Presence to Living Earth

Presence to Living Earth in Winter

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Place: The Treehouse, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

Cost: $50


Led by Margery Knott and Marnie Weigel



“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart.”


Hugh MacMillan, The Ministry of Nature, 1871


The heart of winter brings us closer together in communion with Earth’s wisdom.


As trees stretch towards the winter sky, winds blow in from the north, rubbing the branches together in an ancient rhythm that draws us back to our roots.


Winter is the night-time of the yearly cycle, a time of dimming light and, for much of the Earth community, a time of going within. Animal heartbeats slow, rivers freeze, some creatures sleep, others huddle together for warmth…


The moon rises high in the sky in winter, while the Earth draws her life force down into the darkness of the soil. Seeds that have fallen in autumn are received into the depths of the Earth where winter’s cold and moisture transform them for sprouting in the spring. In the darkness of winter, human heartbeats quicken and inner life awakens.


We invite you into the presence of winter, dreaming and deepening your experience of the season’s wisdom at this moment in your lives through poetry, story, and contemplative making, a guided Earth Walk and solo time on the land at Timberlake Earth Sanctuary. We invite you to discover, through conversation with the Earth Community, how life is gathering in your heart this winter.  


Led by:


Margery Knott is a weaver and teacher of all ages from kindergarten to college, who recently moved to Greensboro after raising llamas in the woods of Nelson County, VA. Margery has led workshops in ecotheology and fiber arts, including weaving in several public schools through the Artisans Center of Virginia. In 2003, delicious serendipity led her to several amazing years of study with Matthew Fox’s University of Creation Spirituality. Margery is a graduate of the Center’s Inner Life of the Child in Nature program, Class of 2016, and serves on the Center’s Educator Council Board.


Marnie Weigel is an eco-contemplative artist who enjoys knitting, making pottery, journals, and jewelry. Her creations are inspired by her reflections in silence and beholding in the natural world. Marnie received a BA in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College in the beautiful Swannanoa Valley in Western, North Carolina in 1995 and an AAS in Professional Crafts: Clay from Haywood Community College in 2000.  Marnie is a graduate of the Center’s Inner Life of the Child in Nature program, Class of 2010, and serves as an Earth Guide and as our resident artist for the Center’s summer programs for children.


Presence to Living Earth in Spring

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Place: The Treehouse, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

Cost: $50


“We still have little understanding of the spiritual dimension within the natural world, or how our individual soul relates to the larger dimension of the world soul (what the ancients called the anima mundi)... Instead we are caught within a contemporary consciousness that focuses on the individual self, no longer even aware of our deep bond to the sacred within creation.”


~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee,

Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth