Our 14-acre campus offers a variety of indoor and open-air spaces
that invite private contemplation as well as group quiet times.
Finisterre is a contemplative space at the River’s edge built in memory of Guild Founder Richard Caemmerer. It is a place to honor current and future Guild Masters and to remember fellow pilgrims on this art and faith journey.
The Finisterre design is based on a rough sketch penned by Richard in the early 2000’s. Richard envisioned an installation based on the unique artistry of Plain craftsman, Gary Espe, who constructs using the organic forms of steamed trees.
From ancient times, the labyrinth has served as a reminder of pilgrimage and spiritual journey. Ours takes the form of a Celtic triple spiral, located in a quiet clearing amid the pine forest and overlooking the Wenatchee River. It is a well-loved site for both individual and group contemplation, and is particularly beautiful at dusk when illuminated by candlelight.
The Sculpture Garden
Near the labyrinth is the Sculpture Garden. Featuring an ironwork piece by Guild Master Sandra Richardson, this space offers benches for quiet sitting. During the Summer 2016 program an impromptu cairn was created as people remembered and honored Guild Founder Rich Caemmerer.
In addition to providing beauty and sustenance for our community, the Guild’s organic garden is a source of spiritual inspiration. During our summer program, the whole community gathers for a time of prayer in the garden, and at other times it is available for guests to wander undisturbed among the verdant and healing leaves.
The foot bridge over the Wenatchee River connects the Guild with our neighbors at Plain Hardware and Plain Grocery. It also provides a place to stand at the crux of both receiving and letting go. Focusing upstream allows for reflection on provision and source; focusing downstream, on release.
Spread throughout the campus are hammocks for rest. Good for body and soul, never underestimate the creative power of a good nap!
The always-present, ever-faithful witness of the Wenatchee River has soothed many a soul, delighted the young-at-heart, and granted to artists the grace to begin again in the creative flow.