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Tapestry helps people rediscover relationship with the earth.
People have an uneasy relationship with nature these days. We feel guilt over climate change, fear of natural disaster, and real distress over changes in land use.  We head to the mountains or beach to get away, but bring with us the very traffic we came to escape. And while our pursuit of nature drives the wild ever farther from our lives, when it comes to us the results can be overwhelming and tragic.
Nature can be overwhelming, especially as a growing world population can't help but live in the way of natural but extreme processes. Photo credits.

Many of us yearn for pristine wilderness on our vacations, such as the mountains shown above. But as populations increase, we overwhelm nature in much the same way it can overwhelm us, as seen in the beach scene. Photo credits.
But a vitally important element is missing from this modern picture of human-nature relationship. It is this: many people experience the unmistakable, intimately personal touch of a living, nurturing, powerful earth. It reaches out to individual lives in profound ways people are afraid to talk about - but treasure in secret, and with hope.

Yet, they may find the meaning of such an experience is only dimly remembered and half-understood. And the personal response that it calls for is often not understood at all. For by defining the earth as not-alive, contemporary culture has destroyed its own ability to understand it.
But that can change.
We can't simply go back to what was. Things are different now. But the wisdom of the past, of the present, and of people from many different cultures can guide us. Our task is to gather all these pieces in one place, to assemble them, and to encourage new meaning to emerge.

A child, a horse, and the sun in relationship. Photo credit.
Humans and the earth are parts of a single whole -- sharing life and a memory of relationship. Tapestry creates opportunities for people to experience connected "life from within nature" for themselves, through events, activities, and resources. Through these projects, and in community with all those who join us, we gather the lost bones of the nature-human relationship and fit them together, discovering new parts and discarding the ones that don't work any more.

And then?

Then Life sings something new into existence -- a slippery wet newborn ancient as bedrock; a cool breath of rain on a hot, desert wind.

Learn more:
Continue Reading the Story
About Story in Tapestry
Why Story explains what we do
How the bones are connected Learning through and from Story
Why this story matters How Story relates to The Circle

Photo credits this page. Top right: Wildfires approach San Diego, California in 2003, by Dave Kendall of Santa Monica, California. Flooding in Carlisle, Great Britain, by V. Rol of Carlisle, GB. Left column: Mountain in Alberta, Canada, by P. Wilding of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Beach on the Black Sea, by Flaviu Lupoian of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania. Lower right: Horse and child, by Hajnalka Fleisz of Szeged, Csongrad, Hungary. All images are from the Stock.exchng website.

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