Words of Wisdom: Richard Nelson

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"As time went by, I also realized that the particular place I'd chosen was less important than the fact that I'd chosen a place and focused my life around it. Although the island has taken on great significance for me, it's no more inherently beautiful or meaningful than any other place on earth. What makes a place special is the way it buries itself inside the heart, not whether it's flat or rugged, rich or austere, wet or arid, gentle or harsh, warm or cold, wild or tame.  Every place, like every person, is elevated by the love and respect shown toward it, and by the way in which its bounty is received."

--Richard Nelson, The Island Within (1989), p. xii

The more I get to know the land around me, the more this quote rings true. My introduction to place-based learning came about a decade ago when I was a student of the Kamana program. Kamana taught me to strengthen my senses, get to know my non-human neighbors, and give thanks to and for the many cycles of life. My hope is that my work transfers some of those teachings to you.

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