Community

During this global pandemic, Sunrise Ranch is working hard to keep our community and future visitors safe by practicing physical distancing, working from home whenever possible, delivering meals and groceries to residents, postponing classes and events, holding all meetings and services on Zoom, caring for our elders and helping each other with errands in town. Through the photos and captions here, you can see how things have changed in one month.


Sunrise Ranch includes those of us who live here and form the core of this community.

A free Introduction to Attunement workshop took place in Green Ridge Room on February 29, 2020. Another, smaller workshop was held on March 14. We have put our two Attunement Practitioner certification courses that were scheduled for April on hold because of the global coronavirus pandemic, but these will be rescheduled as soon as it’s safe to do so.
 
We are an intentional spiritual community, passionately committed to our conscious evolution. We are also committed to each other and what we are bringing to the world together. Most of all, we are devoted to the spirit of Universal Love that brought us together and inspires us every day.

Sunrise Ranch was founded in 1945, and we are one of the oldest intentional communities in America. We welcome anyone who visits here and anyone who connects with us in virtual space—on our website, on Facebook, or on our mailing list. To us, you are all part of our community. We see ourselves as part of the broader community of awakening human beings all around the world.

Amanda and LeAnn, seen March 2, are keeping our greenhouses hopping.

We find we are entering a new paradigm for how people relate to each other. In a world where neighbors in housing developments and apartment buildings often never meet, we are finding new ways to connect with people of all ages and from many diverse backgrounds. We know that when people come to Sunrise Ranch, they feel the surround of love substance in this valley. This spiritual atmosphere has formed out of all the loving service from people down through the decades and from the communion with nature and the land itself. As the Sunrise Ranch community of today, we feel responsible for this atmosphere and for our contribution to it. It is the atmosphere of true home.

 

Our everyday spiritual practice includes a deep commitment to personal transformation, so that we become a living expression of Universal Love. That means that we commit ourselves to an unconditional expression of that Love. That’s where the rubber meets the road. We transform as we express Universal Love in the face of whatever happens and whatever may arise in our own thoughts and emotions. We meet regularly as a community (these days by Zoom) to share our vision and insight and to support each other in our transformational process. And we find a deeper attunement with the source of life and inspiration within us. We welcome anyone to join us for our regular Sunday service, by live-streaming video.

Dustin and Bruce work in one of the very full greenhouses on March 3.

 

The first flowers of spring poke out from under the leaves on March 7.

David Karchere is the Spiritual Director for Sunrise Ranch. He works closely with Dr. Jane Anetrini, a minister at the Ranch, and with the Trustees of Emissaries of Divine Light. Children and seniors play a vital role in the life of Sunrise Ranch. We are also joined by non-residential staff who assist us with some of the essential functions of the Ranch. Interns also assist with the work of the Ranch and are an integral part of our community.

 

There are members of our community who have lived at Sunrise Ranch for more than 50 years, and there is usually at least one person living here who has arrived within the past month. Typically, people who join the core staff at Sunrise Ranch come first as a visitor or as a participant in our Full Self Emergence Program. (The program has been suspended for 2020, but we hope to have it in full swing again next year.)

Jim visits with the chickens while Ziggy the llama lingers behind him on March 7.

Sarah, our Ranch Director, decided to bring some lambs to the Pavilion before the Introduction to Attunement workshop on March 14 to allow participants a quick cuddle. Here she is handing a lamb to Shareen.

 

Residential Opportunities

A small group got together to play volleyball in the pasture on March 22, doing their best to keep 6 feet of distance between them while having fun in the sunshine.

Community living is not for everyone, but it delivers a dimension of connection that most people inherently desire. Imagine knowing people in your life on a more intimate level through sharing an intention and living it through your work and home life. People come to Sunrise Ranch to learn principles of universal truth and personal responsibility for the life they have created, to transform their daily living, meaningful work and interpersonal relationships, and to renew their sense of joy and connection with others. They become a loving presence of influence in their world.

 

A group of community members got together on March 25 to sing Happy Birthday (our alternate version) to Robby in front of The Gables.

Robby, with Roshana and Booda, waves to his friends as they sing to him.

 

Skilled Openings

Being a full-time community as well as resort and conference center, we also offer skilled openings—job positions that require specific or specialized skills. We are seeking talented people to join our spiritual community as full-time residents and members of our staff. As a resident, you can participate in the spiritual life of the community and help us continue to strengthen Sunrise Ranch as a teaching and demonstration site for thriving community. Pay is negotiable. Please visit the Job Opportunities Page for current position listings.
To learn more about living and working at Sunrise Ranch, contact the Registrar office at recruiting@sunriseranch.org or feel free to call us at 970-679-4251.

Chef Barrett, Shane and Keith get meals ready for pickup in front of the Pavilion on March 29. The Pavilion is closed to all but Kitchen staff during the heightened physical-distancing procedures in place because of the global pandemic.

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Connie, Heather, Andrew, Lana, Atom, Rashawn, Ashley and Ruud demonstrate the 6-foot rule in front of the Pavilion on March 29. They are among those who are helping to prepare, organize and deliver meals and groceries to the Sunrise Ranch community.

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

 

A small herd of elk has been seen visiting Eden Valley during the last week of March.

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