*While this letter is written from and by Bre as the Founder & Owner of Sol Alchemy, it reflects the intentions of the entire Sol Alchemy and Shakti Oregon teams.
On this glorious New Moon in Cancer , it is with great excitement that we share with you, our beloved community, WE'RE MOVING! (to see specifics, details & logistics, keep reading :) ... or click here for a shortcut)
Exciting things are on the horizon for Sol Alchemy Temple! After three years in our current space on Studio Rd. (and two years prior to that in our former space near Pilot Butte), change is afoot, yet again!
For the past five years, we rented and successfully managed a 2,500-square-foot space with a complex schedule and calendar of events akin to a full-blown spiritual/interfaith community center. Roughly 15 teachers/practitioners taught regularly in the space (holistic, trauma-informed classes and services) to nearly 2,000 students each year with an additional 20-30 teachers, leaders and musicians offering one-time classes, workshops, concerts and events annually. This cycle of "big and broad" was precisely what was needed and meant for the three years we did it. The space and business model we adopted provided tremendous opportunities for community building, collaboration and exposure - the perfect ingredients not only for a small business in its first 5 years, but also for the planting and tending of the seeds and sprouts that are Shakti Rising Oregon, the social change movement. If these last three years have been about "big and broad," Sol Alchemy Temple’s next phase of growth is leading us into what we call a "lean and strong” year. What we are taking with us are our strongest weekly/monthly/seasonal core offerings - the things at the heart of all we do and offer - in order to simplify and focus our efforts as we prepare to purchase a permanent home for Shakti Rising Oregon and Sol Alchemy Temple here in Central Oregon. In a culture where we've been tricked into believing myths like "more and bigger is always better" and pushed to figure out "my own thing" in order to not only offer it, but to then patent it ... replicate it hundreds of times over ... double its value and double its price ... write books about it ... give speeches about it ... make bumper stickers about it ... get famous because of it ... In this kind of culture, we are aware what the kind of move we're making can look like. To prune and pair back, and to intentionally and mindfully reconnect with core essence, can be misinterpreted as weakness. But much the way a yoga practice can transform the body in suppleness and the spirit in awareness, "lean and strong" cycles are just as necessary as big and broad ones! Plus, ask any gardner, pruning helps keep the garden alive and thriving! As we prepare to physically move, we are also taking time to reflect back on all we've accomplished. In five years of business, Sol Alchemy has served over 4,000 people, mostly women and girls, and including:
Women business owners and leaders
Women in recovery
Women seed savers and farmers
Sexual assault and partner violence survivors and advocates
Girls and teens from publics schools, boarding schools and homeschool programs
People in second careers and retirement
The LGBTQ community and their allies
Teachers and health professionals
Activists, artists and healers
Moms and daughters
We have also:
Cultivated an excellent reputation with community members; other wellness-based businesses (other yoga studios, nonprofit professionals and organizations); small local business owners/entrepreneurs; and teachers, healers, and health professionals.
Built community partnerships with Central Oregon Community College, Pfeifer & Associates, Saving Grace, Deschutes Public Libraries, The Night Light Show with Shanan Kelley and World Muse (which just awarded Sol Alchemy a grant to support offering Shakti Rising’s sustainability course, “Women and Money” this year).
Curated an extensive learning/lending library featuring over 150 unique (and sometimes rare) books from diverse healing, spiritual and esoteric traditions we make available to community members free of charge.
Built connections with some of the most well-known kirtan artists touring the west coast and festival routes who, due to our long-term relationships, seek out Sol Alchemy as their preferred concert venue in Bend.