stone circles at The Stone House offers transformational experiences in an atmosphere of deep spiritual life and a framework of social change. We work to inspire a dynamic exchange between progressive action and committed spiritual reflection, between individual and collective liberation and transformation. We do this in the context of 70 acres of farmland in the Triangle/Piedmont of central North Carolina. We seek to use the space, the wisdom and the possibilities that the land provides to support the work and deepen its relevance in the world.
Bringing spiritual and transformational practice to the heart of social change work is growing and reversing some of the more problematic trends effect our work. It is moving people:
- from burnout to balance
- from constant motion to the freedom of stillness and taking the “one seat”
- from despair to possibility
Our vision comes alive through three intersecting areas of engagement:
spiritual life and transformative practice
Regular periods of practice and retreat are an essential part of maturation and growth as agents of change. The core practices of mindfulness meditation from the Theravada Buddhist tradition and yoga from the Kripalu tradition form the foundation of our spiritual life, practice and programs. And, we continue to use many of the methods we draw on to engage people’s stories – art, words, music, nature, dialogue, and ritual – all vehicles for presence, awareness, and connection.
strategic collaboration for social justice
The Stone House is a space where unlikely alliances can be made, true relationships formed, new territory explored, ideas exploded, history learned, strategies unfolded. And, we strive to strengthen existing relationships with local, regional and national social change organizations through strategic collaborations and gatherings.
sustainable relationship between land and community
Living in an aligned, sustainable relationship with each other, the land and with the larger society is an essential intention of The Stone House. We are committed to low-impact energy efficient building and sustainable, organic farming; serving and eating local food; following a life-schedule that honors both action and stillness; and using skillful means and the fruits of our practice as we build a core team to serve our work.
stone circles has a long and meaningful history of strengthening change agents with the use of transformative practices and retreats.