Eco-Spiritual Educational Sanctuary
(est. 1983)

The Earth Charter Pillars & Principles

The Earth Charter Pillars & Principles Preamble We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations. Earth, Our Home Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life’s evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and … Read more

Imagine What it Would be Like to…

live in a world where men and women are truly equal. Oh, not just ‘equal opportunity or ‘equal rights. It’s something more delicious, liberating and joyful. The memory of abuse that had so plagued women and those who identified as women have healed.  There’s a recognition of the unique differences and what is complementary in masculine and feminine energies. The patriarchal systems have long passed away and with them, the ‘power over’ mentality that dominated women and the Earth for over 6,000 years.  Pause for a moment. What would that feel like?… Can you remember?  No longer is a woman’s or anyone’s body held as anything other than sacred. The Earth is honoured as the great Mother and, like all women, the giver of Life. To hurt the Sacred Elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth knowingly would never cross a person’s mind. How could it? The entire educational system is designed around respect for Life, and most of the education is directly on the land in apprenticeship with the elders.  You might be saying right now, ‘Yeh sure, nice fantasy’.  Oh, there are lots of reasons to feel this way. We have been told that human nature is selfish, … Read more

We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See

“Live courageously into the pain and uncertainty. Find that which cannot be lost. And you will live into a story worthy of these times.” ~Joe Brewer This we all know is true; our world is changing. For the past year, we have taken time to listen deeply and tune into ‘what’s next’. A few of you have heard or have been part of our evolving conversations regarding the new emerging normal.  Forced out of the familiar patterns of one’s life we believe this is the perfect moment to redefine oneself. it’s time to make new choices and step into our full power to propel ourselves and our culture forward. The global shutdown shifted our world into a “phase transition.” These are magical moments in time of great opportunity found throughout nature, where profound change is possible. Our invitation is to join us through our uniquely designed empowerment mentorship programs in the new science of consciousness. Ecological regeneration redefines what is possible and how to take full advantage of this critical moment to unlock your transformation. How do you want to respond to the calling of our collective future? We need to remember that we are part of this living planet. … Read more

A Walk Through the History of The Living Centre

You could say both of us spent our adult life imbued by the wholistic field. It was new, exciting and on the edge back in the ’70s. I, Lorenna, exploring consciousness and earth connection, and Shantree diving into his love for plants through herbalism and nutrition.  We loved supporting people in natural ways to heal their body-mind and deepen into the important questions of ‘Who am I?’, ’Why am I here?’ and ‘What is my service to the world?’ Life was full and fulfilling. About 25 years ago a deep and almost unbearable yearning to be of greater service to, what was becoming a withering planet’ began to emerge. Yes we know that healthy people make for a healthier planet yet we also saw that many people, while celebrating a healthier more vibrant lifestyle were not connecting the dots between the health of the Earth and human action.  This is about the time that Shantree and I met and the Centre started to go through it’s metamorphosis from being mostly a herbal centre to an eco-spiritual centre. Courses were created that reflected a larger vision of what health means.   Programs that addressed practical needs such as food, nutrition and … Read more

Ecosystem Participant Opportunities

Collaborators & *Regenepreneur We are always looking to connect with skilled, energetic people who have an interest in collaborating with others who care about regeneration and what it means to create a healthy Earth community.   The Living Centre is a 50 acre, Eco-spiritual organic Permaculture centre. We have been in operation since 1983, initially as both a production garden and herbal centre. For almost 40-years, our focus has been mostly on education. Over the years we have planted thousands of trees including fruit and medicinal species. We have 3 wetlands, 3 ponds, an abundance of wildlife, a 25-acre untouched heritage forest, gardens, sacred spaces, an Earthship greenhouse, a strawbale studio and a cordwood/cob shed.  There is great abundance here. We are opening up opportunities for the right people to become a part of the Centre as an Ecosystem Participant.   What is an Ecosystem Participant? An Ecosystem Participant is someone who resonates with the vision, ethics and philosophy of the Centre. Who has skills or is willing to receive training at the Centre to acquire the skills needed for their project. Also, to participate in the required education to gain a clear understanding of the eco-spiritual principles our Centre abides by.  … Read more

Ayurveda: Romantic Relationships Through the Lens of the Elements

Thousands of years ago, philosophers and scientists in ancient India devised Ayurveda, or “the science of life,” which explains the nature of everything in the universe.  The 5 Elements of Ayurvedic Medicine? Ayurveda bases its theory on the existence of five elements – basic principles or building blocks, which are the basis of life of the whole universe (the macrocosm), as well as our body (the microcosm), and are known as the five great elements: air; fire; water, earth, ether. Ancient wisdom to modern-day relationships, an exciting integrated new way to measure compatibility with lovers, friends, co-workers, and family, and arming them with the insight they need to make all their relationships work. The Law of Relationship says that we are all connected, and we are here to help each other learn and grow. We feel the same emotions; we share the same experiences. We face challenges and heartache, no matter where we live or how we live. Each of us experiences some loss in this lifetime. People come and go from our lives, whether by choice or by circumstance. How we cope with these events affects how we move forward, see the world, and feel about our lives.   As we … Read more

Reclaiming the Deep Sensuous as an Evolutionary Imperative

We live in a sensuous world. The touch of a breeze, the sweet moisture of a strawberry resting on a welcoming tongue, the radiant warmth of the sun, the visual caress of a candle, the melting of a snowflake on one’s nose, the good morning song of a robin, the scent of lavender, the touch of dew soaked grass on the soles of your feet, fingers, yours or another’s gently caressing the contours of your skin. Of course the list is endless. We live in a sensuous world. Held within the embrace of the Elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Ether we are bathed and nourished daily by the deep sensuous nourishment of life. Why have we forgotten this? When every moment nature calls us to celebrate and enjoy the pleasures of creation in the simple everydayness of that which we taste, touch, smell, hear and see.   In my 20s and 30s my quest to find meaning in life, beyond what I had been told life was all about, led me to a new kind of spirituality that embraced views that made my soul sing. I was a serious spiritual quester for 20 years – and then I got … Read more

Light on the Crisis: Emerging Radiance

Yes, we are now standing at a crossroads. We must now decide which path we want to take. How do we want the future living conditions for all living species to be like?” There is a crisis occurring on the planet today – from the COVID-19 to the economic uncertainty and of the climate chaos that is before us. Even though it seems we are in a difficult situation today. There is a cultural shift occurring in people’s minds and heats. This situation is making folks look deep within and reflect and ask what is essential in their life. This reflection time is to see where is the light takes us forward into the future. A future that is desired by each of us to create and live in.  The sun will appear in all its Radiance and fill the world with light. That takes all those up into itself, outshining them in brightness and glory. We have choices to make from this moment onward. What will it be? How will we shine in all full Radiance? What will take for us to shine and see the path before us? “In the beginning, when ray and day hadn’t yet come … Read more

Original Instructions: Rewild & Reconnect

Ancient Wisdom & Teachings for a Regenerative  Future Original instructions are the sacred geography of a world where all life is revered and animated by spirit. It shows how human beings can play a richly decisive role in the web of life. And as a keystone species that creates conditions conducive to growth for all beings. For millennia our ancient ancestors acted as guardians of the web of life for the next seven generations. They successfully managed complex reciprocal relationships between biological and cultural diversity. Awareness of earth knowledge and wisdom is reemerging at the eleventh hour to help avert global ecological and social collapse. Ancient cultural wisdom shows us how to live in peace–with the earth and one another. It seems apparent that the root cause of environmental degradation is humanity’s disconnect with the natural world as a sentient being and a sacred place—the voices of the past focus on re-imagining the world and restoring ourselves after the fragmentation of colonization. The first and essential step is to remember who we are and to experience the sacredness of all life as we have all been colonized. The original instructions are ancient pathways of living from the heart of humanity … Read more

Daily Protocol Suggestions for Staying Healthy During the Pandemic

Our Top 24 Daily Protocols We are breathing deeply We gargle with saltwater We are eating seaweed regularly We are taking high doses of Vitamin C Wash down areas with soap and water We are spraying our throats with an essential oil throat spray We are washing our hands with herbal soap and water Our daily practice Shamanu Primordial Movement and Breathwork We are having a sauna or a hot steam bath We are using Ozonated water (internally and externally) We are getting lots of sleep We are drinking lots of warm herbal teas We are drinking fire cider vinegar We are making fresh-squeezed lemon juice We are taking elderberry tea in extract form We are drinking fresh ginger juice tea We are integrating lots of garlic, onions, peppers and horseradish We make fresh vegetable juices and warming soups on most days We are eating primarily organic live-foods, sprouts, leafy greens We are making and drinking a fresh Electrolyte Lemonade We take our full-spectrum Immune Mushroom Extract formula daily Integrated our Herbal Immune Support Protocol We take walks around the forest gardens and in the woods We keep moving (strengthening your core) – Walk, run, hike, jump Additional Suggestions  1) Stay … Read more