Into the HEARTland: Healing What Divides Us- Song and Story Fest | July 3-9, Eldora, IA

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Join us for this 26th annual Song & Story Fest in the HEARTland!

Recharge and refresh with us at Camp Pine Lake!

A unique Family Camp featuring Brethren musicians and
storytellers exploring and healing what divides us.

As we enter the Heartland of the country, let us draw together to sing, tell stories, dance, listen, and share with one another. We are living in a world that is divided: by ideas, identities, loyalties, the places we live, learn, and worship. We will examine our own hearts and thinking, and work to get to the heart of these divisions, exploring how we might come together and heal our communities, each other, and ourselves. Like last year, we’ll be gathering and eating outside with dispersed sleeping arrangements, but at least we’ll be face-to-face! Otherwise, we expect a more or less normal Fest. So, Come! Take some time to tell your stories, to speak from the heart, celebrating our journeys and those who have passed on. At the Fest, through music, stories, and community, we open ourselves to the holy so that our life and work move more in time with the energizing Spirit of Life, to heal what divides us and open our hearts in love. 

Daily schedule:

7:30 Peaceful Morning Meditation 
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
9:15-10:15 Morning Gatherings - Singing, Stories, Worship on the day's theme
10:30 Workshops
12:00 Lunch
1:30-5:00 Free Time: Recreation, Swimming, Rest, Jam Sessions, Choir Rehearsals
3:30-5:00 Story Swaps, Jam Sessions, Talent Show (Friday)
5:30 Supper
7:00 Campfire - Singing, Stories, New Creations
8:30 Snack
8:45-10:15 Concerts or Folk Dance
11:00 Lights Out and Quiet

Featuring evening concerts from: 
Jenny & Jeffrey Faus (Monday) 
Rhonda & Greg and Chris Good (Tuesday)
Celloboe and Louise Brodie (Wednesday)
Peg Lehman and Shawn Kirchner (Thursday)
Mike Stern (Friday)
Song and Story Fest is a weeklong event, but drop-in participants are invited to just attend evening campfires & concerts ($20 suggested donation).  
Except for children under 5, we’re asking that everyone be fully vaccinated and boosted before the Fest. And bring your masks for when we are inside and closer together.


Registration and Fees 
Registration includes all meals, on-site facilities, and leadership and is based upon age. 
Children 4 and under are welcome, no charge.

Adults               $360
Teens                $240
Children 5 - 12   $150
Maximum Total Fee per Family  -  $1000

Please register now and remit the entire fee by June 1. Registrations after June 10
should add 10% as a late fee.  No discount for off-site, tent, or RV housing.
Daily Fee -  $45/adult, $30/teen, $20/child, $120/family, includes all meals and program.
Lodging is an additional $15/night per person.


Event begins 3pm Sunday, with supper at 5pm.

Event closes around 10:30am Saturday after breakfast and closing worship.  

Contact Ken Kline Smeltzer at [email protected] if you need financial help.

Call Darlene Johnson at 410-635-8704 to pay by credit card or ask registration questions; you may also mail registrations and checks to the address below:

On Earth Peace, P. O. Box 188; New Windsor, MD 21776
Phone: 410-635-8704; [email protected]

Download the registration brochure here!

July 03, 2022 at 3:00pm - July 10, 2022
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Camp Pine Lake, Eldora, IA
23008 W Ave
Eldora, IA 50627
United States
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Ken Kline Smeltzer · · 814-571-0495

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