“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike.”
Protecting and connecting with the natural world are cornerstones of Living Ways. Although modernity and technology have certain gifts, they leave many disconnected from and bereft of the beauty and magic of nature. Integral to Living Ways’ approach to the healing of people and the planet is to profoundly reconnect people to nature. “In wildness is the preservation of our world”. H. D. Thoreau.
New disciplines of eco-therapy and eco-psychology have emerged of late, and have shown that reconnecting with the natural world is fundamental to health and wellbeing. Similarly, Richard Louv’s New York Times bestseller “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder” has become a pivotal catalyst spurring a nationwide movement of educators, policy-makers and parents to ensure that children receive the essential experiences of nature. Although attention on the need to re-connect children, youth and adults to nature has exploded over the last decade, there are limited opportunities for people to actually experience this deep connection with nature, particularly for those with limited income.
The forests, streams and gardens of the retreat sanctuary of Living Ways provide nourishment and healing to those who seek to rest, rejuvenate, mourn or celebrate, whether individually, in small groups or larger gatherings.
To Find out more about our projects visit our Project Sanctuary Page.