Rebuilding

Latest Update on La Casa de Maria – November 2018

Posted Nov 20 2018 byKathleen Buczko / Rebuilding / Comments Off on Latest Update on La Casa de Maria – November 2018 /

Slowly but surely, the grounds of La Casa de Maria and the Center for Spiritual Renewal are getting cleaned up and plans are being made for the rebuild of the property.
In making plans for the rebuild, the staff, the Board of Trustees and the Coordinating Council are visioning what is possible with the property, given new maps of the

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Poignant Gathering in Sadako Peace Garden

Posted Aug 10 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding, Recovery / Comments Off on Poignant Gathering in Sadako Peace Garden /

Each year on August 6, the anniversary of the US detonation of an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) holds a remembrance event in La Casa’s Sadako Peace Garden. This year marked the 24th annual gathering and it was especially poignant – as just six months ago the Peace Garden was awash in mud and debris

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Record heat doesn’t dent enthusiasm for return to La Casa

Posted Jul 13 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Rebuilding / Comments Off on Record heat doesn’t dent enthusiasm for return to La Casa /

The record-setting heat was the headline for many in Santa Barbara on Saturday, July 7 but for two small groups on the grounds of La Casa de Maria that day, it was barely a footnote.

In the relatively cool Terrace Room of the big stone house – the Center for Spiritual Renewal – a group began the day in

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Six months after the mud and debris flow

Posted Jul 9 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Six months after the mud and debris flow /

 
In a normal year, July would be a busy time at La Casa de Maria, with programs, groups, and retreatants all making use of our facilities, land, and unique offerings. But, due to the December fires and January’s massive mud and debris flow, sadly, we are still closed while we plan for our renewal and rebirth.
We have, however,

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Offering Support for La Casa’s Rebuilding

Posted Jun 21 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Offering Support for La Casa’s Rebuilding /

On Wednesday, June 20, founder of Spiritual Paths Institute and longtime friend of La Casa de Maria Ed Bastian came for a visit. His purpose was two-fold – Bastian wanted to see firsthand the devastation that is a result of the 1/9 mud and debris flow. But he also came to offer financial support and delivered a $12,000 donation in support of

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Carrying on With Peace

Posted Apr 23 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Carrying on With Peace /

Students from del Sol School in Manhattan Beach made their yearly pilgrimage to Santa Barbara Friday, April 20 carrying with them 1000 brightly colored origami cranes that they had painstakingly folded as part of their annual study of peace. For the past twelve years, student groups from del Sol have hung the cranes in La Casa de Maria’s Sadako Peace

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Three months after the mud and debris slide

Posted Apr 9 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Three months after the mud and debris slide /

Dear Friends of La Casa:
We write today to tell you of the tremendous progress we have made since the devastating mud and debris slide of January 9, which wreaked utter havoc on our small town and our beloved property just three months ago. In the days following the slide, the damage and loss seemed almost overwhelming – nine buildings

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Phew! We Made It

Posted Mar 23 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Phew! We Made It /

We’re pleased to report that we made it through the most recent storm unscathed – our newly widened section of the San Ysidro Creek did not overflow its banks. This was the third and most threatening storm to arrive since the devastating mud and debris flow of January 9. Each of those storms prompted a mandatory evacuation but this

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In our Honor

Posted Mar 16 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Rebuilding / Comments Off on In our Honor /

It’s been more than two months since the devasting mud and debris slide that inundated our property and closed us down. Offers of assistance continue to pour in, and we are so grateful. A number of benefits are being held in our honor. If you can attend, it’s a great way to reconnect with La Casa’s spirit and support us

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