2018 Fall Equinox Gathering

La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology
22500 Rue La Terre, Kiln, MS 39556
September 22-23, 2018

“Exploring the Way and Its Power”
Daodejing Study Group
Noon Saturday – Noon Sunday

Equinox Celebration
6 PM Saturday – 6 PM Sunday

The Equinox program will be held on 87 wooded acres on Bayou La Terre, near Dedeaux, MS., which is 67 miles or 70 minutes from the center of New Orleans. (See directions below.) This year the Gathering will include a study group on the Daodejing, or Book of the Way and Its Power, the ancient Chinese classic of spirituality and nature philosophy. Those participating in the group should arrive by Noon on Saturday, while those wishing to participate only in the Equinox Celebration Saturday evening and Sunday should arrive by 6 PM on Saturday. Please register for the study group at surregionalist@bellsouth.net. You will receive further information, including a copy of the readings. Participants should bring tents, personal items, flashlights, and food for the group meal Saturday evening and for individual meals at other times. It is expected that most participants will camp; however, we have some room in the house and cabin for those with special needs if this is requested in advance. There is no fee for the program. Donations are appreciated but not required. Participants are invited to volunteer later for trail work, construction, eco-agriculture, program planning, publicity, and teaching, coteaching or facilitating at future programs. For further information please email surregionalist@bellsouth.net.


10:00 Arrival begins.
Noon Introductions and Orientation
1:00 Daodejing: Session I
2:15 Break
2:30 Daodejing: Session 2
3:45 Break
4:00 Daodejing: Session 3
5:15 Break
5:30 Daodejing: Session 4
6:45 Prepare for Dinner
7:15 Dinner
8:45 Equinox Ceremony (Equinox at 8:54)
9:00 Bonfire and Reflection Circle (All are encouraged to bring a brief text to read or thoughts of their own to share that are relevant to the Equinox.)


Here is our updated schedule for this Sunday, which has some very good additions. At 11:30 there will be a gardening discussion with Monica Clark, who is the creator of the “Mentor the Garden Mentor Curriculum.” Monica is also host of “Dig This!” every Saturday from 2-4 on WHIV 102.3 radio. Her program includes “good music and talk about food justice and ways of creating more avenues of access for low income people and fresh food.” At 2:00 James Inabinet will lead a Nature Walk through the forest. James is Director of La Terre Integral Center and a weaver at La Terre Art Studios. He has lived on Bayou La Terre and offered programs there since 1990. He studied Cosmology at the California Institute of Integral Studies,

9:15 Meditation
10:00 Daodejing: Session 5
11:15 Break
11:30 Gardening Discussion with Monica Clark
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Nature Walk with James Inabinet
5:30 Closing Reflections
6:00 Program ends

Essential Information for Participants and Visitors

Directions to La Terre Institute