So we saunter toward the Holy Land; till one day the sun shall shine more brightly than ever he has done, shall perchance shine into our minds and hearts, and light up our whole lives with a great awakening light, so warm and serene and golden as on a bank-side in Autumn.
Henry David Thoreau, "Walking"

a Wisdom of Experience


We believe that the soundest foundations rest on bedrock, and that the bedrock of American wisdom lies in the mythic depths of the landscape itself. To the older world, America once stood for a paradise regained of mountain ranges and Indian streams: the freedom of land, the wildness of land, the sacredness of land. Everything we are begins with nature, and it is deep in conversation with the living landscape of woods, water and sky that we set our foundations. In nature we seek the beginnings of wisdom.


If you represent a land interest as proprietor, agent, or conservation organization, we invite you to partner with us in pursuit of the Mythic Landscape and its groundsprings of meaning. In addition to centers in Massachusetts and Virginia, we are seeking land partners in diverse regions of the country with whom to explore and express a deep, underlying unity of cultural experience. 

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms...

Henry David Thoreau, Walden


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