Mark your calendars for the 2017 Prairie Retreat!
August 24-27, 2017

Prairie Perspectives 2017
Second Annual Workshop and Retreat
August 24-27
Shalom Hill Farm, Cottonwood County

Co-sponsored by
Minnesota School of Botanical Art and Minnesota Native Plant Society



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This retreat offers nature lovers and botanical artists an opportunity to interact and learn from each other for an extended weekend on the prairie. Leaders and teachers provide opportunities for creating botanical art, exploring native prairie, and learning about the local landscape. Participants share their hobbies,
contribute to programs, and prepare shared family style meals. Art supplies and
field guides are provided. The retreat starts at noon on Thursday and continues through Sunday afternoon. Participants may choose to attend only two days.

Retreat Details

Nancy Sather, Ecological resource person
Marilyn Garber, Director of Minnesota School of Botanical Art

Destinations and Programs

A typical day includes concurrent morning and afternoon field trips and art classes. Native Plant Society sponsored Trips emphasize bedrock-influenced prairies, including the Historical Society’s Jeffers Petroglyphs, Rock Ridge Prairie SNA, TNC’s Red Rock Preserve, and rock communities in Brown County Park. Trip leaders include, Nancy Sather, Malcolm MacFarlane, and guest leader Rhett Johnson.

Concurrent sessions in watercolor painting and drawing are open to all. Novices will want to attend at least two sessions. Experienced artists may want to take advantage of the proximity to prairies within half a mile. The studio space will be available around the clock. Art instructors include Marilyn Garber and Linda Medved-Lufkin, both of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.

Late afternoon informal craft sessions led by participants provide an opportunity to unwind. Evening lectures include a Friday keynote highlighting the implications of recent local archaeological discoveries by archaeologist Tom Sanders, former Jeffers Petroglyph manager. Other, programs include prairie wildflower by Shelley Olson, interpreter at Jeffers Petroglyph; rock specialists by Malcolm MacFarlane; botanical art by Marilyn Garber; and history of local prairie conservation by Nancy Sather. Back by popular demand, guest lecturer and trip leader Rhett Johnson joins us on Saturday morning for a session on grass morphology.



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Lodging, meals, and carpools

Lodging is in the multipurpose Commons building at Shalom Hill Farm. SHF is a rural retreat center with an ethic of environmental sustainability embedded in a mix of agricultural land and prairie, approximately 3 ½ hours southwest of the Twin Cities. The building accommodates up to 30 people in single or shared rooms. Bathrooms and showers are shared between rooms, generally one for each two rooms. Additional information and driving
instructions are posted on the center’s web site (http://shalomhillfarm.org/ ).





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Lodging, meals, and carpools

Lodging is in the multipurpose Commons building at Shalom Hill Farm. SHF is a rural retreat center with an ethic of environmental sustainability embedded in a mix of agricultural land and prairie, approximately 3 ½ hours southwest of the Twin Cities. The building accommodates up to 30 people in single or shared rooms. Bathrooms and showers are shared between rooms, generally one for each two rooms. Additional information and driving
instructions are posted on the center’s web site (http://shalomhillfarm.org/ ).


Registration REGISTRATION CLOSED - SPACES FILLED!
Participants may register for 2 or three nights. If space is limited, priority will be given to those who can attend the entire retreat. Final cost will vary by room selection and number of participants. More people give us a lower rate. Maximum cost per person will be between $50 and $60 per night. Cancellations may be made for unavoidable
health or emergencies up to the week of the retreat with return of $40. No refund will be made for “no shows.” To
register, complete and return the registration form with a $40 deposit made out to Shalom Hill Farm. Completed forms should be sent to Nancy Sather, Prairie Moraine Programs, 2425 32nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
55406. If you are not affiliated with the Minnesota Scholl of Botanical Art or a current member of the MN Native
Plant Society http://mnnps.org/membership/, please join the Plant Society. Membership is $15, $8 for seniors.