Ecospirituality & Nature

Co-Op for Earthsake is Mariandale’s multi-faceted environmental protection initiative that supports global and local causes, including the greatest threat: climate change. Co-Op for Earthsake seeks to remind others that Earth is a sacred subject and living organism worth relating to as a mentor, teacher, and healer.

Through direct experience with the natural world, people of all ages, beliefs, cultures and economies are invited to a range of activities from contemplative listening to work on the land.

Advocating for environmental justice is one of the Center at Mariandale’s most pressing commitments.

Environmental Programs

The center offers programs on nature and spirituality throughout the year that explore our relationship with nature and the universe. Various presenters explore ecospirituality, seasonal changes and their influences on agriculture and spirituality, the exploration of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, and the Universe story. We also celebrate the gardens and the land’s thriving ecosystem and diverse number of species.

Many nature-oriented groups visit us for retreats, including the Audubon Society, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Religious Organizations Along the River (ROAR), master gardeners, beekeepers, and naturalists.

Walking the Land

We have walked the land with many of our guests, and listened to the sounds around and above us, the sights, shapes, textures, names and stances of the trees, and the contours and texture of the land. 

Contact us at the Center at Mariandale to learn more about our land, or to arrange a land walk and exploration of our flora and fauna. We offer programs on nature and spirituality throughout the year that explore our relationship with nature and the universe. 

For more information on the Center at Mariandale’s environmental initiatives and programs, please contact Bette Ann Jaster, OP, Environmental Programs Specialist, at bajaster@mariandale.org

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