10/28/2004

Dear Friends…

Filed under: — Matt @ 6:15 pm

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Teachers:

I would like to let you know about a project I have dreamed about for years and have now begun to actively create. I am very excited and wholehearted about this endeavor and I hope it might be of interest to you as well. For quite some time I have been cultivating ideas for creating a center that would bring together the systems of training (wilderness experience, mindfulness, and leadership) which have been the most positive and transformative in my own life. Although the motivation and energy for this project have been quietly gathering for at least 10 years, I feel that the conditions are now right to move forward in direct and specific ways.

As a first step, I have put together a statement of the rationale for the project. Together with an initial outline overview of some of my current ideas, these writing are an attempt to form many deeply felt but sometimes intangible visions into a coherent plan for action. If you are able, please take a look at these documents and join in a dialogue about the form, scope, feasibility, challenges, and potentially great benefits of such a center.

It is my hope that this initial work will catalyze a dialogue about the form, scope, feasibility, and potentially great benefits of such a project. Assuming that there is sufficient interest and support from the community at large, I am ready to dedicate myself full-time to the work of bringing these visions into concrete reality. While I have ideas for further steps (please see the “Timeline” section of the outline overview), at this point what seems most important is an assessment of the level of community interest.

To this end, your questions, comments, suggestions, or encouragement are deeply appreciated and are essential for the development and evolution of this project. To facilitate discussion, please leave any public feedback you might have by using the “Comments” links on this website. Additionally, if you know of others who might be interested in this project, you are welcome direct them to this website. Finally, if you feel inspired to participate more directly (as an advisor, donor, collaborator, or other form of bodhisattva), please contact me directly. I would love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and support.

Sincerely,

Matt McNeil

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