Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County



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Late September.

What better time to refresh, renew and find inspiration as you set your course for late Autumn and the coming winter.

September 27th through September 29th

New Wind Folk School

Port Washington

Water: Listen to the Story

Folk School: "a school established in Denmark and elsewhere in the Scandinavian countries for liberal education for working adults"

New Wind Folk School: a coming together of interesting presenters, students and ideas in the lovely harbor town of Port Washington. Both the setting and the focus are closely linked to Lake Michigan, water and renewal.

  • You may register for the entire event, one day or by individual sessions.
  • Full day or full weekend registrations include dinner.


* denotes single ticket event option available

All events are at the New Wind Folk School Headquarters unless otherwise noted


8:30 Continental breakfast (free)

9:30 - 12:00 Water Reflections - several activities to choose from

Water Play

Mindful Beach Walk

Tours of the historic Port Washington Light House and Port Fish aquaponics

Lake bluff journaling/ meditation

1:30 Circle of Oral History *

Indian tribal leader from Lake Superior, charter boat captain from Lake Michigan and farmer from jackson, WI share their perspectives on this time in Wisconsin history.

4:00 Painters' Project at the Blue Heron Gallery

5:00 Dinner at one of Port Washington's host restaurants

7:30 An Evening with Linda Allen *

Mountain Voices- A Holden Village Story

Singer-songwriter from Holden Village in the cascade Mountains brings her stories, songs and images of the Village, now retreat center, a former mining town undergoing restoration and repair from the damages of the mining operations.


9:30 - 11:00 Lake Dance *

From Lake Dance Environmental Education Outreach Center in Illinois, Clare Tallon Ruen facilitates a movement workshop, exploring personal connections to the Great Lakes and their ecology. Participants will create journals in the class to explore the connections further. The session closes with a performance based on the writings of noted author and conservationist, Michael Frome.

1:00 - 3:00 Water Symposium at the Wilson House *

"The Future of Water in Lakes Michigan and Superior and the Milwaukee River Basin"

Panel includes J. Val Klump, Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes Water Institute, Mark Peterson, Sigrid Olsen Environmental Institute

Joe Rath, Milwaukee Riverkeeper,

John Walther, Village of Jackson Administrator,

Moderator: Mary Ann Ihm, Wellspring

4:00 - 5:00 Painters' Project at the Blue Heron Gallery

5:00 Dinner at one of Port Washington's host restaurants

7:30 An Evening with John Magnuson *

"The River is Flowing: Compassion and Justice for the New Earth"

John leads community story telling and music. He brings his wisdom from his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, parish priest, initiating and providing projects in mental health, religion and the environment, working with at-risk youth and volunteers from local American Indian tribes and his current project of establishing 30 interfaith community gardens in 15 countries.


10:30 Breakfast Buffet/ Round Table Conversations with Presenters

12:00 - 1:00 Closing Celebration and Sending -  "Drops of Water a Might Ocean Make"

Special Events

Thursday, September 26th Reception and Introduction to the artists at The Painters' Project. Blue Heron Gallery, 102 E. Pier Street, Port Washington

8:00 p.m - Free and Open to the Public

Gift Shop and Exhibits at New Wind Folk School are free and open to the public throughout the weekend


Port Washington State Bank

Thrivent Financial

Lynde Uihlein

Greater Milwaukee Synod ELCA

Michael Frome

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

Full Weekend: $125; Friday only: $70; Saturday only: $70

Single event $20.00  Simply write the event name on the form 

Full day registration includes dinner

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