Letters / Opinions — 19 October 2011

A property might be, most unexpectedly, one of the first phases of the project initiated by Maneesha in the UK

Update

19 October 2011

You may have already seen on The Sammasati Project blog on maneeshajames.com that we have decided not to go ahead with the property we were interested in because at this stage in the project’s development we don’t have the structure or the resources to proceed.

For now our energy is focused on these aspects of the Project:

* The Training for the Support Worker to commence in March 2012

* A Sammasati Project website including a forum and resources for the seriously ill, the dying and their carers

We are clear that, as indicated above, it’s not the time to take on a property. We also realised that suggestions from some of you for a facility that provides care for sannyasins or friends of Osho in old age and infirmity or a commune / co-housing project are great ideas: however they just don’t seem doable right now, certainly not under the Sammasati umbrella (though if anyone feels to pursue them independently, terrific!). We have also realised that a ‘bricks and mortar’ hospice is now out of the question, as the finance involved is immense and the regulations formidable. It just seems too big an ask.

There is, however, another option, by which a community of us living together could house and support a dying sannyasin. This could be explored further down the line. And, as outlined in the Feasibility Study more-long-term we are working towards the acquisition of a building for our Training and Wellbeing Centre.

Right now we are gathering friends. The team is growing and there is always room for more. At the moment we particularly need someone to create and coordinate a fundraising strategy (currently the priorities in that area are for the website and on-going running costs) and to work with Maneesha on the website content.

Property in Devon

30 September 2011

If you read the resume of the Feasibility Study posted on OshoNews, you’ll recall that a phased approach presented as the best option. Thus, we are starting with the training, which will, in turn, enable us to provide an outreach service. Plans for a Training Centre, once we’d acquired a building, could later incorporate a Wellness Centre and later on, a hospice. However, we also understood the need to stay flexible, and to be open to the project taken a different trajectory.

A property that has come on the market is too good an opportunity not to follow up. Set in South Devon, it is within walking distance of the nearest village and railway station. It comprises a large detached property of 3 storeys, and has a total of 28 bedrooms, 3 lounges, 2 dining rooms and conservatory, together with ancillary accommodation consisting of a kitchen, laundry, office and bathrooms. Lift access is available between ground and first floor. In addition it has a garden area.

Offers are in the region of £500,000. However we anticipate that the interior will need some work – however extensive that is and costs involved are yet to be ascertained. Yatro, accompanied by some others (including an architect) inspected the property today (Wednesday, September 28th) and I shall do so next Monday, October 3rd.

We will of course keep you posted! For updates visit www.maneeshajames.com

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