Camp Earth Connection Retreat
Sept. 16-18th, 2016


3-day overnight retreat 
 FRIDAY, Sept. 16th, 1pm – SUNDAY, Sept. 18th, 1pm 
Cost (tuition, room, and board): Sliding scale $350 – $550
Materials Fee: None

SKU: N/A Category:


NOTE: This weekend retreat is a collaboration between Hammerstone School and Camp Earth Connection.

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.

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 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 sliding scale price will apply, and we encourage and welcome you to come for breakfast and stay for dinner and evening activities.

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

Pre-requisites: None.

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. 

Overview: This weekend retreat will offer a balance of opportunities to recharge and relax while creating community through learning skills and working together.  You will foster new and old friendships while building a beautiful and functional picnic table together that will be donated to a local organization in need. The retreat commences with an afternoon hike (optional) and will include delicious vegetarian meals and a campfire at least one evening. Days will start with yoga and/or meditation and movement practices. By using some of our evening time together to cover carpentry lecture topics, our days will be free to learn hands on skills at a relaxed pace and still accomplish our shared goal of building a beautiful table.

Lead Instructor: Miwa Oseki Robbins

Topics Covered:

  • Materials
  • Reading plans
  • Measuring and marking
  • Layout
  • Cross-cutting with handsaw
  • Cross-cutting with circular saw
  • Angle cutting techniques
  • Fastening with screws, nuts, and bolts
  • Fastening with nails
  • Chop Saw
  • Router
  • Wood and moisture

Project Description: Retreat participants will work together to build a beautiful picnic table made from locally sourced larch, which is naturally rot-resistant. We use this wood to ensure that the table will be beautiful and long-lasting while avoiding the personal and environmental health hazards presented by pressure-treated wood. At the end of the weekend the picnic table will be donated to a local organization that works with an underserved population.  

Take Home: This class has no take home portion

Meals: As a community, we will prepare the following meals together: dinner on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast and light lunch on Sunday.   All meals are vegetarian.  Participants are welcome to bring food, including snacks, to share with the group, but are not required to do so.

Additional information

Sliding Scale

Sliding Scale $400, Sliding Scale Deposit (please indicate total payment amount in notes), Sliding Scale $350, Sliding Scale $450, Sliding Scale $500, Sliding Scale $550

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