We believe that the infinitely rich tapestry of the natural world is like a mirror. If we can allow our eyes and our ears and senses to be open, whatever we notice will find its counterpart in our own soul.
What is The Manitou Project? It is the endlessly surprising and mysterious process of learning to ‘listen to the land’. In the Earth Charter some years back we recognized our own vision: “In the midst of a magnificent diversity of culture and life forms, we are one human family and one earth community with a common destiny”. We have attempted to embody this. We’ve invented and re-invented ourselves a good many times (sometimes more successfully than others), and along the way have witnessed miracles (plenty of them, some very big, some small and personal). We have surely changed in the process – and so has the land.
Who are we? We are a Sanctuary, dedicated to healing, education, inspiration, respite and renewal. We understand the Land itself to be the primary teacher in this undertaking—and we, as Manitou Project members, the facilitators.
Although in our culture we tend to think of a place as limited to something physical and material (and the environmental crisis which surrounds us reflects this), in fact the body of Earth is no different from the body of a person. Humans are far more than their visible, tangible bodies. And equally Earth, the place we inhabit, is far larger than the environment we see and hear and smell and touch. Like humans, Earth has her own mental, and spiritual dimensions. Deep ecology happens as we humans learn to demonstrate our recognition of this.