Pine Song Retreat


July 8, 2022 - July 10, 2022    
12:00 AM


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Pine Song
12758 CR 501, Bayfield, CO, 81122

Event Type

4 Corners UU Retreat at Pine Song
July 8-10, 2022

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

FOR: UU members & friends and their guests.
 Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID and health precautions, this year we have made the difficult decision to limit attendance to UUFD members, their guests, and friends only. We look forward to welcoming back visitors from outside congregations in 2023.

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


Friday, July 8

  • 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. Munro Sickafoose
  • 8:30 pm Game night in the pavilion

Saturday, July 9

  • 8-9 am Registration and catered hot breakfast*
  • 9-9:30 Children and youth check in at blue tent
  • 9:30 am–12 pm Workshop “Connecting to create the environmental future we desire” Heidi Steltzer, Coordinator for the Environmental Science Degree Program and FLC Professor of Biology: How we approach transformative change for ourselves and our world can shift the nature of what is possible, summoning energy and fostering connection and cooperation. Together we will explore the difficult feelings that arise due to the damaging environmental changes taking place on our planet. We’ll reflect on values that underlie these difficult feelings and explore actions we can take towards changing systems that constrain our future. Through individual and collective commitment to act, we can create a future consistent with our core values.
  • 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
  • 3:30 Children and youth check out
  • 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 10

  • 8:30-9:30 am Continental breakfast provided*
  • 10:30 am Morning worship: “So that the People May Live,” Rev. Munro Sickafoose: What are we willing to sacrifice for the greater good? How do we give as much or more than we take? What are the boundaries we will not cross, even if we are in great need? The underlying principle to all of these questions is that of self-control; the ability to defer gratification; the ability to place the needs of the whole and the greater good ahead of one’s own selfish interests. How might we do that in our world – and the world to come?
*Please bring your own plates, cups and utensils in keeping with our environmentally friendly values. A washing station will be available.


  • Saturday, July 9: Check-in 9:30 am / Check out 3:30 pm
  • Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers ages 0-2 years.
  • 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.


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 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 washing 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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