The Alcyon Center - A Spiritual Life Center on Mount Desert Island, Maine

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Welcome to Winter at our small, year-round spiritual life training center on a quiet tidal cove that is alive with surprises and sights and the challenging presence of silence.

And so we ponder this deep winter wisdom:

" January arrived to echoes of holiday fanfare, and left almost unnoticed under the gray cast of deepening winter.  With barely a whisper, the days begin their unheralded trek across commonplace February.  For centuries February was thought to be the last month of the year, a dark passage to the New.  Though we no longer hold that belief, an element of truth remains, as something new incubates in the dark, a small egg of a dream, or a vagrant thought that finds a nurturing home in the winter stillness.

Some days will simply disappear without flourish into the night, and others contentiously confront us, making every mile seem two.  What we are in dark of winter, however, determines who we become in the light of spring.  The somber hours of February are embryonic shelters of what we will become some bright spring day ... the sun is already above the horizon an hour longer than when the year began." 

--from Marv and Nancy Hiles, An Almanac for the Soul

We look forward to hearing from you, and send blessings from the ever-changing Seal Cove,

Kathryn Booth and Joan Jordan Grant, directors

The Alcyon Center is an experience of being welcomed, body, soul and spirit into the life of a small, practicing contemplative community.

The vision for the Center is rooted in a desire for bold and practical ways to meet the spiritual hunger of our times.