Pine Song Retreat 2024


July 12, 2024 - July 14, 2024    
All Day

Event Type

4 Corners UU Retreat at Pine Song
July 12 – 14, 2024

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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 $75 full weekend
  • Teens $25 full weekend
  • Children under 12 (with a registered adult) 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.

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Friday, July 12

  • 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 – Julie Wodrun (She/They)

Vespers Service
Where is your elbow? A seemingly silly question that could change your life. How connected are you to your body? Do you notice your body when you are deep in thought, grocery shopping, walking down the street? Do you listen to the physical cues that can guide you to connection and soul understanding?
Let us explore and delight in the connection our bodies offer, while building a foundation of gratitude for the simple ability to move. The first step toward liberation begins with a brave step toward personal movement. Let’s create a space for this step by being vulnerable, willing, and present in our beautiful bodies.

  • 8:30 pm Game night in the Pavilion

Saturday, July 13

  • 8-9 am Registration and catered hot breakfast
  • 9:30 am–12 pm: Workshop – Julie Wolfrum

Before we are born, our hearts beat and our bodies move. We don’t think or talk, yet we fully communicate our needs and wants. Movement is a sacred form of communication that transcends words, bypassing the mind to break free from mental constraints and social pressures. The beauty is… we already dance, we already move, and we already possess the ability to utilize our sacred vessel—if we allow ourselves to do so.
Join us on a journey where we explore everyday yet powerful movements that are intrinsically woven into our daily lives and connect us to the revolutionary realization that our minds can only take us so far without our body’s alliance. We will delight in the simplicity of walking, laugh at the joy of moving our arms, and create space for the discovery of soul connection by immersing our thoughts into our bodies and embracing the precious third element of being.

  • 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 – Entertainer Tim Sullivan will get us singing and dancing!

Sunday, July 14

  • 8:30-9:30 am Continental breakfast provided
  • 10:30 am: Morning worship – Rev Barbara Coeyman- “God is on the Dance Floor”

In the reading for this service, a poem by Chelan Harkin, we hear these words: “The worst thing we ever did / was take the dance and the song / out of prayer / made it sit up straight / and cross its legs.” Let’s close out our Pinesong weekend retreat with embodied experiences of the sacred on the dance floor, as we continue to forge connections with one another, not only with those present at Pinesong but also in the wider community of UUFD. Let’s feel sacred and holy connections in our hearts and souls and voices and elbows.

*Please bring your own plates, cups, and utensils in keeping with our environmentally friendly values. A washing station will be available.


Saturday, July 13

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

Look forward to activities such as:
Hiking and nature walks
Painting joyful scenery
Creating and performing a play
Building and cultivating connections in the beautiful outdoors
After lunch, a dance and movement workshop with retreat leader Julie Woldrun

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.

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Julie Woldrun M.A.
Julie Woldrun M.A.

Retreat leader Julie Wolfrum M.A. (She/They), as seasoned Dance Instructor/ Professor and Educator in such institutions as the University of Northern Colorado, Stanley British Primary School and the Jefferson Unitarian Church, finds her journey illuminated by the transformative power of movement. Her path is one of service and activism, where dance becomes a conduit for social, emotional, physical, and spiritualchange. As a founding member of SoShe’s DAnce Collective, she has created spaces for artistic exploration and growth, fostering connections that transcend boundaries. In her role as a teacher and spiritual guide she continues to inspire and uplift, nurturing generations of movers, activists and fabulous humans.

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.

Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan

Singer/Songwriter Tim Sullivan is a longtime member and supporter of the Durango Unitarian Universalist Church. Tim has been a featured performer with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Tammy Wynette and Glen Campbell. He has entertained at venues across the country and will delight us with his music on Saturday night.


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 electri

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.


Please fill out the registration form and make your payment here