Cobblestone Springs hosts open house, Oct. 18

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The Chronicle Express

Book launch of founder’s poetry, “Of Elemental Spirits: The Poetry of Jan Carr.”

Cobblestone Springs, a nondenominational retreat center near Dundee, is hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. 

Cobblestone Springs

As part of the event, they announce the publication of founder Jan Carr’s first book, “Of Elemental Spirits: The Poetry of Jan Carr.” The event will feature readings by the author, book signing, and refreshments.

This graceful volume includes 29 poems by Carr, capturing her careful observations and insights into the natural world around her. She has been writing poetry for many years, but this is the first time a collection has been available to the public. Published as a limited edition, copies will be available only while they last for $15 each. Proceeds benefit programming at Cobblestone Springs.

Masks are required for all in-person programs. If weather permits, most of the events will be held outdoors. Guests may be welcomed inside in small groups, but may explore and enjoy the beautiful grounds while waiting. Please also check the website ( or call 607-243-8212 a day or two ahead to confirm any planned in-person activity in the event of changes in state guidelines before this event.

Jan Carr
"Of Elemental Spirits: The Poems of Jan Carr"

Jan Carr

Jan lives near Himrod and works as an all-purpose remodeling contractor and gardener/landscaper. As former co-owner of a blueberry farm here, she has always had a deep connection to the spirit of the land.

Cobblestone Springs

Cobblestone Springs is committed to conscious and responsible participation in the process of creation. We focus our programs on community, creativity, spirituality, and nature. We believe in the essential interdependence of Earth, plant and animal life, and all of humanity. Cobblestone Springs exists to promote awareness of this interdependence by actively engaging people in building community with one another and in stewardship of the Earth. As a retreat center founded in 1995, we strive to create a welcoming place of renewal for people to engage in self-directed contemplation as well as shared group experiences and discussions.