UVM Students of Color Build Community at Common Ground Center

Tuesday March 29th, 2016 1:12PM

In February 2016, Common Ground Center hosted the University of Vermont's ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Native American) Student Center. CGC staff member Neily Jennings had a chance to interview Lam Phan, the Coordinator for Programs and Student Leadership Development at the ALANA Center, about their work. Here's what Lam had to say!


350Vermont Trains Climate Justice Leaders at Common Ground Center!

Friday February 26th, 2016 2:01PM

In February 2016, 350Vermont hosted a Climate Organizer Leadership Training weekend at Common Ground Center, and Common Ground Center staff member Neily Jennings had a chance to interview 350Vermont organizers Alix Lara and Brittany Dunn about their work. Here's what they had to say! 


Values in Common: Environmental Sustainability and Cooperation

Tuesday October 27th, 2015 2:34PM

This article appeared in The Other Paper, South Burlington’s community newspaper.


An Interview with Peg Kamens

Friday September 25th, 2015 2:57PM
Peg and Jim enjoy a meal together at Camp Common Ground.After 20 years of being at the helm at Common Ground Center along with her husband Jim Mendell, Peg Kamens has transitioned from her Co-Director role to an Advisor role and now puts her many talents toward other endeavors.

One Parent's Perspective: What Camp Kaleidoscope Means to Me

Friday September 18th, 2015 6:30PM

A Camp Kaleidoscope dad who wishes to remain anonymous shares his experience of the program after attending for multiple years in a row. You can read more about Camp K here.


Visit Families Around the World through Servas

Friday May 15th, 2015 3:06PM

By Jim Mendell

I first heard about Servas from a friend of a friend. It seemed too good to be true. For a nominal fee, I could stay with families in countries around the world. Rather than being a tourist seeing only other tourists, I had the opportunity to know the natives and learn about their culture.


Growing Youth Interfaith Connections at Common Ground Center

Friday March 20th, 2015 1:08PM

In early March, 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting the Vermont & New Hampshire chapters of Kids 4 Peace. We spoke with the Regional Director of the program, Jeff Mandell (pictured at right), about his experience working with the group.

Tell us a little bit about what Kids 4 Peace does, and how it aims to impact the communities that it works with.


Experience Yoga at Common Ground Center

Monday February 9th, 2015 3:58PM

Lonnie Poland, founder of Experience Yoga in Milton, Vermont, recently held her fourth annual Relax and Renew Women’s Yoga Retreat at Common Ground Center. The retreat has been so popular that Lonnie has added another weekend this year, coming up on March 14-15, 2015


Full Barrel Co-op Builds Community at Common Ground Center

Friday January 23rd, 2015 5:04PM

We were pleased to host Full Barrel Co-op Brewery and Taproom's recent strategic planning retreat! Over a dozen volunteers, pledges and investors spent the day diving deep into their mission, vision, and values. They also hammered out bylaws and worked on marketing ideas.


Common Ground Center Announces Executive Director!

Tuesday December 16th, 2014 4:45PM

Dear Common Ground Community,

Season’s Greetings to you and your family! I hope this letter finds you warm and well.


Connecting Across Faith During the Holidays

Monday December 8th, 2014 12:24PM

At Common Ground Center, we create a space where people can connect across differences. During the holiday season, we find ourselves connecting across faith with a universal message of love, cheer, and togetherness. Participants in our programs and groups that rent our site represent a multitude of faiths and spiritualities, and it is truly a blessing to be a part of the rich community that celebrates these differences.


A Little Night Baseball with the Boys

Thursday November 20th, 2014 5:59PM

by Connor Timmons


Memories from the Early Years

Tuesday September 16th, 2014 10:06AM

Camp Common Ground Family Camp 1995In honor of our 20th anniversary, we're re-publishing letters that we received from campers in the early years of Camp Common Ground. Many of these can be found in the commemorative Common Ground Center cookbook, which was published in Spring 2014. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase a copy!

(Pictured at right: Camp Common Ground circa 1995!)


The Kombucha Craze at Common Ground

Thursday January 16th, 2014 4:32PM

By Neily Jennings

As someone who has been enjoying and brewing kombucha for 8 years, I am glad to see it’s been catching on and growing in popularity! Many of our campers are into it, and some of our staff even brew it in their free time at camp.


Morning Yawn Revisited

Tuesday December 17th, 2013 6:01PM
Thursday November 7th, 2013 3:55PM

We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome the recently elected members of Common Ground Center’s board of directors, including two who are renewing terms and three new folks!

Drumroll, please…


A Montrealer’s “Ode to Camp Common Ground”

Friday October 25th, 2013 10:52AM

We had a lot of great poems and stories come out of camp this year...here's one of our favorites!

A Montrealer’s “Ode to Camp Common Ground”

By Suzy Hanna, August 2013

‘Twas the day before vacation
And our family couldn’t wait
To cross that Canadian border
And enter Vermont state!


Common Ground Board of Directors Accepting Nominations!

Thursday October 24th, 2013 11:59AM

Common Ground Board and StaffWe are accepting nominations for Common Ground Center's board of directors. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting, to be held Sunday, November 3 from 9:30 am to Noon, followed by lunch.


Fall Foliage at Common Ground Center!

Monday October 7th, 2013 11:52AM

October is a gorgeous time to be at Common Ground Center! As you view these photos, try to imagine the sound of crunching leaves and the smell of crisp autumn air!