Sweet Springs Institute for conscious integrity

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p a r t i c i p a t i o n

About our structure : The bylaws of Sweet Springs Institute lay the foundation for a structured organization based on a shared dream that can be experienced through communal activities and retreats where each individual may connect in his own way with the Spirit. It is our experience that fluidity and creativity emerge from the discipline and focus of a structured organization. For those who are interested in participating, there is an ongoing opportunity for co-creating a new dream for humanity and directly experiencing conscious integrity - whether it be during communal meals, daily sessions of meditation, movements, exercises and breaths serving a line of inquiry established by the group or while accomplishing tasks to further the goals and activities of the Institute.

How to participate : There are many ways to participate in contributing to a shared dream and building community at Sweet Springs Institute. If you are interested in participating by making a financial contribution or by making contributions of material goods and contributions of good wishes and intent, please click here: Contributions

If you would like to participate in an upcoming forum or workshop on a particular theme, please click here: Events.

If you are interested in participating by coming to SSI for a short or long term stay, or coming for an afternoon visit to see how this place feels to you, please send an e-mail to participation@sweetspringsintitute.org to tell us about yourself and express your thoughts. Please let us know what areas you are interested in. If you would like to see a Participation Form intended to propose possible avenues of expression, please click here: Participation Form.

Exchange : Sweet Springs Institute is currently able to provide room and board in exchange for on site participation in the accomplishment of specific tasks intended to further the activities and goals of the Institute.

Guided by such variables as season, weather and specific priorities of the moment, our focus shifts from certain activities to others. According to their predilections and aptitudes, or aspirations to become proficient in something new, resident participants are often involved in several different areas during any given period of time.

Areas of Activity : Some of the areas for on-site activity at Sweet Springs Institute are listed below. To consult a more detailed description of the areas to which we are contributing our time and expertise, please click here: Contributions of Time and Expertise.

  • Accounting
  • Artwork
  • Communications
  • Composting
  • Construction
  • Facilitating
  • Firewood
  • Food Preparation
  • Forestry
  • Fundraising
  • Harvesting
  • Landscaping
  • Maintenance Outdoor
  • Maintenance Indoor
  • Music
  • Networking
  • Orchard Care
  • Organic Gardening
  • Organization
  • Program Development
  • Public Relations
  • Researching
  • Teaching
  • Theatre
  • Trail Blazing
  • Video Production
  • Wild food gathering

Working Meditation : Working Meditation is a state of focused receptivity that is experienced as well-being and balance while accomplishing even strenuous or particularly challenging tasks. In this state, the compression members of the body are engaged in a restful readiness to contribute to an even distribution of buoyant tension throughout the physical structure. Since everyone has accessed a state of working meditation at some point in his or her life, our goal at SSI is to draw upon that experience and to cultivate it.

To this end, we practice on-going explorations of "working meditation" during which we focus our awareness on the physical body. During the sessions set aside for this purpose, we share our findings with each other thus expanding individual awareness through the wisdom of the group. Whether the task be rewinding tangled string onto a stick or exploring where to plant apple trees, the opportunity for presence and co-creation is equal. This energetic fact places all tasks, all human endeavor on equal footing, with presence and receptivity as the common denominator.