12343
Sturgis
A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites
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
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Registration & Tour/Orientation
Sturgis, MI
D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Afternoon: 3:00 p.m. Registration and walking tour (optional) at 4:00 pm

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Meals are buffet style with a variety of dietary needs in mind. Our staff seeks to create tasty, home style meals that are good for you, too!

Evening: 6:30 pm Orientation

DAY
2
Amish-Mennonite Heritage/Menno-Hof/Dinner at Amish home
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious hot entrees with the addition of fresh fruit. We prepare our eggs in a variety of ways throughout the week, plus breakfast meats and options such as pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: What is "Anabaptist" and where do the Amish and Mennonite traditions begin?

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: Field Trip to town of Shipshewana, IN, and a visit to Menno-Hof, a non-commercial setting to learn accurate information about the faith and life of Mennonites and Amish in north-central Indiana, one of the world's largest Anabaptist communities.

Dinner: At 5:30 pm we will enjoy a "Thrasher's Meal" at a local Amish home. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish thrashers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal.We'll bring our pie back with us to Amigo - to enjoy a little later in the evening!

Evening: Return to Amigo Centre and enjoy a relaxing evening making new friends or simply enjoying your surroundings.

DAY
3
Amish-Mennonite Heritage Class
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit, hot breakfast foods including eggs, meat and a variety throughout the week of pancakes, baked oatmeal or French toast.

Morning: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Migrations and Settlements.

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert. After lunch, you'll have an opportunity for an informal nature walk along some of our many trails where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and lakeside. You might even see a deer!

Afternoon: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: we will meet with a local Amish couple who are prepared to share their story as well as answer questions you may have.

Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Get ready for some of our delicious desserts -- sure to tickle your palate -- Grasshopper Pie or Brownie Cheesecake, to name a few!

Evening: Campfire & Pontoon rides: Beginning around 6:00 pm we'll have a campfire with pontoon rides by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Perrin Lake, and/or gather around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S 'mores. (Everybody wants s' more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow everyone to participate.

DAY
4
Free time/Visit a local Amish farm, business and school
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone's favorite!

Morning: Free time

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: Field trip to local Amish community

Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Dessert could be Blueberry Crunch or Apple Crisp... both scrumptious!

Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 6:30 pm for our very own "Talent Show" with and for the group. Bring a story, poem, song, hobby, or whatever you would like to present (for up to 5 minutes). We will also have time for you to share stories of other Road Scholar programs you have participated in and would most recommend.

DAY
5
Amish-Mennonite Heritage/Evening of musical entertainment
Sturgis, MI
B,L,D
Amigo Centre & Retreat

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the Dining Hall at 8:00 am. In addition to the other tasty options, we might have coffee cake or rolls today.

Morning: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Gemeinschaft, core Anabaptist values, World War II and CPS... just to name a few of the topics we will cover today.

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. We provide a variety of home style meals throughout the program. What has been your favorite thus far? Please be sure to let us know what you have liked the best!

Afternoon: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Meetinghouse Theology, Confessions of Faith, Schools, Earning a Living ... are some of the topics we will discuss today.

Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.

Evening: An evening of music entertainment and sing-a-long

DAY
6
Amish-Mennonite Heritage Wrap-up
Sturgis, MI
B,L

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast is available starting at 7:00 am.

Morning: At 8:00 am our final Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: What the Amish can teach us. We will conclude with our closing session and then finish with brunch.

Lunch: The program concludes with brunch in the Dining Hall at 10:30 am. Last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola... we're sure you'll want to purchase some to extend your Amigo memories! We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Happy Trails to you until we meet again!