On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

The location along the path of totality that will experience the longest time in the moon’s umbral shadow is near Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. There, the maximum duration will be 2 minutes and 40 seconds, which is just slightly less than average for a solar eclipse. It is possible, however, for totality of a solar eclipse to last as long as just over seven and a half minutes, though totality lasting for more than seven minutes is very rare.

Join us in celebrating this spectacular event at the beautiful Harris Cattle Ranch.

The So Ill Flow family has provided a safe, scenic venue for an intimate retreat from August 18 – 22 in Ozark, Illinois to view the full solar eclipse near the greatest totality. The retreat will feature local music with fire circles nightly and skill sharing zones during the day.


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Southern Illinois Fire and Flow retreat is excited to announce the big plans we have for 2017. This year we have made the first step to setting up a new type of retreat for all attendees. The big change is the new venue only 15 minutes away from our old one, Tall Tree Lake, where the past three So. Ill Flow retreats have taken place. The venue has been purchased by our founder, Grant Harris & Harris Cattle Ranch.


The new venue is now part of the Harris Cattle Ranch and has also come with a fantastic surprise for the year of 2017. Many people have been discussing the once in a lifetime Solar Eclipse that will pass through North America on August 21st. We are excited to announce that the Eclipse will pass right over the new venue as one of the top ten places in the nation to view with a time of 2:40 duration. Due to this great surprise for us we will be hosting a viewing event on the new venue August 18 – 21.


This event will entail a total of 100 campsites available for reservations at two different prices for a large or small. One small campsite is a $100 reservation fee paid through PayPal. The small campsite is only allowed 1 sleeping tent, any size with two vehicle weekend passes included. One large campsite is a $150 reservation fee paid through PayPal. The large campsite is only allowed 2 sleeping tents, any size with 3 vehicle weekend passes included. Any EZ-up’s, small child tent, and screened in food tents will not count as tent limit for campsites. Each campsite will be tracked through their number by staff throughout the weekend to ensure no extra tents go unseen. This is a first come, first serve campsite setup; you many choose to camp anywhere in the marked campsite zone. Groups are allowed to also group together campsites if they like. For example, a small campsite may group with a large campsite or 2 large campsites can group together. For any other question please refer to our contact page. There will be hiking trails, music, nightly fire circle, and skill share areas set up throughout the weekend.


We will offer small campsites with limit of one tent any size at $100.00 or a large campsite with max of two tents any size at $150.00 for duration of event. There is no limit for number of people at campsite for the weekend with a limit of 2 vehicles per campsite. There will be hiking trails, music, nightly fire circle, and skill share areas set up throughout the weekend.


Safety: If you do plan to observe the August 2017 eclipse, remember: NEVER look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, except when the solar disk is completely occluded (during the brief period of totality); serious and permanent eye damage can result.


“Proper eye protection” includes specially made solar filters, eclipse glasses or No. 14 welder’s glass. You can also observe the eclipse indirectly, by making a pinhole camera or watching shadows cast by trees. (The gaps between leaves act as natural pinholes.

Ready to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse with your closest friends and family? Reserve your camp while supplies last!


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