The Windcall Residency Program takes place in locations that are deep in nature. Each one provides opportunities for organizers to engage in the practices that make Windcall so impactful. Some sites are generously donated for Windcall’s use (click here if you’re interested in being a site partner); others are arrangements with highly supportive allied organizations and small businesses. Windcall’s program sites since 2006 have been:
Windcall in the Olympic Peninsula
This location has been a Windcall site since 2006 through Pat Welly and Merrill Weyerhaeuser’s from-the-heart donation of their home and property. Twenty-nine organizers have been renewed and transformed at this amazing site. At Windcall in the Olympic Peninsula, the three-person Residency cohorts are very distant from urban life, staying in a waterfront home that sits on 200-plus acres on the shores of Hood Canal. Residents dive into nature and reflect while hiking on trails through a lush forest and boating on the Hood Canal. There are many secluded areas and space to reflect, create, write, and share. The site is close to the Olympic National Park and Residents often take an overnight trip to the Quileute Reservation near the park. Windcall on the Hood Canal is close to Port Townsend, home to yoga teachers, artists, and healers who are resources for the program. Jerry Austen, who lives in Port Townsend, gently holds the space for organizers seeking renewal. For five years, he has served as the site host, local guide, and cook extraordinaire.
Windcall at Blue Mountain Center
Blue Mountain Lake, New York, (www.bluemountaincenter.org)
Blue Mountain Center has hosted Windcall Residents for three sessions of one month each. Eight organizers have had their Windcall Residencies at Blue Mountain Center (BMC) through the generosity of the Center’s Board and staff, led by Ben Strader and Harriet Barlow. BMC is a working community of writers, artists, and activists – particularly those focused on social and ecological concerns. BMC is set in the heart of the Adirondacks, the largest state park in the continental U.S. As a part of its cultural commons, the center exists to provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to focus on their work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life. For Windcall Residents, their “work” at BMC is to leave their daily organizing lives and renew their energies and perspectives. BMC is an especially wonderful site for Windcall Residents interested in exploring their creativity and also provides access to abundant wilderness with canoes, lakefront access, and hiking trails. The BMC staff and the energy of the larger BMC community make for very profound Windcall Residencies at this site.
Windcall at Pie-in-the-Sky Farm
Marshfield, Vermont, (www.pieinsky.com)
Pie-in-the-Sky is located in the middle of the rich cultural zone of North Central Vermont and is perched just on the edge of Vermont’s wild and beautiful Northeast Kingdom. Pie is owned by Jude Sargent and Jay Moore, who are politically active in the area and host Windcall from their own deep commitment to social justice. Pie was the first site for Windcall outside of its longtime home in Montana. Twenty-four organizers have had their Windcall Residencies at this site. Pie is on one hundred acres of land with three ponds, woods, a field divided by old stone walls and an old orchard. Deer and sheep are part of the animal kingdom on the land. Residents can hike and boat outside and there is plenty of room in the old farmhouse to read, reflect, and create. The region is home to long-time farmers and loggers as well as artists, writers and craftspeople who are resources to Windcall Residents. Jude and Jay are adept at finding resource people to foster Residents creative thinking and reflection, working with area cooks to provide healthy and nurturing meals, and holding space for organizer renewal.
Windcall at the Stone House
Mebane, North Carolina, (www.stonecircles.org)
stone circles’ mission is to sustain activists and strengthen the work of justice through spiritual practice and principles. The Stone House is their center for spiritual life and action on seventy acres of land in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It is a place of sanctuary, community and training where thousands have gathered to share strength, stories, food, strategy, and practice. Eight Residents have had their Residencies at the Stone House. Board member Dothula Baron was the Site Host in 2013 with the Stone House staff providing a supportive and loving presence with Windcall Residents. The Stone House has an art room, which is always open and available with plenty of supplies and Residents take advantage of this space to create and play. Meditation and body movement work is a special focus of the Stone House, particularly during their Soul Sanctuary Retreat – modeled after Windcall – which is held during Windcall Residencies. Residents who are interested in meditation and yoga in particular find Windcall at The Stone House particularly transformative. Like other Windcall sites, there are other nature-focused activities with hiking and swimming nearby and nearby towns provide opportunities to engage in creative expression. Residents are also encouraged to visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in nearby Greensboro. Windcall hosts a dinner between Windcall alumni who live in the region and current Windcall Residents to exchange ideas on having a deep Windcall Residency and engaging in ongoing practices to support resiliency.
Windcall at Tunitas Creek Ranch
Half Moon Bay, California
Tunitas Creek Ranch was a Windcall site for six Residents from 2011-2012. The Ranch was a magical Residency site with a thriving organic food and flower garden, surrounded by 250 acres of open space, which includes forests and creeks and open fields – all in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The Ranch was sold in early 2013. We thank owner Nancy Schaub, Program Director Kristin Rothballer (now a Windcall Board member), the Ranch’s farm community, and the New Priorities Foundation for graciously supporting organizers at the Tunitas Creek Ranch.