The following is an excerpt from the vision that we received from Be Present, Inc and The Common Fire Foundation.

From a place of nurture and beauty…

effective leadership is seeded,

social justice sprouts,

and a vision of collective power grows up from the earth

A shared vision for the creation of a retreat site that would foster tolerance, promote peace and work toward a world of justice for all.

Image_035The journey of this land, and of our shared vision for it, did not begin nor will it end with this exploration we are about to undergo to determine our future connection … which is why this is such a powerful moment. There is a feeling, on our part and perhaps on yours as well, that this is no coincidence or accident … but rather one of those times when several paths converge into a road that transports many of us to a long-awaited destination. On this journey to considering this land in Mississippi, it feels like we are walking together on just such a road …

Our vision is to transform the farm into a sustainable, environmentally-friendly retreat center. It would be a powerful reflection of the diversity, commitment, and vibrancy of the people and programs it would house. And there would be an intentional synergy between the space, and the people and work being done there.

We see the center as a place:
• where people can transcend any limitations they feel about the world and their own potential to affect change…
• where individuals have the time and space to get grounded in their own inherent power and potential…
• where groups can be supported – by both the land and the leadership of everyone present – to explore their challenges and strengths, and to move beyond the barriers that keep them from reaching their common vision together …
• where the land and space that holds this deep exploration is maintained as a nourishing, sustaining, and healing force for all who come…
• where both individuals and groups who gather at the center can fully connect with a vision of what they and the world can be – when free from even the remnants of limited thinking and halted visions.

At its core, the center we would like to build and nurture would be a place where people practice bringing their true spirit forth into the world … and the land would sustain the very heart and soul of that work.

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