Presence to Living Earth in Spring

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 Spring

“A Record of My Love”: Words from Henry David Thoreau


With Andrew Levitt


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



In our “Presence to Living Earth in Spring” program, Andrew Levitt will take us on a journey into the world of Henry David Thoreau in celebration of the Thoreau Bicentennial. On November 16, 1850, Thoreau reached a turning point in his journal writing and his presence to living earth when he wrote: “My Journal should be a record of my love. I would write in it only the things I love, my affection for any aspect of the world, what I love to think of. I have no more distinctness or pointedness in my yearnings than an expanding bud, which does indeed point to flower and fruit, to summer and autumn, but is aware of the warm sun and spring influences only.” Inspired by these and other words from Thoreau, we will go on guided solo walks on Timberlake Trails on a spring afternoon 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.


Other Presence to Living Earth Programs:


Presence to Living Earth in Autumn

Words from Thomas Berry

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2016

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Presence to Living Earth in Winter

Winter Mandalas

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017

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“My Journal should be a record of my love. I would write in it only the things I love, my affection for any aspect of the world, what I love to think of. I have no more distinctness or pointedness in my yearnings than an expanding bud, which does indeed point to flower and fruit, to summer and autumn, but is aware of the warm sun and spring influences only.”


Henry David Thoreau, Journal entry, November 16, 1850