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The Spiritual Wisdom of Trees:
Insights from Our Elders

You've heard that the trees are speaking to each other...

but what are they
saying to us?

Examine the science and Spirit of the forest to explore the ancient wisdom trees offer us for deep connections with each other and Earth.

Explore lessons from our tree elders, such as: 

  • How to survive and thrive

  • The importance of living in community

  • Loss, resilience, renewal, and gratitude

  • Living in the light, dark and in-between times

See more details and register below. 

When Beth Norcross asked me to work with her as the filmmaker for "The Spiritual Wisdom of Trees," I had the great pleasure and privilege to experience firsthand how our trees, these “sentient beings,” are the essential anchor for the web of life. This transformative adventure reconnected me to my own spirituality. It has renewed my sense of purpose and commitment to do all that I can to protect and preserve the natural world.

- Jane Pittman, Filmmaker


The Spiritual Wisdom of Trees is offered in Guided and Self-Guided formats.

Both include 6 sessions containing a beautifully-filmed 15-20 minute video and a spiritual practice around a specific theme. In the Guided version, typically offered each fall, participants are invited to meet weekly to engage with guides Beth Norcross and Leah Rampy, as well as each other, to further explore each session. ​

Cracking Open

Collaboration & Communion

Light & Dark

Bearing Witness

Hope & Healing

Gratitude & Reciprocity

Session Themes

Special Event

In addition to our online options this year, this program will be offered as a weekend retreat October 10 - 13, 2024 at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina! Learn More


Open Now


  • Engage with the six themed sessions, with videos and spiritual practices, at your own pace.

  • All materials, including closing and additional resources, are available to you immediately and remain open to you for 12 months.

  • Course fee: $95 - Now save 10% through 6/30!

Please contact us with any sign-up issues. 


Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2024

  • Add the experience of community and guided discussions with the course authors in this structured 6-week format.


  • Join an online discussion each Wednesday evening with Beth, Leah and other participants to engage in deep communal reflection on the week's material. (Held 7 - 8:30pm ET. Recordings available.)​​​​

  • Course fee: $145 

Ask about our options for groups!

We would love to help you offer a special experience to your community.

It is always the Center's goal to make our programming accessible. If you find that finances are a barrier please contact us for scholarship information.



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

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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.


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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