Kunkurwa Description
 Kunkurwa Open Invitations

                                              

 
Kunkurwa Description

This is the comfortable residence for the First Nations elders, or other possible facilitators, while at CrossRiver, as well as a medicine lodge for inter-cultural and nature-based wellness; sharing opportunities; prayer and meditation; as well as peace and relaxation. The word kunkurwa is from the Aruacos language on the Heart-of-the-World Mountain in Columbia, and translates as “sacred abode” or “house of peace.” It is the word the Aruacos themselves use to refer to their own dwellings, and we are honored that they gave us permission to build a contemporary dwelling here in the Rockies modeled after their traditional kunkurwas. Our contemporary model is octagonal; has a large point-vaulted ceiling with skylights; an ecologically-efficient wood stove; and is all finished with pine – the “tree of peace” to many First Nations peoples in North America. There are many inter-cultural teachings and stories built into Kunkurwa itself, which guests can learn about and experience while here, including: the paths of the universe on the walls; the female-male balance in existence; the four sacred directions; and the interconnected faces of dark and light within all creation. It is an environmentally-sustainable building that has a natural gravity-fed waterline, no power, and natural wood-fired heat. (take a virtual tour here).


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