by Matthew Crowley

On Saturday May 18, starting at 3:15pm, the Shumei International Institute (SII) will host a panel discussion as part of a weekend of events around the celebration of the 17th anniversary of its Sacred Earth Center in Crestone, Colorado. The discussion, which will include audience participation, will center on the anniversary theme of “Living in Harmony with Nature” and will be moderated by Brazilian agronomist and engineer Mr. Warwick Manfrinato. The panelists will include:

Christine Canaly—Executive Director of the San Luis Valley Eco System Council and winner of the 2017 “Activist in the Trenches Award” presented by the Rocky Mountain Wild Board of Directors. I think it is fair to say that no other single person has done more to protect Nature in the greater San Luis Valley.

John Milton—Founder of the Way of Nature international community, Threshold International Center for Renewal, and environmental activist for 50 plus years. Crestone, Colorado has been his home since the late 1970s. As a practitioner and teacher of meditation, T’ai Chi and Qigong since the 1950s, he has developed unique inter faith, deeply nature-connecting practices for uniting inner, outer and true (Source) Nature.

Zenki Christian Dillo— Resident Teacher and Director at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center where he leads multi-day “Wild Dharma” backpacking expeditions and facilitates an ecological and zero carbon transformation of Crestone Mountain Zen Center. He is also Guiding Teacher at the Boulder Zen Center and regularly teaches in Germany and Austria.

The event will take place in the sanctuary building of SII’s Main Campus at 3000 East Dreamway Rd. in Crestone and is free and open to the public. This is part of a weekend of events centered around SII’s 17th anniversary that begins with a Taiko concert at 2pm. Plan to arrive early as parking can be a challenge in our remote location. Events begin promptly at the times listed and venues fill to overflowing on some occasions.