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Banner image featuring Windhover contemplative center courtyard in JPG format. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Windhover Contemplative Center

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Open to Stanford ID holders 7a-7p, 7 days a week.

The Windhover

I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
dom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate's heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!

– Excerpt from The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins


Windhover Location

370 Santa Teresa St., Stanford, CA 94305

About Windhover

Windhover is a spiritual refuge on the Stanford University campus meant to both inspire and promote personal renewal. 

The Art

Learn more about featured artist Nathan Oliveira.

The Contemplation Center

Windhover is a contemplative center located in the heart of campus.

Banner image featuring Labyrinth at Windhover contemplative center.

Labyrinth

Adjacent to the Windhover building, located at 370 Santa Teresa Street, you can find an outdoor labyrinth for public use. 

Banner image featuring Joe Oliveira, son of the late artist and art professor Nathan Oliviera, works with Jeanette Smith-Laws, director of Student Unions and Operations during the installation of 4 of his father's paintings in Windhover, a new contemplation center on campus.

Visit Windhover Contemplative Center

Planning a visit to Windhover? Check here for additional information.

Banner image featuring View of trees from Windhover contemplative center.

Windhover Dedication

Read through the words and thoughts of those who were present for the Windhover dedication ceremonies.