Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.
Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.
Together we will explore many topics and questions…
- How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
- What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
- What is the human role in nature?
- How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
- <Insert your big spiritual question here>
The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.
You have several payment options:
- Free will: A free will donation is requested at each gathering. Suggested donation: $5 - $10.
- One-time payment: Pay $35 for all sessions. Register here.
- Members: All sessions are free to Backyard Abundance members.
- Work trade: Contact us for details about donating time in exchange for sessions.
A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.
The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.
Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.
Apr 5: Seed Swap
Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.
May 3: Vegetable Gardening
Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.
Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting
Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.
Jul 5: Fairy Gardening
Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.
Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants
Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.
Sep 6: Herbal Remedies
Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!
Oct 4: Plant Communication
Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.
Nov 1: Monarch Gardening
You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? We will explore ways to prepare your spring garden for monarchs and other butterflies. Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.
Growing Hope Event Series
This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.
Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.