Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house, a world; and beyond its world a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you: build, therefore, your own world.

And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.


The Innermost House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, voluntary association conceived as a creative, curated art experience of “Life in the Woods,” to explore and promote public awareness of the transcendental dimension of "plain living and high thinking" in America. 

We seek a healing of the nations in the unity that underlies the diversity of the American experience, e pluribus unum: Many become One. We believe that unity ultimately lies in the sanctity of the individual soul, made one with other souls through a universal culture of forms. Our special mission is to develop such a universal culture by renewing a living relation with our founding material and thought culture, thus to restore a broad public access to the transcendental roots of American laws and institutions, literature and arts, landscape and spirituality.

These ends we pursue through a simultaneous program of inreach and outreach, reaching inward toward curated experiences of the transcendental ideal, and outward toward a compelling projection of those experiences through sponsored journalism and scholarship, published writings, public speaking, conferences and conversation forums, and, most especially, through the distinctly modern media of photography, documentary film, and electronic publishing.

The Foundation positions itself as a focal point of convergence for a variety of partner institutions, ideas, arts and industries. It broadly unifies American public and political ideals with its private and spiritual aspirations. It harmonizes the interests of land proprietorship and the building industries with the modern environmental movement. It draws traditional craft into conversation with contemporary academic perspectives. It seeks a oneness to comprehend a world of many-ness, conflict and variety. 

We believe that the transcendental ideals with which the world associates the American experiment stand upon material foundations. We believe those foundations have to be experienced to be understood. We believe a living transcendentalism can heal the world.