An intriguing and informational guided tour is available every Sunday beginning at 1pm from May 1 through October 31. Each tour lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. The tours are generally similar each week but the specific stories and areas of focus may change based on the group, the tour guide, the weather, the number of questions and generally the time spent at each feature. Regardless you will find the tour interesting and you will be amazed by the features you will see.
Important: If you plan to attend the weekly scheduled tour, here are some helpful general instructions:
Just come on out on the day of the tour, there is no advanced notice or registration required. Arrive about 10 minutes before the tour starts (so, get there around 12:50pm). Park in the grassy parking area near our Education Building. Wait for and meet your guide under the shelter of the porch of the Education Building. The fee is $5/person. Please be prepared to pay your guide in cash. Correct change is very much appreciated! This tour is held rain or shine so please dress for the weather. Bring a rain coat, umbrella, sunglasses, sun hat sweatshirt, scarf, gloves, or other necessary apparel to keep warm and dry or cool and comfortable as the weather may dictate. Wear sturdy shoes or boots for walking on rough and/or muddy ground. We look forward to seeing you.
TYPICAL TOUR DESCRIPTION
Kinstone Chapel / Atlas & Lancelot / Kinstone Circle / Corridor Stones / Chair Stones / Alignments / Stargazer Circle / The Three Witnesses
The tour starts in the fantastic thatched, cordwood Kinstone Chapel. The chapel is full of interesting wood and bottle designs that tell a story. See Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Fire and other symbols in the walls. Hear how over 110 people helped build it, its connection to Saint Francis of Assisi, and much more. We will then proceed to see Atlas and Lancelot where we’ll hear about their unique alignment with the sunset on the Equinoxes. From there we will visit the Corridor Stones, the large Stone Circle and the Chair Stones. Hear about the setting of the standing stones in the Kinstone Circle. Each stone has a story (or many!) – find out who some of them represent and what might be buried underneath them. Learn about the alignments to the Summer and Winter Solstice and the special alignment to Polaris. Get answers to some common and some not-so common questions! We will then continue to the egg-shaped Stargazer Circle to see the Reflection Stone, the two Stargazer Stones and others. Try out the reclining stones that give this circle its name. When there is time, we will move on to The Three Witnesses sculpture. This dry-stack limestone sculpture sits on the top terrace of our young food forest. This phenomenal structure includes megaliths that have an intriguing composition of many types of stone. Looking a little unfinished or even “ruinous”, this artwork with its Equinox Window and polished stone centerpiece, has many stories associated with it. You will hear how this structure came to be and see the Window that welcomes the Equinox sunrise.
IMPORTANT: This is a walking tour. The tour is limited to the features of Kinstone that are near the top of the ridge and are on relatively level ground. The tour avoids features that are in areas requiring traversing steep ground. It is suitable for those who have no difficulty walking on grass and uneven surfaces. There is not much shade, so please bring visors, hats, umbrellas, water bottles, or other items you may need to remain comfortable on a hot, sunny day. Strollers and/or wheel chairs with all-terrain type wheels and operated by someone strong enough to push them are typically able to traverse the path taken on these tours. Call in advance to inquire if you have questions about your ability to participate in these tours.