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Manito Park and Some History

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I left West Seattle, Seattle, WA Nov. 1, 2012, thinking I would only be on the road for a month until big positive changes happened on the planet  Dec. 21, 2012.  I’ve been on the road ever since, staying here and there, living on donations and faith, barter at times, and only twice in a friend’s home briefly.  I heard the call and leapt. I had started another blog a few years before, then moved it over to here when that website host shut down. 

In 1978, while briefly working at Prescott College as their communications directer, I attended a workshop led by people from Findhorn, a spiritual community in Scotland.  During the workshop I received guidance that I was to create a wellness center, community.  I knew there were certainly others out there but the guidance was clear. Thus began 40 years spent researching various wellness centers, resorts, and communities. I interviewed various people who had created retreat centers and wellness centers, project managers, construction people, organizational development people, spa managers, architects, looked into sustainability and permaculture,  and connected with a long time green builder architect.  I had a few people join with me at times, attracted a few possible funders that never followed through, and attended many group meetings regarding angel funding.  I even had a company who dealt with angel funders interview me about my plans.  One of the brief “team members” helped me write a business plan, with the help of some retired business consultants.  The architect and I put together some of the details to flesh out the financials.  Mostly though I worked on my own, did my own research and managed to get all the building, property, offerings etc. for the financial and business plan in place. 

Since I was on the road, I decided to tour various wellness resorts and spas I was close to along my travels.  I stopped in Ojai, CA to meet with a woman with a wellness retreat, looking to expand, and we discussed possibly joining forces. I followed every lead.  So far nothing has panned out but I managed to complete my own market research.  None of these research projects and details are part of my training.  As usual, I just follow guidance and figure it out along the way.  I’ve since realized that my wellness centers, which I now call “Transformational welcome centers”, will not be created until after we are on a new timeline.  They will be places to assist humanity in healing and learning how to live in this new world.

So, long story…shortened a bit, these tours led me to create a second blog https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/ .   I’ve since run out of room for media for that free blog and presently don’t have the funds to pay for the benefits of upgrading on WP.  So…..I”m sharing here my recent trip to Manito Park, in Spokane, WA.

I’m not fond of Spokane but it does have some pretty parks and nature preserves. My time in nature and walks around neighborhoods are what keep me sane and peaceful amidst this intense work I do daily.  Manito Park is a place I’ve visited several times and written about before on my other blog.  I’d never visited in the summer though, with all in full bloom.  Manito park was created in 1904 and has evolved into 78 acres of landscaped trails and areas, and 20 acres of botanical gardens.  It is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd., south of I-90, in Spokane, WA.  There are playgrounds, walking and biking trails, some roads, a pond, a cafe, 5 gardens including a Japanese Garden, and Gaiser Conservatory.  I’ve been to the conservatory around the holidays when it is beautifully lit up with holiday lights.  So, I’m going to share some photos I took with my phone camera.  You can click on a photo to get a larger view. Hope you enjoy them and find some peace in your day or night 🙂

This group of photos were taken in the Gaiser Conservatory:

These photos are taken in the Rose Hill Garden and just south of it. Rose Hill is just to the west of the Conservatory:

This is Duncan Garden, a large formal garden, south of the Conservatory:

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These are taken in the large Ferris Perennial Garden, which is north of the Conservatory:

Lastly, here is one of the trails:

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Thanks so much for reading, liking, commenting, following and sharing my blog. I appreciate your time, interest and support.  The main work John and I do continues. We are making progress and soon hope to successfully help to bring forth a new timeline for all. 

Much love, katelon