During the weekend of October 10, 2005 the Abbey held its first land stewardship round table, an informal gathering of folks with different skills but a common love of the forests and meadows.
The weekend was beautiful so we spent most of it outdoors on the land. The objectives from the Abbey stewardship plan were presented and two days of observations and creative brainstorming in the field resulted in a number of small and large projects recommended by the diverse group.
To read a summary of some of the ideas and anticipated projects click here.
Co-chairs Kathleen Herron and Kevin Conlin facilitated the meeting with the able assistance of new board member Bill Wilmot. Kathleen and Bill have many years of facilitation under their belts. We gathered in small groups to talk about the future of FOSA while enjoying the beautiful weather. Everyone put their thinking caps on and opened their hearts — here are a few snaps …
On New Years Day, we did a ribbon cutting ceremony and our first meditation session in the new meditation hall. The ceremony was impromptu because we weren’t sure when the hall would be ready. As it turned out, we were able to move the Buddha, Manjushri, Maitreya, and the Kangyur and Tengyur (Buddhist Canon) into the hall New Year’s Eve.
We are grateful to all of you who contributed your resources and skill to make this a reality.