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Friendship Village International Retreat and Conference Center Seasonal Photo Gallery

In winter, stepping into the fresh blanket of snow, crystalline in the bright January sunshine, with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and topaz, you experience the birth of a new day where only the rabbit and the sparrows have stepped before you. Wrap yourself in woolen coats and blankets and sit cozy around an open fire, mitted fingers warmed by the steaming, rich hot chocolate, chasing away the nip of the snow, surrounded by family, friends, loved ones, business associates and new-found friends. In the distant shadows, the owl calls out "Who, Whoooo are you? We welcome you to our forest."

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In spring the enticing scent of the spring lilacs mingling with the fresh perfume of a rain dampened earth; dew drops reflecting the rainbow of splendor just waiting for you to rise and share the joy of living. The gurgling of the rain swollen stream in the ravine is reflected in the shimmering laughter of the poplars. Everywhere you walk life bubbles with excitement and you find your spirit lifting with the sweet chirrups of flocks of dancing bluebirds.

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Spring turns into summer and the brilliant sunny face of the sunflower lifts to the mid-summer sky while bees hover, drunken, with the rich pollen. The soothing hmmmmm of the humming bird; jeweled wings flashing in the sapphire skies and skimming over the pink and white hibiscus blooms, lulls you into sleep. It is easy to find a shady spot under the trees to rest, cooled by the gentle breezes stirring the branches above. Monarch butterflies dance over the towering stocks of milkweed, swaying in the meadows starred with daisies and wild, sweet, purple clover. Out of the corner of your eye dart the dragonflies, turning at a moments notice, playfully showing how to stay light on your feet, be adaptable, and able to embrace all that life gives.

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Then the forest prepares to sleep, donning her coat of brilliant golds, fiery reds, and blazing vermilions, rich against the dark green of the evergreens tall and silent, forever reminding us that life springs new again. Take your lunch break from your activities in Bear Conference Lodge and walk outside to the Pavilion. Sit and munch on apples reminiscent of the warm sunshine while drinking in this beautiful world we have been given to care for. Spend crisp autumn nights sipping hot apple cider, bundled up in your jackets preparing for a peaceful night's rest snug in your comfortable bed.

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