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Celebrate Fall ....Fall Retreats and Fall Colours

Leaves remind us to just "Let Go".....


"Next time you are out for a walk, look for a leaf.
When you see one that is just for you,
take it in your hand.
Imagine it's journey -
first clinging to its home in the tree,
than a slow descent as the right time comes,
a resting on the ground.
Appreciate the leaf in your hand.
And let it be your teacher.
Let it invite you to unclutter,
surrender, let go, simplify.
What is the one thing leaf-like thing you can do today?
Is it something you will give away? A clutter to de-clutter?
Is it something you will relinquish - a thought, a mood, a bitterness?
What needs to be let go today?
Let the leaf be your guide."
- Janice MacLean, the Prayer Bench

 

If you are looking for a fall retreat there is still space in our Women's Retreat at Crieff Hills on Nov. 10-12 on "Living a Life of Prayer."
You are also welcome to join a wonderful one day retreat on Nov. 13 called "A Taste of Jubilee" or just come out to Crieff on your own some day and enjoy the fall colours on the trails.

 

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Great Manna Day with Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald

Thank you Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald for leading today's Manna Day.  It was a time of fellowship and much learning.   A great day! 

 

Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald

 

Thank you as well to Rev. Scott Sinclair for leading us in worship and song.

Stuart and Scott

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A Morning for the Birds

The sun was shining on Saturday for our fall Bird Banding event.

 

Thanks to all who joined us and especially to bird bander, Brian Pomfret and family!

 

   
                                       Northern Flicker (photo credit Katy Kolkman)

 

Birds Banded:

6 Field Sparrows

5 Black Capped Chickadees

1 Chipping Sparrow

1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet

1 Northern Flicker

 

Birds Observed:

Northern Harrier

Cedar Waxwings

 

Butterflies:

9 Clouded Sulphur

2 Cabbage White

1 Painted Lady

1 Orange Sulphur

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On the way to the Office...

You never know who you might meet on the way to the office...I found this amphibian resting on top of the lamp post!
                                

 

Nature lovers please join us this Saturday morning, September 30th for BIRD BANDING AND FALL HIKES!

Join Certified Bird Bander, Brian Pomfret, for a close up look at the birds. Drop by anytime during the morning (8:30am until noon).
Bring the whole family! There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Hope to see you there!
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Monday Morning Sunrise at Crieff Hills


 

Today begins in beauty.... a view of the dawn sky gracing the field at Crieff Hills and a look down the road at a bright orange sun emerging.
If you like to get up with the birds please join us next Saturday, September 30 for our fall Bird Banding!  Drop by anytime after 8:30 to see birds being banded and released, and enjoy a hike on the trails.

“There’s a sunrise
and a sunset
every single day,
and they’re absolutely free.
Don’t miss so many of them.”
– Jo Walton
   

 

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Maclean Hall Garden for Pollinators

Maclean Hall has a new garden this fall!
Plants that provide food for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators greet guests as they enter the office.  Enjoy the photos below of some of the beautiful blooms by the wall facing the parking area.

Special thanks to our wonderful volunteer gardeners and the support of TD Friends of the Environment.

 

 
   

 

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October Manna Day - Thursday October 12th 2017

What the Reformation can teach us about Change

Thursday October 12th 2017

10:30 - 3:00

Under the Leadership of Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald

Cost: $22.00 per person (includes lunch) and payable at the door

Call to register  1-800-884-1525

 

Join us for a day of learning about change with Stuart Macdonald!

 

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Historic American Beech Tree Seeds!

The American Beech Tree - written by Marion Robertson

 

            Last year, in May 2016, we talked about a very special tree on site.  Our American Beech tree had been recognized and protected by Trees Ontario as a Heritage Tree.  It stands by the House of Dove as it has stood for the last 100 years.  Trees of this age have unique genetics in that their longevity shows a resistance to disease, climate change, pollution and still have grit to survive whatever Mother Nature dishes out. 

 

            We have waited 7 years for this tree to produce fruit and, finally, this is the year.  After every wind or rain event I visit the tree and collect the seeds lying about on the ground and fight off the squirrels and chipmunks trying to collect seed for their winter stashes.  We want to collect as many seeds as possible since, it seems, that we can only harvest every 7 years.  Soon the seeds will be processed and next year a new wave of American Beech will germinate carrying the genetics of this beautiful heritage tree forward. This is something worth celebrating!

 

 

Marion Robertson is co-owner of B Sweet Honey Nature Company and Puslinch Naturally Native Trees

 

 

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Crieff Fall Women's Retreat - Nov 10-12 2017

Living a Life of Prayer

... is the theme of the Crieff Fall Women's Retreat for 2017.

The retreat begins with dinner on Friday November 10th and ends with lunch Sunday November 12th.

Mary Jane Bissett will lead the weekend as we

  • Explore what prayer is all about
  • Different forms of prayer
  • Praying as a family

 

Leading in Song will be Katherine Rochester.

 

Come explore, listen, sing and be refreshed in the beauty of Crieff Hills.

 

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KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop

KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Crieff Hills Retreat & Conference Centre

 

The KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed Workshop explores ecological justice and Indigenous rights through a reconciliation lens and connects the struggles of your watershed to those of communities worldwide.  Blending reflection with hands-on environmental experience, this full-day workshop will build understanding of our place in the watershed, identify ecological justice issues affecting where you live, and make connections with Indigenous rights on the path towards reconciled relationships.

 

Crieff Hills Retreat & Conference Centre

7098 Concession 1   Puslinch ON  N0B 2J0

1-800-884-01525

 

https://www.kairoscanada.org/event/reconciliation-in-the-watershed-workshop-2

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