Annual Retreat 2024
We invite you to remember, renew, and tap into our joy!
The Buell Leaders Council (BLC) invites you to join your fellow Buellers at The Mining Exchange on June 7th and June 8th for our Rejuvenating Joy Retreat.

Our retreat intentions:
  • Provide creative, caring, reflective, and thought-provoking spaces.
  • Experience activities that allow joy to find you and for you to find it.
  • Notice and support expressions of joy.
  • Illuminate the voices of our Network.

Registration Fee + Lodging: You will find multiple options for your lodging needs as we know some Buell Leaders prefer a single room. Room details are available in the registration link.

Before March 22nd
$75.00- single room hotel lodging
$50.00- for a shared room (2 queen beds)
$25.00- registration fee and/or no lodging required.

March 23-May 3rd-
$85.00- single room hotel lodging (2 queen beds)
$60.00- for a shared room (2 queen beds)
$35.00- registration fee, no lodging required.

The BECLN has scholarship funds if the cost of the retreat is prohibitive to attend the retreat. Please select the scholarship option in the registration form. 

Complete registration by May 5, 2024
If you would like to extend your room reservation, you must contact The Mining Exchange, at
(719) 323-2000, after you complete your registration.

If you have any questions or need more information, reach out to BECLN staff at [email protected].
The Mining Exchange
Colorado Springs, CO
Date & Time
June 7, 2024, 10:00 AM through
June 8, 2024 - 3:00 PM
Rejuvenating Joy
Rejuvenating Joy may conjure up different thoughts and emotions to each of us. For the retreat planning team it means remembering, renewing, tapping, finding joy or being open to joy finding us. We can’t wait to explore and experience what rejuvenating joy means to you!

The poem 'Joy Chose You' by Donna Ashworth describes our hope for your experience at this retreat.

Joy does not arrive with a fanfare
on a red carpet strewn
with the flowers of a perfect life...
Keynote Speaker
Leading With Joy:
Practices to Promote and Enhance Joy Using the Cultural Capital of Families, Children, & Communities
Cultural capital is a reservoir of joy, waiting to be tapped. By nurturing and promoting positive racial and cultural identity, fostering intergenerational knowledge and resilience, emphasizing culturally responsive, culturally affirming, and culturally sustaining practices, we can promote joy in children, families, and communities.
Don't miss out.
Register by May 5, 2024.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Book Clubs
Aligning with our retreat theme of Rejuvenating Joy, Buell Leaders are hosting two joy-centered book clubs, culminating with a conversation at the retreat in June. Participants are in charge of purchasing their books.
Allison Alexander
Cohort 13
Together we will explore Unearthing Joy: A Guide to Culturally and Historically Responsive Curriculum and Instruction by Gholdy Muhammad. Participation at all sessions is encouraged, but in no way a requirement. Whether you read the book devouring each word or simply admire the cover after purchasing it, you are welcome in this club! This multi-sensory book is designed for educators, but has something for everyone who works with other humans. In a world that could benefit from a bit more joy, this book club seeks to nourish the soul and ignite joyful delight.

Join as your schedule permits,
Zoom, 5:45 - 6:45 pm
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Thursday, May 16, 2024

Culminating conversation at our Rejuvenating Joy retreat
Saturday, June 8, 2024

To stay in the loop and receive the zoom link, please email: [email protected].
Shela Blankinship
cohort 2
In the spirit of Joyful Leadership, we will have delightful conversations around the book, Leading with Joy; Practices for Uncertain Times by Akaya Windwood and Rajasvini Bhansali. This book club will explore how leaders can reclaim their purpose and embrace joy. The joy of book clubs comes within the conversations, stepping into dialog with peers in a safe and encouraging space. Plan to get comfortable and grab a drink of choice for an enjoyable evening with fellow Buellers.

Join as your schedule permits,
Zoom, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Culminating conversation at our Rejuvenating Joy retreat

Email Shela to let her know you'll be joining, [email protected].
Friday, June 7
11:00 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:30 pm
Juicing Your Joy
3:30 pm
Hotel check-in
4:30 pm
Cocktail Hour
5:30 pm
7:00 pm
SPEAKER: Dr. Rosemarie Allen
8:30 pm
Light Reception and Networking
Saturday, June 8
7:00 am
8:00 am
Book Clubs
9:00 am
Legislative Update
10:00 am
BECLN Strategic Planning
11:30 pm
12:30 pm
Glimmers of Joy
2:00 pm
Spreading Our Joy (wrap-up)
3:00 pm
Optional Sound Bath send-off
Retreat Location
8 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Originally constructed in 1902 to serve as a stock exchange for local mining enterprises, this boutique hotel, known as The Mining Exchange, has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment. The aim was to seamlessly blend the historic architecture with contemporary elegance. Situated in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, guests will find themselves in proximity to outdoor attractions like the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, as well as a diverse range of dining and shopping experiences.
Thank you to the Buell Foundation for their ongoing support. 

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