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Michigan

Buggies and Bonnets: Delving into the Amish Way of Life

Enjoy insider access to an Amish and Mennonite community and explore their enduring ways of life as you enjoy a traditional meal, meet an Amish couple and learn about their culture.
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Program No. 12343RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
879
Michigan

Buggies and Bonnets: Delving into the Amish Way of Life

Enjoy insider access to an Amish and Mennonite community and explore their enduring ways of life as you enjoy a traditional meal, meet an Amish couple and learn about their culture.
Length
6 days
Starts at
879
Program No. 12343 RJ
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At a Glance

In the heart of a thriving Amish and Mennonite community, explore the sociology, history, spirituality and values of these people, through stories and dialogue with a colorful Mennonite historian. Learn what makes the Old Order Amish and Mennonites distinctive and at the same time what we have in common. From a traditional “Thrasher’s Meal” at an Amish home to visiting Amish enterprises, immerse yourself in a way of life that is a refreshing contrast to the modern world. As a special feature, enjoy nature activities, such as bird-watching, at the on-site nature center.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn how the Amish lead their daily lives during field trips through this beautiful farmland region.
  • Visit with a young Amish couple who operate their own Amish store, specializing in herbs and natural health remedies.
  • Visit a one-room Amish school house and visit with teachers and students, and experience an authentic Amish buggy ride.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Program 12343: A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites is offered the same week as 20986: Amish-Mennonite Quilt Series.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Riddle of Amish Culture
by Donald Kraybill
"The Riddle of Amish Culture" provides some clues and starts some conversation to better understand how the Amish answer some of life's questions. The differences in cultures are explained and unpacked in the this book.
The History of the Amish
by Steven M. Nolt
"Authoritative source on Amish history from their origins in 1693."
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, David Weaver-Zercher
A story of the forgiveness and grace that followed the school shooting in Nickel Mines, PA. "Amish Grace" explores the many questions the story raises about the religious beliefs that led the Amish to forgive so quickly.
The Amish: A Concise Introduction
by Steven M. Nolt
"Provides insight into the ways Amish life and practice are evolving in 21st-century America."





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