Poetry of Nature

Poetry of Nature


9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250 per class

Grades 6 – 12

Limited to 24 students

(bring a bag lunch)


Place: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

1501 Rock Creek Dairy Road, Whitsett, NC


There has been great interest in our children's programs this year and all of our fall and spring dates are now reserved for 2016-2017.


If you are interested in reserving a date for children's programs in the future,

please contact Center Director, Peggy Whalen-Levitt, at beholdnature@aol.com.


Our season of dates for 2017-2018 will be up on our website in July 2017.


“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things”

~ Mary Oliver


Poetry is a language of deep seeing that reveals dimensions of the world inaccessible to discursive thought, and so it is to poetry that we turn for our programs for middle school and high school students. Our Poetry of Nature program is a passage through three landscapes in the natural world where students listen to a poem, are asked to be fully present to the place, the moment and the feelings and images that arise within them. At each site, students are invited to find a solo spot, enter into a practice of presence, and record their inner experiences through guided writing practices. The poems and landscapes are carefully chosen to resonate with one another. The day culminates in a poetry reading after lunch where each contribution is deeply connected to the student’s experience in nature and to his/her inner life. The students read poems, ask questions, and share reflections on the day and on their sense of belonging to the natural world. This program taps a deep wellspring within young adults that rarely is accessed at school.


We are happy to adapt this program to the differing developmental needs of students in grades 6-12.


We depend on the natural world in all its radiance to awaken in us our most precious intellectual, aesthetic, and emotional experiences.


~ Thomas Berry The Sacred Universe