Are you missing the richly authentic spiritually rooted community of Amnicon when you’re back home in the greater Twin Cities? If so, you are invited to join in for a monthly Amnicon Twin Cities: Community Campfire Convo. “Convo.” referring to both conversation as well as convocation (a gathering of people). Each month is an opportunity to connect with the broader Amnicon Community around a fire year-round. Come and engage your spirit with genuine friendships some of which were kindled in the north woods and some new, but all sustained around the fires of God’s grace and authentic community back home.
Thursday, October 13th – 7:00-9:30pm – Bethany & Brendan Ringdal’s Backyard (Click Here to Request their Address)
Thursday, November 3rd – 7:00-9:30pm – Location TBD
Thursday, December 1st – 7:00-9:30pm – Location TBD
No RSVP Necessary
Our monthly gatherings with be facilitated by Dr. Chris Johnson, a proud alumnus of the Camp Amnicon staff (summers of ’83 and ’85)! He is the founder & principal of The Milkweed Group, LLC, whose work is to create safe, courageous spaces that nourish inner wisdom, sharpen clarity of purpose, and fuel capacity to live and lead for the sake of a better world. Previously he was the director of the Center for Vocational Reflection and associate director of the Center for Servant Leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College. He is also co-founder (with his wife Kim) of Prairie Oaks Institute, a nonprofit educational retreat center near Belle Plaine, MN.
The Circle of Trust® approach to holding shared space is based on the work of author, educator, and activist Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal. It is distinguished by principles and practices intended to create a process of shared exploration where people can find safe space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. Guided by a set of “Touchstones” — which include commitments to confidentiality and to avoid “fixing and correcting” one another, trusting your own “inner teacher,” and speaking your truth in ways that honor other people’s truth — Circles of Trust are a life-giving place to reconnect “role and soul,” what you do with who you are.
Wondering if the Community Campfire Convo is for you? We have some guidelines in order to make our time together meaningful for everyone.
- I am 18+ years old
- Whether I have been to Amnicon over 100 times, never been to Amnicon, or somewhere in between
- I can arrive relatively close to the beginning time and stay for the duration
- I am willing to introduce myself to the rest of the group
- I am open to welcoming each person present as a capable and loveable child of God
- I am looking forward to some good small-talk with other people I know but can focus on the facilitator and group conversation when invited to do so
- I am open to being invited to share/speak but know that I am never forced to do so
- I can listen without feeling the need to speak
- Whether I am a spiritual/religious/faithful person, not at all, or somewhere in between
- I am not seeking right or wrong answers
- I am able to be present without feeling the need to fix or save other people in the group
- I am willing to sit in silence for a period of time