“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Last week sangha members Alysha (Oregon) and John (Colorado) joined us on the land for several days of karma yoga practice. It seemed as if we arrived together in summer and as we planted, brainstormed ideas, explored the land, and laughed side by side, fall slowly enveloped the mountain. One could feel the seasons change both within and around as the practice of Sweetwater Sanctuary as a microcosm of our greater interbeing continues to develop and evolve.

This past year has certainly been a time of renewal and change – at the hermitage as well as for our entire sangha. The Soberanes fire last summer has sparked a discriminating awareness of the reverberating impact of our collective activities on our relationships with each other and beyond. What has been revealed is an amazing improvisation for which there is no right or wrong and with our practice, and Anam Thubten as our guide, we are all well prepared.

As we contemplate the next steps forward in this project together, we have an opportunity to borrow from familiar organizational structures and at the same time, transcend them entirely. With “not too tight/not too loose” as our mantra, we continue to grow forward even when the movement is subtle and spacious. All the while as we practice deep listening, nature continues to present us with just the right key for the next piece.


Alysha and John staging some of our seedlings in the vegetable garden until more ground is cleared of poison oak, the rains come with regularity, and they can then find their more permanent home on the land.

Our tasks on the land at the moment involve challenging physical labor to prepare for winter rains. If you are up for shoveling decomposed granite, pulling poison oak, and/or chainsaw work on fallen trees, let us know by emailing Check out our wishlist for much needed items for winter here. If you’d like to make a financial contribution to the overall hermitage effort, click here.

Love and gratitude,

Kay & Cory


















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