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Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your artistic projects and goals.

When: September 10-13, 2020

The Plan: We meet up in Warroad, MN, leaving at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, and carpool from there. When we get to Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle, we take a boat out to Laketrails. Once on the island, we’ll have dinner and an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to do your art and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There is an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, boats leave the island at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

For our Canadian guests, we will meet up in Sprague.

Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Canadians will need a passport as well to enter the United States at the Northwest Angle.

How “rustic” is it? Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. Some wi-fi is available. The communal buildings and cabins have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, and no-flush toilets are conveniently located near the “Early Bird” cabin, the “Night Owl” cabin, and the communal spaces. Sleeping cabins have an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. Participants are housed according to their sleeping preference – early bird or night owl. There are showers (which are pretty nice considering) but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna  for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

How “rustic” do I need to be? Must be able to get in and out of a boat and navigate uneven terrain.

Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

What to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, two flashlights, comfortable clothing, good sturdy shoes (2 pairs recommended), swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional) and supplies for your art.

Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddleboats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. A $100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of registration with balance due by August 7th, 2019. Pay in full by May 1st, 2020 and save $50!

Register: Please register at the Laketrails Base Camp website. Click here and select “LOW Artists’ Retreat” then proceed through the prompts accordingly. Or visit: https://laketrails.org/info/#camp-rates-and-schedule

Max: 15 participants

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration.  Balance is due by August 7th, 2020. Refunds are at the discretion of Laketrails Base Camp and Red Shoes Writing Solutions. If you have any questions, contact Kim Hruba, kim@redshoeswriting.com or (218) 469-0204.

Pay in full by May 1st and save $50!

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