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


Our first conversation is with Nature. 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. The original of Beauty we seek is the native perception of Nature as Home.

To the larger world, America once stood for a paradise regained of mountain forest and Indian stream: 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 and water, fire and sky that we set our foundations. In Nature we seek the beginnings of wisdom.

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Look deep, deep into nature, and you will understand everything.
Albert Einstein

Et In Arcadia Ego


"Even in Arcadia, there am I." Where life and death at last are one, there is the wisdom of Paradise. At Innermost House, we seek a woodland wisdom among the enduring facts of nature: the oneness of dawn and dusk, of spring and autumn, of growth and decline, ultimately of life and death. Through this Mythic Landscape lit only by fire, we seek to explore and express a deep, underlying unity of experience. We invite land conservationists everywhere to partner with us in search for the wellsprings of memory and meaning.

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E. S. Dunshee: H. D. Thoreau, Dunshee ambrotype, 1861

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