Saturday, October 3: Pumpkin Hollow's Autumn Meditation Day Retreat

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us in a shared experience with our Pumpkin Hollow community. We gather in spirit (there is no Zoom).

Below is a suggested schedule for participation, as well as meditation guidelines and songs. The listed times are when Pumpkin Hollow staff will be gathering for a half hour, but feel free to participate as your own schedule allows.

We look forward to creating a sacred space of peace and goodwill with all our friends.

Namaste,
The Staff of Pumpkin Hollow


Quiet with a Sense of Flow: Dora’s Guidelines for all meditation sessions.

Dora Kunz, one of the founders of Pumpkin Hollow and of Therapeutic Touch who led meditations at the Hollow from 1937 through the late 1990’s encouraged a sense of an energy flow using our imagination and connecting through the senses to Nature’s Beauty, Harmony, and Order.

“The Inner Self is the one constant amidst the shifts and struggles of our life. The Inner Self will touch others and is always at peace.” – Dora Kunz

  • Enjoy breathing, relax, and become aware of an inner rhythmic flow.
  • Expand your consciousness to feel harmony with the group (all of us tuning in from afar). Feel welcomed. Feel our Unity.
  • Expand your consciousness out to the Beauty, Harmony and Order of Nature – remember the stream sound’s rhythmic flow, hear the birds, visualize sitting by the waterfall, at the labyrinth, walking the moss-covered pathways, leaning against a pine tree full of vitality.
  • Within this spaciousness, shift your awareness to the heart center: ‘I am that peace’. With practice it becomes the background of our daily lives.
  • As a group send forth Goodwill and Peace to the world, radiance from the Heart of the Hollow.
  • Closing the meditation- 3 Oms: ring a bell, smile or sing a song.

Schedule

Meditation #1 - 8:00 a.m.
fall scene at the hollow

Song: Be Still and Listen

Be still and listen, till only one voice can be heard.
Be still and listen, to one song, one word.
Be touched and be healed, receive the light, hear the sound.
Be touched and be healed, receive the love that is all around.
Song by Linda Worster

For Contemplation:
“Within the heart of every form and of every fragment of every form, exists the rhythmic beat of the One Life. The controlling power of the One Thought and the cohesion of the One Feeling, which is Divine Love.”


Meditation #2 – 12 noon
fall scene at the hollow

For Contemplation: Nature’s colors, sounds, and caresses that we see, hear, and feel are the Sustenance for the Existence that we all share.

Song: Tzen Tze Re Rei

(Quechua Medicine Chant)
La flecha espirituel guie y abre las puertas.
        It is the spiritual arrow that quides and opens doors.
Y es aquí donde quiero estar junto a ti
        and it is here where I want to be with you.
De tu ojos salen los colores del universo que vimos todos,
        From your eyes leave the colors of the universe that we all see,
Y esos colores son el alimento para la existencia que somos todos.
        those colors are the sustenance for the existence that we all are.
De tu voz salen los sonidos del universo que oímos todos,
        From your voice come sounds of the universe that we all hear,
Y esos sonidos son el alimento para la existencia que somos todos.
        those sounds are the sustenance for the existence that we all are.
De tus manos salen las caricias del universo que sentimos todos,
        From your hands come the light (caresses that bring a feeling of peace and joy) of the universe that we all feel,
Y esas caricias son el alimento para la existencia que somos todos.
        and that light is the sustenance for the existence that we all are.
La flecha espirituel guie y abre las puertas,
        It is the spiritual arrow that quides and opens doors,
Y es aquí donde quiero estar junto a ti.
        and it is here where I want to be with you.


Meditation #3 – 4:00 p.m. May Peace Prevail on Earth
fall scene at the hollow

Blessing Song: May Peace prevail on Earth

Jan Phillips artist

For Contemplation:
Gandhi Greeting of Peace
I offer to you Peace, I offer you Friendship, I offer you Love
I hear your needs, I see your beauty, I feel your feelings
My wisdom comes from a higher Source
I honor that Source in you
Let us work together


Meditation #4 – 7:30 pm Sacred Fire
fall scene at the hollow

Song: Sacred Fire

Jan Novotka, author
Diane May, artist

For Contemplation:

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts up a mirror to where you’re bravely working.
Expecting the worst,
you look and instead, here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens & closes, & opens & closes.
If it were always open or always closed, you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting & expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced as birds’ wings in flight.
– Jalaluddin Rumi

Closing: Open My Heart

Open my heart, Let love pour through me
Center my soul upon the path of peace
Make of my life a melody of love
Singing alleluia, alleluia
alleluia, alleluia
alleluia…..

Our Intention is to go forth in our daily lives with courage and hope: centered, aligned with the Greater Whole, making a contribution to the reservoir of Peace and Goodwill.


Loren at sunset at the hollow

Servimos con Amor – We serve with Love



Welcome Summer!

June 20, 2020 was the Summer Solstice, traditionally one of Pumpkin Hollow’s favorite days to celebrate with friends. The friends may have been fewer this year, but the fun carried on! We harvested flowers and crafted our traditional “Flower Boats” and sent them sailing down the stream, into the roar of the falls and beyond….

We sang some of our favorite tunes- with simple gestures – I Walk in Beauty, May the Light of Love, Dance of the Moon and the Sun etc. We’ve included a link to one of the songs for you to enjoy.

May the Light Of Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVBYERSwc2E

I Walk in Beauty
I walk in beauty
Beauty is before me, beauty is behind me, beauty all around me
I walk in beauty
Beauty is above me, beauty is below me, beauty dwells within me

Sending good will to all from the Heart of the Hollow.
Namaste,
Carolyn, Cindy, Collins and Deb

Greenhouse


Cindy


Collins


Deb Lee



Welcome, Spring!

As the uncertainty continues on throughout the world, Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center carries on, certain that all we are doing here continues to make a difference energetically.

The four-resident staff meditate every morning together in the library at 9 a.m. in our usual tradition, sending out love and healing to the world and all its inhabitants.

We greatly miss the volunteers who normally and so generously partake of the Spring Into Action Work Weekends, as well as all the volunteers who help get us through program weekends and beyond. We are committed to maintaining and care-taking all areas of work activities - dedicated to planning together and sharing in cooperative action so that the spirit of the Hollow will shine, and is shining with love.

The four of us share deep cleaning of the cabins, kitchen and barn; raking grounds, picking up branches and sticks; trail clearing and cutting back briar bushes; and garden preparation including edging and tilling. The garden was also scaled back by laying down black plastic to prevent weeds in areas not to be planted this year and, of course, the greenhouse has many babies that daily remind us of the powerful new growth energy of spring.

Deborah Lee, a longtime Hollower, is our new cook and serves Saturday lunches that we eat outside (weather permitting) plus cookies. To honor all of the front-line workers, she and Carolyn blow the conch shell evenings at 7 p.m.

We enjoy hearing from you – please keep in touch. You can check out our Facebook page for news and photos.

Also, if you didn’t receive our mailed annual Newsletter, you can view it here.

Sending good will to all from the Heart of the Hollow.

Namaste,

Carolyn, Cindy, Collins and Deb

Greenhouse


Cindy


Collins


Deb Lee


Trail maintenance


Spring Meditation Retreat

Dear Friends:

May 1-3 would have been Pumpkin Hollow’s Spring Meditation Retreat, but this year we were inspired to try something new. We invited you to join us for a shared experience of Pumpkin Hollow community, coming together when we cannot be together at Pumpkin Hollow. The meditation format below can be done at any time you want to make a deeper connection to the Hollow, yourself, and the rest of the world.

Given the extraordinary times we are living in, we are inviting you to join with us four times this weekend from your homes in song, contemplation, and meditation.
The staff will be in the meditation center. Join us…

Friday May 1st at 7 pm

Song: Dona Nobis Pacem click here for a YouTube link

Waterfall


The photos can serve to help us connect to the beloved grounds and atmosphere of the Hollow.

Meditation #1: Quiet with a Sense of Flow.

Quiet with a sense of Flow. Dora Kunz, one of the founders of Pumpkin Hollow and of Therapeutic Touch who led meditations at the Hollow from 1937 through the late 1990s encouraged a sense of an energy flow with the use of imagination and connecting through the senses to nature’s beauty, harmony, and order.

Meditation Guidelines:

  • Quiet with a Sense of Flow—a few breaths with no timed sequence.
  • Follow your inner rhythmic flow.
  • Expand your consciousness to feel harmony with the group (all of us tuning in!). Feel welcome, feel our unity.
  • Expand your consciousness out to the Beauty, Harmony and Order of Nature – remember the stream’s rhythmic flow, hear the birds, visualize sitting by the waterfall, at the labyrinth, walking the moss covered pathways, leaning against a pine tree full of vitality.
  • Within this spaciousness of being attuned to a greater whole; we are able to attune to the sense of peace, our Inner Self abides in a flow of within and without. The background of our daily lives.
  • As a group we send forth Goodwill and Peace to the world, radiance from the Heart of the Hollow.
  • Closing the meditation- 3 Oms–ring a bell–smile or sing a song.

Saturday May 2nd at 11 am

Song: Be Still and Listen (Chant softly or sing if you know the melody).

Be still and listen, till only one voice can be heard.

Be still and listen, to one song, one word.

Be touched and be healed, receive the light, hear the sound.

Be touched and be healed, receive the love that is all around.

Labyrinth

Meditation #2:

Use Dora’s Guidelines (above) and contemplate the following:

“The Inner Self is the one constant amidst the shifts and struggles of our life. The Inner Self will touch others and is always at peace.” –Dora Kunz

Saturday May 2nd at 7pm

Song: Open My Heart (Chant softly or sing if you know the melody).
Open my heart,
Let love pour through me.

Center my Soul
Upon the Path of Peace

Make of my life
A melody of Love

Singing Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Pumpkin Hollow Garden

Meditation #3:

Use Dora’s Guidelines and contemplate the following:

“We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union
A deeper communion.”
–T.S. Eliot

Sunday May 3rd at 11 am

Song: I Walk in Beauty (Chant softly or sing if you know the melody).

I walk in Beauty
Beauty is before me Beauty is behind me Beauty all around me
I walk in Beauty
Beauty is above me Beauty is below me Beauty dwells within me

Pumpkin Hollow Trails

Meditation #4:

Use Dora’s Guidelines and contemplate the following:

"There is a place that is power and strength within ourselves, this is the permanent part and through that center there is a flow of energy that is whole and cleansing for ourselves and helpful to the world." –Dora Kunz

Closing:
Song: Dona Nobis Pacem
Servimos con Amor
Radiance to the World

A Cushion For Your Head (by Hafiz)
Just sit there right now
Don’t do a thing
Just rest.

For your separation from God,
From love,

Is the hardest work
In this
World.

Let me bring you trays of food
And something
That you like to
Drink.

You can use my soft words
As a cushion
For your
Head.

Facebook: Share your experiences on our Facebook page so we can hear from each other.

Namaste,
The Pumpkin Hollow Staff