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Shumei 20th Anniversary Celebration

May 14


For 20 years we have been honored to be a part of this community and you are invited to join us in this momentous anniversary celebration. All events are free and open to the public.

The spiritual fellowship known as Shumei grew out of the teachings and philosophy of Mokichi Okada (1882-1955). In the 1930s Okada, known as Meishusama within Shumei, began exploring a method of farming called Natural Agriculture (NA). NA utilizes only the natural elements of the land, pure water, and mindfulness of the farmer in its practice. During that time Meishusama also developed Jyorei, a non-touch spiritual healing. Meishusama believed that divine light moves through all of us. Shumei members are trained as Jyorei practitioners to channel that divine light. Jyorei is always offered free of charge. Shumei’s founder also believed in the importance of art in daily life, teaching that art has the power to heal and that spending time with beautiful things lightens your spirit and creates peace within the world. 

Our Crestone-based center is one of the three sacred sites in the Shumei tradition and represents the earth element. Shumei International Institute (SII) came to being in 1998 after then Shumei President Hiroko Koyama was introduced to Maurice and Hanne Strong at the UN headquarters in New York. As many Crestone locals know, Hanne and Maurice Strong gifted land in Crestone to various religious and spiritual centers. Hanne invited Shumei officials to visit Crestone and offered the organization land to establish a center. And we are forever grateful!

Over the last 20 years SII has had the joy of sharing Shumei philosophies through events and programs with our Crestone Community. Programs have come and gone and may very well return again, but for those of you who remember, we would love to reminisce. And for those new to Crestone, welcome and we look forward to meeting you. For a time SII hosted SNAC (Shumei Natural Agriculture Crestone) where volunteers came to our gardens to learn more about NA. Shumei gardeners fervently started several NA gardens for locals and we hosted canning and seed saving classes. Jyorei booths have been at the 4th of July, the Crestone Music Festival and other local events over the years. And let us not forget Art Symposiums, started in the beginning by local photographer Bill Ellzey. So many artists have blessed us with their art for a time. In its beginning, art switched every week! In time the program moved to every month (every two months in the winter) and included a wine and cheese reception after a presentation. That’s a lot of art and cheese! Anyone miss Hazelrig House? Did you know that our concert series started when local elder Sylvia Hazlerig was unable to host every concert offered to her and her love for music made it difficult for her to turn musicians away? Shumei stepped in and took the overflow to lighten her load. Taiko classes and performances have continued through these last 20 years as well, with powerful memories and lots of laughter. From hosting Movie Nights, before streaming was a thing, to harvesting potatoes with CCS students over many, many years. Believe it or not, there’s more history than what is stated here. We have had a full 20 years with you Crestone, and we are very grateful. 

Which brings us to the Anniversary. Over the years our anniversary celebrations have changed. We have hosted full day Interfaith events, sparked from our participation in the Crestone Spiritual Alliance, community art projects, skits and dances. While the last two years we have been unable to host our usual event, this year our community Anniversary is back. And we couldn’t be more excited. With staffing shortages, we are very grateful to have realtor and event planner Nick Nevares helping us bring this milestone event to life. A Shumei member, Nick has generously donated his time and talent to this year’s anniversary. Together with his associate Lydia Schultz, their work and generosity is very much appreciated!

Saturday May 14 is World Jyorei day. Find staff at the kiosk to participate in this annual event. Also on May 14 is the World Peace Prayer Sampai which will be zoomed at 6pm MT. Together with Shumei Centers around the globe we will sync our clocks and pray together for World Peace. Visit our website for more information or to receive a link

Then on Sunday May 15 starting at 10:30am we are taking the festivities outside and in person to our “Bluebird Village” site. Bluebird Village is located on Laurel Road east of Wagon Wheel between Two Trees and Camino del Rey. Follow the signs or enter Bluebird Village, Crestone into your GPS.  Our special anniversary Sampai and keynote speech will be presided over by Sensei Eugene Imai, President of Shumei America.  After Sampai, SII will express our gratitude to the community by offering a free luncheon. Sunday’s activities will also include a retrospective of Natural Agriculture in Crestone as well as Shumei’s World Wide NA programs. 

After lunch, settle in for the power of Taiko when HIKARI Taiko, together with Grammy® award winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura takes the stage. But we’re not done with the Grammy® winners; it is our great honor to host again seven-time Grammy® award-winning musician Paul Winter. 

Paul Winter will share with us “In Celebration of the Earth, a journey through Paul Winter’s world of living music”, the concert will feature his soprano sax with the voices of wolf, whale, wood thrush, and other members of what Winter calls “the greater symphony of the Earth.” The concert will be interwoven with stories of his adventures making music in the wilderness. His playing and singing, and the voices of the creatures, will be accompanied by the recorded sounds of his “two-legged musician colleagues” of the Paul Winter Consort.

Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the cultures and creatures of the world. His concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, into which he has travelled on rafts, dog sleds, horses, kayaks, tugboats and Land Rovers. He has recorded 54 albums, seven of which have been honored with Grammy awards, including his 2006 album Crestone. 

Please note all events start promptly at the times listed.  Plan to arrive early in order to park, walk to event locations and for best seating.  Sturdy footwear, sun protection, and water bottles are recommended as all events are held outside. You may wish to bring a blanket or a camp chair to sit on during the concert. Seating is available for Sampai.  Dressy casual attire requested. We hope many of you will join us in celebrating world citizenship in community.  

A complete schedule can be found at our website and in the Eagle ad in this edition. 


May 14


Shumei International Institute
3000 East Dream Way Road
Crestone, CO 81131 United States
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Daily Events:

• The Haidakhandi Universal Ashram is gradually opening. You can email us at or call 719-256-4108. Thank you.

Weekly Events:


• Vajra Vidya morning practice & meditation 8:45-10:15am

• AA, 7pm. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call Cheryl 303-667-9459 or John 719-429-8450 for info.


• Yoga-Chi w/Cynn, online at

• Baca Grande Library, 10am-5pm, 719-256-4100

• Al-Anon, 1pm. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-218-6099 or 719-298-9133 for info.


• Vajra Vidya morning practice & meditation 8:45-10:15am

• Baca Grande Library, 10am-5pm, 719-256-4100

• Continuing Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style Shakti Sharanam, 5-6:45pm by donation,, 256-5668

• NA, Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-309-0710 for info.


• Yoga Fundamentals & Refinements, Shakti Sharanam, 8:30-10am by donation,, 256-5668

• Vajra Vidya morning practice & meditation 8:45-10:15am

• ChairFit Yoga, 10-11am, online

• Baca Grande Library, 10am-5pm, 719-256-4100

• Food Distribution, Crestone Food Bank, next to Crestone Mercantile, 9am-noon

• County Public Health COVID testing in Crestone. Call 719-850-2264 for time & place.


• Vajra Vidya morning practice & meditation 8:45-10:15am

• AA, noon. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call Cheryl 303-667-9459 or John 719-429-8450 for info

• Indivisible meeting, OFIA, noon

• Baca Grande Library, 10am-5pm, 719-256-4100

• Continuing Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style Shakti Sharanam, 5pm-6:45pm, by donation,, 256-5668

• Peace Patrol meeting, Cloud Station Café, 5pm, 719-315-4117


• Vajra Vidya morning practice & meditation 8:45-10:15am

• Baca Grande Library, 10am-5pm,, 719-256-4100


• Vajra Vidya morning practice & meditation 8:45-10:15am

• NA, 9am. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-309-0710 for info.

• Weekly teaching on Uddhava Gita with Sajohn Daverly. Savitri House dome, 83 Baca Grant Way, 719-937-7665, 10am-noon

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