Educational Institutions

Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center, Inc.

  • Leyden, MA
  • www.spiritfire.com

Mission Statement

Spirit Fire is an educational non-profit whose mission is to cultivate spirituality and educate people on the importance of consciousness in their everyday lives. We provide retreats, online classes, meditation programs, and discussion groups that encourage awareness and conscious living.

Main Programs

  1. The Practice of Living Awareness
  2. Conscious Living Programs
Service Areas

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National

Spirit Fire serves a national and local audience through its online courses, online meditation practice, and retreats.

ruling year

2002

President of the Board since 2014

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Mr. Steve Kramer

Executive Director since 2015

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Mr. Tim Darter

Keywords

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meditation, self-discovery, spiritual, esoteric studies, ageless wisdom, astrology, native american, Buddhism, retreat, path,

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EIN

04-3564168

 Number

5757359992

Also Known As

Spirit Fire

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Spirit Fire was founded as an educational non­profit in 2001 with the mission to cultivate spirituality and educate people on the importance of consciousness in their everyday lives. Last year, at the start of 2014, we took a deliberate pause to reassess our progress. Over several months, we diligently reviewed all things Spirit Fire. We uncovered, dusted off, and revisited every area that seemed relevant to Spirit Fire's intention. We visited neighboring retreat centers as a way of uncovering our location’s uniqueness; we reviewed past retreats to highlight the types of gatherings most synergistic with our mission; we revisited the meditation practice and its intended purpose, and we analyzed that which is necessary from a programming perspective to capitalize on our mission. To our delight, we found that the original mission of Spirit Fire is still energetically very much alive. Spirit Fire’s foundational cornerstones continue to be the retreat center, our meditation practice, and educational programming. In an effort to move forward, we began the process of bringing each of these cornerstones back under one collective where they can promote and reinforce each other. The redesign of the Spirit Fire website (www.spiritfire.com) was the first example of this, and we will continue these alignments in the future. Plans are underway for more Living Awareness meditation retreats, construction has begun on a new art space to provide creative and artistic spiritual expression, and several considerations are on the table for additional areas of programming.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Practice of Living Awareness

The Practice of Living Awareness is a 14-step guided meditation program designed for every level of practitioner, from beginner to advanced. The practice is online and always free. Each step is simple and builds upon the one before. We offer twenty-minute live meditations seven days a week. Each week explores a new step of the practice. Three days of the week are dedicated to those just beginning to learn the practice, three days are focused on deeper meditations, and on the seventh day we offer a world service meditation for the well-being of humanity as a whole.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

Conscious Living Programs

Our educational programs are designed to move you into ever wider and deeper explorations of consciousness and life. The goal of Spirit Fire is world-wide awareness. This is accomplished as each person finds the methods - practical, philosophical, or spiritual - that excite the mind and deliver experiences that brings them closer to their own unique expression. Spirit Fire's educational mandate shares the same goal as its meditation practice: improving your every day awareness and well-being.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Spirit Fire is an educational non-profit whose mission is to cultivate spirituality and educate people on the importance of consciousness in their everyday lives.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our First Pillar: Meditation

    Donna Mitchell-Moniak, our founder, was a pioneer of live, online meditation. The Practice of Living Awareness, Spirit Fire’s meditation practice began reaching people via the internet over 5 years ago. Since then we’ve seen online meditation become a universal trend. Why, because meditation works and building a global community is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Spirit Fire is committed to continuing this endeavor, delivering live meditations... free... nearly 365 days a year!

    Our Second Pillar: The Retreat Center

    Our retreat center in Leyden, Massachusetts continues to evolve. Immediately following my arrival in 2012 as the retreat center’s manager, I recognized the property as the epicenter of the organization’s mission. I saw the center offering us the opportunity to exemplify our mission's message. Since that time, our focus has been on creating an atmosphere which allows the human spirit to thrive. With kindness around every corner; delicious and creative menus that meet the needs of any and every diet; a peaceful atmosphere that fosters mindfulness; and beautiful spaces, both indoor and out, we are seeing the results. One of our regular visitors sums it up by saying, “when I walk into Spirit Fire, I feel like I am being hugged.”

    Our Third Pillar: Education

    We have given much attention to the educational aspect of Spirit Fire this year. Donna’s focus on teaching has revitalized our curriculum. Classes for the first half of the year have been very popular and well received. We are offering a robust schedule with new courses and series - all being supported by meditations, lectures, and retreats.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Spirit Fire is uniquely leveraged to accomplish its mission. We are continually finding creative ways to ensure that those associated are being educated on how to bring consciousness into their everyday life.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our First Pillar: Meditation

    The last round of meditation was a huge success. We had over 100 practitioners join our program. We saw record numbers of live participants, robust interaction with our meditation blog, and plenty of signs that folks were regularly downloading our podcasts. As a result, we created online lectures, classes, and a three city meditation retreat tour to enhance the experience of The Practice of Living Awareness; all of these have been well received and are enjoying equal success. We are encouraged, knowing so many are feeling the effects of awareness being added to their day.

    Our Second Pillar: The Retreat Center

    We are enjoying success in 2015 with our calendar nearly full. We have created brand new Spirit Fire retreats, welcomed back previous coordinators and their guests, and attracted many new local presenters. Neighboring creative writers, life coaches, spiritual guides, yoga instructors, sound healers, etc. are on this year's schedule. We are discovering that the Pioneer Valley is rich with inspiring individuals and those seeking community with them.

    New to this year, we introduced an exciting program at Spirit Fire Retreat Center, Rai$e It Forward. It is designed to allow groups that would otherwise be unable to use a retreat center for programming, to have that opportunity. It works this way: either through donation based scholarships or through participant led partnerships using crowd funding, Spirit Fire makes on-site programming possible so that they can receive the benefits of immersion into the optimal learning environment of a retreat center. Our first scholarship went to a group of Brandeis students who brought together 20 young individuals from 11 different countries for their first peace-building development forum. Thanks to donors who believed in our program, this group was able to immerse themselves in a creative think-tank environment for four straight days. Without Rai$e It Forward, this opportunity would have been financially impossible for them. If you’d like to learn more about this program or donate to Rai$e It Forward, visit: http://www.spiritfireretreatcenter.com/raise-it-forward.html

    Our Third Pillar: Education

    We began the year with an Esoteric Astrology course. Shortly thereafter, Donna created an intriguing six-week course entitled Thangkas: Layers of Wisdom Within Tibetan Buddhist Imagery. This Spring saw her launch a four-part series, Vibrational Excellence, exploring the human experience as vibration: meditation, chakras, and the Seven Rays. Donna’s goal for 2015 is to make her teachings accessible to all levels of students and introduce practical applications to subject matters that are often over-complicated. More than 100 people have signed up for these classes and lectures. Right-on!

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Essentially, we are here for you. “Be the light you’d like to see in the world.” Each and every one of us affiliated with Spirit Fire is dedicated to embodying this message through our work. And there’s no shortage of that… work to be done! The future looks bright for Spirit Fire. May its light shine on you, shine on humanity, and do its part in creating a peaceful, hospitable, and inspiring planet for each and every one of us to enjoy.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Spirit Fire serves a national and local audience through its online courses, online meditation practice, and retreats.

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Financials

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SPIRIT FIRE MEDITATIVE RETREAT CENTER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center, Inc.

Leadership

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President of the Board

Mr. Steve Kramer

Executive Director

Mr. Tim Darter

BIO

Steve is a certified teacher of The Practice Of Living Awareness meditation technique. He is also President of The Board of Directors of Spirit Fire Meditative Retreat Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization. He moved to Leyden, Massachusetts to eventually take on this role after
twenty-five years in New York City. The spirit of exploration and connection took him to NYC, a city of over 8 million people and the same two drives led him to this spiritual non-profit in a tiny agricultural hilltown of less that 800.

As a young artist, New York City offered Steve access to every shade, sound, and taste that could be gathered from around the world and placed in one dynamic location. There he was introduced to Trans-Himalayan Wisdom Teachings and became a practitioner and teacher of Esoteric Healing, a form of subtle energy healing that works to align an individual with their inner-most source energy as a way of any clearing distortions that may be keeping them from the fullest, most authentic version of themselves.

Meditation is an integral part of this healing practice. While living in NYC, Steve found The Practice of Living Awareness, it was the first time that he was able to say, “I have found a meditation practice that works for me!” This began his relationship with Spirit Fire and the creation of Spirit Fire Radio.

It is his belief that each and every human being is an integral facet of the diamond that is universal consciousness. The wide range of experience that Steve found in New York City, he now finds in meditation and in direct connection with nature; furthermore, Spirit Fire Retreat Center has become a melting pot of spiritual dialogue as guests, teachers, and practitioners from all over the world come together in the name of conscious co-creation.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steve Kramer

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?