December 11, 2019
This fall was filled with exploration and new experiences! World for Children, a local non-profit serving families of foster and adopted children experienced an unforgettable weekend together under the stars- camping and exploring the joys of the outdoors. Sponsored by Flat Creek Winery, families were able to participate in high and low ropes team building, kayaking, archery, equine assisted learning and nature-based arts & crafts. There were many firsts for both children and parents including sleeping outside in a tent, shooting archery, canoeing on Lake Travis and zip lining! But, most important of all, families came together, bonded, met new friends and escaped the busy pace of everyday life. As one parent reflected; “This is a wonderful escape from reality! We really learned that nature is beautiful.”
Changing Lives, a group of teens dedicated to the theatrical arts and advocacy of the LGBTQ community also joined us for a weekend retreat of self-discovery. Students had the opportunity to disconnect from social pressures, connect with nature and take a moment to find what matters most. At the end of the weekend one student shared, “I learned that I can be completely myself, open and honest with the group.” Another student shared, “I learned that sometimes taking risks can really pay off, even if it doesn’t go the way I thought it would.”
This fall we also excitedly hosted Blue Corn Harvest for a day of team building on our low and high ropes courses as a thank you for choosing Candlelight Ranch as their Green Chili Festival charitable recipient. Other groups who joined us at the Ranch included Marble Falls Elementary Life Skills classroom, Creative Action and Google who visited the Ranch for an outdoor retreat from the office where they practiced team building, escaped the “concrete jungle” and reconnected with nature.