Spirit of NNESRE

May 29, 2020 @ 3:48 PM

Dear friends,

Whether it’s your reward that compels you, or your fuel that sustains you through the coming year, if you are like me, Winni is a week of love and joy that can keep you going. Life is hard, and our week together is a haven that can at once heal us, stretch us to be more, inspire us to do more, and remind us of the good that exists in this world.

This year, with all the challenges of the pandemic, perhaps you were holding camp as your candle in the dark more than ever. As we all live through the emotional struggles of this challenging time, it is so hard to know we won’t be together, much as we know not having “in-person” camp is the safest and most loving decision. This note............

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Deans re. 2020

May 28, 2020 @ 3:48 PM

From Travis and Carrie Leap: Co-Deans

Change. It’s something that we all have at least a little bit of trouble navigating. Yet, most often change is thrust upon us and we must react accordingly. This pandemic has brought so much change to all of our lives - it’s amazing how different our world looks now compared to a few months ago.

One thing that has not changed is the resolve and the depth of the Winni community. I have been so encouraged by the outpouring of love and desire to support one another. As we move forward throughout the coming year, I implore each of you to do what you can to support one another and our community. Reach out to your fellow campers anyway you can... Host a Winni campfire..............

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Pandemic Ouch

May 27, 2020 @ 3:46 PM



 Winni News! 

Please find below, your official permission to clear Winni off your calendar for this year. Our crack archivist, Kate Fiorvanti,tells me that this is not without precedent - apparently World War II got in the way of NNESRE meeting back in the 1940's. However, this is the first time that it has been cancelled due to an abundance of love, respect, and care for one another. Hopefully, our caution now will create the space for everyone to return to camp in 2021 - healthy and confident for a great week. Below are the comments from the folks at the helm during this challenging time:

From Joe Morrissey - Chairperson for the ...............

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Rumi Poem

April 28, 2020 @ 12:06 AM
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each gently and honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. 
– Rumi
Offered by ............
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COVID Starts

April 27, 2020 @ 5:27 PM

Dear Beloved NNESSRE Community,

I send this reflection from New Hampshire where I am social distancing as much as possible...

Having feelings is what makes us human. Let them all in, accept that they just “are,” so you can let them out. You are no less strong for feeling fearful, just as you are not weak for feeling joy.

If you are like me, your emotions are running the spectrum these days: from apathetic to angry, from harried (what no toilet paper?) to happy, from grim to grateful. Hearing the latest stats of infection, I have felt panic. Touching a key pad at a checkout, I feel afraid. Could I get sick? Could those I love get sick?

Yet, seeing the red-bellied woodpecker return to my bird ............

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New for 2018

March 1, 2018 @ 10:50 PM
  • GPC has increased the lodging and meal rates again.  : (
  • In the event of emergency, folks staying on the 3rd floor of the Inn need to be able to leave by the outside stairs without difficulty, so it would not be a good fit for folks with any mobility issues.
  • CREDIT CARDS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS. Please fill out the last page of the registration form if you would like to use a credit card. A fee of 3% will be added.
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2018 Theme

October 11, 2017 @ 10:14 PM
This is the shorthand of the quote by Mahatma Gandhi of "Be The Change That You Wish To See In The World." and having spent a moment looking at the history of the quote - apparently he never said it. However, he did write legions of things that actually meant this so at least he planted the seed. I am sure once we stick it on a t-shirt, we'll hear from a lawyer for someone who has it copyrighted and there goes the money for the ice cream social.
But these are daring times so we are going to go for it - and that is what this quote challenges us to do - be the change, dare to be the difference, dare to be different, and take how you live one place and transport it to others who need that change ...
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Changes for 2017

March 12, 2017 @ 8:49 PM
  • New Class times have been implemented by the Program Committee.
    • 1st period is from 9:00- 9:55
    • 2nd period is from 10:00-10:55
    • 3rd period is from 11:00-11:55.
  • NNESRE has implemented a late fee of $25 to all unpaid bills that are not received by July 14, 2017. The camp is required to order all the food 2 weeks prior to camp so the money is needed by then. Note: We still have the on time (April 15th) registration discount!
  • Please add a 3rd choice on lodging and consider sharing cabins like Geneva Woods with other families to accommodate all our returning and new campers!
  • GPC has increased the lodging and meal rates and has also changed the age of an adult and youth for the food plan.
  • NNESRE encourages campers to ...
  • ...
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2017 Theme

March 9, 2017 @ 7:28 PM
LIVE WINNI — Sharing Our Treasures
Building off of our 100th Anniversary celebration last year and our theme of “Live Winni” – this year’s theme encourages the exploration of how our Winni experience nurtures us during the week to “Live Winni” during the year. “Sharing Our Treasures” asks how is it that we share who we are – our culture, values, beliefs, and resources with one another to nurture and support one another and how we can continue to grow to “share our treasures” in uncertain and challenging times. Please use the theme to help you shape your focus for the week and to inspire conversation and learning from one ...
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I was Thinking

September 21, 2016 @ 1:32 PM

A Hundred Years from Now

This is a snapshot of an article that appeared in
the "Post GEMS" for 2016
full article here.

I was thinking, it was, indeed, a grand celebration this year of our 100th Anniversary. ... [and] how I don’t know the names or actions of the folks who founded NNESRE 100 years ago. And I wondered what they would think if they if they were to have attended our conference this year.
. . .
100 years from now, folks really won’t know too much about us. ... Hopefully our great-great-great grandkids will still be coming to Winni and will just be saying “our family has always come here.” ...if you are the GEMS Editor in 2116, and you are poking ...
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