2021 in Review: Giving thanks to those who serve others

2021 in Review: Giving thanks to those who serve others

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving and reflect on the past year, we offer thanks to those who dedicate themselves to caring for others or advancing positive change in the world. This work can be depleting and often benefits from the opportunity to regroup, restore, and plan for future service. With state-of-the-art facilities located on 290 sweeping acres in the western Catskills, The nonprofit Uplands Center provides space and support for team building, strategic planning, wellness, and self-care. We are deeply grateful to all of you valued friends of The Uplands: it is your support that makes this vision a reality.


Retreat Spotlight

The Uplands had an active retreat season following our launch in May! We were thrilled to host several retreats, including:

Clinton Hill Community Action on The Uplands’ “Wellness Walk”


Community Spotlight

The Uplands is committed to Delaware County, the town of Walton and the larger community in which it is located. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with regional service organizations and offer a convenient venue for other community-building and engagement activities.

In 2021 we hosted several local organizations for day retreats, strategy meetings, and beyond:

Releasing milkweed seeds at the Metamorphosis art event


Environmental Spotlight
As the season of giving approaches, we are reflecting on what nature teaches us about gifts and reciprocity. Within The Uplands’ abundant landscape, gifts and services are exchanged between the plants and animals residing within. Berries in our fields provide critical nutrition to birds, bears, deer, and more, who in turn spread seeds and fertilizer through their droppings.  Similarly, hundreds of bee species forage nectar from goldenrod and other wildflowers while providing pollination services. Through examples such as these all around us, it is clear that gifts in nature are seldom accepted without an offering in return.

Uplands Offering

Our kitchen staff is sharing one of their favorite autumn side dishes. Try it this Thanksgiving!

Sue’s Autumn Brussels Salad

1-1.5 lbs of brussel sprouts, shredded

1-2 tart apples, peeled and diced

½ cup of apple cider vinegar

3 tbs of sugar (brown sugar works great here)

3 tbs butter or olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup of praline walnuts (recipe follows) Optional

Saute half of the diced apples in melted butter or oil. Add vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, stir until slightly thickened. Pour hot dressing over shredded brussel sprouts at least 10 minutes before serving to assure some wilting. If you’d like to add the walnuts, saute ½ cup of walnuts in 2 tbs of butter and 1 tbs of sugar until slightly brown. Add to salad and toss. 


Get involved!

Please consider donating or sponsoring a retreat. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable The Uplands to remain accessible to groups with limited financial means.


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