The Nature Of It All. How Do We Belong?
"Ishi, (the last hunter-gather
Native American) was sure he knew the cause of our discontent.
It stemmed from an excessive amount of indoor time. 'It is not
a man's nature to be too much indoors.'"
......- Theodora Kroeber
"All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the children of the earth."
........(Ecclesiastes 3:19, Ted Perry, John
It is our personal and collective relationship
with nature that determines our sanity, our future and the future
of the earth.
has been written about how we need to save the planet but the
deeper truth is that it is essential if we are to save ourselves.
How conscious are we about
our interactions with the natural world? How do we passionately incorporate nature's intrinsic health into our
own healthy sense of self, other and livelihood? Do we acknowledge
this deep and penetrating partnership in a renewable way that
serves both people and planet?
These are compelling questions
for us as we face a most precarious future.
We Lose What We Most Love
As nature's resources
are diminished so is the quality of our lives. As the quality
of our lives diminish, we lose touch with our natural ability
to connect to the web of life within which we are so intricately
bound. It becomes a cycle of loss. The nurturing link between
our human lives and our earthly home gets broken. We are driven
to seek more and more satisfaction in the material world, which
means we consume more and more of the very resources we need
to sustain our love of the natural world. We get further and
further away from our innate sense of meaning and being. We lose
what we most love-about ourselves, the world to which we belong
and our sense of the sacred in everyday life.
Nature's Saving Grace
In these difficult
times, we are virtually on the edge of losing our ability to
save both ourselves-and our earthly home. Yet the saving grace
is simple: We will save what we love. And when we stop long enough
everyday to reconnect to the nurturing sustenance of nature, we emotionally
reconnect to what is most deeply satisfying in our human experience-belonging.
We re-learn to love the very essence of who we are as living
breathing perfect beings on a living breathing perfect planet.
It is a generative partnership that happens when we enliven all
our senses with the awareness of nature's grace, intelligence
and sustenance. We find and feel that we, too, are part of the
very grace and intelligence we celebrate in nature.
Restoring Our Sensory Connections
To Nature's Intelligence.
is first of all committed to helping us-as individuals-restore
our connection to our
place in nature's transcending
grace. Then, through NatureConnect activities, we learn how to
genuinely connect our thinking to the web of life that is always
around us, always nurturing us, always waiting for us to wake
up. We are bonded to living in awareness and equilibrium with
nature, in hope and in love. Living in that awareness we create
a future for our loved ones and our extended human family.
The Science of Nature's Regenerative Powers.
This website is special because it is doable. It offers a
web of possibilities-for everything from personal growth to professional
gain. It is based on the NatureConnect work developed by Michael
Cohen over a span of 40 years of studying, teaching, writing
about and experiencing the regenerative power of our natural
experience in the natural world. His work is a science and an
art, the result of decades of practice working with communities
of people in natural areas, all culminating in a process that
helps us recover what it is we have forgotten, what it is we
love, what it is we can save.
Healing Our Relationships
It is time for us to
come out from behind the addictive socializing and economic forces
that keep us disconnected from the Earth and each other. It is
time to re-learn how to let the wisdom and renewing energies
of nature transform destructive patterns into balanced and loving
relationships that can help restore both personal worth and global
"The indescribable innocence
and beneficence of Nature-of sun and wind and rain, of summer
and winter-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!"
....-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
- by Janet Thomas
Next: What We
As stated elsewhere, after
you obtain information about the Project NatureConnect program
from the web site by using the Navigation guide (left column),
a free, helpful 15 minute discussion by phone with a faculty
member is the most effecient way to customize the program
to your goals.