|September 2008 Message|
Dear Servant Leader:
For some time now, I have felt called to gather a small group of servant-leader writers for a weekend retreat and workshop. On September 26-28 I’m looking forward to making this particular dream a reality when The Spears Center will sponsor the first Servant-Leader Writer’s Workshop & Retreat in the beautiful Irish Hills region of Southern Michigan. This event will be held at Sunnyside Retreat Center, 12100 Beech Rd., Brooklyn, Michigan. The weekend will be a mix of group learning, quiet time for writing and reflection, and individual one-hour sessions. My friend and colleague, George SanFacon, will provide morning meditations and onsite support.
Over the past twenty years I have written, edited, and published hundreds of articles, books, journals, and newsletters on servant-leadership; and, I have also worked closely with over one hundred contributing authors to these and other publications. As editor and friend, I have counseled authors on a wide range of publishing questions, including clarifying core ideas, editing and strengthening articles and book manuscripts, facilitating introductions to book and magazine publishers, promotional aspects, and more.
The Servant-Leadership Writer’s Workshop & Retreat will be held at Sunnyside Retreat Center, located in a beautiful, natural wooded setting next to a lake. Healthy meals will be served and participants will be asked to share in the preparation and clean up. Basic sleeping accommodations are available in several separate and communal rooms. There is also a small motel available about five miles from Sunnyside. Participants will be limited to a maximum of eight people.
The registration fee is $500 and includes meals and sleeping accommodations at Sunnyside. The structure for the weekend will be, as follows:
Sunnyside is an oasis of undisturbed nature in the Irish Hills of Michigan—a quiet lake, acres of ancient oaks and shagbark hickories and wild dogwoods. It is the creation and home of Bernard and Dorothy Ann Coyne. The timber-framed structures they built express their love of wood and their delight in fine artisanship. Many talented friends collaborated in constructing an environment that is both beautiful and free of toxic materials. Dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, with all bed and bath linens, are provided. The gourmet vegetarian food is lovingly prepared from organic produce.
Larry C. Spears, President & CEO