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The Promise of Spring: Easter Sunday, 2015

April 5, 2015


We would like to extend a special invitation for all to come to the Chinook land for a simple celebration of renewal on Sunday, April 5. This gathering is being held as an alternative to our traditional Easter Service, as we explore what rituals have meaning to the Institute Community at this stage of our evolution.
The trails, the garden, and the Sanctuary will be open sunrise to sunset. However you spend the day—alone or with others—may it inspire your heart and renew your soul, in whatever ways you honor and celebrate the promise of Spring.

This time on the land will provide space to take a breath of renewal and be at Chinook during the season of emergence. As a team, we’ve been exploring the ways we invite, host, and hold rituals and gatherings to celebrate and deepen relations with our land, our work, and each other. We are listening to the needs of the land, our community, and our organization as we seek to enliven our sense of wonder and spirited connection together. Please let us know what rituals have meaning for you, and share with us in stewarding a new tradition!

The Day’s Schedule

Join us any time throughout the day!

1 pm Walk
Meet at the entrance parking lot, where Robert and Thomas will offer simple guidance as staff, board, and community walk on the trails and slowly make our way to the Sanctuary.

2:30 pm Gathering
Come together in the Sanctuary for a simple ceremony that will include poetry, music from Deborah Koff-Chapin’s crystal bowls, and a short contemplative juggling performance by Thomas Arthur Anderson. The ceremony will last approximately 40 minutes.

Afternoon on the Land
After the gathering, explore the Westgarden, walk the Labyrinth, visit beside the fire circle, walk our trails, or meditate to quiet music in the Sanctuary. The Farmhouse will be open as a place to gather for conversation and connection.

We look forward to spending some time with you!


April 5, 2015