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Canoe Camping Retreat

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Marywood Spirituality Center

3560 U.S. 51

Woodruff, WI 54568

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Do you feel the need for some R&R in the great outdoors free from schedules, cells phones, Facebook and fast food? Join us for this weekend retreat and soak up the beauty of nature with great people who share your passion.

Join Nick Gordon (wilderness instructor, Wilderness First Responder and naturalist) Rev. Ted Dorcey (Redemptorist Missionary Priest) and Sr. Julia Walsh (Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration) for a weekend of adventure, contemplation and community in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest near Marywood Spirituality Center. We will paddle and portage canoes to our campsites and open our senses to the wonders of nature and the freedom of being “unplugged.” Rev. Ted Dorcey will be available for spiritual and sacramental needs. Sister Julia will be available as a spiritual companion. Nick Gordon will foster our awareness about the plants, animals, and elements that surround our contemplative adventure through hands on projects. Canoe experience is beneficial and participants must be comfortable in the water.


Call 715-385-3750 to register and pay deposit of $100 before June 23rd.

$250 includes all meals, program, medical kit, group gear (canoes, paddles, PFDs, etc).

$50 discount if you register and pay in full by May 19th.

Facilitator Biographies:

Nick Gordon is the Owner and Lead Wilderness Instructor for Nick of The Woods. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Medicine Instructor for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. Nick has been teaching/guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs since 2009 throughout the upper Midwest and abroad. In addition, he works part of the year as a naturalist for the Wisconsin DNR.

Rev. Ted Dorcey CSsR is a Redemptorist missionary priest who regularly camps and backpacks for recreation. A graduate of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Rev. Ted holds a Masters of Divinity degree. His ministry experiences have brought him from inner-city Houston, Texas to Bolivia to Mexico to the Mississippi Delta, where he presently works with migrant farm workers and newly arrived immigrants.

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