New Portland Center
The Portland Center has moved from our space of seven years at Newbury St., to 81 Oak St. This space will allow the needed space for our growing Sangha. Please see the following letter from Cathleen Miller. There will be MUCH MORE on this wonderful news soon.
As shown in the photo below, renovations are underway on the Center, which will be on the ground floor as well as an apartment on the second floor that we will be able to lease. (Info on parking in Portland here.)
Check back often.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Center on Newbury Street last week to help pack up, celebrate our transition, and honor the space that has held our sangha so warmly these past seven years. We had a sweet ceremony on Saturday morning, and then swiftly packed and moved everything to temporary storage until we are able to set up in our new space. As our ceremony concluded, our Center co-directors went off to sign a lease at our new Portland Center
at 81 Oak Street, right off of Congress Street in the heart of downtown.
We looked at many spaces during the past few months of our search, and we saw a few that held great potential. During our search, we held in our view the big vision of a Portland Center that evolved from our community meetings about the transition: large enough to host Shambhala training programs; a space where we can offer conversation, community, food, and meditation; a place to nurture the Shambhala arts and participate in First Friday art walks; a visible location in the heart of Portland that is accessible to all and will accommodate a full roster of classes so that we can build membership and energy.
These visions and our financial realities often clashed, but we quite auspiciously landed in a location that meets a good many of these desires while still allowing us to operate both Centers in a fiscally responsible way.
81 Oak Street is a beautiful location on street level, which will allow us to offer classes, art openings, community conversations, and to build the energy of Shambhala in Portland. We will be moving into the space on October 15, and will be updating everyone with temporary locations for sitting and classes in the interim period
as soon as we have secured space. We are energized about this move, and we believe that it is the best next step to get us into our ultimate dream space in Portland.
Please check the website and watch your email for updates as we work through the details of the transition. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this exciting process.