Contemplative Studies

Contemplative Studies in Nature

"Those who contemplate the beauty of earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson

Being immersed in nature provides numerous health benefits, a slower pace, a rest from demanding mental-physical activities, and often enhances awareness with moments of insightful clarity. Nature provides space for inner exploration and self-discovery; which, contribute to the vision and motivation for achieving our goals. As a restorative environment, nature rebalances the mind-body and heightens our ability to access unexpected solutions for life’s challenges.

We provide unique nature immersions for personal and professional development in “natural classrooms”. NSC community classes and weekend retreats offer local opportunities for contemplative studies in nature. The study abroad, leadership certificate program offers an integrated experience of depth work, experiential learning, dynamic exchange, and stewardship opportunities in the students’ communities and in green-sustainable retreats or intentional communities around the world. Our educational offerings include development support as well as study groups, course materials, and online resources for sustainable change.

Contact us to learn about our upcoming classes and retreats or for more details about the certificate program.