OPEN HOUSE AND PLANTING CEREMONY
Gold Depot provides a nurturing environment for people who are on spiritual retreat and seek self-empowerment. It is a place where adults and children are invited to share knowledge, support healthy lifestyle changes, and celebrate life in communion with nature.
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, you are invited to attend an Open House for Gold Depot, Sedona’s unique co-operative educational and retreat center. The Open House includes a full day of ceremonies, including a Hopi and sweet corn planting ceremony, children’s sunflower planting, land clearing ceremony, house, kiva and medicine wheel blessing, and more.
An Open House invitation with time schedules and presenters will be posted later this month. Prior to the Open House, community members are encouraged to come and assist in preparing the land for spring planting; we will be starting small this year to conserve water until the water harvesting systems are installed. Children are encouraged to attend and participate in all appropriate gatherings. Most events, including the Open House are donation based, with the proceeds supporting playshops and other healthy lifestyle and eco-friendly activities.
GOLD DEPOT OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHARING KNOWLEDGE, SUCH AS:
Hands on gardening and landscaping using a variety of methods:
Permaculture: using various water collecting methods
Perelandra: communicating with the devic realm
Organic gardening in a desert environment
Workshops related to healthy living and self-empowerment:
Raw and live food preparation
Storage of foods grown in the home garden
Movies that enlighten and empower the viewer
Support and discussion groups
Nature walks (beautiful forest trails are on and adjacent to the property)
The diva kiva provides a ceremonial place for drumming and chanting
Animal totem medicine wheel for ceremonies and quiet reflection
Overnight accommodations for individuals and small groups
Summer youth program (ages 8-12)
THERE ARE MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP TO MAKE GOLD DEPOT A SUCCESS:
Participating in playshops and events
Sharing your knowledge by facilitating playshops
Helping physically as we create a beautiful oasis on this lovely three acres of land
Leading us to grants or individuals to help fund the bigger projects
Approaching local people and businesses to donate supplies
ITEMS NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING
(These items can be new or used.)
Structure of landscape timbers for digging area
Silica sand for toddler digging area
Digging tools, shovels
Toy trucks and cars
Plastic outdoor chairs for toddlers
Toddler-sized outdoor table
Toddler-sized indoor folding table for eating and activities
Child-sized indoor folding table and chairs for eating and activities
KITCHENWARE (As part of our ecological stance, we refrain from using disposables.)
Drinking glasses: Wanted is a variety of glasses, so people will know which is theirs
during a particular event.
Pots, pans, baking ware
Corolle dinner and dessert plates, bowls (preferable all white or patterns on white)
4 bales of straw
Materials to build 3 compost bin
HELP NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR EARLY SPRING:
Dig up old roots and aerate soil in planting area
Build terrace walls
Shovel and rake dirt to prepare children’s area
Build compost bins
Dig hole to bury bathtub for worm bed (we’ll have the cleanest worms in town!)
Clear trail on property for access to forest trails
Build wall and bench for medicine wheel
Generally, we work outside seven days a week in the morning from 8 a.m. to noon. Call ahead if you are interested in coming out to help. Whether you offer one hour, a partial day, weekly assistance or consult services, every bit of your help is greatly appreciated and lessens the load for the others. The goal is to share our knowledge with each other in order to create a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
Thank you for you time and interest. Please send this information on to anyone you think may be of interest.
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