TIMBERLAKE EARTH SANCTUARY Healing the Human-Earth-Divine Relationship



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“Relationships are the primary context of existence.” 

Thomas Berry

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary is an earth-centered community hub, eco-spiritual contemplative space and land stewardship project in NC providing space for healing with the land and each other. We are committed to learning and growing together as we seek to deepen personal awareness, collective wellbeing, and societal transformation in all that we do. Here we strive to live simply, act responsibly, create beauty, and experience the wonder and magic of the living world.  

We acknowledge that Timberlake Earth Sanctuary sits on the the original and unceded homeland of the Shakori, Eno, Sissipahaw, Occaneechi, Sapponi, and other Indigenous peoples. We recognize our responsibility as co-creators to heal our ancient relationship to Earth and to learn from and live in right relation with the first peoples of this land. 

Let the land hold you…

Rustic, elegant, warm and friendly, this is a beautiful place to celebrate your Sacred Union. This is a place of “home grown” weddings, where your dreams do come true. You’ll love that we make your day our highest priority and provide you and your family with two full days here. Walk the trails and experience the profound beauty and tranquility of nature. Here the Earth embraces your love.

Do you own a business or organization? Are you an instructor or photographer? Whether you need a natural setting to host a work party, workshop or program; or whether you’re searching for a beautiful location to photograph magical and milestone moments, this is the place for you!

For over 18 years, extraordinary people have been gathering at Timberlake Earth Sanctuary to partake in offerings such as Thomas Berry teachings, nature connection, indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living and other paths of personal transformation.

Join us for a spacious overnight retreat that allows time to unfold and follow the spontaneous callings of your spirit. Here we offer the vastness, stillness and gentle support that allows you to unwind, unplug, relax, and reconnect to what is of true value in your life. 4.5 miles of meditation trails invite you into the heart of our 165 acres of forest.

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

– Wendell Berry






Research reveals that time in nature can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. 

What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working. With more folks isolated at home and spending increased time in front of screens, nature connection is needed now more than ever before.

In this time of slowing down and social distancing, we invite you to return to nature’s embrace as a source of comfort and connection. We recognize that many of us need more than one safe place to enjoy alone time or to engage with loved ones; a place that cultivates presence, mindfulness and relaxation.

Let earth heal, sooth and restore you. 

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Come for a morning or afternoon to enjoy a nature break. Allow yourself to breathe deeply and be held by earth, to relax into the present moment and settle your nervous system. Delight in her mossy trails, rest at the pond’s edge while watching the heron fly overhead, witness turtles bathing in the sun, and delight in the sweet springtime aromas. Take advantage of this time and receive the healing benefits of nature connection in isolation. This is the place to nourish your body, mind and soul.

Morning Break: 9-12pm  ✸  Afternoon Break: 1-4pm

$10/solo  ✸  $30/car

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Spend a night or two tucked in the woods on our quiet peninsula surrounded by Lake Mackintosh. Enjoy a peaceful getaway exploring the trails and simply relaxing. Interested folks must come prepared with all essential needs including water, food and cooking essentials. 

$35/tent per night

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Join us in our effort of land stewardship by loving up the land with your heart and hands. There’s nothing quite like sharing company with other nature lovers who can’t wait to get dirty and savor the satisfaction of a job well done or the completion of a shared project that benefits the land who supports us. Our hope is that your experiences on the land will energize and inspire you to keep coming back for more.

Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer days!

These offerings take place mostly outdoors and will honor current social distancing restrictions. See CDC guidelines for more info. We will limit the amount of guests allowed on the property at one time so as to maintain spaciousness as well as a light footprint on the land.

As a small business, we are looking for ways to serve and support our community and in return,  receive financial support. We need each other now more than ever and appreciate your contribution. Please share this with friends who may be interested. No one will be turned away for financial limitations.