Neskowin Valley School will be the venue for an Intergenerational Family Retreat this July, giving families the chance to explore their creative curiosities together throughout a three-day weekend.

Held from July 22 through 24, the retreat will include workshops on singing, dancing, musical instrument instruction, art, storytelling, literacy, cooking, costume play, hiking, meditation, performance and service.

The gathering is being organized by Crystal Akins, founder of Intergenerational Outreach Choirs, and her mother, Vickie Meneses, founder of Oceana Family Literacy Center.

Proceeds from the retreat will fund the women’s choir inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Instructors at the event will include Okaidja, a musician from Ghana who will lead retreat participants in singing, drumming and dance; Steve Aman, piano accompanist for the Coffee Creek Women’s Choir, who will lead the Teen Rock Band Workshop; and Katy Mcinally who will lead participants on a yoga adventure with the intention of love and kindness.

All retreat participants and instructors will spend the weekend camping on school grounds tent style, with a community campfire in the evenings.

The retreat price is $55 per adult, with day passes available for $50. Youth 18 and under get in free.

All registration is due by July 11 and space is limited to 50 families.

For details, contact Akins at or 503-358-6143.

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