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Fall Programs Announced by the Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, and The Center for Human-Earth Restoration

Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain (Chapel Hill, NC)

 The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain is offering a full schedule of fall programs, including

  • Wisdom of the Elements: Fire (Sept 17)
  • The case for permaculture (Sept 17)
  • Energetic Outdoor Yoga (Sept 17 and 24)
  • Principles of Design (Sept 24)
  • Building from Our Surroundings (Oct 22)
  • Wisdom of the elements: Synergy (Oct 22)
  • Growing with the Landscape (Oct 29)
  • Forage and Feast (Oct 29)
  • Fermentation Extravaganza (Oct 30)
  • Self-Care and Integration (Nov 5)


Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World (Greensboro, NC)

Registration for the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World (CEINW)’s signature two-year program for adults on “The Inner Life of the Child in Nature: Presence and Practice” is still open. This program is “designed to prepare educators and others with children in their care to develop capacities to nurture the deep inner faculties of imagination and intuition in themselves, children and young adults, and to create contexts within which children and young adults are given the opportunity to develop a bond of intimacy with the natural world.” The program includes four Saturday retreats, beginning November 12 in 2016-17 and four Sunday afternoon retreats in 2017-18.

See other CEIN programs here on the following:

Programs for Adults

  • Being, Beholding, Belonging: Eco-contemplative Practices for Children and Young Adults
  • Enlivenment Series
  • The Inner Life of the Child in Nature: Presence and Practice
  • The Meadow Across the Creek: Words from Thomas Berry
  • Presence to Living Earth in Autumn
  • Presence to Living Earth in Winter
  • Presence to Living Earth in Spring
  • Re-Imagining Montessori’s Great Lessons
  • Thomas Berry and Dante’s Divine Comedy

Programs for Children

  • Awakening to Nature
  • Empathetic Listening
  • The Poetry of Nature
  • Special Design Programs for Schools
  • Thomas Berry Summer Programs for Children

Programs for Families

  • Families of the Forest


  • Earth Guide Apprenticeship


Center for Human-Earth Restoration (Raleigh, NC)

The Center for Human-Earth Restoration (C.H.E.R.) offers a variety of programs based on the teachings of Thomas Berry, Aldo Leopold and George Washington Carver. Here’s a description of their Neighborhood Ecology Core program:

The Neighborhood Ecology Corps (NEC) is an initiative designed to get teams of students involved in assessing the state, assets, and needs of their neighborhoods from cultural, ecological, health, livability, and safety perspectives.  This initiative is made possible by partnerships between C.H.E.R., NC State, Raleigh Parks and Recreations, NC State Parks, and the National Parks Service.

Beginning on October 19th C.H.E.R. will offer a series call “Exploring Your Inner Journey with Metaphors from the Natural World.” Here’s an invitation:

I invite you to be a part of this upcoming series beginning October 19th. It is called, “Exploring Your Inner Journey with the Metaphors of the Natural World.” Sponsored by the Center for Human-Earth Restoration, www.centerforhuman-earthrestoration.com, this 6 week, Wednesday evening series from 7 to 9 pm, will use Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, the land and other sources for reflection and thought sharing. It is a unique way for people to deepen their relationship with the natural world and spirituality, as well as to help navigate life transitions and other important questions through the metaphors of the natural world. It is facilitated through an introductory circle of trust, based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and colleagues with the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Download a brochure on this program here.