April 21 – 30, 2017 | Community Cloud Forest Conservation | Adult Journey – Open
June 17 – 27, 2017 | Community Cloud Forest Conservation | Intergenerational Journey – Open
July 2017 | Community Cloud Forest Conservation | Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
Sponsored by LPGM in partnership with the Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC) in Guatemala, these trips allow individuals and/or families to experience a different culture in a fun and educational format. Trip objectives are to:
- Experience and learn from a different culture
- Work alongside CCFC on projects that are ongoing in education and agroecology
- Share the love of Christ
Things that make this destination a particularly good opportunity for adults and/or families with children are:
- It is close to home. From Minneapolis it is only about three hours to Texas and then another three hours to Guatemala City.
- It is safe. CCFC takes care of all the travel logistics from pick-up at the airport to drop-off at the airport.
- It is affordable. The cost of the April 2017 trip is $1,300/person. The cost of the June 2017 trip is $1,150/person. This includes all food, lodging, ground transportation, and medical travel insurance. In addition, airfare is approximately $900/person. Other costs to consider are a passport, visits to a travel clinic, and vaccines and/or preventative medicines for travel to Guatemala.
- It is appropriate for kids. The days are packed with active learning, participating with children in the local schools, and ample free time for fun activities.
The trips are designed for groups of up to 18 people. The inter-generational trip is recommended for families with school-age children (ages 7 and up). All are welcome: single, families, parent or grandparent with one or more children. It works well both for entire families or as a one-on-one experience for one parent/grandparent and one child.
The accommodations are clean and rustic. Be ready to be flexible!
For the April 2017 trip, co-leaders will be Julie Rogness, LPGM Executive Director, and Daniel Wolpert, Director and Co-Founder of Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (MICAH). Julie has her Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary and has served several parishes prior to joining LPGM in 2015. Dan worked as a research scientist, psychologist, and spiritual director, a farmer, teacher and construction worker before earning his Masters of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Over the past 25 years, he has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation and has led retreats. He is also the author of Leading a Life with God, the Practice of Spiritual Leadership, Creating a Life with God: the Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, co-author of Meeting God in Virtual Reality, and most recently, The Collapse of the Three Story Universe: Christianity in An Age of Science.
Call Mary, 612.806.0732, if you are interested in being on the list for a future trip.