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 UNITY a Healing of the Nations
Our work in the world as a public benefit foundation is measured by the connections we share and communicate: connections between nature, craft and thought; between society and solitude; 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 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 an experiment in "plain 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 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.
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"
The Innermost House Foundation serves as the center of an international circle of conversation. We invite conservationists, artists, thinkers, leaders and enthusiasts 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.