A good time was had by a small group of us at Steamworks in Gastown on Thursday, Dec 11, 2015. In attendance were Derek Denton, '58-60, Andrew Irving, '82-86, Peter Jones, '78-79, Hugh S. Gregory III, '66-67 and his wife Anne. We'll do it in a few months and see if we can get together a little more often.
From: Tony Vintcent
Date: Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: Old Sedberghian Association: Hello From A "UK" Old Sedberghian...
To: Mark Ellison
Thank you, Mr. Ellison. We appreciate your commentary and, yes, it was a sad day when Sedbergh Canada had to close.
The following photos by Patricia Riveroll are a splendid record of the Sedbergh reunion in September, 2014. As you go through them, you will follow the sequence of the weekend. That the gathering occurred 75 years almost to the day after the opening of the school in 1939 was coincidental, but certainly appropriate. Two hundred Sedberghians and past staff, their families and friends, joined us for what was, in spite of Dame Nature's windy and cold weather, a huge success. A return to Montebello, class reunions, cocktails and dinner followed by speeches and a dance on Saturday night carried us to Sunday morning and back to the Valley, into the school and around the property. A celebration of Pat Pettigrew's life in the Founders' Room was followed by a relaxing visit and barbecue at the Lake, that diamond in our crown! A couple even jumped off the cliff and one did the cross the lake swim! The water was not warm!
Here's a selection of photos from the reunion. Please check back for more!
Our visit to Vipassana on Sunday morning will be a challenge for some.
After all, our vision of Sedbergh where we experienced such strong emotional reactions is stamped in our memories and is a part of our being. That vision is not easy to dislodge. And it may not want to be dislodged.
But Sedbergh as a physical entity is no more; the valley and the buildings are now owned by Vipassana, a well known meditation group with centres all over the world.
As it was in 1938 when our Founders first came over the crest of the hill, the Valley has returned to its natural state. That is Vipassana's choice; and we must respect it. As well, there are many changes within the building itself. That too is Vipassana's choice.
Before our visit, I encourage you to go to the Vipassana internet site www.vipassana.ca and click on "The Centre near Montebello" You may wish also to read the section "The Art of Living" to fully understand Vipassana's approach to life. Interestingly enough, you will find that many of the values espoused by Sedbergh are similar to those Vipassana teaches. It is the approach which differs. You may also wish to read the section "Questions and Answers".
On Sunday, you must expect to find a different physical place. But It should be a huge relief to know that our school and the Valley have a new lease on life through a group which loves it as much as we do.