Our symbol depicts an archetypal stone from Lake Champlain.

The stone is gray Iberville Shale, bisected by a vein of white calcite — formed from the shells of ancient sea creatures who lived in these waters 500 million years ago, when Vermont was covered by a tropical ocean and located near the equator.

These so-called “linestones” provide an iconic connection to a deeper sense of space and time. When arranged side by side, so the white lines of each stone connect with those of its neighbors, a longer and collective line is formed, pointing to an underlying pattern of wholeness — forgotten, yet still within reach.

Shelburne Institute is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization

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