Peter has created another unique full-color calendar on a similar theme to Earth Story Calendar 2012. This one goes back another 4 billion years to the beginning of time, before the Cosmic Birth! Copies are still available as of January 2013. Preview and order The Great Journey Calendar 2013 here.

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Image for June

 

¨This beautiful calendar celebrates the story of our connection to an unfolding universe.  Each month portrays an essential stage of the astonishing grandeur and creativity of our shared history.¨

¨Through the revelations of science we learn that each human life is the magnificent individual expression of a vast cosmic journey.¨

Image for September

Image for September

The deck and the pond.

Our home is once again available for guests. It is the perfect place for retreat, especially in summertime as you are surrounded by our magical gardens. Peter has done a lot of work on the little pond outside of the guest room, and now a waterlily blooms there. Goldfish, frogs, newts, dragon flies are endlessly entertaining. Not many mosquitoes this year. We hope you will join us here in peaceful contemplation.

Peter’s heart’s work, 2012 Earth Story Calendar, is available through www.earthstorycalendar.com, or by contacting us directly. Please check it out.

A sea of forget-me-nots surrounds our gardens, waves are making their way down the side of the driveway. And we are having a cedar deck installed outside the guest room, off the south end of the house. Someday we’ll be able to sit on the deck and watch the goldfish, listen to the waterfall. Soon.

Love
is invisible
can only be experienced in the heart, now.
If this is true,
that I can only love now, every now,
and that loving is a choice, not a memory
then I can choose to bring to myself
the experience of love.
I can choose
to feel in my heart
the total nourishment of unconditional love.
I can choose it
now
with my breathing I can choose it
for my self
for myself.
Perhaps this is my only best choice ever
to give the gift of filling my heart
this heart here
with soft and gentle
love.

Two years ago I attended a grow-your-own shiitake mushroom workshop. Here is our second batch!

Hi Friends!

It’s spring! It feels like time to update y’all on Sanctuary. We’ve missed seeing our friends, but are still needing to get simpler and simpler. “Just this.”

Personal Retreats and Bed & Breakfast Please don’t forget that our guest room is available for personal retreats and B&B, if you have need. We had a lovely woman from MA come last weekend. She needed space and time to write. She set up her laptop on the platform at the end of the living room, with a shoji screen to give her/us a little privacy. We all really enjoyed the quiet and a little of each other’s company.  So if you want a few days to yourself in our Sanctuary, please be our guests. The rate is $120/weekend night for B&B, $135 for retreats and that includes 3 simple meals. We can accommodate a couple, of course, in the comfy queen sized bed.  If you want to come work in the garden this spring in exchange for a sleep-over, that could be arranged! Oh, and we will donate $10 for each night our guest room is occupied, to the 6 Tibetan orphans whom we help to support in India. We have been collecting donations for them for three years now, mostly when Geshe-la was teaching (Tibetan Buddhist monk). The children are doing well at school in Dharamsala,India.

New Website My son, Will Huenink, has helped me (actually, he did it and I asked questions…) update our website. The new feature is a blog, which I hope will be operative soon. I tried to start it this morning, but I guess I have to ask Will some more questions, because it would not publish my post. Hmmm.  Stay tuned. www.sanctuaryvermont.com

Free Polarity Massage Workshop A few weeks ago our friend Jane Collister led a workshop here on a Saturday morning. We had 9 participants, a full house, and we all enjoyed learning polarity balancing and receiving it at the same time. Jane will be offering this for free from time to time. She has a private practice in Putney and Chester, and can be reached at 802-869-1719.

Tong Ren Peter offers a free ‘ guinea pig class’ of Tong Ren on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8pm. For more information, see our website, or visitwww.tongrenworld.com.

Garden Consultations are available again this year. I know how to grow just about anything that will grow in our climate. I love to walk around your property with you and help you envision a beautiful nourishing garden around your home that will feed your soul. Rates start at $75 (a one-hour walk around your place). If you want me to write up notes or make a schematic drawing, that costs extra. I love to do this and hope you will call me if you have need.  If you live over 15 miles from me or 30 minutes, I’ll have to charge a little extra for travel. I am open to barter.

Free Plants Our garden always has extras. Today I was pulling out Forget-Me-Nots by the basketful, so if you want some, please call or stop by anytime. There will be other perennials available soon, including many nice yellow day lilies, and some 5 foot-tall lemon yellow daisies I call “West River Daisies” because that’s where I dug them up from, many years ago. They spread and do well in moist waste places, ditches and such, or just by the side of your garden.

White Mountain Sangha is having a 3-day retreat in New Hampshire on the first weekend in May, with Norman Scrimshaw and Margaret Fletcher. For more info, go to www.whitemountainsangha.org.

Much love to you all

I have discovered that to try to force myself to do anything is a subtle violence.  If the doing does not come from a desire in THIS moment, if I act from the thought “this will be good for me” but do not feel “yes” in my body, then the action is joyless, I quickly lose interest.

I seem to have to rediscover this over and over, perhaps because the opposite was repeated so many thousands of times. A residue of shoulds, frowning.

How many times in my six decades have I frowned at myself?  Enough!

Returning to yes
even if it may mean a larger, softer body.
Returning to yes
to that openness to life
that is prior to should-er-ing
imaginary burdens
a grounding
here
now
retiring the army of shoulds
now I only want
to be happy
and that
is up
to me.

We’ve just updated the software here at sanctuaryvermont.com, and now we have this blog-format news page!

Soon, we will learn how to use it!

Sanctuary :: 40 Gregg Road :: Westminster West, Vermont 05346 :: 802-387-5779 :: info@sanctuaryvermont.com