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Work Is Worship

Work is worship

call Steve Citty for information


July 8th Workday for Sun Moon Dance
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Work Exchange  
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One of the teachings from Beautiful Painted Arrow is that “Work is worship.”

Working in a mindful way with those in our community is one way we can truly “Walk in Beauty.” When we say ‘walk in beauty’ we are really saying ‘Walk in Love. It is the Blessing Way.’ To walk in beauty is to celebrate the principal ideas that create our bodies.

Beauty is the action of being in the moment. It is the connection that we have with the people that we love, our fellow human beings. ...Beauty comes from our relationship to all those around us. There are three essential parts or levels to being in a state of Beauty.

  • Have a connection with Oneness;
  • Be in reflection;
  • And to be in movement.

Mindful work is all of these things, and is a way to worship.

Participation is a sign of the vitality of the Center and how important it is in the lives of the People. We are a non-profit organization that depends on the generosity of the People who receive their spiritual food here to support our operations for the year.

“Work is Worship“

Work/activity is one very clear way to celebrate ourselves as part of the community by which we are being fed spiritually. And it is always a lot of fun. Time seems to alter into a process rather than a taskmaster and friendships are born and nurtured by our community participation.


  • Gloves
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Water
  • AND an open willing attitude.

If you have any special skills, please let us know so we can best use your talents. Of course, we will first take care of the pressing needs, but there is a lot of work to be done and all your talents are valuable.

It is a great feeling to give something back for what you’ve received, and in that way, experience the meaning of the teaching, “Work is Worship.”

If you, too, would like to support the Center and give something back for what you have received, join us on our ‘Work Is Worship’ days. Workdays are always filled with fun, fellowship, and laughter (and lunch)! Check our calendar for the latest dates.

For more information, call Steve 865-300-4424.


Saturday, July 8th

Work Day for Seymour Sun Moon Dance


Drainage Project – east side of Arbor

  • 2-4 inches of muddy soil has been removed down to clay base.
  • Slope has been cut towards the creek.
  • Install landscape timbers just below ground level to hold wood chips.
  • Fill with wood chips.
  • Remove dirt under structure.
    Remains to do
  • Fill more wood chips
BEFORE East Gate

AFTER East Gate

Foot Bridge – east side of Arbor

  • Drainage ditch has been deepened
  • Complete digging out drainage.
  • Built bridge
    Remains to do
  • Fill more wood chips
BEFORE Drainage
AFTER Drainage

Arbor Roof Repair

  • Roof repaired from East gate to North Gate
    Plan for work
  • Remove and replace damaged roof decking on NW side
  • Remove and replace roofing material
Arbor Roof
Arbor Roof Arbor Roof

Gather and Split Firewood

  • Some wood delivered and in shed
  • Pine wood cut and stacked on hill and fire pit
    Remains to do
  • Gather wood in from hillside
  • Split wood
  • Locate wood at Arbor
Pine on hillside

Clear Brush Pile

  • Use wood chipper on brush
  • Clear trail by house
  • Clean up Memorial Garden
  • Clean and dust the Gift Shop
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Composting toilet maintenance
  • Mowing needs to be done
  • Sweep and tidy up Sound Chamber

For more information email us

If you have a chain saw, power trimmer (weed-eater), truck for hauling, or other tools that you think may be useful, please contact Steve by email or phone at 865-300-4424.

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Work Exchange

Earn credit towards dance

Want to dance?

The work exchange rate is $15 per hour. You will need to work a minimum of 4 hours on a given day. Generally we work no more than 10 hours in a day. This will not include a lunch, so you will need to bring your own light lunch.

Please contact the Dance Chief or Coordinator if you are interested in contributing towards your dance in this way.


Grounds Maintenance

Projected: 4-10 hours

Date: In addition to scheduled work days you may contact us with your available days and we will try to accomodate, pending our schedules.

There is lots of work to be done at the Center that is eligible for Work Exchange.

Maintenance projects include:

  • Mowing
  • Wood gathering and splitting
  • Garden clean up and restoration
  • Trash hauling
  • ....and more

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