Located on 230 acres . . . yes, it seems evident that we would offer experiences on “the land.” However, as the Franciscan Life Process Center staff knows, “Land Experiences” first and foremost have to do with the “land of each person” and his/her needs and desires.
Land Experiences can be as elemental as becoming at ease with working outside, pulling weeds, digging a hole, raking leaves, or picking up branches or twigs.
Land Experiences can be a bit more advanced including weeding in a garden and learning what plants we leave in each plot, trimming a shrub or tree so that it grows rather than dies, learning to work with a group to put up a fence, creating a garden, harvesting an apple crop, or canning and freezing fruits and vegetables.
Land Experiences can also be specific to include working with an animal or assisting clients while they work with an animal, working with a team who does haying, creating a path in a wood lot, or planting seedlings to create a new “Christmas Tree lot.”
Land experiences not only offer opportunities for volunteers to help in a “hands on” way, but also help to transform the interior “land” within each person.
Cris Ritsema, our Site Manager, works with individuals, and corporate, church, school and professional groups who volunteer their assistance. In addition, he works with those desiring to develop skills, work out personal challenges, or meet requirements for community service hours.