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Gaynor Ranch and Resort
1992 KM Ranch Road | 6544 Farm to Market Road
Whitefish, MT, 59937, USA
406-862-3802 | 866-862-6202

Gratitude Peak & Medicine Wheel Area

On the far east part of the property, (SEE SIGNS STARTING AT MAIN HOUSE) high on a cliff you will be able to look out over the valley. There is a Medicine Wheel there as well as a Gratitude Tree. One rule that we have is that when you start the climb on the Gratitude Peak is that you leave your worries at the bottom and when you come back down, do not pick them up! Also, if you would like to tie a ribbon on the Gratitude Tree, please pick some up at the office. Or you may want to go back and leave it later. Please do not take young children up there as the cliffs are really steep and they could fall. There is a play house on the hill above the Yurt that is for the young people to enjoy.

Why build a Medicine Wheel?

We created Medicine Wheel to be used by ourselves and our visitors for meditation, introspection, prayer, healing and enlightenment. We built it to assist in teaching about life, healing, and finding our true selves. It holds the answers to keeping ourselves and our planet healthy, balanced, and safe for future generations. It is a wheel of love, a wheel of light, a wheel of peace, a wheel of wisdom and a wheel of harmony between all things. The Wheel is a gift and a blessing to all who experience it. Nancy Gaynor is a member of the Kootenai Tribe as is Keya our Woods manager,  whose ancestors have been in this area for over 14,000 years. If you want to watch the sunrise in the am, let Nancy or Keya  know and they will take you! We generally go around 6 am and it is amazing!

What is a Medicine Wheel?

Forms of ceremonial circles exist all around the world, from the great stone circles of Europe to Hindu mandalas. A Medicine Wheel is an ancient form of ceremonial circle used by Native Americans for teaching, meditation, prayer, healing and celebration. Just as stained glass windows and mosaics in ancient Christian cathedrals were used to teach Bible stories to people who could not read, so too were Medicine Wheels used to instruct The People. From stories and oral history associated with the quadrants and individual stones of The Wheel, they learn about their relationship with Nature and the Spirit World, the cycles of life, connection to their past and the interconnectedness of all things. They were also used as gathering places for ceremony and celebration and acted as connection points to contact the unseen world of the “Grandfathers” or Spirit Beings. In that respect, a Medicine Wheel also functions as an altar. Wheels were designed to meet the needs and beliefs of those who created them.

Each quadrant of The Wheel holds a different energy and represents a season of the year, stage of life, area of our Being (Physical, emotional, mental, and Spiritual) and a different kind of healing. Together they create a balanced whole in a specific relationship to one another. They instruct us about all aspects of life, ourselves, and the world around us. They teach us about the cycles of life, death, and rebirth and how they relate to Nature, the seasons and the Universe.

We Are All One People on the Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel increases self-esteem and just simply makes you feel good about yourself; It grounds you in the truth of who you are as someone who matters. The Medicine Wheel symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. Within the Medicine Wheel are The Four Directions and the Four Sacred Colors. The Circle represents the Circle of Life and the Center of the Circle, the Eternal Fire. The Eagle, flying toward the East, is a symbol of strength, endurance and vision. East signifies the renewal of life. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY AND THANKS SHARING GRATITUDE PEAK WITH US.