New Year Greetings,
We reflect on how many people suffered from loss of life and property because of fires in Northern California this past fall. The Tubbs Fire in October devastated parts of Santa Rosa and a beautiful sanctuary called the Angela Center, which Mountain Stream, Spirit Rock and other meditation centers have used as a venue in hosting residential retreats for many years. Because of the fire, Mountain Stream was forced to cancel our November retreat at the Angela Center. The Center is now closed indefinitely due to damage caused by the fire.
In response, we offer the following as an opportunity to practice generosity and give financial support to those in the Mountain Stream community who were affected by the cancellation of a 9-night residential retreat at the Angela Center.
Two weeks before Mountain Stream’s residential retreat was to begin, we made the difficult decision to cancel the retreat. The repercussions from not hosting the retreat has had an impact within our small community. At least 32 people, ready to go on retreat, were unable to fulfill their commitment to practice. The close knit collective of retreat teachers & staff including, John Travis & Heather Sundberg, retreat chef Michelle Reynolds & retreat manager Kerry Nelson, whose livelihoods depend on the dana (donations) received from retreatants, were suddenly without that income. And even Mountain Stream itself was impacted by the loss of revenue from registration that helps cover our costs for organizing the retreat.
If you are moved to support the retreat teachers, staff or Mountain Stream, at any level, it is greatly appreciated. A check can be made to Mountain Stream and by indicating the person(s) for whom you designate your donation, we will promptly send them a check. If you choose more than one recipient let us know the amount of the gift. We thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Mountain Stream Meditation
PO Box 2510
Nevada City, CA 95959
Donations for the Angela Center to support the rebuild can be mailed to:
535 Angela Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
With metta and blessings in 2018,
Marcia Craighead, Executive Director
Mountain Stream Board of Directors