Kettunen Conference Center

Tustin, Michigan

14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, Michigan 49688 

  July 9-15, 2017


If you are ready for a rumpus and a wild time, put July Camp on your calendar and register now! This is the only full week summer camp this year so we have reserved plenty of space - even 10 rooms upgraded to include bathroom and linens for two. What can you expect from this adventure? -There will be a scavenger hunt every day where you will try to find where the WILD THING has gone. -There will be puzzle points earned for other things you find in the wild and photograph with your phone or camera. 

There will be a costume party where you can dress for the theme in animal print clothes or costumed as a wild animal! -There will be a papier mache craft Monday afternoon so you can create an animal mask for the costume party or fashion wild animals. -There will be a campfire where you will be in the wild with drumming and rhythm makers (bring them along.) - There will be a wild time at the Camp Show as usual. -There will be canoes and kayaks as usual on the lake

I won’t tell all, for there needs to be a few surprises when you get to camp. Just come prepared to meet some interesting, fun, exciting people (see the picture?). Come prepared to eat some great food. Come prepared to lounge on the enormous deck or join a conversation or a jam session. Come to have laughter and fun. 

Morning Groups:

Yoga and Spirituality- Sandy Argas

We’ll couple Posture Yoga with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Focusing on those poses that improve your overall stance, the goal is to achieve a vinyasa flow by week’s end. Please bring a mat and a yoga tie (a bathrobe belt is a fine substitute).

Kristen Neff’s work with Mindfulness will be the basis for our meditations. A simple Vipassana technique will be our starting point.

Sandy has been coming to AMUUSE for six years and led Posture Yoga previously with the soft yoga ball technique. She loves how Self-Compassion pairs so well with yoga.

Wild Watercolor – Jill Murphy

This morning group is for both beginners and those experienced in watercolor art. You will learn to mix colors, work with design and texture and/or work on your own project.

Jill has taken watercolor classes for three years and has previously run this morning group and received positive reviews. She has been coming to AMUUSE for many years.

Massage – Sue Breen

In this morning group you will learn to give and you will receive a full body relaxation massage. It is not necessary to bring a partner. There will be an even number of participants and, by design, you will be switching partners throughout the week. Please bring your own set of sheets (twin-size are the easiest to work with), a pillowcase, and a large towel. Massage

oil will be provided, or if you prefer, you may bring your own.

Sue has been attending AMUUSE camps since 2003 and has been practicing massage therapy over the past 8 years.

Getting it Down.  Writing from Our Lives - Pat Schneider 

Do you journal? Jot down snatches of conversation? Think about how that incident at the coffee shop yesterday seems like a scene from a novel? Or perhaps you write brief pieces that reflect your thoughts on life. “Getting It Down” is for you.   This morning group with Pat Schneider will give participants opportunities to tap memories, impressions, and imagination as material for sketches, fictional vignettes or personal essays. “Getting It Down” will use writing exercises, readings, deep listening, and sharing to help participants stretch their creative muscles. if you can relax and let it flow, you will be able to write in this morning group. Participants will meditate briefly, then do timed longhand writing to relax and get in a generative state of mind. Next will be exercises focused on a theme. Then we will read our pieces aloud. All will get a chance to practice listening as they put aside distractions to enter the world created by their morning group mates. Finally, we will share what resonates with us about the writings of others, discussing our work in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Exploring Nature and the Outdoors- Mike Metreger

In our morning group you will learn to become one with nature both through Mindfulness and feet on the ground observation. We’ll spend several days hiking through the beautiful trails at Kettunen immersed in tree, plant, bird and other wildlife identification. One day will be spent doing the same on scenic Center Lake. On another day we will learn how to be in the moment with nature through breathing and imagery exercises (please bring a blanket or yoga matt) and then finish the week with a “Wildlife Observation Contest” where teams will compete for the most extreme sightings of nature.

Michael Metreger has been attending AMUUSE camps since the mid-90’s and has hiked the trails in many state and federal parks throughout the country including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He has been a member of Sierra Club since 2000 and recently explored the sights of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


You can get more information from Gwen Valore --- or 740-363-4630