Treleven in March

2 Apr

Vernal Equinox 2014

 

It is hard to remember a winter that has lasted this long.  Here is a view of the pond on the first day of spring. We are still burning wood and the snow cover does at least reflect lots of light during the solar days. We are hoping that the snow and ice will be gone before lambing season begins. The sheep have been coming into the barn in single file often sliding over the ice pack at the entrance. They still wait until we invite them in, but there must be some kind of hormones in the air as the ram has started butting me if I turn my back on him.  We are excited to be planning for summer and invite you to send ideas our way. The next Board Meeting is April 5, from 4:00- 6:00 if you have suggestions. Although Peggy’s workshop on the farm is over subscribed, there are still a few places open in the one that will be held at All Souls. Please see  Re-authoring Teaching for more information. We expect the family farm and forest exploration group will start meeting weekly in June.

We are very excited to be partnering with Hogback Community College as well as Middlebury College and the Union Institute and University for several of our offerings. Most recently Jim Andrews led his class on tree identification through the winter woods. It is amazing how much you can learn just by looking at twigs and bark. Here are some of the students with Jim:

Tree Identification Class

We hosted a session of Experiment with Light this month and hope to make it a regular offering in the coming months.  The Experiment is a guided meditation that takes about 45 minutes.  It is derived from what are thought to be George Fox’s instructions for turning inward and opening to the searching of the Light—the original way Quaker Meetings were held at home. (Public meetings had speakers and were very different.

For more information about the process, including several choices for the words used to guide the meditation: http://www.charlieblackfield.com/light/about.htm
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