The Natural Contemplative

Contact Name

John Crockett

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Westminster, Vermont 05348
United States
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Project Description

The Natural Contemplative explores the ecological crisis and its resolution from the perspective of contemplation: honoring the living world with undivided attention.

The Natural Contemplative serves as a resource for environmental education and conservation from a contemplative perspective. We recognize that the environmental situation is critical, and solutions are urgently needed that touch the deepest levels of who we think we are, how we view the world, and how our actions mirror those beliefs. To that end, we host retreat days to explore how spirituality and ecology intersect. For us, the core meaning of contemplation is paying attention, opening ourselves to the world in its fullness, and being transformed by what we encounter.

In addition to retreats and workshops, we formed the musical duo Coracle in 2005, which blends Celtic harp, cello, Irish whistles and voices from the natural world to inspire an understanding of our essential unity with the other creatures and the whole Earth.

  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Eco-psychology
  • Retreat
  • Education
  • Expressive Arts


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