, home of Lois and Ken Carpenter, 12758 County Rd. 501, Bayfield, Co 81122.  Landline phone is 970-884-9722.  There is not much cell reception on Pine Song property except at the house.

From Durango–Take County Road 240 (aka Florida Rd.) about 16 mi. until it tees into County Rd. 50l.  Turn left onto CR 501 toward Vallecito.  In 4 miles find the Pine Song gate on your right.  It will be open and a retreat sign on the gate/mailbox.  Follow signs on the property 3/4 mile to the pavilion, river, parking, etc.

(If GPS tells you to turn right on Deer Trail Lane, that is too soon.  Keep going a bit farther on CR 501 until you see the Pine Song gate.)

From Bayfield–From the traffic light on US 160 turn north toward Vallecito onto County Rd. 501.  Drive 12 3/4 miles to 12758 County Rd. 501 where you will see the Pine Song gate.  As above, do not turn down Deer Trail Lane.  Keep going on CR 501 until you reach the Pine Song gate, turn right and follow signs to the pavilion.


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