FROM THE GUEST BOOK
I just wanted to say THANKS! My son had a great week at the Ranch.
My husband and I have both noticed a change in him. Everyday we
hear more and more about the trip. He also told us that he was more
relaxed than he has ever been and everyday we hear more and more
about the pilgrimage. Again, thanks.
This has been a wonderful and life changing experience. Thank you
for feeding my soul and letting my mind breathe. God bless this
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to help quiet my head.
I love this place -it's so beautiful, thanks for letting us stay
here. I hope you had as much fun with us as we did with you.
This place to which you have devoted your life, and the cause to
which you have done so, are beautiful and have touched me. Thank
you for sharing your week and knowledge with us. It has been a wonderful
week. Please send me your newsletter.
People like you make places like Borderlands very special.
I can't begin to tell you how much this pilgrimage has meant to
me. The sacred places we visited, the beauty of the sun rises, the
warmth and hospitality, the humor -what a beautiful place and I
really feel like part of the family. Thank you so much. I hope to
return some day and share this wondrous place with my family so
they too can know the spiritual beauty of Borderlands.
Thank you for the opportunity to continue to grow towards One with
"the Great Creator". I leave Borderlands a different person than
when I came. God's blessings. Magnificent things are happening here.Thank
Thank you Linda, for your hospitality and teaching. This was a wonderful
experience that has reached a part of me that feels new and strong.
Your wisdom is an inspiration.
Thank you very much for your gentleness, companioning us on the
journey. For sharing your sacred place with us, helping us to find
the sacred in "the people" and in each other.
Thank you for opening your home to us. You let me be able to have
experiences here I would never be able to anywhere else. Good luck
with future groups.
Thank you for sharing your sacred place with us, for listening,
and questions and peace, and for sharing some of your sacred friends
with us -they and you and this has graced my life and my heart.
God is very present in this sacred place. If you take the time to
stop and listen, you will be overwhelmed with God's presence.
Pilgrimage is about the community making a journey and finding that
God is among them in the ups and downs of life.
This has been an incredible experience -integrating our hearts,
mind, body and soul. It also did a wonderful job of building a great
community -and reminding us that -two-legged and four-legged -we
are all related.
Meaningful, emotional and powerful pretty much explains it all.
A wonderful week filled with love, laughter, spirituality and friendship.
It was a beautiful and spiritual place to journey the pilgrimage
with all this nature and open space.
Understanding what God has put on this earth, and respecting other's
the way they are.
We came to Borderlands in search of God. In the journey this week
we have found ourselves, as well. Through your insights, gentle
direction, and loving care we've encountered the joys and challenges
of being on pilgrimage. Thank you for the gift of this place in
this sacred land. Your ministry through this place has given us
much to contemplate and enrich us along the road ahead.
This trip couldn't have been possible without your kind heart. You
have taken us in like your children. Thank you for everything.
Thanks for sharing your home and kindheartedness with us. The trip
would not have been the same if you had not shared your stories
about your past and introduced us to many people.
What I liked best was the location and Spirit of this place -the
Borderlands and South Dakota. Such gorgeous country with so much
to teach. I loved learning about so many traditions of the Lakota
people, namely, respect for all living things; we are all related,
community and respect for the Elders.
What I liked best was the underlying peacefulness of this place.
I am sure that Linda has a lot to do with that. That peacefulness
gave us the ability to wrestle with all we encountered along the
What I liked best was understanding my life's journey and seeing
God's presence not only through my faith, but the Native America's
spirituality. The sweat lodge was very powerful. Bear Butte is a
I enjoyed being able to roam the hills, alone or in groups. It gave
me a chance to think, reflect and bond with my fellow pilgrims.
The thing I liked most about the pilgrimage was going through the
different ceremonies to better understand and get to know the people
from my church. I really liked being able to become closer with
everyone on the trip. I also liked having "hands on" experiences
with the local culture/religious practices - coming out of the sweat
lodge and feeling clean and free.
the Labyrinth Journal
This labyrinth is truly a gift. The outdoor setting magnifies the
power of this labyrinth. It allows you to feel the power of God's
creation all the way through this journey. Thank you for sharing
this wonderful gift.
I walked the labyrinth the first morning - and danced for part of
it in anticipation of what would come, thankful for what brought
us. The labyrinth represented and anticipated the pilgrimage that
we had begun as a J2A group, as a church that brought us here and
will sustain us in the next week and beyond. Life is a prayer in
formation. Thank you.
When I walked the labyrinth, I was very moved and felt honored to
walk such a sacred pathway. I am so pleased that the group before
us built this labyrinth, and that it was constructed out of slate
from the Hills.
This labyrinth is like life, rocky in places, sharp points, easily
marked paths and transitions that are obscured by wildlife. What
a wonderful, humbling, joyful walk!
I enjoyed the labyrinth's design and the quiet time it allowed me
to have. As I walked along its paths my mind went through many changes
-not focusing on a single point but dashing about here and there
-until after awhile it settled on one thing and as the time progressed
I started to recite that thought like a mantra -at the end I felt
refreshed and focused -thank you.
The labyrinth was a truly amazing experience and was just so powerful.
It's totally awesome how such a simple walk can impact someone so
Praying between grass and sky. Moving with the rhythm of my body
Here is a
letter to Linda from Laura Steele, who visited Borderlands in the
summer of 2001. She was gracious enough to allow us to share this
letter with you.
My name is Laura Steele from St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
I came along with eleven other people and left with eleven life
long friends when we came to Borderlands on the week of July 22,
2001. Just thinking about the experience I had there makes my eyes
well up with tears and wish that I was there again, even if it is
in the middle of winter there. So much changed in that one week.
not only did I grow as an individual I grew in age, literally. I
celebrated my 15th birthday there, and it was the first time EVER
that I had been away from Atlanta on my birthday.
Just talking to the Lakota women made me realize how special it
is to be a woman, and the things that are considered shameful in
American Society that come along with being a woman, such as having
your moon time (I LOVE calling it that instead of that other P word)
or even being pregnant. I loved learning about the ceremonies of
the Lakota and participating in the hikes up the mountains to just
go up there to sit, pray, and reflect. It was an uplifting experience.
When I was up on the mountain I looked down and I saw the earth,
and when I looked up I saw the sky and felt that if I reached my
hand up I could touch God. The only hard part about being on the
mountain top was leaving the prayer ties there. It felt as if I
was leaving a part of myself up on the mountain, which I was. After
the realization that I had to let go in order to grow and trust
that God was in fact taking care of me it was like a new start of
a whole new outlook on life.
The only regret I have is not being able to do the sweatlodge, which
I had been really looking forward to. But one thing that made up
for it was the natural beauty of the place. When I was in South
Dakota, I felt this natural security and calmness set over me. I
didn't feel as jumpy or nervous as I do in the fast pace of the
city. When we went up on the hill that one night I looked up at
the sky and thought this must be where God likes to vacation because
he can appreciate the most beautiful of his land while seeing the
heavens he created clearly before he goes to sleep each night.
As I think back on my experiences in South Dakota, there is nothing
that can or ever will be able to match it. I also would like to
thank you Linda for opening not only your home but your heart to
my friends and me. You led us on a spiritual journey that we did
not quite understand the full impact at the time, but do now. Someday
I hope to come back to Borderlands to continue on my journey and
of course to see (your dog) Grady. Thank you for everything that
you have done, and for taking to hear the commandment to love your
neighbor as yourself.
Love, Laura Steele