Imagine: you enter through the great double oaken doors; to either side, dragon sculptures hold lantern globes of light. You come into a place of magic, of scarlet and shimmering gold, unicorn tapestries on the walls, candlelight glowing on the spines of books holding knowledge from many cultures around the world. It is an uncommon space, no matter that it’s name is the Common Room of Ardantane.
For several years, visitors to Ardantane (a non-profit school and retreat center serving the Pagan community) have noticed a large, unfinished structure attached to the dome. It’s time to finish it.
Ardantane has launched a fund-raising campaign to finish the common room at our campus in the Jemez Mountains. The Board of Directors estimates that we will need $30,000 for the next phase of construction, and the public is invited to make tax-exempt donations to help this happen.
The Ardantane Common Room will be decorated in much the style of the Gryffindor Common Room in the beloved Harry Potter books and movies, though it will be far more versatile-not simply a place for students to study and socialize.
The large, open, multipurpose room will host classes, meetings, receptions, and even house concerts. It will include a “coffee” nook, and bookshelves will line one of the walls, housing the Deborah Ann Light special book collection and overflow from the metaphysical library in the dome. One large alcove will hold the Ardantane office, another corner will contain a miniature gift shop, and a glass case will present a natural history display: rocks, fossils, minerals, and artifacts found on campus land.
This highly adaptable space will be available for public use, as well as campus events. Anyone seeking a place for a retreat, a meeting, or a wedding reception is invited to contact the Director to learn how to reserve the Common Room, once it is completed.
The structure has other very practical aspects: the slightly sloping roof will hold solar panels, and the solar energy will help run the under-floor radiant heating system in the adjacent dome. PLUS once the Common Room is enclosed, rainwater and snowmelt can no longer seep into the dome from the unroofed space!
Anyone desiring further information, or wishing to make a tax-exempt donation, is invited to contact Amber at (505) 469-7777. Checks may be made payable to “Ardantane” and sent to Ardantane, P.O. Box 307, Jemez Springs NM 87025; or contributions may be made online. Don’e have a Paypal account? There are other ways to donate. A tax letter and receipt will be sent to donors.