SPRING WORKBEE #3 (May 5 - 7, 2017): Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor (though if you want to come and pay instead of working, that's allowed too). There is also time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. We start work about 10 am Saturday, after a 9 am breakfast. We usually work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning (and afternoon too, if you like). If you have Friday off and want to come work then, please let us know and we'll be happy to have you. This weekend we'll likely be working on the garden, clearing more camping space for the Buttermilk Jamboree, cutting and moving firewood, cleaning and other tasks to prepare for summer.Enjoy the satisfaction of working along side friends (new and old), good outdoor exercise and a job well done. Call (269-623-5555) or email to let us know you are coming. Exchange your labor for food and lodging! We will be having a May Pole activity sometime during the weekend that workbee volunteers will be able to participate in.

OPEN HOUSE (TBA, 2017): Come see what Circle Pines Center is all about. Meet the staff. Tour the grounds and facilities. Enjoy a campfire and make a s'more. Learn about our summer camp, Buttermilk Jamboree and all the other CPC programs.

SPANISH IMMERSION SPRING (May 19 - 21, 2017): Gather for fun and friends and immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture. Whether you are a native speaker or just a beginner, this weekend is a time to brush up on your skills and share traditional food, songs and stories from Spanish speaking cultures. $130 (Non-Members); $110 (Members); Student and low-income rates and scholarships are available also. Children (4-12) Half Price!

MEMORIAL DAY / SPRING MEMBERSHIP WEEKEND (May 26 - 29, 2017): One of CPC's twice-yearly Membership Meetings (Saturday, at 2pm) is combined with this holiday weekend. Members and guests gather at the waterfront for swimming and boating, hike, folk dance, sauna, make crafts, play games, and engage in many discussions. An opportunity to see and participate in the inner workings of Circle Pines Center through the Membership Meeting. A board election is part of the May Membership meeting.  We'll also have our annual memorial service Sunday morning at 10:30.

SPRING WORKBEE #4 (June 9 - 11, 2017): Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor (though if you want to come and pay instead of working, that's fine too). There is also time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. We start work about 10 am Saturday, after a 9 am breakfast. We usually work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning (and afternoon if you like). If you have Friday off and want to come work then, please let us know and we'll be happy to have you. This weekend we'll likely be working on last minute tasks to prepare for the Buttermilk Jamboree. Enjoy the satisfaction of working along side friends (new and old), good outdoor exercise and a job well done. Call (269-623-5555) or email to let us know you are coming. Exchange your labor for food and lodging!

BUTTERMILK JAMBOREE (June 16 - 18, 2017): The Buttermilk Jamboree celebrates traditional and progressive arts with a common vision of social justice, cooperation and sustainability. Music, art, storytelling and workshops will create an environment of discovery and connection. More information and this year's lineup can be found at buttermilkjamboree.orgA big thank you to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, for their generous financial contribution this year to the Buttermilk Jamboree.

PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE (August 29 - September 4, 2017): An exciting mix of speakers, discussions, demonstrations, and workshops over six days. There will be time to enjoy camp life, and, of course, socializing and laughing with the intellectual stimulation that Circle Pines Center is known for. People's Institute is being organized through the cooperative efforts of members and staff. Individuals and families can register for a portion of the week, or for all seven days.  Click here for more info.

APPLE CIDER / FALL MEMBERSHIP WEEKEND (October 6 - 8, 2017): The second membership meeting of the year (Saturday at 2:00) is combined with picking apples (starting Saturday after breakfast) and pressing them into sweet cider. Two nights and five meals. $130 (non-members); $110 (members). Add $30 for single occupancy room. Lower rates for camping and staying in unit cabins. Student and low-income rates are available. Children (4-12) are half price! Single meals are $10/adult.

"EQUITABLE PIONEERS" CO-OP FALL RETREAT (Oct 13 - 15, 2017):Take this weekend to get away from it all to connect with nature's wonderland and other co-op friends from near and far. Bring a friend, your family, or just come solo and enjoy this lovely season and talk about co-ops. We'll fill you with great locally sourced foods. Call or email to register today! Two nights and five meals. $130 (non-members); $120 (members of other co-ops) $110 (CPC members). Add $30 for single occupancy room. Student and low-income rates and scholarships are available also. Lower rates for rustic cabins or camping. Children (4-12) are half price.

SPANISH IMMERSION FALL (Oct 20 -22, 2017): Gather for fun and friends and immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture. Whether you are a native speaker or a beginner, this weekend is a time to brush up on your skills and share traditional food, songs and stories from Spanish speaking cultures. Two nights and five meals. $130 (non-members); $110 (members); Student and low-income rates and scholarships are available also. Children (4-12) are half price!

FALL WORKBEE #1 (TBA): Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor. Worker bees are welcome to arrive Friday evening and we start work Saturday morning after breakfast. We work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning. Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon are free time. This weekend we'll be clearing land for the Buttermilk Jamboree, working in the CPC garden, trimming trails for cross country skiing, cutting, splitting, moving and stacking firewood, and other tasks to get us prepared for the winter. Enjoy the satisfaction of working along side friends (new and old), good outdoor exercise and a job well done. Call (269-623-5555) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you are coming. Exchange your labor for food and lodging!

THANKSGIVING DINNER & WEEKEND (November 22 – 26, 2017): Join CPC for a traditional Thanksgiving potluck feast on Thanksgiving Day at 5PM (suggested donation of $10/adult, $7.50/student or low-income, $5/child (4-12), plus a dish to pass). CPC provides locally raised turkey, home-made stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, coffee, tea, sparkling juice and organic whipped cream. You and the other guests provide the salads, vegetables, breads, rolls, desserts and other dishes you'd like to share. Let us know if you'll need to use the kitchen to prepare your dish or keep it warm or cold. Come early, as we have miles of trails to hike (wear orange or use one of our orange vests as it is deer hunting season). Bring musical instruments if you like. Please RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 269-623-5555. Lodging and meals are available from Wednesday evening to Sunday lunch.

FALL WORKBEE #2 (TBA): Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor. This weekend we'll be working on cutting, splitting, moving and stacking firewood, clearing land for the Buttermilk Jamboree, trimming trails for cross country skiing, cleaning or other tasks to get us prepared for the winter. You are welcome to arrive Friday evening and we start work Saturday morning after breakfast. We work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning. Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon are free time. Enjoy the satisfaction of working along side friends (new and old), good outdoor exercise and a job well done.  Call (269-623-5555) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you are coming. Exchange your labor for food and lodging!

NEW YEARS GETAWAY (Dec 29, 2017 - January 2, 2018): Open to all! Come out to Circle Pines for an all age New Years Getaway. Have an extended stay at CPC! We will be heralding in the new year and bidding farewell to the old with good food, good company, and more than a little good old fashioned fun! Wake up to yoga followed by hot breakfast among friends. In the afternoons, join us for a sled, ski or hike, depending on the weather. Check the forcast and pack accordingly - especially if you have skis! We are planning a long ski or hike down the North Country Scenic Trail. By night we'll wind down with popcorn and a movie, a campfire or star gazing, or a steam in the lakeside sauna. The main event, New Year's Eve, will include drum circles, campfires, a ceremonial closing of the the year, and a dance party! COST: $70/day non-members; $60/day members; Kids (4-12) 1/2 price! Add $15/day for single occupancy room. Day rate includes one night and three meals.

CABIN FEVER WEEKEND (TBA): It's time to climb out of hibernation and into the frosted forest for a weekend of skiing, sledding, steaming hot cider and so much more! Swallows Lodge and the Farmhouse will be warm and ready for your use. You'll get to enjoy delicious CPC family-style, locally-sourced meals. The sledding hill will be open (snow conditions permitting) and the trails will be available for skiing, snow shoeing or hiking. There will be cross-country ski instruction upon request. We could fire up the wood-burning sauna down by the lake and/or have a music jam or sing-along in the farmhouse in the evenings. Come enjoy winter out in the fields and forests of CPC, playing in the snow or curled up beside a woodstove. Bring your family, some friends, a good book, your cross-country skis, snowshoes and sleds. Two nights and five meals. COST: $130 (non-members); $110 (members). Add $30 for single occupancy room. Student and low-income rates are available also. Kids (4-12) half price.

"EQUITABLE PIONEERS" CO-OP WINTER RETREAT (March 2 - 4, 2018): Take this weekend to get away from it all to connect with nature's winter wonderland and other co-op friends from near and far. Bring a friend, your family, or just come solo and enjoy this lovely season and talk about co-ops. We'll stoke the stoves and fill you with hearty foods. Don't forget your cross-country skis, snow shoes and sleds. Call or email to register today! Two nights and five meals. COST: $130 (non-members); $120 (members of other co-ops) $110 (CPC members). Add $30 for single occupancy room. Student and low-income rates and scholarships are available also. Kids (4-12) 1/2 price!

MAPLE SYRUP WEEKEND (March 9 - 11, 2018): With a little help from mother nature, the sweet smell of boiling sap will fill the air these weekends. Join us for a weekend in the sugar bush when the forest transforms into this agricultural opus. Learn how to tap trees, hang buckets, collect and boil sap, and create the ambrosial nectar we call maple syrup. The climax of the weekends’ efforts will be a pancake breakfast where we savor the fruits of our labor. Two nights and five meals. COST: $130 (non-members); $110 (members); Kids (4-12) 1/2 price!

SPRING WORKBEE #1 (TBA): Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor (though if you want to come and pay instead of working, that's allowed too). There is also time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. We start work about 10 am Saturday, after a 9 am breakfast. We usually work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning (and afternoon if you like). If you have Friday off and want to come work then, please let us know and we'll be happy to have you. This weekend we'll be pruning fruit trees, cutting and moving firewood, clearing more camping space for the Buttermilk Jamboree, cleaning and other tasks to prepare for summer. Enjoy the satisfaction of working along side friends (new and old), good outdoor exercise and a job well done. Call (269-623-5555) or email to let us know you are coming. Exchange your labor for food and lodging!

SPRING WORKBEE #2 (TBA): Open to all, workbees cost participants nothing but labor (though if you want to come and pay instead of working, that's allowed too). There is also time in the evenings for socializing, walking in the woods, relaxing in the sauna and other activities. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. We start work about 10 am Saturday, after a 9 am breakfast. We usually work both morning and afternoon on Saturday and again Sunday morning (and afternoon too, if you like). If you have Friday off and want to come work then, please let us know and we'll be happy to have you. This weekend we'll be pruning fruit trees, clearing more camping space for the Buttermilk Jamboree, cutting and moving firewood, gardening, painting, cleaning and other tasks to prepare for summer. Enjoy the satisfaction of working along side friends (new and old), good outdoor exercise and a job well done. Call (269-623-5555) or email to let us know you are coming. Exchange your labor for food and lodging!