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The best way to become familiar with SAWUURA is to participate in one of our events: 

2018 Labor Day Weekend
August 31-September 3, 2018

Join us for a weekend of family fun!
Friday Night - Monday Morning
Head to the hills for a relaxing weekend under the stars.


  • Bird and Bug Watch
  • Hike and explore the creek
  • Play games or relax in a hammock
  • Read or Write
  • Be in the talent show
  • Sing around the campfire
  • Cook S’mores
  • Clap the sun down
  • Smell forest fresh air
  • Stargaze or look for cloud shapes
  • Worship in the Sacred Grove Of The Ancients
  • Help with a Service Project
  • Lead your own event

SAWUURA Contacts

West Tucson: Lara Brennan, Jan Hatunen, Eb Eberlein, Paula Trahan, Wally Gerard
Northern California: Jeff Chamberlain or Suzanne Borth
Chandler: Cynthia Seelhammer, Erin Malarky, Scott Henderson
Phoenix: Ernie Garcia, Gretchen or Ray Manker
Prescott: Betty Bradshaw
Yuma/Young:Tom Thode

Click here to reserve your space today!


2019 Memorial Day Weekend
May 24-27, 2019

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Hosted Free Camp Weekends: The SAWUURA board of trustees has instituted a new program know as the Hosted Free Camp Weekend. This program, under the joint direction of the Facilities and Program Committees, has several goals-some play some work:

Play -- To provide a regular opportunity for fellowship in the woods as well as promote more frequent visitation and enjoyment of the site: hiking, exploring, bird watching, and just hanging out.

Work --
1) To address the problem of the buildup of dry, dead, combustible materials throughout the SAWUURA property, a condition that has been further exacerbated by the ongoing drought, and to deal with this problem through a long term program of ladder fuels reduction to be largely carried out by the volunteer labor of SAWUURA members and friends.
2) To accomplish other facility improvement projects including
(a) Finishing work on the "Winter Cabin" and making it habitable at all seasons of the year.  This project involves
cleaning up the cabin, installing some insulation in the loft, completing the interior sheathing, moving the interior stair, and installing a new wood stove.
(b) Constructing an "accommodation" facility in the form of a platform and large wall tent as well as wheelchair negotiable paths in the main gathering area near the kitchen in order to welcome ALL to our wilderness experience.
(c) Improving our road to a more all-weather standard.

Fuels Clearance:  All these tasks, but especially the fuels reduction project, are extremely labor intensive. Fuels reduction basically involves removing all dead dry materials from ground level (excluding forest floor litter such as dead leaves) to roughly 8 feet up into the trees.  Doing this will hopefully keep on the ground and away from the tree crowns any wild fire that enters the property, minimizing the fire's destructiveness.  The dead materials are piled in the meadows until conditions for burning or mulching are appropriate.

Tools:  We only have a very limited set of tools available at the site. It would be wise to bring your own.  We have found that the most useful tools for fuels reduction are a bow saw or other good-sized pruning saw, long-handled loppers, and a telescoping pole saw.
Additional items of personal equipment that are useful include heavy work gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts, eye goggles, and, if you have one, a hard hat.

Camping:  As always, camping at SAWUURA is basic tent camping.  Be aware that as we move toward winter, overnight lows will regularly drop to or below freezing.  Bring your best sleeping bags or more comforters or blankets-whatever it takes to keep warm through the night.  Don't forget a warm hat.

Attending/Volunteering:  We would greatly appreciate the participation of all members and friends and especially teen and youth groups.  Once you come and enjoy SAWUURA you will come again. Work/Play Weekends are more than just work.  They are also a chance to relax in the quiet of the woods, to hike, to explore and to just hang out with friends.

If you are interested in attending a Work/Play Weekend or perhaps even leading one in the future contact:

Eb Eberlein at:  aztrails@comcast.net   520-743-2398

If you are interested in attending one of our events, click here to go to our forms page.

For information on creating a program or event for your UU group, contact programs@sawuura.org.

Spring Music Weekend

Women's Weekend

Youth Camp

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For group events, all visitors are to check in with the event host on arrival.  The event host will conduct an orientation concerning general rules and procedures, an overview of the event program, and any other timely information.

Annual Meeting:  Annual Membership Meeting and SAWUURA Board election every year around May. Please check your UU congregation newsletter, or email info@sawuura.org

This page was last updated on May 27, 2013

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