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The Winter Camper 2008

20070123105143.jpg Outside is blanketed in white. Inside it’s time to reflect, keeping the tone of camp in our heads as we drift further and further away from our summer days. As the long days of summer become the shorter days of fall we have so much to do, to catch up on from our absence at home. We are busy finishing up the loose ends of camp, excited and busy seeing friends and family who we haven’t seen in months and Thanksgiving is sort of the culmination of that “reentry” period we go through each year. As camp professionals our friends think of us as those folks who disappear each summer and return just the opposite of all our friends – we are tired and invigorated by the summer friends, the outside work, the 24/7 way of life we live throughout the summer. We arrive home missing family and friends, house and homes, cooking and cleaning, we enjoy having personal time and privacy and a beginning and end of the day where each day actually feels like a Day, not a Week!

We are truly thankful for all the year has brought – the cycle of preparing, running camp, reentering our lives in the towns where our kids go to school and setting up the “winter” office. Almost before we know it fall becomes winter and we are into the swing of “off-season”, setting the stage for the summer to come!

As the days grow shorter and the daylight lessens we shift into the very same frame of mind as our friends, family, neighbors and ancestors as far back as one can imagine…we begin searching for light. We look to places other than the sun to illuminate our days. We no longer fear that the sun is going out, we are beyond that, BUT we cannot ignore that we are indeed affected at a very deep and subconscious level of a lesser amount of sun and sunny disposition at this time of year…SO, hurray for all the holidays in the great religions of the world who take this time of year to add light and meaning to an otherwise dark and melancholy period. Hurray for the people who touch our lives throughout the year and that we appreciate but are too busy to stop and acknowledge both their friendship and special qualities that bind us to one another.

Even in the days of lesser light we can see how important relationships are to each and every one of us. We can actually see more clearly how we cherish the time spent laughing and playing and being in the moment at places like camp. In the sun we are too busy just enjoying, in the winter we can savor those times and gain insights as we reflect.

I have to say that it is now when I miss camp the most; it is when I am furthest away from all the folks I have come to enjoy the most. Making camp a way of life puts one in the position of really liking people one only gets to see one week a year – not a bad way to self-impose a sense of appreciation! So, here’s to seeing you as Elvis and completely evolved, laughing at campfire, swimming from point to point and beyond, hiking the trails and down to NorthStar Lodge, passing the Tabasco sauce at dinner, and helping to crack that lobster claw! Here’s to days growing longer and being in the moment. Here’s to family, friends, co-workers and all the lights that illuminate how precious this life truly is!

Winter wishes of a happy Hanukah, merry Christmas, enduring Diwali, enlightening Bodhi Day, prosperous Eid, wonderful Kwanzaa , healthy New Year and a winter full of snow for skiing, just enough cold to keep the snow, and warmth inside for all!

Holly

PS- A few summer 2008 notes…Two new retreats have been added this year that maybe of interest to Medomak alumni. In August a men’s (3rd - 9th) retreat, Guys' Pursuits: From the primitive to the modern, as well as a women’s retreat (10th - 16th) have been planned. Our fourth annual knitters retreat is again scheduled for July 28 – August 3. Our good friend, Tom Wessels, also returns this summer for his fourth year to present Reading the Landscape- A Connection to Place July 29- August 3. Last year’s retreat sold out so make plans early! For information on any of these workshops go to
http://www.medomakcamp.com/programs.phptoll
Camp registration is moving along. Some weeks are close to being full. If you are interested in our 2008 sessions give us a call! Our free number is 866-633-6625.




20070123103210.jpg Outside is blanketed in white. Inside it’s time to reflect, keeping the tone of camp in our heads as we drift further and further away from our summer days. As the long days of summer become the shorter days of fall we have so much to do, to catch up on from our absence at home. We are busy finishing up the loose ends of camp, excited and busy seeing friends and family who we haven’t seen in months and Thanksgiving is sort of the culmination of that “reentry” period we go through each year. As camp professionals our friends think of us as those folks who disappear each summer and return just the opposite of all our friends – we are tired and invigorated by the summer friends, the outside work, the 24/7 way of life we live throughout the summer. We arrive home missing family and friends, house and homes, cooking and cleaning, we enjoy having personal time and privacy and a beginning and end of the day where each day actually feels like a Day, not a Week!

We are truly thankful for all the year has brought – the cycle of preparing, running camp, reentering our lives in the towns where our kids go to school and setting up the “winter” office. Almost before we know it fall becomes winter and we are into the swing of “off-season”, setting the stage for the summer to come!

As the days grow shorter and the daylight lessens we shift into the very same frame of mind as our friends, family, neighbors and ancestors as far back as one can imagine…we begin searching for light. We look to places other than the sun to illuminate our days. We no longer fear that the sun is going out, we are beyond that, BUT we cannot ignore that we are indeed affected at a very deep and subconscious level of a lesser amount of sun and sunny disposition at this time of year…SO, hurray for all the holidays in the great religions of the world who take this time of year to add light and meaning to an otherwise dark and melancholy period. Hurray for the people who touch our lives throughout the year and that we appreciate but are too busy to stop and acknowledge both their friendship and special qualities that bind us to one another.

Even in the days of lesser light we can see how important relationships are to each and every one of us. We can actually see more clearly how we cherish the time spent laughing and playing and being in the moment at places like camp. In the sun we are too busy just enjoying, in the winter we can savor those times and gain insights as we reflect.

I have to say that it is now when I miss camp the most; it is when I am furthest away from all the folks I have come to enjoy the most. Making camp a way of life puts one in the position of really liking people one only gets to see one week a year – not a bad way to self-impose a sense of appreciation! So, here’s to seeing you as Elvis and completely evolved, laughing at campfire, swimming from point to point and beyond, hiking the trails and down to NorthStar Lodge, passing the Tabasco sauce at dinner, and helping to crack that lobster claw! Here’s to days growing longer and being in the moment. Here’s to family, friends, co-workers and all the lights that illuminate how precious this life truly is!

Winter wishes of a happy Hanukah, merry Christmas, enduring Diwali, enlightening Bodhi Day, prosperous Eid, wonderful Kwanzaa , healthy New Year and a winter full of snow for skiing, just enough cold to keep the snow, and warmth inside for all!

Holly

PS- A few summer 2008 notes…Two new retreats have been added this year that maybe of interest to Medomak alumni. In August a men’s (3rd - 9th) retreat, Guys' Pursuits: From the primitive to the modern, as well as a women’s retreat (10th - 16th) have been planned. Our fourth annual knitters retreat is again scheduled for July 28 – August 3. Our good friend, Tom Wessels, also returns this summer for his fourth year to present Reading the Landscape- A Connection to Place July 29- August 3. Last year’s retreat sold out so make plans early! For information on any of these workshops go to
http://www.medomakcamp.com/programs.phptoll
Camp registration is moving along. Some weeks are close to being full. If you are interested in our 2008 sessions give us a call! Our free number is 866-633-6625.
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"We enjoyed picking wild blueberries -what a treat, hiking to see Perry and Jitterbug (the camp cows), the Imposter game was a BIG hit, and my husband had a great time fishing as he caught an abundance of fish! It is so nice to go away and relax, learn something new and be quiet with nature. Thanks for the happy memories!

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