Sustainability, the ability to conserve an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources, is the foundation of enlightened society and a long history of the land at Windhorse Retreat Center.
Our community is diverse, capable, and heartfelt. Our Community is local, regional, and global. Our local immediate community includes High Wind Association:
High Wind Association is a globally oriented 501(c)(3) learning center which for more than 30 years has been committed to creating a sustainable future. We have focused on combining a spiritual approach towards life and the evolution of consciousness with specific actions to advance projects encouraging sustainability and whole-systems thinking in the areas of environmental stewardship, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Over the years our projects have included an integrated sustainable village where many Association members reside, education programs in sustainability for urban youth and working with spiritual organizations including members of Christian, Buddhist and Native American faith traditions who have a similar desire to walk lightly with others on this earth. We also make grants to further our goals.
The High Wind Credo is:
To walk gently on the earth,
To know the spirit within,
To hear our fellow beings,
To invoke the light of wisdom, and
To build the future now
The founding members of High Wind still live on the surrounding land in the solar and creative structures, and are integral in the vision of sustainability for Windhorse Shambhala Retreat Center.
More neighbors, the Seely family, operate the amazing organic Springdale Farm, just below the ridge at Windhorse Retreat Center, feeding hundreds of families delicious food:
Springdale Farm’s goal is to provide, for seven months, approximately 700 southeast Wisconsin households with a variety of fresh produce and eggs. The households become members, or ‘shareholders’ of the farm by contributing a portion of the farm’s operating budget, and the farm in return does its best to produce the tastiest and most nutritious vegetables and fruits possible. Shareholders can develop a meaningful relationship with ‘their’ local farm, while the farm is assured of a local, supportive community with which to share its bounty, and can, furthermore, concentrate on treating the soil and the land in the most environmentally-sound fashion. The share-holders thus share directly with the farm the responsibilities of the long-term care of the soil, and the quality of our food.
Sheybogan County has a rich history, and nearby Plymouth is a quaint little town for antique shopping and diners. It also has three cheese factories, art functions and brewpub.
Our regional community includes Shambhala Meditation Centers in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Shambhala Groups in Southwest Michagan, Indiana, and St. Louis. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society.
Windhorse Retreat Center is part of the international Shambhala mandala. There are more than 170 Shambhala Centers around the globe.