The Spiritual Wisdom of Trees:
Insights from Our Elders

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
Hermann Hesse

You've heard that the trees are speaking to each other, but what are they saying to us?

This provocative program examines the ancient wisdom trees offer us for living into our deep spiritual and ecological connections with each other and Earth.


Each session in this 6-part series consists of a beautifully-filmed 15 - 20 minute video and accompanying spiritual practice around a specific theme. Supporting materials help you explore the themes more deeply and consider how to live into our interconnectedness going forward.


We explore together topics such as: 

  • What our tree elders know about how to survive and thrive

  • What trees tell us about the importance of living in community

  • Lessons from our elders on loss, resilience, renewal and gratitude

  • How trees offer guidance on living in the light, dark and in-between times


Self-Guided Program

Just 4 more weeks to register!

  • Explore the videos, practices and supporting materials at your own pace.

  • Materials available for participants online 4/19/22 - 7/15/22.

  • Register by 6/17/22 to have 4 full weeks with the materials. (We will close registration after this date.)

  • Course fee: $95 -- Now Save 10%

Guided Weekly Program

10/6 - 11/10/22

  • Offered as a 6-week course, with a video and spiritual practice around a theme released each week.

  • Adds weekly online discussions with breakout sessions, led by program authors Beth Norcross and Leah Rampy to offer deeper communal reflection on the material.  ​​

  • Course fee: $149

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Your Guides

Bringing decades of spiritual and ecological training, leadership, and beautiful filmmaking to this provocative course. 


Beth is educated in forestry, eco-theology and spirituality and is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Spirituality in Nature, where she has led numerous spiritual deepening programs in nature.


Leah brings extensive experience in leading contemplative programs, retreats and pilgrimages; she is the founder of and guide for Church of the Wild Two Rivers. 

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Jane is an award-winning director, cinematographer and editor based in Washington, D.C. Her films have appeared on PBS and in film festivals throughout the world.

Such a wonderful class! Thank you, everyone at the The Center for Spirituality in Nature for making the past six weeks on Thursday evenings sacred for me. Jane Pittman's filmmaking was stupendous. The thought-provoking study guides will keep me pondering for years to come. And I hope the new connections I made will continue. Blessings all!

More Spirituality in Nature

The Center offers many more ways to deepen your experience in nature. Learn more about our other programs, events, and offerings. 

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