Winter Institute (WI) is a long held tradition of gathering over President’s Day week-end for a mid-winter retreat at Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge, Ohio. This retreat was the brainchild of a group of Summer Institute (SI) attendees who wisely determined that a year between SI gatherings is just TOO LONG to wait to gather with extended Beloved UU Community! Last year, thanks to a pandemic-related hiatus regarding in-person programming, the committee provided a virtual WI “sampler,” an evening of creating the WI community spirit on Zoom. This was a fun opportunity to connect with old and new friends and get a booster shot of WI magic to hold us over for another year. (Is it too soon to bring up booster shots?!) We are delighted to invite you, once again, to join us in-person for Winter Institute at Salt Fork.
Over the years, this relaxing weekend has been an intimate gathering for UUs of all ages. There are frosty outdoor activities like sledding, hiking and cross country skiing. For those who choose to stay in their slippers all weekend, there is a beautiful lodge with its many cozy corners and fireplaces. The pool and hot tub are truly a wintertime treat. There are fellow UUs always ready to play board games or to join in the community jigsaw puzzle. We have wonderful community worship services in the morning and evenings. Check in Friday after 3:00 pm.
The Salt Fork State Park is the flagship lodge of the Ohio State Park System, located near Cambridge, Ohio. It is 2 hours from Columbus, Cleveland or Pittsburgh. The park has a beautiful lodge with an indoor pool, game room with pool tables, ping pong tables and video games, lounge and hiking trails. The lodge is handicap accessible. Directions will be sent with registration confirmation and can be obtained on the Salt Fork website.
A Post Pandemic Winter Institute
The UUA and the Central Eastern Region are cautiously anticipating the resuming of in-person programming in 2022, with new COVID-prompted protocols. These protocols will continue to evolve and are subject to change as evidence-based guidelines and best practices are communicated. For the safety of all:
- All attendees must be vaccinated against COVID if they are of an age able to be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination status.
- We will observe the practice of social distancing and wearing masks indoors for all gatherings (we’ll let you take it off to eat!)
In consideration of the above, we will be renting an additional hospitality suite so that we have two, and likely will set capacity limits for each. We also decided it would best to forgo the Friday night pizza party in the hospitality suite, given how tightly packed the suite usually is, and we will begin the weekend with our opening evening worship service. Feel free to arrive early and enjoy a meal in the restaurant. We will have masks available, as well as rapid COVID tests should anyone need them. The WI Planning committee is still working out final details, and will be communicating with folks who register, as well as sharing updates on our Facebook page. Join us in re-creating WI post-pandemic style!
Registration is a two-part process. First make your hotel reservations at Salt Fork at 740-435-9000. Please tell them you would like to book a room under the UU Winter Institute 2022 block. Rates are Deluxe King- $144 a night, Standard Double- $95.99 a night, Standard Double Bunk Beds $115.99 a night, Standard King- $115.99 a night. Reservations at this rate are only available by calling Salt Fork. Note this rate is only good until January 5.
Second part is to register for Winter Institute. Registration cost covers meals (Breakfast and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday, Breakfast Monday), rental of spaces used for registration, worship and hospitality, and administrative costs associated with the registration process, venue negotiations and staff support.
Costs: Save if you register early!
- Early Bird Rate through January 24: $150 per person 11 and up, $75 for children 4-10
- Regular rate January 25 - February 13: $175 per person 11 and up, $88 for children 4-10
- 3 and under are free
Registration deadline is February 13.
We hope you can make this a new midwinter tradition and join fellow UUs gathering in community.