Acharyas Richard John, Bill McKeever and Shastri Cal Astin offered immersive retreats. Weekly winter Kyudo practice helped to clarify the energy of this house and keep our lungta high.
In February, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell offered another Vajrayana retreat. A series of Shambhala path programs followed. Shambhala Day ushered in the year of the Earth Boar with a broadcast and White Tara practice with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown.
In March, students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania came in record numbers to offer their annual Alternative Spring Break week of service, painting hallways and learning to meditate. March also brought Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Ethan Nichtern together to lead their annual spring Weekthün.
In April, Vermont’s famous ‘mud season’ nourished the ‘lotus’ of QiGong, Kyudo, Kadö and Chöd retreats.
In May a fresh cohort of Mukpo Institute students arrived to study and practice with us just as tents began to blossom in the campground!
Speaking of 'fresh', spring meant VEGGIES from our legendary garden! Yum!
Our staff spent a Merry May preparing the house and land for a busy summer season. Members of the local sangha such as Raven Fennel (pictured) gave our interior spaces a lift, while our facilities team made our 'west' wing more heating efficient.
Look for our 2019 Year in Review, pt. 2, Coming Soon!