The constant progress of Culture is to a more interior life, to a deeper Home. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Home”


Many into One

The Innermost House Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to renewing the ideal of plain living, high thinking, and fellow feeling at the heart of American culture. We seek an underlying unity in nature, fine hand craft and thoughtful conversation as a way home to the original wholeness and harmony of the individual soul.


I have one doctrine: the infinitude of the private man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


All for a little conversation, high, clear and spiritual!

At the heart of the world, at the heart of the woods, lies a conversation of meaning and hope. It is a conversation between the immortal aspects of practical action, artistic creation, and philosophic thought, between the immortal cycles of nature, of life and death.

That conversation may be called American Transcendentalism, and represents a perennial ideal with still deeper roots among the Native American peoples and the civilizations of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

The Innermost House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to renew that conversation at a time when it is needed more than ever before. We seek to conceive a new and universal culture of conversation and individual realization through disciplines of hand, heart and mind. We seek to realize an ideal. 

The idea of America is founded on the ideal of conversation: of government by conversation, of education by conversation, of an heroic conversation between reason and wilderness, between peoples, races and nations.

The radical idea that distinguishes the American aspiration is that of e pluribus unum: many voices into one. It is that promise of unity we seek to realize, where the manynesses of East and West, native and colonist, feminine and masculine, ancient and modern, are resolved into one through conversation.

We are a fellowship of friends from the worlds of business and government, the crafts and arts, the academy and the sciences. We are putting the world back together again to revisit an ideal, seeking, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "a little conversation, high, clear and spiritual!" 


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