An ashram, in the traditional sense, is a spiritual hermitage. This term has come to denote a locus of spiritual seeking and renewal.
An ashram would typically, but not always, be located far from human habitation, in forests or mountainous regions, amidst refreshing natural surroundings conducive to spiritual instruction and meditation. The residents of an ashram regularly performed spiritual, physical, and creative exercise.
Ashram dweller or not, one of the most important questions that everyone is required to answer is: “how then shall I live?” In light of my history, my choices, my faith, my family, my education, my desires, my means, my wants; in light of all these things, how then am I to live? How then are we to live? We answer this question with our lives.
Our Quaker heritage has given us five testimonies which speak to how we choose to live: Community, Integrity, Equality, Peace, and Simplicity.
- Community is purposefully being available to a group of people on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
- Integrity is being the same person regardless of changing settings or social groupings. It is being authentic in all situations.
- Equality is honoring the imago dei in all people and treating them as family. It is allowing others to follow God as the Spirit speaks into their lives. It is seeing the beauty inherent to all creation.
- Peace is more than avoiding the infliction of harm; it is choosing to be the first to forgive and the first to care for the needs of others.
- Simplicity is choosing to not be consumed by the things around us, to not be enslaved to stuff, to eschew idols.
In our prairie ashram we hope to find a community and form a community where we can live out our values and our faith.
The goal of this site is to document our spiritual hermitage, and to involve you as a part of our community. Eventually, you may want to spend a week, a month, or a year with us; but, for right now you can spend time with us here.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Matt & Jen