Dear Friend of Shadowcliff,
I look out around the world, at the headlines and my social media feed, and I am immediately affirmed at how important it is for us to fulfill Shadowcliff’s mission right now. In a world where divisions are running deeper and wider, the need to congregate and be a part of a community, to contribute to a collective effort, to heal and rejuvenate are essential.
This year has been a time of tremendous growth and change for Shadowcliff. This past spring, our compassionate founder, Patt Rempel, passed away. In May our faithful volunteers replaced the stairs in Rempel Lodge, completely transforming that space (we quickly started referring to that project as the “stairs to the future” because it beautifully mirrors our journey as a non-profit). Then, this fall we welcomed Kathy Baldwin as our new Executive Director.
While change is in the air, there is a changeless core about Shadowcliff. That we exist because of the collective effort of hundreds of volunteers and a small but fiercely dedicated staff. That we are and will always be an inclusive mountain sanctuary providing a safe space and place for spiritual renewal. That we are situated atop a giant granite rock that’s both magnificently beautiful and treacherously rugged. That people need a place to rejuvenate and restore their spirits both individually and collectively.
This is the important work we must do. And fulfilling our mission, to create a climate for a restorative world, is hard work. We have many projects planned for next season to maintain our aging facilities and enhance the experience of our guests. These necessary improvements, such as fixing the electrical lines between Fireside and River Bend cabins, and ensuring that we have an operational commercial freezer in Rempel, are costly.
Shadowcliff exists because of the collective effort of donors, volunteers, and staff. And we will continue to serve our mission into the future because of the collective effort of our tribe of supporters today.
Please join me in making a donation to our annual campaign by contributing at the level that best fits your abilities to give and help us fulfill our mission.
Ariana M. Friedlander, M.P.A.
Shadowcliff Board Chair