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PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS

Center programs for children and young adults are based in a threefold practice of Being, Beholding and Belonging:

Being:  bringing ourselves into stillness

Beholding:  bringing ourselves into relationship with the natural world

Belonging: feeling a sense of oneness with the source of our own being

Through these practices, a feeling of connection with all living things arises within the children.  New eyes and ears awaken.  The selfhood of the child comes into being within the creative heart of the universe.  Words of peace make themselves heard.   Seeds of service to the world are sown.


Awakening to Nature

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250

Grades: K-5

School groups of up to 24 children

Place: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, 1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd, Whitsett, NC

Our Awakening to Nature program fosters reverence for the natural world, cultivates the inner capacity to attend to the world around you, and creates a deep, personal connection to nature.  The program brings the inner lives of children into a new relationship with the beauty, wonder and intimacy of the natural world.

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Empathetic Listening

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250

Grades: 4-8

School groups of up to 24 children

Place:  Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, 1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd, Whitsett, NC

Our Empathetic Listening program engages children in a practice of deep listening to the natural world and to each other.  First, children are invited to listen deeply to the natural world during a solo writing time in their own special spot.  They are invited to become still, to deeply notice the place where they are sitting.  What makes this particular landscape special and unique?  What are you hearing in your special place?  What might nature reveal to you?  During the second half of the program, we practice empathetic listening with a partner, a way of listening that creates mutual understanding, trust and respect.  Can we learn to listen without judgment?  Can we listen without interrupting?  Can we reflect back what we think we have heard?  Can we sense the feelings behind the words? 

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The Poetry of Nature

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250

Grades: 6-12

School groups of up to 24 students

Place:  Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, 1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd, Whitsett, NC

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 day culminates in a poetry reading after lunch.  This program taps a deep wellspring within young adults that rarely is accessed at school.

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Walking with Thoreau

9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cost: $250

Grades: 9-12

Groups of up to 12 students

Place:  Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, 1501 Rock Creek Dairy Rd, Whitsett, NC

Andrew Levitt takes us on a journey into the world of Henry David Thoreau who 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.”  Inspired by these and other words from Thoreau, we will go on a guided solo walk around the pond at Timberlake Earth Sanctuary and return to share our experiences in a circle of hospitality and welcome.

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