Presence to Living Earth in Autumn

Please join us for a contemplative experience of the cycle of the year through a series of seasonal retreats that offer an opportunity to step beyond the confinement of the contemporary individual self into an awareness of our deep bond to the sacred within creation.


Each of our retreats creates an opening to the inner quality of what we see and hear in the temporal rhythms of the year. Through contemplative participation in the yearly cycle, an awareness of the inner reality of the seasons arises within us and can be brought to expression.


Presence to Living Earth in Autumn

Words from Thomas Berry


Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Place: The Treehouse, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

Cost: $50

The October 23 program is now full and registration for it has closed.


In our “Presence to Living Earth in Autumn” program, Andrew Levitt will take us, through storytelling, on a journey with Thomas Berry as he discerns the calling of his life. All the words you will hear are Thomas’ own, drawn from an autobiographical essay, poems and excerpts from Thomas Berry’s published writings. We will listen as Thomas reflects on his life from his childhood days through his days in the monastery. Looking back, Thomas writes: “As I see it now, I was appealing ultimately to the wilderness, even perhaps to the lost wilderness, as the source of my support, but even more to the wilderness within the deep recesses of my own being. The destiny of the other living beings, was also my own destiny.” Inspired by these words from Thomas Berry, we will go on guided solo walks on Timberlake Trails and return to share our experiences in a circle of hospitality and welcome.


Andrew Levitt holds a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. He trained as a mime with Marcel Marceau and with Paul J. Curtis at The American Mime Theatre. Andrew performed and taught mime professionally for over thirty years and then helped found the high school at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC where he taught Humanities and directed theater for seven years. Andrew co-created a performance piece, “The Meadow Across the Creek: Words from Thomas Berry” for the Thomas Berry Centennial and is the author of All the Scattered Leaves of the Universe: Journey and Vision in Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Work of Thomas Berry. As Dr. Merryandrew, he currently works as a clown doctor in the Pediatric unit at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital.


Presence to Living Earth in Winter


Date: Saturday, January 22, 2017

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Place: The Treehouse, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

Cost: $50


Presence to Living Earth in Spring


Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Place: The Treehouse, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

Cost: $50


More detailed descriptions and online registration for Winter and Spring TBA.


“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