Today, global economic fragility, social alienation and environmental breakdown seem to point to a time of crisis for all humanity.
‒ A. Keith Smiley, who inspired us "to perceive problems as opportunities." (1980)
A clearer awareness and appreciation of all relationships of life on earth are at the heart of our mission. We focus our efforts primarily on the Hudson Valley while incorporating global, national and local perspectives. Through public awards, forums, conferences and other public meetings, we encourage dialogue from many viewpoints.
Since the 1870s, Mohonk Mountain House in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York has served as a gathering place for those seeking solutions to a range of social problems. The beauties of the natural surroundings at Mohonk, along with the Quaker traditions of peaceful inclusiveness, provide a unique atmosphere for the useful exchange of ideas.
Some meetings at Mohonk significantly influenced public policy, including, for instance, the Mohonk International Arbitration Conferences held between 1895 and 1916. It is generally considered that from these came the formation of such groups as the American Society of International Law, the New York Peace Society, the World Peace Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Through those Mohonk Conferences, most importantly, came the far-reaching idea of a permanent international tribunal of arbitration. This idea led to the International Peace Conferences at The Hague, Netherlands (1899, 1907) and the permanent Court of Arbitration, popularly called the Hague Tribunal. After WWI, the Hague Conferences served as a model that contributed to the formation of the League of Nations and United Nations.
To carry on these traditions, the late A. Keith Smiley, a descendent of Mohonk's founders, created Mohonk Consultations Inc., a charitable 501 (c) (3) organization, in 1980.
A not-for-profit group, Mohonk Consultation's mission is to support the interrelationships of all forms of life on Earth, and through dialogue, to promote practical means for sustainability.
As Mohonk Consultations' logo, the Mohonk Testimonial Gateway symbolizes our continuing mission to provide unique group exchanges. It evokes the many diverse people who, in passing beneath its stone arch, climbed the mountain to participate in historic conferences in the special ambience of the House and sky lake.
Dedicated on October 14, 1908, the Gateway served for decades as the main east entrance to the Mohonk domain. Mohonk guests gave it as a gift in celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mohonk Mountain House's founder, Albert K. and his wife, Eliza P. Smiley.