Soul Tending Series

Soul Tending Series

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You're not alone.  We can all feel scared, frustrated, disempowered, and disillusioned in the face of all that is happening in our world. There is deeper work to do in these times. Created by two loving, hopeful women, Soul Tending is a space of refuge, reflection and rejuvenation especially for activists and environmentalists, but it is open to everyone.  We must deepen and strengthen our work together for the healing of our world...

Sacred Wild Series

Sacred Wild Series

How do you connect with nature in a way that inspires mindfulness, strengthens your intuition and encourages your well being in daily life?  This is a guided journey deep into nature, spirit, science and seeing yourself through the experience of the wilderness. In this series, we blend the science of modern ecology with the principles of ancestral spiritual wisdom. We will teach core routines of nature connection which you can use in daily life.

Community Resilience Series

Community Resilience Series

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Explore the skills of cultural healing and community design, develop your leadership capabilities, discover the power of ancestral wisdom. In this program, we combine cultural mentoring, community leadership principles and inner awareness to offer an experiential seminar like few others.  We will explore archetypes of leadership, aspects of community design, and traditional wisdom to support the resilience of individuals and the communities...

Dancing with Despair

Dancing with Despair

This program is based on the work of Joanna Macy, which blends theory and practice drawn from Deep Ecology, Systems Theory, and Spiritual Traditions. These engaging practices encourage profound truth-telling, allowing us to access our collective courage and creative potential. Experiential practices, poetry, ritual, music and silence will guide our journey through the four stages of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects.  

Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training

Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training

The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain (map)

We have created a 4-day training program to empower you to take the next steps in the heartfelt path of teaching and learning. The world needs more people who carry these skills. Together with a team of professional naturalists and teachers, you will gain the skills to enrich children's lives with a nourishing deep nature connection. 

Permaculture Design Intensive- with Will Hooker

Permaculture Design Intensive- with Will Hooker

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Many of us have taken a Permaculture Foundations Class or even earned a Certification, but still lack the skills to execute a professional design.  Local Permaculture Designer, Will Hooker, along with other permaculture legends like Toby Hemenway, believe there is so much wonderful material in a typical PDC course that there often isn't sufficient time left for actual design practice.  That's why we've created this course!

Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Are you a chef, home cook, do-it-yourselfer, nature lover, science lover, or simply curious to know more about the benefits of keeping your own mushrooms and what these fascinating organisms can teach us? Learn to grow your own mushroom gardens! The Piedmont of NC has a wonderful climate for cultivating many types of nutritional, medicinal, and delicious mushrooms.

Theater in Nature Camp

Theater in Nature Camp

Campers will play wild and wacky improvisation and storytelling games to foster a sense of camaraderie and trust within the group. We will dive into the basics of performance- learning how to enunciate, express emotions through body language, "share the stage" with a scene partner,  and determine a character's wants/needs/motivation. We will explore character, setting, and plot using the natural world as a source of inspiration- even using elements from the land to craft into masks, costume pieces, and props.

Writing in Nature Camp

Writing in Nature Camp

Campers will discover the world of writing through silly and engaging exercises that get you thinking outside the box! We will explore what it means to us to write and respond to poetry, fiction, and self-reflective prose in a safe and inspiring environment. We will spend time creating stories together as a group as well as individually. Campers will personalize journals with artifacts found from the land and use these throughout the week as a safe place to let the imagination run wild!