Our retreats unite curious people, farmers, environmentalists, artists and educators together in one place. We believe in lifelong learning and creating opportunities for those in pursuit of acquiring new knowledge, refining a skill set or simply seeking personal or professional inspiration. Retreats consist of workshops, site visits, outdoor play and community: these experiences, and the reflections and stories that accompany them, are what fosters the connection between people and place.

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Building Minimalism

Grand Marais, MN

 

Testimonials

"The weekend far exceeded my expectations. I came in with a pretty open mind but I really didn't expect to be driving away on Sunday thinking "Wow, that was a really amazing and impactful experience." 

Luke A Miller / Building Minimalism retreat 2019

“Rettlers brought to Grand Marais their first Building Minimalism event and along with that, a beautiful mix of people that are in love with the idea of simpler living. I learned that, while the paths to reach it may be different, the destination goal was always the same, to preserve the two most precious gifts we have in this life: time and earth. I am bringing much inspiration and excitement to our property and will keep working to a more sustainable, low impact and slow living way to be shared with our loved ones and our guests. Thank you Rettlers for such a beautifully curated and successful event!”

Simone of Agua Norte Timber Cabin

 

Past Presenters

Lonnie Dupre   Arctic Explorer and Carpenter

Lonnie Dupre

Arctic Explorer and Carpenter

Nicole Ektnitphong   Facilitator, Trainer and Community Organizer

Nicole Ektnitphong

Facilitator, Trainer and Community Organizer

Mark Hansen   Founder of North House Folk School and Carpenter

Mark Hansen

Founder of North House Folk School and Carpenter