The Post: Fire Updates
We are posting news about the fire and our recovery as soon as we have definitive information. Check back regularly for updates.
The most recent posts appear at the top. The list on the right may help you locate specific posts.
We laughed, we cried, we got to use fancy magic markers…over the last two days an extended circle of the Harbin management team had the opportunity to engage with the architects from Mithun in a design process called a Charrette (think highly organized brainstorm session). There was a quick recognition between Harbin and Mithun that we shared similar ideals about listening to the land and sustainability (and that we all just liked each other). This seemed to create an immediate trust bond within the room. We were informed that it “often takes months” for clients to reach the level of vulnerability and openness that we established within the first few hours. Later in the day, while reviewing some primitive sketches with Harbin residents, the Harbin contingent broke out into rounds of applause. The lead architect smiled and reflected on our unique enthusiasm: “no one ever claps at these things.”
In thinking of a recreation of Harbin, naturally the focus centers on the physical aspect of buildings, landscape and layout; determining the What and the Where to put it. Though these considerations are absolutely crucial and on our minds constantly, it is so encouraging to shift thought from the What and the Where to the Why… Thank you Renee Marie for reminding us of this in your beautiful, vulnerable message and allowing us to repost it. To help recreate a culture that can contribute to healing of this type recalls to us a large part of what we are building for.
2016 promises to be a year of many choices for Harbin. The decisions, plans and projects initiated now will determine how Harbin will serve its wider community for decades to come.
In this brief moment, before all the wheels start spinning and the sketches are drawn up, please help us set an intention; an intention to be guided in our choices by deep listening, clarity, transparency, healing wisdom, sustainability, human potential, human kindness and the land itself. Thank you.
As we head into a phase of visioning for Harbin’s future, we find it helpful to look over your comments, postings and emails (keep them coming) about how guests and residents engaged the Harbin environment. Some strong themes emerge; a profound sense of relaxation, self-acceptance, shedding of body shame, personal growth, the wisdom of nature and the ability to center. Here’s to carrying the best of our past into the future.
Wishing you a year of exciting choices and good decisions!! Happy New Year.
Erosion from ground saturation is a big issue for the Harbin landscape this Winter. Our fire crew has been working extra hard to drape these coiled necklaces of straw on the hillside above the Mainside area. These wattles, in combination with barley seed, hay bales and felled trees are the main defense against El Niño. With luck, Mother Nature will approve of her new adornments and the pools remain clear of debris.
Harbin was featured in this article by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We thank them for telling a part of our story.
By the time you read this each of our residents and staff members should have received a donation check from the staff relief fund totaling just under $1000. Your generosity has had a very direct financial and emotional impact on our community. On behalf of our residents and staff, please accept our warmest gratitude.
We’ve heard from the local, professional crews that are contracted to address the fire damage in Lake County that Harbin is due to have its clean-up begin sometime in the next 4 weeks. Once the clean-up begins it will be a month of intense work to get the grounds cleared of fire debris. Does this mean that the pools are soon to open, or that visitors can return? Unfortunately it does not. In fact those days are quite a ways off and much more work is needed to come. This is only just the first step in remediating the lands and pool area… but it is the first step and that makes us happy.
Each day Harbin receives numerous inquiries about volunteering and rebuilding. We hear from residents, staff and guests alike who wish to pick up a shovel or swing a hammer and get the pools open. These requests remind us that Harbin is a part of many, many lives.
Please know that if there was a way to channel these offers we would, and that we are touched by the numbers of you who have reached out in this way.
Harbin will be rebuilt. Yet before that happens major efforts in clean-up, remediation, planning and design need to take place. This is an enormous task, and one that cannot be rushed.
There is, however, a way to contribute. Hold in your memory what Harbin was to you, and keep in your vision what it can become…and remind us!
We would like to make it possible for you to connect with your favorite Harbin therapists. Though sessions won’t be available at Harbin for quite some time, it may be possible to rediscover these gifted healers in another time and space. See Jim Gilkeson’s link below for information on Harbin Practitioners. http://jimgilkeson.com/harbin-practitioners_429.html