Part I: Camp Lake Placid, we hold you in our hearts…

29 Feb

“I see your true colors shining through…so don’t be afraid to let them show”
Cyndi Lauper, “True Colors”

PA mid-year retreat

This year for the mid-year retreat, P.A. Chicago met up with P.A. Cincinnati and P.A. Indianapolis at Camp Lake Placid in Indiana. From February 1st-3rd we focused on journey to self (whole, creative, and physical) and journey of self to community. Here is a snippet of what Wednesday and the first half of Thursday looked like:


One of the most enjoyable activities on Wednesday was the Cultural Share aka open mic. PA Chicago second year Posey did a great job as MC. Acts also varied widely from singing to spoken word to piano playing to written poetry. I decided to get up and sing “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees. It was a real crowd pleaser as everyone in the room sang with me. Unfortunately, I do not have a video of this experience but you can see video of one performance here. I have also included some audio recordings of myself below you can listen to.


The second day of retreat consisted of four workshop sessions you could go to with 16 workshop choices. I decided to have a theme of relaxation and creativity for the workshops I went to.

Workshop I: Vision Boards

In this workshop, we looked at who we wanted to become and where we wanted to go in life. Example question: What does your ideal self look like? It was a great time with paint, scissors, and lots of magazines. Here is my finished board:

Vision Board

Workshop II: Exquisite Corpse

For those who have never played, Exquisite Corpse can either be done using writing and/or drawing. We did the writing only version. It starts with you writing two sentences and then folding the paper over so only the last word can be seen then the next person writes two sentences based on that word. Here are how our stories came out:

Story 1

Story 2

Story 3

Story 4

Food for thought: What do you do to rejuvenate yourself? and/or What is your (not-so) hidden talent?


One Response to “Part I: Camp Lake Placid, we hold you in our hearts…”


  1. Part II: Camp Lake Placid, we hold you in our hearts… | Ally Snapshots - March 1, 2012

    […] For the first half of retreat, please visit “Part 1: Camp Lake Placid, we hold you in our hearts…” […]

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