ReUUnion PrePacket

Hey folks!

Thank you for registering for Spring Retreat 2012: ReUUnion. If you’re getting this email, it means the retreat is almost here! Go you!

A few things to note:

  1. The big difference between this and cons: no official touchgroups or workshops. Nothing is stopping you from organizing your own, as long as it is respectful of the park’s rules (and ours)! As to why this is a retreat and not a con… we neglected to pick a dean at the last con, and nobody stepped up.
  2. The retreat is at a state park and therefore has quiet hours! This does not mean that you have to go to bed at 10pm, but it does mean that we won't be having a dance.
  3. The yurts are not prepared with dishes or silverware or sheets/pillows. Please bring your own non-breakable bowl, cup/mug, plate, fork, spoon, butter knife, as well as a sleeping bag or sheets, etc.
  4. The camp has restrooms and showers, so bring your toiletries!
  5. If you have a tarp, this would be quite helpful to cover the cooking fire in case it rains more than expected.
  6. If you have a tent or firewood, even if you aren’t planning on using it, it would be much appreciated if you’d bring it! We have two tent sites and will likely have extra tent space. It will let people spread out more at night.

The retreat will be held right on the beach at
Cape Disappointment State Park (B Sites)
244 Robert Gray Dr SW,
Ilwaco, WA 98624


Registration will open at 7pm.
Orientation will be at 9pm. Be sure to arrive before then!

There will be not be dinner on Friday night, but there will be some amount of snacks available (tentatively, jerky and granola bars). There will be three meals on Saturday, and a small breakfast Sunday, with an optional group brunch at Don’s Portside Café/Pizzeria. If you feel so inclined, you are welcome to bring additional snacks for yourself or to share, but please be sure to keep snacks in the yurts in case of raccoons.


Things to bring

  • Your awesome self
  • Plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, water bottle. Bonus for the washable variety. We will have tape and sharpies for marking what is yours. We’ll have some extras made of dead trees, but we’d prefer to be sustainable.
  • Flashlight (for safety and for worship)
  • If you’re interested in yoga, bring something you can stretch comfortably in
  • Sleeping bag/sheets/blanket, pillows. The yurts are heated and have mattresses, but no sheets, blankets, or pillows.
  • Sleeping mattress (optional) – Each yurt has 3 mattresses (2 doubles and one twin top bunk). There will be a minimum of 5 guaranteed single beds, plus some tent space. If you would like to be the sole occupant in a bed, you might consider bringing a sleeping mat or twin-sized air mattress as a backup.
  • Tents (optional). We will have space for 1-3 more tents, and will have 2 tents set up. While the primary sleeping space is in the yurts, we do have two tent sites reserved.
  • Toiletries. There are showers available!
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes – It’s Spring, but in Washington, that means it’s still half-winter. The forecast is giving a low of 56, high of 64. Showers likely.
  • Firewood and common sense. Each yurt has a fire pit. We’ll also be using them to boil water / cook dinner. Extra firewood will help! That said, please only light fires if you know what you're doing. (potential faux-workshop idea: safe fire building!)
  • Board games, cards, musical instruments (remember, quiet hours start at 10), other things for free time.
  • Any medications, etc.
  • Changes of clothes
  • Snacks

 

Things not to bring

  • Pets
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Firearms/Weapons
  • Violence
  • Camp trailers
  • A closed mind

 

Transportation/Carpools:

Kat Schmidt is in the process of working out carpools. If you haven’t heard from her, you’ll likely get a call from her in the next few days. You’re also welcome to email her at radiance1989@gmail.com . Please note that we are limited by the site to a maximum of six vehicles! If you absolutely must drive separately, they charge $10/night for extra parking.

On the day of the retreat, if you have transportation questions/emergencies, please call Kat Schmidt (541) 513-0141.

If she doesn’t answer (she might not before 2pm), give James Porter a call (206) 579-0621.


Driving Directions:

 

From Seattle:                     Take I-5 south to Olympia, SR 8 west to Montesano. From there, take U.S. Hwy. 101 south to Long Beach Peninsula.

From Portland:                  Take I-5 north to Longview, then SR 4 west to U.S. Hwy. 101. Then drive south to Long Beach Peninsula. Follow signs to Ilwaco and the park.


Tentative Schedule

As you may notice, other than meals, worship, and the talent show, there’s a whole lot of free time! What are you supposed to do with that free time? Well, whatever you want to. Impromptu workshops and discussion groups are highly encouraged. We will allow time during meals to announce plans for free time. Some ideas: long walks on the beach, music related activities, board/card games, homework time, taking a hike... the possibilities are not endless, but they're not exactly limited.


Friday
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7pm                       Registration
9pm                       Welcome to the Reuunion
9:30pm                 Evening Worship
10pm                     Quiet hours start!

Saturday
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8:30am                 Breakfast
9:30am                 Morning Worship
12pm                     Lunch
~3:30pm              Talent/No-talent
6pm                       Dinner
9:30pm                 Evening Worship
10pm                     Quiet hours in effect

Sunday
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7:00am                 Mini-Breakfast
8:00am                 Worship / Closing circle
~9am                     Brunch at Don’s Portside Café/Pizzeria (303 1st Ave South, Ilwaco) in nearby Ilwaco, for people who want to eat out
1pm                       We absolutely have to be off site. Feel free to hang out until then!



As always, if you have any questions, you can reach me at pnwuuya@gmail.com or on my cell at (206) 795-9228.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!
-Dylan Horkin
PNWUUYA Con Coordinator, ReUUnion Event/Meal Planner
(206) 795-9228