Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But, in fact, they are perpetually passing into one another. —Margaret Fuller
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra
AMBASSADORS OF RENEWAL a Healing of the Nations
Our work in the world as a public benefit foundation is measured by the connections we form and communicate: connections between nature, craft and thought; between youth and age, rich and poor, black and white; between feminine and masculine; between east and west, north and south; between labor and learning, innocence and experience; between art and science; between life in the woods and life in the world. We seek to embody an underlying unity of things through an experiment in "plain living, high thinking" in the landscape.
We connect the traditions of Native America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, composing their various perspectives together into one whole. In doing so, we draw together the rational spirit of the American Enlightenment with the transcendental spirit of the American Renaissance with the wilderness spirit of the American West, to form a unified culture of individual possibility, accessible to people everywhere.
Our project is a creative, curated experiment, a center of conversation, observation and publication. We invite institutional leaders, naturalists and artists and to join with us in search of the hidden sources of unity in deep place and time. Our visitors to the woods are our ambassadors of renewal to the world, each bearing away with them their record of experience in words, insights or images.