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Brief History

Bay Center for Spiritual Development was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2001. Initially using space provided by churches, organizations and individuals for 4 years, the center moved into it’s own place above Twice Told Tales (now Animal Welfare Shop)on the corner of Main Street and Irvington Road in Kilmarnock in 2004. The board of directors agreed with Meister Eckhart who said, “Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world”, so too the Bay Center wanted to be “in the midst of the people” along with the hustle and bustle of that busy street corner.

A year later in the late Fall of 2005, Bay Center relocated to 31 Noblett Lane, (across from Ross’s Rings and Things) and had a House Blessing to dedicate the space on February 24, 2006. After much cleaning, painting and putting up new walls, the center offered a relaxed and peaceful setting away from the stresses of daily life, with an extensive library, reading porch, small kitchen and large grounds, still in the midst of the people!

With the new place also came the annual celebration of the UN Day of Peace every September 21, beginning in 2006. As part of that, we dedicated our first Peace Pole on September 21, 2009, our second one on September 21, 2010 and our third one on September 2012. Each poles says “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in different languages. Click here for info about our peace poles.

Bay Center supporters, Cliff Schilling and Hal White, worked diligently on our plans to build a labyrinth in the front lawn, and with many donations of time and talents, our outdoor Labyrinth was dedicated on October 5, 2007.

Another annual event was born in the spring of 2008 when Diana Jamison, a local therapist and Bay Center board member headed up “Heapers and Healers Gathering” on the lawn in May. This was an event to bring together all helpers and healers in our community for networking and getting to know one another.

The Rev’s. Karen B. Woodruff and Lyn Holland began offering grief resources in the Fall of 2008 and Karen continues them monthly and is available for anyone finds themselves grieving a loss.

Plans began for a Community Garden with Kirsten Halverson and Volunteers in the winter of 2009. Kirsten paired up with Carolyn Alsup to help her in 2011 and together they began a relationship with the NNFood Bank to deliver fresh produce and with the Montessori School for their children’s pre-school program to help with planting the garden.

In December 2012 the center received a grant from the Robert B. Lantz Foundation for a program of education and support entitled: “A Year of Health and Wellness for Helping and Healing Professionals”.

The Bay Center continues its development as an effective resource for our community; helping people take pause and to reflect on their lives, for individuals and for those engaged in the healing and helping professions who seek a holistic approach in both their personal and professional lives.