Less than two weeks ago, we stood on the Council House patio, gazing at the nearby hills and distant peaks, dusted with the green of spring and the pink of sunset. We were eagerly giving shape to the coming Spring Equinox Public Welcome–our first public welcoming since the Thomas Fire in December 2017. As we all know, the next days brought news of a mysterious health threat that we have since all come to know as the Coronavirus. Small and far away at first, the last days have offered a profound reminder that ‘far away’ is just over the next hill; we are one world.
In keeping with the advice offered by the responsible health agencies and institutions, and with our deep care for you and the members of our community, we have chosen to postpone our planned public return to the land, both for the public welcome and also for public visiting hours. This also includes a cancellation of our scheduled day of service. After more than two years of momentum, this is an unforeseen setback, as we were so looking forward to our collective return, complete with a walk on the land, a shared meal, a council under the beloved Teaching Tree, and more. Nevertheless, we know it is important to continue exercising patience, and to do our part to support the well-being of the whole. In the meantime, we will keep you all posted, and look for a time again to welcome the public to the land. We hope that time will be soon.
Please watch your inbox and our website for news of our future plan.
Until that time, please be safe and care-filled and we will continue to look forward to the coming opportunity to celebrate our collective return to the land.
The Executive Stewardship Circle
Brendan Clarke & Sharon Shay Sloan, Co-Directors
David Bryan & Laura Whitney, Board Co-Chairs