June 3-5, 2005: Birds & Butterflies of the Texas Hill Country
Join us for a weekend with Ro Wauer, noted author of numerous books on Texas natural history. Ro worked for the National Park Service for 32 years before retiring in 1989; since that time he has devoted himself to writing, lecturing, and leading tours. For many years his chief focus was on birds, but more recently butterflies have become a consuming interest. On Friday night, we will have a get-acquainted dinner in our home. Saturday morning early, before the butterflies take flight, we will look for the best-known birds of the hill country, such as painted buntings, vermilion flycatchers, green kingfishers, and of course, our two endangered species, golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo (both of which nest at Lost Canyon). In the afternoon we will pursue butterflies in the gardens specifically designed to attract them and in the more remote parts of the property. We’ve found 21 species in the garden in an afternoon! Saturday night Ro will present a slide presentation on butterflies. On Sunday we will repeat the Saturday schedule: birds in the morning, butterflies in the afternoon. Like the botany weekend this program is appropriate for people of all skill levels – beginners are most welcome, as are children old enough to keep up with the group.
The cost for these programs and dinner with us is just $15. per person, beyond the price of the cabin you choose. All of the cabins have fully-equipped kitchens, so you can prepare your own meals, except for the dinner in our home.
Aug 26-28, 2005: Summer Skies
To take advantage of this we’re offering a two-night star party at Lost Canyon on the weekend of August 26-28. The moon will not be rising until after midnight, so we will have three hours of inky-dark skies, after which we can enjoy looking at the moon, too! We’ll use our recently-acquired 12.5” Starmaster scope to look for a wide variety of deep-sky objects: globular clusters, galaxies, planetary nebulas, double stars. Our 4” refractor will also be available for stunning wide-field views of the Milky Way, for open star-clusters, and for viewing the moon after it rises. We’ll brew coffee, and stay up late!
The party begins with a pot-luck supper at out home on Friday evening at 7:30 (I’ll give cooking assignments so we don’t end up with seven salads!). We’ll do the same on Saturday evening. In between you can enjoy sleeping, reading, swimming, hiking – the usual Lost Canyon pleasures.
Fall Watercolor Weekend at Lost Canyon
Gordon is one of the famous “Watercolor Gang” members and a signature member of AWS, NWS and TWS. He is a nationally known artist, having had his works published in art magazines and articles around the country. In addition he has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1976, and was selected as San Antonio Artist of the Year in 1986. He has been accepted in over 50 regional and national competitions with over 35 awards.
Gordon has agreed to do another workshop just for Lost Canyon (due to the tremendous response in 2004)! He will be conducting an all-day plein aire watercolor workshop with a demo on Saturday, and will give individual help on Sunday as you paint the beauty of Lost Canyon.
Cost for the weekend, including Friday night dinner, hosted by owners Tom and Judy Taylor, and Gordon West’s workshop, is only $175.00!
Your non-refundable deposit of $50.* will save your spot. Please make checks out to Lost Canyon Retreat Ranch and send to Patsy Sasek, 3834 Highcliff Dr., San Antonio, TX 78218. A brochure, map, itinerary and what to bring will be sent to you. The remaining $125. must be paid by Sept. 1. For more information please call Patsy at 210-967-9891, or check the website at www.lostcanyon.org.
Hurry…this retreat is limited to the first 12-14 people!
*Sorry, but we cannot refund on any cancellation made 30 days or less prior to workshop. If there is a waiting list and your spot can be filled, you will receive a refund less the $50.00 non-refundable fee.
Pastor's Respite Program
For men and women engaged in full-time ordained ministry we offer a substantially reduced rate Sunday – Thursday night, year-round. Spouses and children are welcome. Please contact us for details.