Fourteen years ago four of us came together to discuss and dream – sometimes over a glass of wine, and sometimes in formal meetings – of ways to combine forces to cultivate a set of shared principles.
The vision: providing a sustainability-focused retreat space for a community engaged in creating an enlightened society.
It was a natural and auspicious partnership that formed from those conversations between myself, Alan Anderson, and Lisa and Belden Paulson here in Southern Wisconsin.
The Paulsons had begun this story in the 1970’s as educators, activists and authors in the areas of intentional community, ecology, and sustainability. By 2000 they were ready to hand off their legacy to another like-minded group of people, with the hopes that their hard work and passion for the earth would be carried on further into the future. This was also the time when Shambhala International was looking to create and establish a land center in the Midwest.
The space already existed…a ‘bio-shelter’ structure that was built to demonstrate a working sustainable living space. The set of common values had been practiced over time by both the Paulsons’ High Wind Association community and Shambhala International.
Many people have been involved in tilling, planting and cultivating Windhorse Retreat Center for Meditation, Peace and Sustainability. We have reached another phase, and I am humbled and inspired to find myself at the beginning of this journey, once again, to help nurture and water the new seeds that Rebecca McAllister has planted in this community – and cared for with such a big heart.
I invite all of you who are reading this to join me, and those who have gone before me, in the continuing efforts to nurture this precious piece of land. This particular area of the midwest is truly phenomenal, elemental and magical; it magnetizes far more than I can write about in a blog for this website.
So please, come when you can, as much as you can, however you can, and share who you are. That is the most important thing – to be who you are. If you don’t know who that is, then visiting Windhorse Retreat Center is essential. This place is just waiting to introduce you to yourself – so you can engage yourself more fully in this beautiful world.