Opportunities to Come to Camp

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McDowell Enneagram Conference 2017: Presented by The Institute for Conscious Being

February 9, 2017 - February 11, 2017

AT THE FORK IN THE ROAD: Your Map to Conscious Living

We’ve all been at a fork in the road, a time when overwhelming decisions stand before us. Without spiritual guidance it can be hard to determine which path to take. Fortunately, there is a map to lead us closer to our Divine purpose on this earth, to becoming the people God created us to be. It’s called the Enneagram. The Enneagram is an ancient spiritual tool that provides a map of the flow of divine energy. It offers a spiritual pathway to the soul or the authentic self, and is a tremendously illuminating method to self-realization and consciousness.

Led by Joseph B. Howell, Ph.D., co-founder of The Institute for Conscious Being and author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway, and ICB’s faculty, including The Rev. John Adams, Beverly Casey, Margaret Fleming, Brigid Galloway, Lark Howell, Dan Miller, Melanie Rodgers and Barbara Sloan.

For more information and to register, click here

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Alabama Folk School Winter 2017 Workshops

2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Alabama Folk School. We will celebrate the milestone in style with 3-day, 4-day, and week-long programs in folk art and music. Special programs include birding, blacksmithing, wooden boat building, cooking, drawing and painting, fiber arts, homesteading, music, and songwriting.

Join us this year in celebrating #10YearsOfFolk. Registration is already open for many classes and others will open in the coming months.


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March 17, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Awakenings is a spiritual retreat for all 7th and 8th graders at Camp McDowell. Awakenings is designed to explore the Life and Light of Christ within us. High school counselors lead junior high participants by sharing their stories and facilitating small groups, games, music, and worship.

High school youth counselors may use the link below to apply to staff Awakenings. Please contact Stratt Byars at stratt@campmcdowell.com for more information.

Staff Registration: Click here from November 9th-December 31st.

Camper Registration: Click here from December 1st-March 1st


OUR TIME grief support retreat for kids and adults

March 3, 2017 - March 5, 2017

OUR TIME is a no-cost camp for kids in rising 6th-12th and retreat for their adult caregiver who are healing from loss of a significant person, such as a sibling, an adult child, or a parent. OUR TIME gives safe space and dedicated attention for kids and adults to reflect on their loss (in separate groups) with the guidance of professional counselors and to connect with others who grieve. Youth and and young at heart will enjoy swimming, arts & crafts, the high ropes course, and making new friends. Adults will be able to step away from the normal routine and truly relax in a peaceful setting. All meet together at the end of the weekend for discussion on common language and coping techniques that help in the grief journey, a meal, and a celebration of life worship service in honor of all those we love but see no longer. There is no cost for OUR TIME. For more information, please contact the Coordinator, Susanna Whitsett susanna@campmcdowell.com or 205.281.1903. Click HERE to register.


FATHER/SON RETREAT - for all combinations and interpretations

March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Come enjoy quality time with your Father or Son (or uncle, or stepfather, or someone who is like a father or like a son!) during the beautiful spring time at wonderful Camp McDowell! This weekend retreat is open to all combinations and interpretations of Fathers and Sons looking for some activity, play, rest, and quality time spent together in the great outdoors! Enjoy the breath-taking canyons with your son, or work together as a team during a canoe outing on our slow-moving yet exciting Clear Creek. Enjoy friendly competition at the annual Father/Son kickball game, or spend some quality time in a rocking chair enjoying the fresh air. Do not miss out on the chance to tour the farm or to see Big Dave’s Radical Raptors presentation! Camp McDowell has many opportunities for real retreat and your Father or Son is sure to have a fantastic time with you! All men and boys are welcome with love and joy to this weekend get-a-way. This retreat is recommend for 1st grade and older. Cost is $125 pp ($25 for 3rd member of a family group). Registration opens Jan 11. Click HERE to register. .


MOTHER/DAUGHTER RETREAT - for all combinations and interpretations

April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Come enjoy quality time at Camp McDowell in the beauty of spring! This wonderful weekend retreat offers many opportunities for activity and play, as well as time for rest, renewal and reflection on the mother/daughter relationship and the sisterhood of all

women. Have fun on a hike along the canyon or canoeing down Clear Creek! Be creative with arts & crafts or challenged on the ropes course! Dance and sing a joyful noise at the Saturday night PJ dance party for daughters and social time for adults or simply take it easy in a rocking chair on the front porch of Eppes Hall before ending the day with worship in the Chapel. Our wonderful chaplain for this wonderful weekend is the wonderful Rev. Callie-Plunket Brewton (Trinity, Florence). This weekend is low-key and lovely. All women (daughters, sisters, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, godmothers, nieces, and special friends who are like mothers or daughters) - are welcome! This retreat is recommended for ages 1st grade and older. Cost is $125 pp ($25 for 3rd member of a family group). Registration opens on Jan 11. Click HERE to register.