Welcome to the HEARTSTONE CENTER for EARTH ESSENTIALS. Located just south of Ithaca in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York, we are an education & retreat center devoted to nourishing the essence of life in ourselves and on the Earth.
We are so delighted to greet you at this time of new hope and possibility from our region in the world. While our days are faced with significant challenges at local and global levels, we are encouraged to know that kindred individuals, organizations and communities throughout the world are actively nourishing wise and ethical resources to meet them.
At this time, we are being called, even urgently, to reassess the strengths and shortcomings of our Western paradigms and lifestyles. We know the many positive ways that modern life and culture have contributed to our quality of life. Yet we also find that important foundational beliefs and behaviors within Western culture have led us astray from living in “right relationship” to ourselves, to other peoples and nations, and within the radiant, adaptive, and fragile web of life itself.
In increasing numbers, we are being called to the Old Ways, the traditional ways of our Ancestors, to help us. A new wave of interest is growing among people of all ages to learn and practice knowledge and skills which have been kept alive in the humble memories of Elders, Indigenous cultures, and people living in precious margins and sanctuaries of “modern” societies.
This is a time of rediscovering the wisdom of the Green World & traditional practices of herbal medicine, of deepening our understanding of our place within the natural world and ways of living sustainably within the web of life. We are reawakening and rekindling sacred relationships within Nature, within our circles of friends, family and human community, within ourselves, and within our deeply personal experiences of Spirit. Our mission is to carry these principles into opportunities for learning and growth, reflection and action, and to nourish gratitude for life in our programs & activities.
What we find as we open this door, is that this learning is so deeply satisfying, as if something in our bones and essential natures is waking up from an unwanted nap.
Our educational programs include:
Heartstone Herbal School
Workshops on Primitive Skills, Relationship with Nature & Spirit
Workshops on the Brilliance of the Body including our NEW Online Anatomy & Physiology Series for Herbalists
We also offer supported retreats & facilitated "councils" for individuals, couples, groups & organizations.
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Come join the adventure…We look forward to meeting you!