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



and a Healing of the Nations

We are a living conversation of individuals, each one a sanctuary of solitude in themselves, and we are an instrument of connection between peoples, traditions, perspectives, and institutions. Our work in the world as a public benefit foundation is measured by the solitudes we support and the connections we 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, heaven and earth; between labor and learning, innocence and experience; between contemplation and action; between life in the woods and life in the world.

We address ourselves neither to problems nor to solutions, but to a sustained vision of transcendental unity. We seek to embody a culture that transcends all ordinary categories of private or public interest, of profit or nonprofit enterprise. We seek to regain the path to an American Arcadia through a living experiment in simple living and high thinking.

Our conversation connects the traditions of Native America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, composing their various perspectives together into one whole. We draw upon the rational spirit of the American Enlightenment, the transcendental spirit of the American Renaissance and the environmental spirit of the American West to form a unified culture of individual possibility, accessible to all people everywhere who ask the abiding questions of life and death and love and meaning. We believe in the infinitude of the individual as a foundation for a healing of the nations. 


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


Wherever snow falls, or water flows, or birds fly, wherever day and night meet in twilight, wherever the blue heaven is hung by clouds, or sown with stars, wherever are forms with transparent boundaries, wherever are outlets into celestial space, wherever is danger, and awe, and love, there is Beauty, plenteous as rain, shed for thee, and though thou shouldest walk the world over, thou shalt not be able to find a condition inopportune or ignoble.
                             Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet"

We invite the whole diversity of peoples and points of view 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 to the world, each bearing away with them their unique experience of the foundations of unity. 

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