2024 Forma Conference
A Way in the Wilderness
Nestled into the curves of the Vermillion River, Bellwether Farm is a camp, retreat, and education center dedicated to exposing the wider community to the creation that sustains all of life. As a working farm, its life focuses on four primary activities.
Facilities & Grounds
Bellwether Farm is a unique and affordable option for your next gathering. The center offers brand new facilities featuring a green technology, renewable energy, and water reclamation systems.
“Forma: A Ministry of Lifelong Learning,” is the Network for Christian Formation for the Episcopal Church and beyond. This year's Forma conference, "Way in the Wilderness," is on Zoom with gatherings around the country for those who wish to experience it in community. The Diocese of Ohio will host a local site at Bellwether Farm for the Monday and Tuesday sessions. (The Forma conference runs M-Th.)
Any ministry leader (from whatever diocese, tradition, church, or role!) who works in faith formation is invited. We'll balance our time viewing an amazing array of conference speakers and workshop sessions with time for thoughtful discussion off-line. Most importantly, being “away” at Bellwether Farm can create space for you to Sabbath and retreat, whether that’s by working from a new setting or taking time to hike, work in the greenhouses, visit with the goats, or sit by the fire. Of course, the farm-to-table meals and beautiful accommodations will help us enter into this space of retreat and wilderness.
A little livestream, a little in person; a little away, a little close to home; a little community, a little solitude: may this Forma conference bless us in whatever ways we need!
*registration closes January 12
Prices: Registration to the Forma Conference is INCLUDED in this cost:
All retreat rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, all linens and towels, and 2 extra long twin beds or one double bed. ADA accessible rooms are available.
Monday, January 22 - Tuesday, January 23, 2024
2:00pm - 7:00pm
Bellwether Farm is a model of green technology featuring passive buildings, renewable energy, and more. It is a vehicle through which we can teach the wider community about fidelity to the environment, nutrition, physical and spiritual wellness, local food sourcing, food justice, and sustainable living.
Volunteer around Bellwether Farm. Opportunities are posted as they become available.