An example of a wonderful group meditation space at a retreat some of us had previously attended in Oregon, USA. We plan to eventually have several of these buildings, but we’re starting off with the biggest one in our plan…a space large enough to fit one hundred people!
From building our prototype yurt, we’ve learned firsthand how a space like this is a lot more than just a building. Our plan is to incorporate the lessons we’ve learned from studying ancient sacred sites and from building our prototype yurt into this building. We also plan to source as much of the material as possible from the renewable resources on our own property to ensure it’s as sustainable (and cost-effective) as possible.
To accommodate about one hundred people, we’ll need a space about fifty feet in diameter, or about two thousand square feet in total. So we have some creative work to do to figure out how to accomplish this task and fulfil the vision on a tight budget. Throughout history there are countless stories of people stepping away from the routine of life to seek deeper meaning and purpose.

Simplicity, solitude, and silence are common themes to the explorers of life's questions and the discoverers of life's answers.
Some people naturally can just leave their daily routine and quickly enjoy simplicity, solitude, and silence. Being naked with our mental activity is surprisingly relieved as we discover the color and sound, vividness and simple beauty of just being present in our retreat. The important thing is to know is that there is an inner world where the deeper meaning and purpose we seek awaits us. It is getting from identifying ourselves as a personality to a broader awareness of being that is important. From our inner vastness we understand we are no better or different from the people in our life, no matter how their personal circumstances appear. We need to consider how it’s aligned to the sun, how it flows with the natural landscape, the geometry in the design, the nature of the materials, the harmony and aesthetics of the structure, and so much more. Our willingness to settle into some days of simplicity, living without plans, just being, opens a path.

Being present in our new environment with all our senses starts a journey from our mental busyness to the heart of awareness. It has just one drawback: it only fits about ten people and we’ve already outgrown it! Our goal is to create a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere, one that feels powerful from the moment you enter it.
This lightness of being carries awareness into something that words can only attempt to describe as eternity. In modern culture with its emphasis on doing, intellectual achievement, and materialism our connection with eternity is what is missing.

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