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Pilgrimage Theme for New Wind Folk School

Jul 31, 2014 12:01PM

New Wind Folk School’s spiritual and Earth-based event, Pilgrimage, will take place in Port Washington from August 15 to 17. People can attend all or part of the event.

Friday’s schedule begins with a water ceremony and symposium, followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and a local fish fry dinner (preregistration and payment required). The evening closes with a discussion by author Joy Ipsen, who explains the model of folk school education and its impact on the environment.

Saturday starts with a guided, daylong pilgrimage along the Milwaukee River, with stops at the Thiensville Dam Removal Effort, the River Restoration Site, the Grafton Artist Mill and the Newburg Dam Removal Site. The final destination is Wellspring Education and Retreat Center and Organic Farm, where dinner will be available (preregistration and payment required). Bill Mueller, director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, will speak about his journey across Wisconsin to raise awareness and money for bird causes.

Sunday’s lineup includes a discussion about climate change, followed by music, poetry and a closing ceremony. New Wind Folk School, founded in 2011 by June Eastvold, focuses on climate and environmental challenges, as well as the personal quest for spiritual integration and meaning. Members include scientists, writers, artists, historians, farmers and riverkeepers.

Cost: $20 per day; meals priced separately. Location: 420 W. Whitefish Rd., Port Washington. For more information, call 262-416-7732 or visit

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