TIMBERLAKE EARTH SANCTUARY Healing the Human-Earth Relationship



Christian Reyes Photography

“Relationships are the primary context of existence.” 

Thomas Berry

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary is a nature preserve, eco-spiritual gathering space, center for healing, and outdoor event venue situated on 165 acres under the protection of the Conservation Trust of North Carolina. Timberlake is also a proud member of the Old Growth Forest Network joined in dedication to honoring and protecting Mother Earth and all beings. We are called to transform human consciousness and to create a sacred context of belonging through everyday acts of love and remembrance.  Here we provide a supportive and collaborative learning space to deepen personal awareness, collective wellbeing, and societal transformation through overnight retreats, special events, workshops and gatherings. At Timberlake we strive to live simply, act responsibly, create beauty, and experience the wonder and magic of the natural world.  Timberlake is a place where people come to be inspired, to renew their spirits, and to remember we are all part of One Earth Community.

We acknowledge that the land we are on is within the traditional territories of the Saponi and Catawba. 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.

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

– Wendell Berry

Our COVID-19 Response

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Feeling cooped up? Need a change of scenery? Finding yourself eager to get outside of the isolation bubble? Try reconnecting with nature. 

It’s hard to know just how long we’ll be “staying home”. Our lives have drastically shifted. We’ve slowed down, set new rhythms and daily routines, reconnected with family and friends, and are feeling the impacts of this pandemic from both ends of the spectrums. For many of us, our homes have become the epicenter for our work and studies, and for others, we’ve had to take on new roles, like parents becoming teachers overnight. 

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 Timberlake be your second home. 

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Come for a morning or afternoon to take a nature break. Allow yourself to breathe deeply and be held by earth, to relax into the present moment and settle your nervous system. Enjoy 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 one or two days a week at our TreeHouse and use this space as your second home office. Take advantage of the spacious back deck that looks over the pond and enjoy the silent and serene sounds of nature while working. Our TreeHouse comes fully equipped with most essential needs including a fully stocked kitchen and WiFi.

$70/ 8hrs 

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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

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 people allowed on the property at one time so as to maintain 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.

“Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.”

– John Rutter

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.

“The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.”

– Thomas Berry

Upcoming Gatherings

Thursdays | Mar 12- May 21 | 6:30 – 9pm


May 13 – June 24 | 6:30pm – 9pm


Aug 21 – 23 | 5pm – 11am


Thursdays | Sept. 17th – Oct 22nd | 6:30pm – 9pm


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