I always think of the Inn as a grand lady. But it wasn't always like that. She has a wild past, full of color and controversy.
She was an outcast. They called her a commune, full of freaks.
That's right. It wasn't always the Outlook Inn, full of friendly people, although the freaks were never accused of being unfriendly, just weird. In 1968 when the Inn was purchased for a song and a prayer, the buyer was the renowned mystic, Louis Gittner, and the Outlook Inn was the spiritual center he created to live and share his teachings. It was the 60's, but Orcas Island was a rural island flush with loggers, farmers and folks who had never heard of a chakra, crystal therapy or Buddha (I know it's hard to imagine but follow me here).
People here lived a simple, country life, revolving like many small communities around church and tradition. The Outlook Inn was about to shake things up. In looking through old newspaper clippings from 1969 I came across a quote in the local paper by the pastor of a local church.
"God lives on this side of the street and the devil lives over there".
This new spiritual community at the Outlook Inn was not welcomed. Tourists had not yet discovered the Emerald Isle, but the spiritual seekers had and they were putting down roots. There was a school, admittedly having only 3 students. There was a chapel, with regular Sunday services and daily meditation for the entire staff. There was a community of people. The Inn sat on a log foundation, didn't have indoor plumbing, kept a few goats and chickens in the back yard. Everybody worked for free "in service of humankind". To support the community food was served, at owners whim, in the little water view dining room. Menus appeared on pieces of driftwood. Louis gave readings, sold books, and traveled the country as a speaker, in places where all there was were chakras.
Despite the controversy, the power of the place, this view down the bay, could not be denied. It was a powerful place. For people to come who needed help. Who sought peace. Who imagined a different world.
And that hasn't changed today. I'm excited to share a modern day teacher with you and the opportunity to study with him at the Outlook Inn, May 17-19, 2013. As the Lead Educator of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, davidji apprenticed under Deepak Chopra for nearly a decade learning and ultimately teaching the profound timeless wisdom of meditation, Ayurveda, emotional healing, and conscious choice making.
With more than 200 guided meditations to his credit and more than 100,000 students around the world, davidji has made the ancient science of meditation practical, easy, fun, and rewarding. (More information on this event here).
Gone is the controversy.
Times sure have changed. Alternative spiritual practices like meditation have become mainstream, there benefits and effects scientifically validated. Orcas Island has changed too. Astronauts, hippies, farmers and mystics live in peace. The outcast? She grew up. The Outlook Inn is a grand lady with crystals tucked in her garden, truffle oil in the larder, and fine sheets on the bed. She's loved and respected by her community. But she's still the same girl at heart. A seeker imagining a better world.
How about you? Are you a seeker? Are you looking for peace? This event is for you.
Wishing you a wild, beautiful day, celebrating your own colorful history!