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The Sevenfold Path Apprenticeship Program

The Path
What People are Saying

The Call of the Earth

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A Residential Leadership Apprenticeship Program

One Month & Two Month Program beginning June 28, 2018

Something is shifting in our time. A renaissance in human thought and values is sweeping across the planet. Born out of the planetary crisis that we are facing a community of pioneering souls is emerging who are creating a culture of life and liberation represented by the consciousness of peace, cooperation, living in ecological harmony with the living planet, using the power of natural healing, creating happiness and respect in relationships and acknowledging the sacred in all things. 

The old paradigm of conquering nature and each other is over. What kind of future will we create? This – is the essential adventure of our time. 

The Sevenfold Path Apprenticeship is a uniquely crafted one or two month hands-on leadership course designed to inspire and empower you to transition from a culture bred on competition, command, control and power over, where the planet’s largest ecosystems are in free-fall collapse, and fear and hate rule, to a society charged with the determination and creativity needed to transition to a culture of love, compassion, joy, peace and respect for all of creation. It’s an invitation to lead a life that is fulfilled, purposeful and in harmony with self, humanity, nature and Spirit. A call to become a part of a global movement of conscious people who have chosen to honour the Earth and make ‘Peace' a way of life. 

The Sevenfold Path Apprenticeship program offers a strong foundation in essential lifestyle philosophies and practices that support the evolution of each individual to create lives and societies that support the well-being of Earth and each other. 

Become engaged in a multidimensional process that opens the gates to a deeper understanding of who you are.

"Thank you for offering such a powerful program. I'm leaving with newfound strength and pride. WOW! I feel incredible!" ~ Andy

The Roots

The Sevenfold Path finds its roots in the ancient teachings of the ‘Essenes'. Through practices and philosophies that support the development of the seven aspects of ones life ~ the body, mind, emotions, community, creative work, ecology, and spirit, they proved it possible to live fulfilling, peaceful lives. The Sevenfold Path is a powerful blueprint for developing practical wisdom, integrity, inner-vision and skills through which to express ones unique Spirit.

The Purpose

The Sevenfold Path is the foundational model at The Living Centre. A transformational exploration into the heart and soul of one's life, and the questions "Who am I" and "Why am I here."

The purpose of the Sevenfold Path lifestyle education is to inspire ‘change makers’ to become a part of something much larger and more fulfilling than the isolated ego. To be a part of a group of Global Citizens who contribute towards the creation of a Planetary Peace Culture looking to Life and common humanism as the core values for a sustainable society.

Why Walk the Path of Peacepond

A Sevenfold Path Peace~Walker is someone who ‘walks their talk'. Who has reclaimed their personal power, challenges the limitations of cultural belief, knows the strength in communtiy, and is a potent catalyst for creative change where peace becomes a mighty force for pro-creation. 

Living consciously according the ‘Peace Principles' - Peace with your body, mind, emotions, community, culture, ecology & Spirit - you become a transforming force in your family, community and for the Earth.  

What You Will Experience:

One Month: June 28 to July 27, 2018
Two Month - June 28 to September 2, 2018  

The One Month Experience:

  • Instruction in Permaculture forest gardens and landscapesdancing
  • Natural Building 2-day workshop (A cob, cordwood & earthship natural building project & more)
  • Practical Herbalism & Energetic Medicine 2 day workshop
  • Instruction in Spiritual Ecology 
  • Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings daily practices & philosophy
  • Ayurvedic Living Cuisine – organic live-food vegan meals much of which is harvested from our gardens, orchards, greenhouse and sprout garden
  • The art of building community ‘together’meal prep
  • How to live in times of crisis without going crazy
  • Natural healing processes that draw on the wisdom of plants, herbs, air, fire, water, earth & ether
  • Nature connection practices, tapping into ancestral memories & understand the patterns of Nature
  • Re-Visioning into a life-sustaining culture

Two Month Experience:
All of the above plus:

  • The Shamanu: Wild Earth, Wild Heart 8-day Immersionmeditation
  • Living the Experience 8-Day Intensive

You will be participation in meal preparations, garden activities and the maintenance of an eco-spiritual educational centre. The best way to learn – ‘Do It!'As a Sevenfold Path Apprentice you will participate in regenerative 

Most days will begin and end with morning practices and meditations and evening sunset meditations. You will have one day a week and most evenings free for study and integration.

The Path

  • We begin by exploring the factors that have brought us to this significant turning point in humanities evolution. We all sense that there is a bigger life that awaits us. Understanding where we have been helps us to wisely choose the future we are creating.  
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  • Understanding what got you here, you begin to redefine what it is to be human in this time of great change -  your unique passions, gifts and responsibility in building a vibrant Earth community 
  • Through an Ayurvedic Constitutional perspective you will delve into the mysteries of true physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment.    
  • You will learn practices to attune your body to the Earth's frequency and the live giving energies of Air, Fire, Water, Earth & Ether
  • Enter 'Sacred Silence' to reconnect with Self, the other than human community and 'the spirit that moves through all things'
  • You'll learn proven practices and techniques that help to clear 'indoctrinated patterns' and realign you with soul purpose
  • You will learn permaculture  forest gardening and natural building skills 
  • Wild-crafting, plant identification and the energectics of plants will broaden your education
  • Immersed in a community of like minded pioneers cultivate inter-personal skills, joy and gratitude.

You will come to see Nature as your most revered guide and teacher, creating a lifestyle based on your alignment with the Earth, through eco-spiritual practices, nutrition and by being in the gardens.the garden

The Forest Gardens

The Living Centre strives to bring an elevated consciousness to the planet through conscious living practices that include regenerative gardening methods that support mindful nutrition and the larger eco-systems we are a part of.  

"In the Garden we feel that we are indeed pioneers…we are learning the very secrets of creation." ~ Peter Caddy

saladLive~Food Resilent Kitchen

Vegan Live-Food Cuisine is the way of the future. Living foods are pesticide, herbicide free, organic with all nutrients intact, warmed to a temperature no higher than 118 degrees, sun ripened, nutritious and delicious. It is a harmonious diet with a minimum ecological footprint. 

Who Fits

tipiWe are looking for enthusiastic pioneers dedicated to their personal growth and desire to be of service to our beautiful planet.

Your Responsibilities as part of the Apprenticeship Program

Your responsibility is to attend all classes, morning and evening meditations, participate whole-heartedly; be in line with the program dharma; commit to be here and have a positive, caring attitude. That's IT!




Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera and Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. are founders and directors of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute. Together they blend their over 45 years each, of experience to offer programs that support individuals in the practice of conscious living.

Lorenna and Shantree are internationally celebrated visionaries, authors, permaculture educators, nutritional researchers and world peace workers.

Shantree is a Permaculture and Forest Garden Educator and an Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic & Shamanic Herbalist, and Constitutional Iridology Educator with 40 years experience in the Natural Healing Arts.

Shantree combines his passion for forest gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields - Ecological Medicine, Resilience Science, Deep Ecology, Regenerative Design, Living Nutrition, Bioregionalism and Natural Health Science. His focus is finding regenerative pathways to better stewardship of the natural world. A spiritual activist at heart. Learn more>

Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera is founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings. For over 45 years Lorenna has mentored ‘change makers’ from all walks of life. Her teachings help us reclaim our birthright as ecological beings, and with it an Earth-honouring vision that is centered in a practical spirituality. She is a Permaculture Educator and Sevenfold Path of Peace coach. Her work is inspired by the teachings of indigenous cultures, Joanna Macy - The Work that Reconnects, Emily Conrad - Continuum, Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry - The Universe Story and the Science of Living Systems.  Learn more>

"The lessons that I've learned here have provided me so much insight into how to make the Sevenfold Path sustainable in my life. This is such a gift and opportunity. " Laura  


"Lorenna's and Shantree's support, brilliance, love and special care provided a profound healing environment. Their sacred land also nurtured my being through my apprenticeship. I completely and lovingly recommend this program for a deep reconnection with yourself while living in a wonderful community." ~Terri-Lee  

"The Apprenticeship program has truly been a robust and juicy experience filled with joy and peace. Not only have I learned about organic forest gardening, Ayurvedic live-food Cuisine and sprouting, I have also learned about myself. Through living the Sevenfold Path to Peace at T.L.C., every day has been an opportunity to grow and each gardensmoment is a jewel to be grateful for. I found it easy to slip into the rhythms here. It was so wonderful that I am coming back next year." ~Katie 

"My time at The Living Centre has absolutely transformed my way of being. I hold an everlasting gratitude in my heart for this experience – for this healing land and deeply wise community. I recommend this opportunity to anyone who desires deeper self understanding. This 
experience has presented me with such an understanding of self-honesty. I entered this space curious to learn about herbs. Upon leaving, I hold a relationship with plants that has been activated at an entirely new level." ~Jerry

"The approach through the Sevenfold Path to Peace was simple. While there I learned through lectures and experiences how to create a deeper peace with the foundational areas of my life." studying~Sherri

"Taking this time to nurture and nourish myself in this crazy hectic world was the most loving thing I've ever done for myself. The daily practices of movement, dance, breath work and meditation, combined with the Ayurvedic Living nutrition, deepening my connection with nature and the Elements have all brought a serious transformation. It has rippled out to create a more loving relationship with my partner, opened me up to more creative work opportunities and most of all, the pain in my body is nearly non-existent. I feel like I have moved from the caterpillar in crisis to the beautiful butterfly I am today." ~Angela

"My gratitude for Lorenna and Shantree and the vision of peace they hold is infinite." ~Terra 

"Through the PeaceWalkers Apprenticeship I've learned how to live Truth. It has really inspired me on a number of gardeninglevels. I'm realizing the importance of living by example, walking my talk. This has truly been a life altering experience. I'm coming away with a new fund confidence in my journey." ~Michele

"I've learned so many valuable lessons. Lorenna and Shantree are so wise. Such honorable teachers. This has been a milestone along my path. For that, I am so thankful. " ~Maya 

"As I prepare to depart after immersing myself in the lifestyle of the Centre, I'm thinking that it has been incredibly nourishing for my evolution. The people I've met since arriving have been inspiring to me. I've come to love myself and understand myself more deeply. I've also had the extreme pleasure of witnessing massive transformations in others that come to the centre for classes, rituals and to contribute their physical energies." ~ Phil 
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"I feel so transformed from simply being receptive to what's available to explore here from the books to the gardens the learning has been diverse and immensely practical. I feel empowered to use my voice and hands to help serve in others areas of need."
Better ‘folded' in the Sevenfold Path!" ~Andrew 

"Summarizing an experience like this is not an easy task, as each passing day brings me greater understanding of how my experience at the Living Centre has changed me. I'm so very thankful for a beautiful summer learning and working at the Centre. Living in such a conscious lifestyle I was able to grow and develop a healthier relationship with my spirituality, physical being and my mind. Lorenna and Shantree's food prepmarriage of knowledge and passion creates a very loving and safe space to explore and journey into your own self. I feel so grateful for the relationship I have developed with this couple because it extents far beyond just my apprenticeship at the Centre." ~Dawn

"Being part of a community is a great way to share this experience and a wonderful way to create friendships with like-minded souls. Through the diversity of activities at the Centre I was able to experience so many different aspects of myself. I spent time in the gardens, preparing food, in movement and mediation classes, participating in workshops and various ceremonies. I cannot express in words the value of this type of education. It has given me a stronger connection to my environment, my community and myself.  It has inspired me, helped me to find direction and opened avenues to the ways in which I can friendscontribute to the community and the environment around me.Thank you for all that you have given me and for the beautiful work you are doing! You are an Inspiration to All!" Much Love and Gratitude." ~Tara  

"Lorenna and Shantree truly care for people and our planet. They're down to earth, kind, "real" people who are working towards an even more beautiful world for all to enjoy. At the Living Centre I met many like-minded friends, learned first hand how to create delicious living food meals (which I'm continuing to make at home) and discovered resources that have helped me enhance my health and well-being (among so many other things). The combination of fresh air, sunlight, swimming in the pond, gardening, great food and amazing people made this summer a very memorable, live changing experience. Lorenna and Shantree have shown me by their example how to live with more beauty in my life. It's been a pleasure spending three months at the Centre. I look forward to seeing how things expand and grow in the years to come. I'm sure it will be magical." With love and thankfulness, ~Mary Anne  

Register for the Sevenfold Path 

forest contemplationsDates:

One Month - June 28  to July 27, 2018
Two Month - June 28 to Sept 2, 2018

Begins June 28, 4pm with registration & dinner


One Month: $3900 
Early-bird before May 1 - $3500 CAN

Two Month:
Early bird before May 1 - $5,500

Youth tuition (ages 18 to 26): To support our youth we are offering a special discount of up to 50% off the regular price while scholarship funds are available. Please see for the application. 

Community Supported Education Program (CSE Program) 
ALL Scholarship applicants and anyone interested in financial assistance with the apprenticeship program should consider creating their own Community Supported Education Program (CSE Program) Find more info and details here.

6 applicants will be accepted to these programs

Includes all trainings, course materials & books, all scheduled workshops and trainings, tenting accommodations (byo) and organic vegan live-food meals. Cabins are available at an extra cost of $450 a month plus tax.

Does not include HST tax & travel to and from The Living Centre

Work-Trade Opportunities: Partial work-trade is available. Please inquire at 519-652-9109

*** We are committed to supporting those who feel passionate about participating in this program. If funds are a challenge please call us at 519-652-9109 to discuss options.

To secure your spot send a $1000 deposit. Tuition balance due June 1, 2017

Payment can be made as an e-transfer, Certified Check or 'PayPal'.
Please make check payable and send to:

The Living Centre
5871 Bells Rd.,
London, ON., Canada
N6P 1P3


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