I returned from my pilgrimmage to the Asilomar Conference last week. It was great to connect with old friends and make a few new ones as well. Going to the same place year after year gives me a sense of being anchored and part of something larger, like a family or cause. I had a similar feeling when I was very young and all the cousins would meet at our grandparents’ home for Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner was always the same, the location familiar; the only thing that changed were the kids growing up and getting older.

I have one more beloved touchstone besides Asilomar, and that’s Seabeck.

I’ve watched children grow up at Seabeck, go through the teen program and become adults (Rev. Charles of Genesis and his friends went through the teen program and look how he turned out!). I’ve watched people meet and fall in love and marry. I’ve participated in sacred divorces.

Seabeck is rich! Just like family.



If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama