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2/12/2017 What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Guest Speaker, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Badger, MN

3/25/2017 Dreaming Big for Grown-ups

Guest Speaker, Girlfriends Winter Breakaway, Roseau, MN

9/7-10/2017 Lake of the Woods Artists Retreat

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Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your artistic projects and goals.

When: September 7-10, 2017

The Plan: We’ll meet in the parking lot at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Warroad, MN on Thursday and carpool from there. When we get to Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle, we’ll take a boat out to Laketrails. Once on the island, we’ll have dinner and an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to do your art and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There will be an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, we’ll conclude the retreat with a closing circle at 10:00 a.m. followed by brunch. We plan to leave the island around noon.

If you’re Canadian, we will make arrangements to meet up in Sprague.

Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Canadians will need a passport as well to enter the United States at the Northwest Angle.

How “rustic” is it? Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. There is some wi-fi and the communal buildings and cabins have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, and no-flush toilets are conveniently located near the men’s cabin and women’s cabin and the communal spaces. Cabins are an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. There are showers (which are surprisingly pretty nice considering) but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

What to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, two flashlights, comfortable clothing, life jacket if you’d like to canoe, swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional).  Update: per experience, bring good sturdy shoes, and at least two pairs is recommended. The island is quite dark at night, so bring two flashlights.

Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddleboats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. A $100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of registration with balance due by August 7th, 2017.

Pay in full by May 1st and save $50!

Register: Fill out the registration form and send to Red Shoes Writing Solutions. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration.  Balance is due by August 7th, 2017. Refunds are at the discretion of Laketrails Base Camp and Red Shoes Writing Solutions. If you have any questions, contact Kim Hruba, or (218) 469-0204.

Check out some photos of past retreats

Book Clubs

Are you in a book club? Me, too! Our group has been going strong for ten years. We meet faithfully every third Tuesday of the month and read all kinds of books. If you would like to read Elevator Girl, let me know and I would be glad to pay you a virtual or in-person visit.

Here are some Elevator Girl book club discussion questions. If you’ve got a question to add to the list, email me

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