Dear Watershed Family…We miss you!
A Pause on Hosting Retreats
It is with considerable sadness that we have had to acknowledge that we do not anticipate being able to host retreats until the Spring of 2021. It is what we love most about Watershed – our family style communing – that makes hosting retreats in a time of social distancing so difficult. That being said, we intend to resume hosting retreats as soon as we are able to do so safely. We have been working closely with retreat centers from across the country to assess our criteria for re-opening. We are beginning to book retreats starting April 2021, however we cannot yet know whether these retreats will be medically possible. We hope to know more by the New Year. Please feel free to reach out. We would love to hear from you.
What is Happening at Watershed
While we have been on pause as a retreat hosting organization, Watershed continues its work as a fiscal sponsor for a number important movement organizations. We urge you to consider supporting their good work, which in this time of crisis is more crucial than ever.
We are also proud to have played a role in supporting our own community through mask making, bone broth production, direct action support and general mutual aid organizing. We are so thankful to the North East Community Center for their leadership and guidance.
While we were not able to host a Unity Gathering for the Schaghticoke First Nations this year, we were able to host them for a socially distanced lunch in our orchard as they prepared to gather in ceremony on their new land in Copake.
We have also had the great pleasure of providing respite on our land to organizers and frontline workers. Through a generous donation of tents, air mattresses and solar showers from Coleman, we have been able to host people camping in comfort and style.
We Stand with the Movement For Black Lives
Watershed is heartened by all the action that has been happening around the country — and even in our own rural neck of the woods — around the Movement for Black Lives. We stand with our comrades in calling for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Mohammad Bah, Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and the countless others who have lost their lives due to the violence of institutionalized racism. We stand with Black Lives Matter in their call to Defund the Police and to reinvest in community alternatives, Black-owned businesses, transformative education, food access, and restorative justice. In this alignment we are particularly proud of Project for Truth Reconciliation and Reparations, and urge you to support their important work.