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



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 society and solitude; 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 laboring and learning, innocence and experience; between art and science, contemplation and action; 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, 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 wilderness 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.


The Innermost House Foundation serves as the center of an international circle of conversation, observation, documentary art, and publication. We invite institutional leaders, artists and writers 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 record of experience in wisdom, words, or images. 

Partner with Us





Museum of the American Indian

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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California Historical Society

North Bennet Street School

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Sempervirens Fund

Ralph Waldo Emerson Society

San Francisco Historical Society

Margaret Fuller Society

Save the Redwoods League

Gettysburg Foundation

St. John's College

Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Thoreau Society

The Krenov School

Walden Woods Project

John Muir Center

Wilderness Society

National Park Foundation

Yosemite Conservancy



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