Pop-Up Programs 2020

As social distancing takes its toll on us and our ability to connect in person, we’re finding ways to keep valuable connections alive with “Pop-up” programming. Most of these programs will take place on Zoom. If you would like to join a program—or present a program or topic—please contact us at CobblestoneSpringsRC@gmail.com or cobspr@frontier.com or by calling 607-243-8212 to receive a Zoom link.

Our programs continue to be offered by donation only. If you would like to contribute to Cobblestone Springs, consider becoming a member, renewing your membership, and/or sending a donation to us at: Cobblestone Springs Retreat Center, 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Road, Dundee, NY 14837.


Conversations on Race
(continuing program; alternate Wednesdays, so May 20, June 3; 9:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom)
Facilitator: Heather Cook

We are continuing to read the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race, by Robin Diangelo. As we read each page together, her concepts inspire wide ranging discussions, so we’re moving at a snail’s pace. Now that we’re meeting on Zoom, however, others are welcome to jump in and join us. No prerequisite other than interest and willingness to explore the issues associated with being white in America; you don’t even need to have the book.


Classics in Religion
(continuing program; Mondays through May at 11a.m.-noon via Zoom)
Facilitator: Mary Beth Gamba

This weekly one-hour program has been a fixture of our programming for more than six years. It will end for the season soon, but we hope to offer something similar in the fall. We have covered a global range of spiritual practice and philosophy and developed a dedicated following. Explore our past topics here.

  • May 18th: Growing Old Gracefully; with Mary Beth Gamba, based on The Gift of Years, a book by Joan Chittister

Backyard Botany: Knowing the Weeds from the Wildflowers (begins May 14th)
(new program; meets weekly Thursdays 4-5 p.m. via Zoom, mid-May to mid-July)
Facilitator: Sally White

Flowers and plants are not just another pretty face. Enrich your appreciation for plants AND your garden experience by learning some of their hidden charms. We’ll introduce and discuss various features and explore how plants live and interact with each other, and with us. We expect to have a good time while adding to our basic understanding and enhancing our practical knowledge of the plant kingdom.


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants: (new program; book discussion group; dates and times to be determined)
Facilitator: to be determined

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s second book, Braiding Sweetgrass, takes readers on a journey into connection with nature. She guides us into indigenous ways of knowing and relating to the world around us as she blends her scientific training with her cultural traditions. Her series of essays guides us into seeing plants and our environment and finding ways to respect and honor the Earth.


Volunteer Opportunities:
We are scheduled to be the partners at the Oak Hill Barbecue on Saturday, Sept 12. Please contact us if you would like to help.

Enjoy the trails: Our grounds are continuing to be available Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , or bring a trowel and do a little weeding or other volunteer project at the site. Read more about it on our Updates page.


Potential programs
As restrictions relax a little, we may be able to launch other ideas. Some ideas are listed below, subject to interest. Dates and times are to be confirmed if these go forward.

  • Porch or Patio Jam Sessions: possible outdoor music sessions as the weather
    cooperates; Eileen Curtis, facilitator

  • Sunday Picnics: possibly reviving last fall’s Sunday Dinners, in a partly restricted mode. 4 p.m.; dates and logistics to be determined; Anne Meyer-Wilber, facilitator

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