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.
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.
The last remaining huts on West Field, the two oldest of all our Sedbergh huts, Raccoon and Mink, being moved to their new home at the village hall of Notre Dame de Bon Secours. They will now be surrounded by commemorative trees, repaired, repainted, and set off on a new chapter of their already long lives. If only the walls could speak!
You may remember that when the school closed and the Sedbergh Foundation made grants to a number of organizations with which the school had close ties, one of those grants went to Camp Amy Molson.
Camp Amy Molson is a camp for disadvantaged children from the Montreal area. Kids between 4 years and 12 years old spend two weeks enjoying (many for the first time in their lives) a holiday in the country. Students from the last twenty-five years of Sedbergh's existence will remember that as seniors they went for a day in the spring to help prepare the camp for its opening in the summer.
On August 6th, several of us went to the camp to inaugurate the Sedbergh Trail, a long walking path which the camp wished to name after the school as a thank you for our help over the years and for our substantial donation. What an appropriate gesture to name a trail.