The Saguache County Board of Commissioners had approved our Conditional Use Permit! Finally after a year of negotiations, The County has reached an agreement that we may use The 1074 Lariat Trail Property for Religious gatherings. The agreement includes a lot of conditions and restrictions that most residences would never have, but we are happy to be able to represent Indigenous American Spiritual traditions in a proper, publicly recognized way. Thank you Saguache County for approving our right to the freedom of assembly and religious freedom of expression in our home. We are grateful for what we have.
We have been allowed to have 4 Ceremonies each year (with 30 people), and one Sweat Lodge each month (with 20 people). There may be no more than 20 cars in our parking lot and all ceremonies are to be preformed indoors. We will post the other conditions as they become published.
Now that things are warming up a bit, we will be working on The Singing Stone Building Project again! If you would like to help check in with us.
As of March 17th 2016, we would like to announce that the Baca Grande Planning committee has approved the Conditional use permit for our residence! The next step would be for Saguache County Commissioners to grant the permit.
FOR MANY YEARS, WE AS A COMMUNITY HAVE PLANNED TO CREATE A PLACE FOR CEREMONY. MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE AND OUR POTENTIAL IS SO TREMENDOUS. OUR PLAN TO CREATE A FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUAL CULTURE AND TRADITIONS HAS EXPERIENCED A LOT OF RESISTANCE THROUGH THE YEARS. WE HAVE BEEN PEACEFULLY PERFORMING CEREMONIES IN THIS AREA FOR TWENTY YEARS AND HAVE FINALLY REACHED THE POINT OF HAVING A HOME FOR OUR WAY OF LIFE. IT IS IRONIC, THAT IN AN AREA KNOWN FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS, THE INDIGENOUS WAYS OF THIS LAND HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY REPRESSED. THE SAN LUIS VALLEY HAS FOR SOME 12 THOUSAND YEARS, BEEN A SAFE HAVEN OF THE VERY CEREMONIES WE AIM TO PROTECT. FROM THE SPANISH OPPRESSION TO THE EARLY SETTLERS AND MINERS A HUNDRED YEARS AGO AND NOW INTO THE PRESENT DAY, THE CULTURE OF THIS LAND HAS BEEN BRUSHED ASIDE TO MAKE ROOM FOR FOREIGN, INVASIVE CULTURES. ONE THING SHOULD REMAIN TRUE AND THAT IS THAT EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO THE FREE EXPRESSION OF THEIR RELIGION. AS A FEDERAL RIGHT.
WE ARE MEETING WITH THE POA ON THE 20TH ABOUT OUR DENIED BUILDING EXTENSION AND ARE SUBMITTING OUR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT WITH THE COUNTY THIS MONTH AND ARE HOPING FOR POSITIVE RESULTS.
OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE MET WITH A LOT OF RESISTANCE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PERSEVERE WITH JOY AND FAITH. ONE OF OUR GREATEST CHALLENGES WAS WHEN OUR BUILDING CONTRACTOR, JIM HAULMAN, ABANDONED OUR PROJECT IN NOVEMBER 2013, WHICH COST US SOMEWHERE AROUND $40,000. NO MATTER WHAT, WE WILL ALWAYS PROTECT OUR FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO PRESERVING AND SPREADING INDIGENOUS AMERICAN SPIRITUAL CULTURE.
WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING TO DO WOULD BE A GREAT BOON TO SAGUACHE COUNTY AS WELL AS BENEFITING LOCAL REALTY AND LAND VALUE. OUR COMMUNITY ATTRACTS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. LOCAL BUSINESS’S AND PLACES OF LODGING BENEFIT DRAMATICALLY. PROPERTIES ADJACENT TO OURS AND IN THE AREA WILL ALSO HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE, NOT TO MENTION ALL THE OTHER PROPERTIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY OWNED BY OUR CONGREGATION. THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF OUR AREA, THE UTE TRIBE, WILL BENEFIT SIGNIFICANTLY FROM OUR LOCAL POWWOW. MANY LOCAL NATIVE AMERICAN GROUPS WILL BENEFIT FROM OUR GOURD DANCE AS WELL AS FROM ALL OUR OTHER CEREMONIAL EVENTS. HOPEFULLY PREJUDICE AND RACIAL ANIMOSITIES WILL COME TO AN END AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND IDENTITY WILL BE CELEBRATED.
Jamestown, America’s first Property Owners Association.
“In a time when the Ocean is being poisoned, radiation is contaminating our earth, food is being genetically altered to be a pesticide and war has become technologically streamlined. People and other animals are dying of cancer for no apparent reason. We live in a place where there is little hope and yet people will try to stamp out our little church, just because they can. like the people before them, destroying the indigenous to make room for the domestic. In times like these you would think people would feel shame for smashing the dreams and hopes of others. You would think people would exercise kindness and act with dignity.
That is our job, to help the aggrieved, to act with kindness and patience. It is for us to pray for the those who need help and forgive those who are filled with spite. While winds of doom blow stronger, we should hold to the dream of a better world. Despite the wrongs and injustice of others, we can learn to forgive and allow our selves to be shaped by nature, rather than shaping nature. We could stand in this storm and shake our fists in anger at the storm, or we can occupy our time with love, truth and dignity. Never forget the injustices, but also never let them control your heart. As spiritual citizens it is also our job and obligation to uphold Religious freedom for ourselves as well as for the future generations.”
The Singing Stone is a Religious Organization dedicated to preserving Native American Spiritual Ceremonies and Culture. We do this through the practice of Indigenous Rites in a Traditional manner. By providing services to the public as a Sacred Community, we aim to help all those who may be interested in experiencing and learning about the Spiritual Lineages and philosophies of The Americas. Everyone will benefit from our project, our county, area businesses, Reality and our struggling Property owners association.
We Cry out for help, so that we may be able to have the facilities and Infrastructure needed to function as a Community of the Native American church. Donating to The Singing Stone will help us function as a Ceremonial Institute and a Spiritual Sanctuary for anyone seriously interested in being immersed in Aboriginal American culture.
Our grounds will allow Spiritual Leaders and Elders from all over, to conduct a variety Traditional Ceremonies and Pre-Hispanic Rites throughout the year. With the appropriate Funding we will not only be able to Function as a Church and Community, but also create an Indigenous Burial Grounds.
Help us now in our efforts to restore the Dignity of this Sacred Continent by securing a firm Foundation For the Generations to come. Help us serve the public in a way that can not only remind us of our Ancient American past, but also let us all take part in it. Donate to The Singing Stone, The sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan of Colorado (Fuego Sagrado de Itzachilatlan Colorado Corp.) and The Native American Church.
These Funds will serve to facilitate Vision Quest (hanbleceya), Traditional Song Practice, Sun Dance, Pow Wow (and many other dances) as well as Tipi Meetings, Yuwipi, Lowanpi and Sacred Pipe Ceremonies (Canupa).
Our goal is also to serve as a Church, but also will be available for everyone in our area who will use it respectfully. We are involved with Veterans, Rehabilitation, Young Adults as well as a Teen Center, we care for the Elderly, and also deal with Interfaith Education.
Help us now and know that these precious American Traditions will stand strong and be supported in a time where Industrialization and domestication threaten them to Extinction. Donate to preserve the Integrity of Indigenous spiritual Traditions of this Continent for the Generations to come!
Officially recognized creed and form of worship.
Distinct ecclesiastical government.
Code of doctrine and discipline.
Distinct religious history.
Organization of ordained ministers.
Ordained ministers serving after completing a required course of study.
Distinct Literature of its own.
Membership not associated with any other church or denomination.
Established places of worship.
Regular religious services.
Schools for ministerial preparation.
Schools and training for the youth.
Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin!
We are a Colorado Religious Nonprofit, so you can make your tax deductible donations now!
For many years we have planned an Indigenous American Ceremonial Grounds and a Community Space that serves to preserve our native heritage. Finally we have reached the point when we have finished the exterior of the community building that we can all use to celebrate the divine. This temple will serve as a home, an office, as well as ceremonial space. At this point we have basically finished the exterior of the building. We have the water well in place as well as the plumbing. This is a steel building that measures 80 x 82 feet and it stands 20 feet tall.
With continued donations of materials, money and labor, we will forge ahead creating an interior that will spiritually nourish and bless many generations to come. This will house a 50 foot diameter space that will serve many groups in our area.
EVERYONE WILL BENEFIT FROM OUR PROJECT, OUR COUNTY, AREA BUSINESSES, REALITY AND OUR STRUGGLING PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION.
All members will benefit from this land and be able to enjoy the facilities!
We would like to ask for your donations. Please help us as it will benefit everyone including the generations to come! By donating, you can become an official member and receive a Native American Church membership card. We will have many gifts and privileges for our supporters so be sure to let us know what you have contributed.
The result will be a 50 foot diameter ceremonial space! Besides providing Community and a space for Indigenous American Ceremonial Events, this building could serve as a Preschool, School, Teen center, Dance School and Yoga studio.
We might be able to host Holistic Fairs, Celebrations, Seminars and classes. In addition to all of this, we may be able to provide affordable space for other groups, individuals and teachers.
We will be needing donations for the following:
♥Solar electrical inverter.
♥ Solar batteries.
♥Hot water heaters
♥Spray Foam insulation
♥Commercial kitchen equipment.
♥Lumber, Sheetrock, Screws and building supplies.
The Singing Stone Community will be open to the public. We will be able to provide education in native spirituality and help the public through outreach. As soon as our infrastructure is in place, we can serve the people by having a regular schedule of Indigenous American Ceremonies and activities.
♦ Daily Prayer Circles
♦ Weekly Sweat Lodges and Song Ceremony
♦ Monthly All night prayer meetings
♦ Bi-annual Gourd Dances, Powwows, Yuwipi, and Vision Quests.
♦ Annual Sun Dance, Dream Dance and Star Dance (At other locations).
Now is the time for us to fully enclose the steel building. We will be focusing on the roof this weekend. Any help would be greatly appreciated, so come and join us!
As we enter into Autumn new possibilities are unfolding at The Singing Stone through the necessary steps of fundraising, accomplishing our non profit status, and physically creating our much needed building. Our ongoing venture which we invite you to attend will be our Work Party to get our roof completely on, we are hoping to complete by Sunday, October 30th.
This is an ongoing project but if we can beat the winter snow of late October, then we will be able to move ahead with insulating our structure and then working inside to create a livable space. If you are able to help out in any way then show up at our The Singing Stone Ceremonial Grounds at 10 a.m. any of these days.
Lunches will be provided. Please bring your screw gun, drill, and work gloves. If anyone can assist with food and/or monetary donations and help with preparing lunches, please let us know. We appreciate any and all help!
We would like to thank Justin Millard, Jeremy Sharpe, Chris Allen, Bennie Ummer, RamJi, Aliya, Brian Porter, Chris Long, Benjamin Antonowicz, and all those who prepared food, Andrea Long, Joan Scheide, Lisa Bodey, Carrie Allen, Bruce Waltemyer, and Danita Martinez.
The Singing Stone again would like to thank everyone for their recent efforts of monetary offerings, exceptional food preparations, as well as physical labor that was donated during our last Work Party as well as during Ceremonies. Everyone pulled together beautifully getting up those walls on our building over the summer and also during Vision Quest in September. A big WOPILA or THANK YOU to everyone!
As we enter into Autumn new possibilities are unfolding at The Singing Stone through the necessary steps of fundraising, accomplishing our non profit status, and physically creating our much needed building. Our next venture which we invite you to attend will be our Work Party that will go from Monday, October 13th until we get our roof completely on(if there are enough helpers then we are hoping to complete by Sunday, October 19th).
This is an ongoing project but if we can beat the winter snow of late October, then we will be able to move ahead with insulating our structure and then working inside to create a livable space. If you are able to help out in any way then show up at our The Singing Stone Ceremonial Grounds at 10 a.m. any of these days. Monday October 13th we will go until around 5 or 6 p.m. and we will see about the other days. Lunches will be provided. Please bring your screw gun, drill, and work gloves. If anyone can assist with food and/or monetary donations and help with preparing lunches, please let us know. We appreciate any and all help!
Along with our Work Party, we will be holding Vision Quest for Chris Long. There will be daily sweat lodges around 5 p.m. from the dates of Thursday, October 16th until Sunday, October 19th. As our Spring and Autumn Hanbleceyas were a group effort of pulling together through fire tending, meals, childcare, etc… this will be much the same. The fire will keep burning throughout this time and we will all need to support him as much as possible while working together to get The Singing Stone Building up. It will be a time to connect once again supporting each other towards our collective dream of spiritual community.
Please remember to bring a tobacco offering for these sweat lodges. This is in keeping with our tradition and may be just a small amount for each lodge. One may be offered to our water pourer and one may also be offered to our fire tender. Women on your moon time (menses) we ask that you do not attend but you are welcome to join us for meals and support from a distance. Men typically wear swim trunks and women where a dress or skirt and top that covers your knees and shoulders. It is helpful to bring a towel, remove jewelry, and to show up early to make prayer ties or to help with preparations. Fires will be lit 2 hours prior to entering so feel free to show up around 3 p.m. any of these days. We ask that you bring a potuck dish or drink to share for after the lodges. Wood and any other donations are always welcomed. Please call or email with any questions. We hope to see you soon! Mitakuye Oyasin.
We are in need of someone with experience in creating an LLC and Non Profit organization to give us some pointers. If you or anyone you know is interested in donating some of your knowledge, we greatly appreciate it!
With the whole frame fully assembled, it’s time to put the siding into place.
The work parties have been wonderful there has been plenty of food. Thanks to generous donations every one has gotten enough to eat. Each afternoon the rain seems to bring us to a natural close and each evening we reconvene again for dinner.
Today the roof’s frame was fully assembled. We have started on the southern wall and should go up fairly quick. After the sides have been completed, then the roof panels will be installed. We are preparing for the doors and windows to be framed in, as well as the insolation.
we have organized a work party for the completion of our community building. Monday July 21. 9:00 AM
For information call us at 256-5307.
Food will be catered.
July 7th building project
Our barn raising is going very well. As you can see from the pictures below, there has been a lot of progress on our building! We are at a point where we are going to need more workers to put up the siding and the rest of the exterior of the building. Bring your drills, gloves, sunblock, glasses, and hats. The food so far has been exceptional. Thank you for those of you who have donated food, money, time, and energy we want to send a big thank you. We could use more help with food preparations and any donations. Jim Haulman has pulled through with his expertise and is fulfilling his promises with great skill!
Nuestro proyecto de construcción va muy bien. Como se puede ver en las fotos de abajo, ha habido un gran progreso en nuestro edificio! Nos encontramos en un punto en el que vamos a necesitar más trabajadores que soportar el revestimiento y el resto del exterior del edificio. Traiga sus taladros, guantes, bloqueador solar, gafas y sombreros. La comida ha sido hasta ahora excepcional. Gracias por aquellos de ustedes que han donado alimentos, dinero, tiempo y energía que queremos enviar un gran agradecimiento para usted. Podríamos usar más ayuda con los preparados alimenticios y de cualquier donación. Jim Haulman ha sacado adelante con su experiencia y está cumpliendo sus promesas con gran destreza!
The Singing Stone would like to invite everyone to assist in our BARN RAISING GATHERING which starts on Monday, July 7th and will continue through the week. Our metal structure at 1074 Lariat Trail in Crestone, Colorado will be used for Ceremonies in the future as well as retreats. If you would like to become a part of The Singing Stone community, take this opportunity to be one of the founders of its conception. It has been almost a year since we hired a professional to put up this metal building and he has not followed through with the completion even though he has been paid. WE ARE DESPERATE TO GET IT GOING and need everyone’s help!
All are welcome to camp on The Singing Stone land. We have well water available but conditions are such that you need to be prepared with your own tent, blankets, flashlight, and whatever else you would need to be comfortable. Directions are on our Location page. We need a lot of people to help out physically with getting this building up. If you or anyone you know is familiar with this sort of construction project and wish to donate some of your time, energy, and expertise, we really appreciate it. Please spread the word. Also, help with feeding our workers is needed so we are grateful to anyone willing to donate food or help with food preparations.If you are unable to help out at the date mentioned above, consider donating anything that would help us. This will be a communal building so we will need beds, kitchen supplies, furniture, and anything else that you feel would be helpful. Any monetary donations would certainly be remembered in the future when our structure is complete. We will also be needing a full range of construction materials such as sheet rock for the rooms and a good flooring for our Ceremonial space in the center. Other items needed are paint, lumber, plumbing or electrical supplies, rugs, and more. We will be off the grid so any solar panels or other solar equipment is needed as well. We hope to see you during this week in July to connect with each other while working towards this amazing cause for all of our futures. Please call if you have any questions. Mitakuye Oyasin!
The month of March has seen some nice improvements. The picture on the right shows the future Sundance grounds cleared and ready for work. Grass seed needs to be put down along with the proper soil amendments. An irrigation system will be Installed so the we can have some grass! On the building you can see that the main roof beams have been put into place.
February 2014 building project has been a struggle so far. Our contractor has been dragging his feet and avoiding work as much as possible. He is in trouble with several other people for unfinished work. Being spiritually centered, The Singing Stone is prepared to wait and avoid negative confrontations. Some work has been done on the building and we are steadily amassing more materials. We have more doors, beds and furnishings. We have a good source for lumber to frame up the interior walls. We are planning to put the individual walls together now and assemble them into rooms later.
Our attention is on our Sun Dance grounds. The whole area needs to be cleared and leveled. This is a good time to plant grass seed as well as mapping out the arbour and tipi sites. The wood for the arbour will be collected from the National Forest. This can only be done after the mud dries up, which is in a month or two. we have plenty of help, but we can always use more. If we have to, we will have to put up this building ourselves. With enough participation and willingness of spirit, we can accomplish anything. If any of you are willing to help, contact us at: email@example.com.
December Building update: With much delay and unusually cold weather, we are finally seeing the assembly of our structure. All the structural building materials arrived in November after the pouring of the foundation. The late delivery of exterior doors and windows was a welcome sight this month. A fork-lift will erect the main beams. After the frame is up, the outer coverings will go into place. This should take some time and also depends upon the weather.
November Building update: We are happy to announce that the pouring of our foundation has begun. We have awaited this glorious moment for so long! All of our prayers are set in stone and have become concrete!
The creation of a form for our foundation began at 8:00 am November 6. The work entailed the placement of all pluming pipes, water pipes coming in and sewer going out. These will be going through the foundation, so it is crucial to our planning. With this type of structure it is important to have a solid foundation, not only figuratively, but literally as well. All the activity has caused us to review the floor plans as well as the activity’s that will make this such a wonderful place to be.
We need building materials!
We finally acquired the sink we want and added it to our collection of supplies, So far we have the following:
Industrial stainless sink.
Children’s Dining tables.
2 Interior doors.
We will be needing: 12 more interior doors, Door frames, 2 bathroom sinks, 2 shower heads, a bath tub, Bathroom Cabinets, Lockers, Gas or wood oven, Gas range, Large pots and pans, Mirrors, Furniture, Rugs, Curtains, Gas dryer, Gas water heater, Solar panels, Solar water panels, Solar Electric inverter and Equipment, Solar Battery Set, Wood stoves, Propane refrigerator and a whole lot of help. If you are interested in donating time, MONEY, supplies or suggestions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need a lot of other things as well, so if you think of what you can contribute, let us know. To give us a monetary gift use the Donation button on our HOME page
Building update :October 22 2013
Well Truck and backhoe
View of the mountains behind the well equipment ( Eastern View ).
The land has been cleared for the foundation, from this view you can see three corners of the building. In the picture below you can see the excavation from the west.
This is the well itself. It is only 120 feet deep but they hit water at 10 feet. Now they will have to pump out the remaining sand and silt. Then we will have the pump installed. To pump water we will first be relying upon a generator, then we will transition to a solar powered system.
This view is from the lot just west of us. Here we are looking west. The well will be on the north east corner of the building following the Indian science of vattsu. The Sun Dance arbor will be to the right of the photo.
For many years we have planned a ceremonial grounds. Finally we have reached the crucial point when we are able to build a ceremonial structure that we can all use to celebrate the divine. This temple will serve as a home, an office, as well as ceremonial space. At this point we will start leveling and tamping the soil for the foundation. After the pour (Cement) we will erect the frame. then this winter we will finish the exterior. This is a steel building that will measure 80 x 82 feet and it will stand 20 feet tall. At this point our project will focus upon the exterior.
With the continued donations of materials, money and labor, we will forge ahead creating an interior that will spiritually nourish and bless many generations to come. This will house a 40 foot diameter space that will serve many groups in our area.
The end result will be a two story retreat house with two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area with 9 bedrooms and a 50 foot diameter ceremonial space!