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I am writing this from the beautiful California park and conference grounds of Asilomar. This amazing place on the Monterey Peninsula,
in the beautiful town of Pacific Grove was first a YWCA camp. It was
designed by Julia Morgan who also designed Hearst Castle. She was one of
the first women to graduate from the University of California in 1894
with an engineering degree, then she was one of the first women admitted
to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where in 1902 she graduated with a
Master's Degree in Architecture. She became the first woman to earn a
license to practice architecture in California. Her beautiful blending
of rock, wood and air in all of her buildings on the Asilomar grounds
sets the tone for an amazing sense experience of natural beauty and a
return to my own natural love. Asilomar was named in a contest for a
five dollar gold coin by a young Stanford University graduate, Helen
Salisbury in 1913. She combined the Spanish word "asilo," which means
haven or refuge, with "mar," meaning sea, to form "Asilomar" a refuge by
the sea. And so it is to Religious Science since the 1940's. Ernest
Holmes and his beloved wife, Hazel quickly became dedicated to a yearly
conference on the grounds of Asilomar.
Centers for Spiritual Living created the Hazel Holmes Award for the
love of Asilomar on August 15, 2001. I was blessed to be the recipient
of that first award. Later Musician Anton Mizerak also received the
award for his beautiful gift of service to Asilomar year after year.
have made reservations again this year, and will be joined again by Unity
Churches, Centers and Churches from the Affiliated New Thought Network
(ANTN) and Centers for Spiritual Living. We had people from as far away
as New York and Victoria, B.C. and as local as Pacific Grove.
I look forward to seeing you at Asilomar this year!
You can email me with any questions you have at firstname.lastname@example.org
From my heart to yours, Rev. Dr. Kris