By Shahar Madjar MD MBA
A small group of nurses, doctors, and other health professional meet yearly at the beautiful lighthouse in Big Bay. They call these meetings the ‘Janus Project’. They sit around a long oval dining table and the story about the beautiful lighthouse is told again: once upon a time there were two keepers-of-light that lived in this lighthouse, which was split down the middle, by a large wall, separating it into two almost identical living quarters. The two keepers of light shared a common mission – keeping the lens at the lantern room intact, and the oil flowing, and the stream of light at the top of the tower shining.
Then, Dr Michael Grossman, a family doctor at Bell hospital and the founder of the group, and Jon Magnuson, its spiritual leader, reminded the participants as to the mission of this year’s meeting: We will discuss only one body system, emphasizing the interplay between mind and body, and looking at the fundamental role our mind plays in health and disease states. We will do so as a group, participating in intense discussion; providing honest feedback to each other; engaging in strenuous physical activities including hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing; and practicing Tai Chi.
Janus Project 2012
As of April 18, our 10 person limit for this retreat has been reached and registration is now closed. Check back soon for information about next year’s Spirit of Place Kayak retreat and for early registering.
Each year, the Cedar Tree Institute hosts one or more Kayak Retreats. This year’s event is titled “Lake Superior: Water, Symbol, Soul” and will take place in August along 40 miles of remote Lake Superior shoreline. This retreat is limited to 10 persons, and the registration deadline is June 1st, so don’t procrastinate.
We’re making it easier than ever to join the adventure.
You can now register online.
The Winter 2012 Ecotone Newsletter is here!
from Marquette Monthly December, 2011
Jogging down the stairs at Heathrow Airport to the underground train running to London, I carry in my overnight luggage a small container of wild rice, formal letters from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and a document signed by a hundred faith leaders. My twenty-eight-year-old traveling companion, a local organic farmer, writer and activist, carries in his duffle bag—along with a newly purchased bargain-basement suit—a bottle of homemade maple syrup and seven packets of background information on a controversial proposed sulfide mining project near our homes in Northern Michigan.
from The Mining Journal September 19, 2011
To the Journal editor:
This week the Mining Journal reported, as a lead story, Inghan County Judge Paula J. M Manderfield’s denial of a request for an injunction to stop Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Minerals Company from dynamiting Eagle Rock, the entrance to the proposed controversial sulfide mine in Powell Township.
What some readers may appreciate knowing, is that five citizens from our community representing 200 members of the medical profession, 100 faith leaders, and 10,000 citizens of Marquette County joined two members from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and two attorneys from the National Wildlife Federations and traveled to Washington D.C. ten days ago to meet with high ranking officials from the Water Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Their purpose was to express an outrage of what is happening to the families who live in the mine’s vicinity and raise objections about the safety and integrity of Kennecott’s operations.
In our ongoing efforts to improve your experience here at The Cedar Tree Institute, we’ve added a photo gallery. Just click on the “Photos” link in our menu to see it. Included are many beautiful photos of lake superior and the surrounding areas. Also included are photos from various projects, retreats, and events.
Clicking on a thumbnail opens the full size image in a slideshow that can be navigated through by clicking on the left or right arrow. Check back soon because we’ll be adding much more content in the future. Let us know if there is a specific project or event you’d like to see more photos of.
from The Mining Journal April 22, 2011
To the Journal editor:
Healthy religious communities, especially here in the Upper Peninsula, hold at the center of convictions a respect for individual conscience. That’s one of the reasons for the “quietism” of many faith leaders when taking public positions on ethics and public policy.
But when religion tilts too far in this “private” direction, churches and tabernacles become silent, irrelevant to important issues facing us as citizens. Dynamic symbols and spiritual teachings on justice and compassion are robbed of their power for change and reduced to sentimental musings.
At the annual meeting of Rio Tinto in London a few weeks ago, it was announced the blasting of Eagle Rock for Kennecott’s proposed sulfide mine in Marquette County is scheduled to begin in coming weeks. During days ahead, trucks full of explosives and dynamite will be traveling up County Road 550 to begin work.
The Winter 2011 Ecotone Newsletter is here!
“IRON & SILK: Fundamentals of Tai Chi Chuan”
Fortune Lake Camp – Crystal Falls, MI