Work Practice at Steger Center Weekend of August 26 — 28
The Steger Center, located in Ely Minnesota, is devoted to ecological stewardship and leadership. The Center, which is under development, was founded by Will Steger, noted polar explorer, who, among many other accomplishments, was the first person to traverse Antarctica by dogsled. He is the subject of the recent feature-length documentary After Antarctica.
Will Steger is also a Zen Buddhist practitioner. Our community came to know him when he spoke at MZMC about his life in Zen on April 8, 2022. He and Guiding Teacher Ted O'Toole are anticipating that this may be an initial step in a long term relationship between the Steger Center and MZMC. https://stegercenter.org/steger-center/
The likely schedule is as follows: Friday, August 26: Arrive by dinner time; dinner outdoors; settle in
Saturday, August 27: Begin the day with two sittings and a full morning Zen service; breakfast; a full day of outdoor work, clearing brush in the forest, with lunch in the forest; possible evening sitting; dinner outside.
Sunday, August 28: Begin the day with two sittings and a service; breakfast; various work projects; lunch; return home.
There is no charge for the weekend, and food will be provided. Register by contacting the office: firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is August 19.
Please note: Attendees must be prepared for hard work, difficult terrain, and rustic living conditions. Camping out is encouraged, but indoor accommodations are available. Carpooling is encouraged. Will Steger will be on site and will be directing the work. Once you register, you will receive information about what to bring. If you would like more information before making a decision, or if you can help with organizing the trip, contact Ted O'Toole, at email@example.com.