The widely diverse community of Earth Journey with its exquisite meditation temple, Tibetan Buddhist stupa (or chorten), two residential houses and campground with bathhouse and kitchen for retreatants, and a Chartres-style labyrinth, started quite simply with the remarkable teachings and experiences of Herman Rednick and the enthusiasm for the spiritual path he imparted to seekers.
In 1969 Herman started teaching meditation classes to a small group in Taos, giving the techniques he employed to open his vision to higher realms, and teaching the truths of love and service and the essential unity of the world’s religions.
About twelve years and many more students later, Herman’s students built with volunteer labor the meditation temple off of Quintana Road in the community of Lorien, a former commune started in the late 1960s. Lorien is located in El Rito, about 7 miles north of Questa, NM. Meditation classes have been ongoing since then.
The Herman Rednick Center, the former residence of Herman, now serves as a private retreat house and gallery of Herman's mystic spiritual paintings.
Seven years after Herman’s death in 1985, as he had predicted, another spiritual leader arrived. Lama Karma Dorje of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism met students of Herman Rednick in Santa Fe. They soon introduced him to the meditation group in El Rito. It was decided that a stupa should be built to honor Herman. Two of Herman Rednick’s students donated land for the project, one of whom gave seed money for construction, and had embraced Buddhism. Thus Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa was constructed, largely with volunteer labor from Herman’s students. The stupa was consecrated in 1995 by the Venerable Bokar Rinpoche and Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche.
Shortly after the stupa’s construction, Lama Chodrak joined the community as resident lama and taught Tibetan Buddhist practices to a widening group of students. At the same time, Herman Rednick style meditations continued at the temple, along with "Yoga of the Beloved" retreats taught by Robert and Diana Van Arsdale, early Herman students.
In 2006 a dharma house was constructed with donations and labor largely from the Buddhist sangha community, and that same year Lama Chodrak returned to India. Since then the Kagyu Mila Guru Sangha has continued to invite Tibetan Buddhist lamas and rinpoches to teach and offer retreats.
Where We Are Now
Earth Journey currently supports and encourages four streams of spirit and activity:
- Herman Rednick/Path of Love-based meditations, classes. and retreats
- Tibetan Buddhist events and retreats
- Divine Feminine events, classes, and retreats
- Study of Alice Bailey books through weekly classes
Through their facilities and campus, Earth Journey also offers to the community a space for workshops, spiritually-oriented retreats, and other gatherings which benefit the community at large.