by Rea Gill, Executive Director
The Cabin, a High Mowing student-run organization whose focus is to promote peace, hosted an all-school workshop on Martin Luther King Day. The Cabin students spent the weekend in a Non-Violent Communication facilitation training retreat with educational consultant Barbara Thorngren. On Monday, the entire school—students, teachers, and administrative staff—divided into groups and led by The Cabin student facilitators, participated in heart-opening exercises where we learned about each other, our differences and similarities, how labeling, judgments of, and holding assumptions and preconceived ideas about each other leads to intolerance and narrow-mindedness. Through this experience, we all became a little more compassionate and empathic towards ourselves and each other, and more conscious of the importance of authentic self-expression.
The Cabin was inspired by David Anderson, a 1997 High Mowing alumnus who died of leukemia in the summer of 1998—the cabin was David’s one room home, containing no electricity or heat, built with help from friends. He poetically described his humble home in the following entry in his diary: “This house is a sacred place. No cruel words will be spoken, no cruel acts will be committed within its walls. May the simple beauty of this house inspire the simple beauty of your soul to shine brightly. Welcome to my house.”
The actual cabin is now located on the High Mowing campus and just like David, so too does The Cabin advocate for peace, justice, ecology and non-violent social change, and seeks in David’s memory to inspire the simple beauty of human souls to shine brightly.