“Apollo is beautiful, but our inner city of presence is what we came here for.”
 

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"Keep your mind level. If the mind is level, the whole world will be level."
Buddha 

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“Never imagine wisdom to be more than the presence of the conscious child within.”
 

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“Wordless presence is the heart and soul of Apollo, and of this school, and of every school.”
 

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“When one is present, one partakes of the entire universe and eternity. One misses everything otherwise.”
 

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"If I am strong, the Sacred Eye will be strong."
Egyptian Texts 

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"Thank God I did not remain veiled in imagination."
Hafiz 

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"People here know that they enjoy and exist through presence."
Al-Junayd 

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"There are many things that can be done with the human body, but none can compare with using it to produce presence."
 

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“The physical body is an illusion from birth to death.”
 

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"Hold presence—there is no end to perfection."
 

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The spiritual center of the Fellowship, Apollo, is located on 1200 acres in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. For forty years members have worked the land, slowly transforming it into a place of orchards and vineyards, fountains and gardens. It is an international community of more than six hundred members and includes a restaurant, an outdoor theater, a fine press, a concert hall, an award-winning winery, and an art gallery.

All members of the Fellowship are invited to live at Apollo, or to visit as often as possible, and join in the daily activities. We share in the work of landscaping, cooking, office work, construction, flower-arranging, and seemingly unending dish-washing. We have an orchestra, choir, and theater group, and gather daily for meetings, study groups, dinners, concerts, and readings.

Yet, inspiring as they are, these outward forms are not our true aim or achievement. At Apollo the visible exists primarily for the invisible—everything has been created to support the inner discipline of being present. This is the reason for all our buildings and events and interactions, and life at Apollo is one of great pressure and of equally great joy.

Living at Apollo is a personal and ever-changing experience. It can be a place of intense effort and inner work, and an opportunity to share that work with others. The company of our friends, the lovingly tended environment, and the example of the teacher are constant reminders of our aim to escape imagination and enter the living present—the only place where human beings can truly be together.