About Spirit First

About Spirit First

Who We Are

Spirit First is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on June 23, 2008. We offer retreats that will quiet you, soften you, heal you, and inspire you. We began hosting retreats in spring 2009 with our first weekend retreat, a Yoga of the Heart event with New Zealand yogi, mystic, and author Jonathan Evatt.

Our Mission

Spirit First promotes the practice of meditation and the development of spiritual awareness and mindfulness. We seek to serve by providing education, tools, and networking that support those on a spiritual path. Spirit First encourages holistic attitudes, healthful living, gentleness with the earth, and compassion with the world.

Our Purpose

The purposes for which Spirit First is formed are as follows:

  1. To establish and maintain a spiritual community that encourages the practice of meditation and promotes the development of spiritual awareness and mindfulness.
  2. To welcome and support the contemplative life of every faith, discipline, religion, and tradition.
  3. To build understanding and cooperation between religiously diverse groups and to help increase peace, create equality, alleviate suffering, and encourage freedom through demonstrating and teaching the practice of inclusiveness.
  4. To provide education, tools, and networking that support those on a spiritual path.
  5. To encourage holistic attitudes, healthful living, gentleness with the earth, and compassion with the world.

Our Plans

Spirit First will one day become Spirit First Meditation Retreat Center, a sanctuary of peace on a wooded mountainside in the Shenandoah Valley.

Spirit First is a place of healing and among its beautiful walking trails and fragrant gardens will be many quiet sanctuaries - a Christian sanctuary, a Buddhist sanctuary, a Muslim sanctuary, and so on. Spirit First honors the contemplative life of every major discipline, every major faith. When a Hindu woman visits, she feels welcome. When a Taoist arrives, he is at home. Jewish music, Islamic poetry, Native American art... are embraced here. Sufis dance. Yogis practice. A visitor walks the labyrinth. We will host private retreats as well as public offerings.

Spirit First ill begin smaller than its full vision, and will start with a Bed-and-Breakfast, also a place of healing. The Bed-and-Breakfast is quiet and graceful and will offer healthful living. If one has been told by a doctor to change to a special diet - perhaps wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free (eliminating all processed sugars); if someone is considering converting to a vegetarian, vegan, or raw lifestyle; or if someone wants to change a diet to become more healthy (less fat, sugar, or processed food), he or she can come to our Spirit First Bed-and-Breakfast and all menus will accommodate the need. Guests will discover the pleasure of healthful grains from around the world, breads made from fresh vegetables, delicious nourishing soups, and so much more. Guests will also have the option of stepping into the kitchen to learn how to prepare dishes for their improved diet for their return home.

Spirit First has a meditation CD currently in development.

Until Spirit First has its own property, retreats will be held at various locations throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area beginning in 2009.

News

11th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest Winners

Moments of the Soul Book

Spirit First Offers Free Meditation Series