Camp Earth Connection Retreat
Oct. 12-15th, 2017


3-day overnight retreat 
 THURSDAY, Oct. 12th, 5pm – SUNDAY, Oct. 15th, 1pm 
Cost (tuition, room, and board): $640
Materials Fee: None

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Camp Earth Connection Carpentry Women’s Retreat: 

Thursday October 12th – Sunday October 15th, 2017

3-day Overnight Carpentry Retreat
Dates: Thursday, October 12th, 5pm – Sunday October 16th, 1pm, 2017
Cost: $640 (Partial Scholarships available. Please inquire if interested)
Materials Fee: none
Meals: Simple potluck meal Thursday evening and all other meals included. As a community, we will prepare the following meals together: 3 meals on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast and light lunch on Sunday.  A main dish will be provided on Thursday evening – please bring a side dish or snack to share. All meals are vegetarian.  Participants are welcome to bring food, including snacks, to share with the group, but are not required to do so.

Lodging will be in rustic cabins, with three women per cabin. These cabins are wooden lean-to’s with screened in windows and doors and do not have electricity. We encourage retreat participants to use this opportunity to unplug from our busy modern lives and slow down and listen to the wildlife around. If you prefer to bring your own tent and camp you may do that instead at no extra cost.

If you would like to upgrade your accommodations to a cabin with electricity or for a more private cabin for an extra cost you may do so on a first come first serve basis by contacting Susan Rausch of Camp Earth Connection at 

Those who are local may also commute, although the same fee will apply, and we encourage and welcome you to come for breakfast and stay for dinner and evening activities.

Registration Deadline: Sept. 1st, 2017

You will need to bring:  Personal hand tools from this tool list.  (Most students have or can borrow most of these tools) and clothing and personal gear from this Suggested Packing List.

Who is this class for: This class is open to women of any skill level.

Pre-requisites: None.

Course collaboration: This retreat is being run in collaboration with Camp Earth Connection, a natural campground and retreat center. Susan, the owner of Camp Earth Connection will be joining us as the cook and host for our 3 days. She is dedicated to creating inclusive and anti biased programs in a drug and alcohol free environment.

Overview: This course is somewhat different than our other Hammerstone offerings, in that it is an overnight retreat. As such we will still learn the basics of carpentry, but at a relaxed pace, while also taking time to enjoy the beautiful setting of Hammond Hill amongst spectacular Fall foliage, while eating wholesome, vegetarian, family style meals, and having the opportunity to relax in an outdoor hot tub at the end of the day. If you are looking for an opportunity to get away and unplug for a long weekend, but are not the type to just sit around and kick your feet up, this might be the perfect opportunity for you: Come learn the useful and empowering skill of carpentry in a supportive and relaxed environment while also getting your fix of nature and serenity.

What people said about last year’s Retreat:
“The combination of learning more carpentry skills in an outdoor setting, along with yoga and a great camaraderie of women was awesome! Also, I loved the diversity of women in the group.” – anonymous

“Miwa and Susan: you are both perfect in putting together a lovely, exhilarating weekending of learning and nurturing. I enjoyed the circling time that created a jumping off point for positivity. Thank you!” -Siusing

“This was a great foundation for someone who knew nothing coming in. I definitely feel inspired to learn more!… The wood lecture was awesome!… really interesting and relatable to our materials and project.” – anonymous

Lead Instructor: Miwa Oseki Robbins

Topics covered:
Material selection
Measuring and Marking
Cross cutting with handsaw
Cross cutting with circular saw
Cross cutting angles
Use of drill and driver
Fastening with screws
Fastening with Nails

Project Description: We will be building a recycling kiosk for camp earth connection, the exact details of the project TBD.

Take Home: This class has no take home portion

Note: This class can be substituted for the basic carpentry 101 class as a prerequisite for other Hammerstone classes, but we encourage students who are able to strongly consider taking both. We find that different skills are emphasized in each class, and certain topics are not covered in both courses. By taking both we find students broaden their knowledge and have greater opportunities to practice and refine their skills leading to increased confidence and a deeper understanding of the material. 

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