Earth Mysteries School

   Mt Mansfield
We recommend reading these for anyone planning on attending, before registration.

Additional instructions may be given to participants prior to, or during these practices.

A practice may be modified at any time.
For information on actual logistical needs, waiver, and emergency contact form, scroll down or click here.

See each individual program complete information, costs and itinerary
We will provide a current copy of the itinerary for you to carry with you on each sacred journey.

Add'l thoughts on each upcoming program are often in our latest news.

For our Outdoor Programs, please be familiar with them:

Here is important logistical information, and WAIVER and EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION which you MUST return to us before beginning the program.

Additional information may be available in your particular program information on linne.  

We ask you to arrive NO LATER than the requested time the first morning, to park in assigned spaces, prepare, and settle in for the training.  
When rooms are included, we will provide for their carriage for those nights.  Please note below luggage restrictions.
Please inform us where you are staying on nights we are not providing lodging.   
We will return to the Center of Light Sunday evenings unless stated otherwise. 

It will be best to carry out of your suitcase, everything you might need during each day.  Keep it with you, under your seat, or in your backpack.

If you are traveling with a drum or rattle, there may be opportunities each day to use that as well.
We suggest you bring sacred tobacco, or other herbs, to use during our travels.  We have these items here if you need to purchase them.  We will teach you their use if you are unfamiliar with using them for offerings in sacred sites.
There will be opportunities to make offerings of local flowers and other natural items throughout the journey. 

This program will take place rain or shine Please note, below, items you may wish to consider bringing, climate, hiking, and other conditions.
Also, our waiver and emergency contact information below, you should copy and paste into a word document and return to us, signed.
All transportation is provided for you from our starting & ending point, here at the Center of Light, in Ascutney, VT.
Transportation to the Center, or back home, and any meals or stay not outlined in the program materials, are your responsibility.

The first morning, please plan on arriving AT LEAST 20 minutes early so you have time to settle in, park in assigned areas and prepare to begin our program by the stated time.   (See note below on purchases)

Bring snacks/refreshments you may need between meals outlined.  Bring plenty of water daily.  

We keep a display area with many CD's, books, and musical/sound healing instruments including Native American flutes and drums, crystal and Tibetan bowls and bells, didgeridoos, etc, for sale, at the Center, and in some of our travel destinations.

If you wish to view these, plan on additional time before or after the practice.  These will be the only times we are here for purchases.

We collect 6% VT sales tax on all sales, if purchases are made in VT.  Zacciah or his assistants will be glad to help with these at the beginning or end of each day we are here.  Some times, such as before a practice, Zacciah may be unable to assist.  Many more instruments may also be in our stock room, and you are free to browse.  Visit www.sunreed.com if you wish some idea of the types of instruments we carry, many for the sound healing professional, or call us if you wish to be sure something is in stock when you are here.

Those needing directions, motel, B&B, or campground accomodations, may note those at bottom of this page.

Special TO BRING:

You may wish to bring a drum, rattle, camera, notepad, pack, sunscreen, bug repellant, lots of water, snacks, sacred objects, tobacco, a journal, a small portion dried or picked flowers, food, nuts, grains, or other special offering items used to make gift offerings to the spirits of each place we visit; also, backpack, satchel, or something to carry any of these items in, including water, etc for the trip.  You may find a hiking staff useful, the sliding/foldup type are best for our purposes with limited luggage. 

On those programs we are making despachos or mesas (Peruvian practices,) be sure you see our special instructions on what to bring.

We may have opportunities to be in water, (some programs incorporate that in the program practices, note each program material.)   Please bring a swimsuit and towel in those cases, on those days.

If a program starts and ends at the Center of Light, each day, bring only what you need for the day.  Note the itinerary for this information.

When we travel by bus or van, we ask you to bring no more than one large suitcase and a hiking size backpack, to insure maximum room efficiency on this tour.  If you need additional space, PLEASE NOTIFY us.  (International programs, you may bring whatever is allowed by your carrier (usually up to two check in luggage, 1-2 carry on items.))

Please insure we have your emergency numbers, full address and phone and email contacts, etc. for you.   Please provide your cell number if you have one...this may be useful the entire trip! 

Zacciah's cell # will be provided.
Zacciah uses his cell phone ONLY for private calls except during outdoor or away programs where others may have a need to reach him.  We will ask that you honor this.

We are also attaching a waiver for participating in the program.  We need it signed and returned to us at the start of the program.
Below this emergency info form is more information on preparation for and participation in the program.  (You may copy and paste this form into a word document.)

Check to see that we have all of this info before you arrive, click 
here for easier form! 

Last Name _____________________  First Name _______________     
Street Address________________________________________________________
City__________________________   State_____Zip Code_______ Country________
Tel. # with Area Code_______________ Fax # _____________ Cell ____ _______(opt.)
Emergency Contact and Telephone Number_________________________
(Relationship) __________________________
E-Mail Address____________________
       Cell Phone _____________________
Special Requirements ____________________________________ ____________________________________________________________
Please print distinctly!!                                             
mail, fax, e-mail to:
The  Center of Light
Zacciah Blackburn
P.O. Box 389
220 Hidden Glen Rd.
Ascutney, VT  05030  USA

Phone :   (802) 674-9585   Fax 802.674.9586
E-Mail   info@sunreed.com

Emergency numbers; if you need us before your arrival, get lost from the
group, or other such emergency:
Zacciah's cell number:  
Zacciah/Center number: 802.674.9585

Again, note discretionary use of Zacciah's cell phone above.

For those arriving early whom want to find quality dining in the area, we will list close restaurant/food options at the bottom of this page. For meals not included in this program, we will outline your responsibilities.   We include at least lunches in most full day programs outdoors, but check each program listing.

Weather/Clothing/What to bring:
If this program is offered in the summer months of Vermont, weather is traditionally mild, but anything can be expected, and has changed significantly through recent years.

We have had much hotter than normal summers recently, with more rain than usual.  August is beginning to cool, with 70-80’s high, upper 40’s – 60’s lows at night.  We will be in by nightfall each evening, except fire circle nights.

It typically is 70-80 degrees (F), with comfortable humidity during the day, though daylight temps have been ranging (earlier in summer) in the mid to upper 70's to low to mid 90's, with far higher than average humidity. It may get fairly cool after daylight hours (night time temps as low as 40's to 70's,) though we will not be outside after daylight at any location. 

Temperatures can rise or fall rapidly, especially on mountain peaks.  And, it can be warm in the sun, and cooler in the woods or near water locations we visit, as well as in changing altitude from river levels to mountaintops (Mountain tops can easily be 20+ degrees cooler than valley floor level, with significant winds and wind chill factors, ESPECIALLY ON MT. WASHINGTON.) Especially at these locations, you may wish to dress in, or have 1-2 extra layers, to cover all possibilities. Packing raingear & a hat is a good choice, also.  You may wish sunglasses.  And, bringing a change of clothes on days we may be high on a mountain, or forecast of rain, may be beneficial.  
Sunscreen is recommended.
Insect Repellant Insect problems are not usually big this time of year, but we have had more bugs, later than usual, in recent years, due to the high moisture of spring & summer.  I would recommend something, especially for times in wooded areas.
Be educated and aware of tick control.  While Lyme Disease is not as big a problem in VT, as other parts of New England, it is a growing problem.
Ask us if you are unaware of control procedures for this.

Check which meals are provided.  Most meals we provide will offer multiple choices of non-meat ,and, at least, poultry and seafood choices.  Some red meat choices will be available, but not every meal.   Most lunches will be pre-selected by you, and picked up by us to eat while in the field. Bring AMPLE water and snacks as you feel you need them between the stops for meals. We are not likely to be in towns for bathroom or meal or water breaks during most day time activities. If we pass through a town, and you have a need, we will accomodate it, but we ask you to pre-consider your needs each day upon arrival, or well before we leave, to insure you have what you need with you! We will spend extended times in natural areas (2-6 + hours at a time.) We will have paper, but may be near no facilities.  We will be glad to educate you on outdoor bathroom possibilities, as needed.
Watch current weather forecasts as we approach time for our trip; BE PREPARED for the many abrupt changes such as we have seen consistently in recent years' weather!  If you wish local weather forecasts, go to www.noaa.gov and click on the weather information, Ascutney, VT (05030), or Burlington, VT, 05401, or Conway, NH, for best weather forecast resources online. We will advise you if any special conditions are forecast.

The locations we are working in have moderate hikes for the most part, some are more challenging, especially to those whom have not been consistently active outside. We have outlined time and type of hikes in itinerary for each trail.  Look them over carefully

Anyone reasonably fit and used to some form of consistent outdoor physical activity is not likely to find these more than mild to moderately challenging.  Some individuals, however, have found our hikes challenging.  We are giving you full disclosure of this, so you may make an informed decision.  We have had some say we make the hiking sound more rigorous than it is.  Again, anyone with any 'normal' range of consistent outdoor hiking or exercise regimes are not likely to find most of this hiking a great challenge.  If you do not feel relatively physically fit, we strongly recommend you speak with us and your physician before engaging in our outdoor programs While we take great care in insuring your well being, these are programs in outdoor natural and wilderness settings, and, ultimately, you must assume full responsibility for your physical & emotional well being to participate in our programs.  You are required to sign a waiver to this effect, in order to participate.

There are 2-4 hikes which some may find more significant of a challenge, though we consider them moderate to lightly challenging for someone with considerable outdoor hiking experience. The most difficult one is across the face of Mt. Mansfield. We will drive up a well maintained road to a parking lot near the summit.  If we engage in the entire hike, the hike courses 1.25 miles across a maintained trail, with an overall rise of 800'. With this, we will be atop the 4393' summit of Mansfield for some of our ceremonies. Some portions of the trail have a steep grade. Some portions of the trail go over rocky or boulder like surfaces, enough that one will want to walk with caution, and may have to get down on one's bottom to scurry up or down a handful of times. A hiking staff may be beneficial for this and some other trails.  Some years we only engage in the first 2/3 of this hike, stopping before the last large uphill climb, to complete our ceremonies.  It is not clear if we will pass the entire trail, or stop here again this year. 1,25 mi. is the longest extent of this hike, and the longest and most rigorous hike in most New England programs.
The other more significant hikes include 1 mi hike up a significant grade (angle) (in Temples of the Earth, not Return to Beauty program,) though it is up well groomed forest service roads; approx. 1.5-2.0 mi. around the top of Mt. Ascutney, some challenging areas, though, again, moderate by hiker standards; and a 1 mi. trail, with 1/4 mi. up steep forest service roads (in Return to Beauty, not Temles of the Earth.)
Please contact us if you feel any of these may present any problem for you.

Some locations are close to roads. We may experience mud. Good, comfortable hiking shoes are highly recommended. Bring (and drink) plenty of water. And judge your need for snacks, knowing a lunch break will be coming. 
In Chambers and caves, we may be climbing into, or sitting upon very musty earth.  Bring older clothes you do not mind staining with soil on these days.  Bring a plastic sheet or garbage to sit on if you wish to save as much stain as you can on these locations.
In Return to Beauty, we do climb down several steps in a very tight opening into the cave.  Everyone in every practice has achieved this, but we wish you to be aware of it before hand.  In the Sounds of the Shaman program, we climb similarly into a 'kiva-like' chamber.

Timing/Evening/morning Meals:
Again check your program for what meals are included.  Approximate times for those meals are listed in the itinerary.
We are engaging in intuitive outdoor ceremony with a group of hikers whom may have different levels of physical prowess in wilderness terrain.  This requires some flexibility in time, etc.  It is possible some events may take longer, or less time, than anticipated.  We ask you be open, flexible, and understanding of this.  

Before/after our trip:
For a variety of dining experiences in the area, look below (choices exist close by, in Springfield, Ascutney, Claremont, Windsor, and most villages & towns in the region.)   We will recommend those on request.   

In Ascutney, at the NE corner of the only light in town, is the Red Barn Cafe, good for breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soup, salad, quiche, coffee, teas, etc.

A very good restaurant in the immediate area is in Claremont:
New Socials
Pleasant St
Claremont, NH 03743

Also Common Man in Claremont

Fast food, family, and pizza restaurants abound in Claremont, esp. on Washington St, the main shopping area of town.

In Windsor:
High quality:  Juniper Hill Inn

In Springfield:

High quality:  Hartness House.
Many love The Weathersfield Inn

56 Main St.

Relaxed atmosphere, mixed quality reports, food at reasonable cost. 
On the right 1/2 block before the only downtown stop light, as you drive into town.
56 Main St 802.885-6987

The Hartness House:
Currently (06.2013) highly recommended:
the star of Springfield social atmosphere, elegant
atmosphere, though the quality of food depends on the current chef, from
very good to mediocre at moderate to high costs. Dinner only, unless staying there. A little
more difficult to find, recommend calling for directions.  Our last encounter, and recent reports there, are excellent.

The best Chinese in town. About 4 miles from I-91, at the second blinking yellow light, just as you enter the downtown district, on the right:
Oriental Palace Restaurant
12 Clinton Street
Springfield, VT 05156

A few family restaurants and sandwich and pizza shops are in town, also. Follow the main thoroughfare (rt 11) to 1 mile after the central light in downtown Springfield, and the Springfield shopping plaza will have a McDonald's and Friendly's. You will have passed 3 pizza and sandwich shops on your way into town.  Jonathan's is just past the light without turning, River St., on the left.

Food stores:
There are several convenience stores in each local town.  The Ascutney Market, n. about 1 mi. on Rt. 5 from Rt. 131 has best selections in our village, including a small deli.
Major grocery stores are in the Springfield plaza if you want to stock up on items for snacks, etc. There is a health food co-op about 2 miles straight out from downtown light/Main St, becomes River Road, co-op on the right, past the Springfield Plaza (continuing straight past that light.)

Claremont has several large supermarkets, and 2 small private natural food stores.
White River Jct has a great co-op, Hanover, NH, has 2 supermarket size co-ops.

Vermont is loaded with high quality restaurants and Inns, many in the quaintest locations.... if you want to drive a little further for any variety of dining pleasures, talk to us.


Again, I look forward to seeing you, and working with you for this program.
Zacciah Blackburn
The Center of Light
P.O. Box 389, Hidden Glen Rd.
Ascutney, VT 05030 USA
Phone : (802) 674-9585 Fax 802.674.9586
E-Mail: info@sunreed.com Web site: www.thecenteroflight.net

Emergency numbers; if you need us before your arrival, get lost from the group, or other such emergency:
Zacciah's cell number:  
After hours: Zacciah's home number: 802.674.9585
I use my cell phone ONLY for private calls except during outdoor or away programs where others may have a need to reach me.  I will ask that you honor this.

Directions to Center of Light

In general, from southern New England or points S. or W.beyond, take I-95 or an E/W highway to I-91, which roughly parallels the Connecticut River from New Haven CT to Canada

From Montreal or points west, in Canada, travel to Burlington VT area, usually via I-89, and south to I-91.

From Boston area, and points east, depending on location, may travel best via I-90, Rt 2, or I-93 to I-89 in Concord, NH, to I-91 in White River Jct, VT.

If you need assistance from other points in W.NY or W., central, or NW VT, let me know.  In general: from Bennington/Manchester, VT, Albany NY area, take Rt 7 in Bennington to Rt 11 in Manchester, VT, to I-91,and travel N. 1 exit to exit 8 and follow directions below. ***

From Rutland, VT, take Rt 103 through Ludlow to Rt 131 east til you pass under I-91 and follow directions below. ***

In Vermont, once on I-91, take I-91 from points north or south to Exit 8:
Exit 8, Ascutney, near mm 52 (40 min N. of Brattleboro, VT, 20 min S. of White River Jct, VT/W. Lebanon, NH, and I-89 Jct from Concord, Manchester, NH, or Burlington VT, etc.)

***From I-91:
Exit east, on Rt 131, toward Ascutney, Claremont, NH, Ct. River, Rt 5;
Travel 1/4-1/2 mile east; at the light, Rt 5, turn right, South;
Travel 1/4 mile to Hidden Glen Rd., on the right, a small dirt road;  turn right.
Travel 1/4 mile to the end of the road;
We are the only house at the end of the road.

Go past the house to barn complex.  Park here, and come back to the house.  If this parking lot is full, turn around, and you can park just before the bridge, just below the house.  If this is also full, or if
you have a handicapped condition, park in the driveway to the house.   Entry is through the glass porch on the east end of the house, from front or back.

If you need assistance, call:  802.674.9585

For accomodations,

Most current information is at:

Following info may be outdated:

a local motel, newly renovated, older model (Folks have given very mixed reviews of there stay here.):
Yankee Village, less than a mile away, on Rt 5, Ascutney
(hi speed internet, refrig/microwave/tv in room.)

The Hartness House has a good rate for Center of Light, a little less than:

The Holiday Inn Express has provided us a discounted rate of $ , varies, double, as available. 
Please ask for the "Center of Light" room rate.
Holiday Inn Express    
closest quality motel, 12 minutes.
818 Charlestown Road   
Springfield VT    05156

fax - 802-885-4595      800-holiday
E-mail:  hixpress@aol.com

Claremont Motor Lodge,   5 minutes 
(not highest quality, but generally acceptable.  Rates were $  , changed, possibly just for summer months.)
Beauregard, off Rt 131 connector to Ascutney

White River Jct, VT, West
Lebanon, NH  15-20 minutes:
Airport Economy Inn 800.433.3466
Best Western 802.295.3015
Ramada Inn 802.295.3000
Days Inn 603.448.5070
Super 8 802.295.7577

Current rates will be different, but this gives you a sense of comparative costs. To assist, some local accomodations would include following rates; phones listed above, or phone, location/proximity, is on line at this
link:   http://www.thecenteroflight.net/Accomodations.html

These are all within 15-20 minutes away:
Holiday Inn $  /night/double, Center of Light rate
The Hartness House has a good rate for Center of Light
Abby Lynn, $   for 1-2 persons
Best Budget Inn, Claremont, NH  $   /1 person, $   /2 persons,
dependent on weekend
Claremont Motor Lodge, $7  , 1/2 persons
Economy Inn, Lebanon, NH  1-$  ., 2-$   , fall foliage, 2/$  
Days Inn, $   /1 person, 2/$  
We will send you a waiver upon registration in this or other outdoor programs.
Also available here.

Or, you can cut below, or cut and paste into a word document to send us:


NAME ______________________________________________________
I am aware that during the expedition, workshop or activity (hereafter referred to as
‘Activity’) in which I am participating through Zacciah Blackburn, and The Center of Light, in Vermont, and arrangements made through those individuals and organizations, I may incur certain risks, including but not limited to, the dangers of traveling in high altitudes, hiking, swimming, mountain climbing, travel by air, boat, automobile, bus or other conveyance, loss or damage to personal property, injury or fatality due to high altitudes, accident or illness in a remote place without medical facilities, water damage due to leaking bags or other containers, exposure to inclement weather, forces of nature and other risks and dangers.
In consideration of, and as part of payment for the right to participate in the Activity and the service provided by and arranged for by Zacciah Blackburn, and the Center of Light, in Vermont, I hereby assume all risks and release and waive all claims against Zacciah Blackburn, and the Center of Light in Vermont, and its employees and representatives and will hold them harmless from any and all liability, action, cause of action, debts, negligence, claims, demands and damages of every kind or nature whatsoever, whether direct or indirect, contingent, consequential or otherwise, against them, which I now have or which may arise out of, or be brought by a third party in connection with my participation in the Activity or any other activities arranged by, through or with Zacciah Blackburn or the Center of Light. This agreement shall serve as a release, assumption of risk and hold harmless provision for me, my heirs, including any minors, participating in these activities.
I have read and agree to these terms and conditions. Zacciah Blackburn and the Center of Light relies on this release in allowing me to participate in these activities.
Date _________________________          Signature _____________________________________
Please mail to:
The Center of Light
P.O. Box 389
Ascutney, VT  05030
If registering late in the program, bring to program, or fax and bring original:  802.674.9586

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Zacciah Blackburn, PhD 

The Center of Light in Vermont
P.O. Box 389
Hidden Glen Rd.
Ascutney, VT  05030  USA

Phone:  (802) 674-9585
Fax:  (802) 674-9586
e-mail: info@sunreed.com


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