The Power of Storytelling

Sunday, August 6 – Thursday, August 10, 2017

Deans:  Barbara Leigh-Shields and Cyndy Leigh

Ministers in Residence:  Rev. Tom Owen-Towle and Rev. Carolyn Owen-Towle

De Benneville Pines invites you to a summer camp designed for adults. Take a break from your cares, the city bustle, and the August heat. Retreat to the beauty of our mountain camp where UU’s and like-minded friends share experiences and refresh their souls.  Swimming, hiking, crafting, dancing, canoeing, star gazing, socializing, learning, and more! It is all happening during your“Summer Break”!



This year we are inviting storytellers who promise to excite, entertain, and help you improve your own storytelling. Author Chris Epting will be joining us again this year. Last year, the prolific author wowed us with his vast collection of tales that kept us on the edge of our seats. This year, Chris will present daily morning programs about the journals of our lives. A short morning worship meeting will precede his talk. In addition, throughout the week our camp chaplains the Reverends Tom and Carolyn Owen-Towle will offer spiritual talks in our beautiful new pavilion. During the afternoon, you create your own schedule from a variety of storytelling, craft, writing, and self-help workshops.

Get together with friends for our evening social hour and sing-along program. As night falls you will enjoy the clear summer evening beneath the stars while listening to fascinating storytellers. For instance Teddi Boston will tell her amazing story as the first women to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone. Her experiences will inspire you.

The Singing in the Pines UU Choir camp will be happening simultaneously with our Summer Break event, and there is always a rich exchange of sharing between the two groups.

Base price :  $480 per person  (Save $30 and register by July 31, 2017)

Double bottom bed in Craig’s Cabin:  $60 per person upgrade fee

Twin upper bed in Craig’s Cabin:  $50 per person upgrade fee

Twin bottom bed in Cabin #6: $40 per person upgrade fee

Double bed in Cabins 5, 7, 8:  $40 per person upgrade fee

** Double beds are reserved for couples and then assigned to others as requested.



Chris Epting is the author of 26 travel/history books, including
 James Dean Died Here” (Santa Monica Press),”Roadside Baseball” (McGraw Hill), “Hello It’s Me, Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie” (Santa Monica Press), and many others.

He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Westways, and Travel + Lesiure magazine, among other publications.

In addition, Chris is a veteran music journalist and recently co-wrote Def Leppard’s Phil Collen’s memoir, “Adrenalized.”

Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and their two children.