November 21, 2010

A roof over our heads, II

Our appeal for donations to put us over the finish line with our roof was quickly answered by a half-dozen generous individuals. I'm pleased to report that the shingles are done...on-time and several hundred dollars under budget.

Korinji is now sealed up and safe for the winter, thanks to all of you. We'll still do a bit of interior work before spring, but for now we'll work to replenish our bank account as we pore over window and wood burning stove catalogs.

Some fundraising events are planned for just after the new year; more news soon. We also have a new promotional video being worked on, which may eventually anchor the front page of our web site.

For now, happy holidays from all of us at the Korinji Foundation!

November 1, 2010

Halloween at Korinji

About 20 volunteers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan came out over the course of the week to help with Korinji's end-of-season clean-up and celebration. The week started cold, with winds gusting up to 50mph; by Saturday, though, we were back to glorious fall weather.

A ceremony was held on this occasion of the first formal zazen as well as budo training to be conducted at Korinji.

After a few more hours of afternoon work, we then motored over to the Wisconsin Dells for a scenic Halloween-themed boat ride. Twilight found us cruising upstream under sandstone cliffs and spires, past Devil's Elbow and with a final destination of Witch's Gulch...

During the week, we took bids from roofers. More news soon...