Awakening to Nature

Awakening to Nature

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250 per class

Grades K – 5

Limited to 24 children

(bring a bag lunch)

Place: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Road, Whitsett, NC

If you would like to register for an Awakening to Nature program, you may reserve a date through our online system by clicking here.

Within 24 hours of receiving your request, we will send you an email with instructions for sending in a $50 deposit, which is required to confirm your reservation. The deposit is due within 14 days of your reservation request.

The Center’s “Awakening to Nature” programs are intended to foster reverence for the natural world, develop the inner capacity to attend to the world around you, and create a deep, personal connection with nature. The programs bring the inner lives of children into a new relationship with the beauty, wonder and intimacy of the natural world.

“Awakening to Nature” programs begin in a circle where children are invited to slow down and make themselves at home in nature. Guided earth walks follow, led by experienced Earth Guides, with groups of 8 children. The small size of the group and the “beholding” practices of the Center enable the children to enter into a living and loving relationship with the natural world. Throughout the changing seasons, children are invited to enter into silence and experience the fullness of each moment – to take in the sounds, the smells, the feel of the air, the colors and movements of the world around them.

Children then return to the circle where they enjoy a bag lunch together. The day ends with a heartwarming circle of reflection. The rhythm of the day enables the children to assimilate their experiences and to enter into community together as they share what touched them about the day.

We are happy to adapt this program to the differing developmental needs of children in grades Kindergarten-5.

We especially like to work with schools year after year so that the children can have sustained and meaningful connections with the natural world over time. From the returning children who have experienced our program over the course of several years, we have learned how one day spent in our program has lived in their memories and in their hearts for a whole year in between visits. They remember the peaceful sounds of the Native American Flute, the relationships with various creatures that they have encountered, the beauty of nature, and our practices, especially our Behold practice. We have also learned how much the children appreciate being in an atmosphere of peace and quiet.

“. . . drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of what you see.”

~ Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder