Chop Wood Carry Water Retreat Center (CWCWRC) is a nonprofit healing and educational center offering programming for targeted groups facing particular life challenges, as well as the general public, for the purpose of bringing humans back into balance with themselves and the natural world.
Some of the targeted groups to be served will include but not be limited to children, youth, and adults with: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders; Depression; Obesity and obesity-related diseases; Cancer; Other mental and physical health challenges, as well as those who care for them.
Although modern Western medicine has been successful in eradicating many diseases and reducing rates of certain disabilities over the past century, the actual pace and style of living in the developed world has led to the emergence and rapid increase of certain other diseases and disabilities. In particular, the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Obesity and related health challenges (Diabetes, High Blood Pressure), Cancer, and more, have all been at epidemic levels, and have all been found to be related to environmental and/or lifestyle factors.
Meanwhile, our planet and natural habitats have been compromised as well by the modern industrial human lifestyle. The plant and animal life are at risk of being irreversibly destroyed by pollution and unsustainable use and consumption, and with them our fragile ecosystems upon which our lives depend.
Recent studies have shown that an Earth-centered, holistic approach can improve the symptoms and reduce the rates of many of these maladies; In fact, the paradigm of “Ecotherapy” has been developed to encompass effective therapeutic modalities like meditation, gardening and farming, and living in close relationship with the natural world. CWCWRC will provide such an alternative, rural living experience teaching sustainable, earth-centered ways of living, farming, and building, in tandem with holistic therapeutic services. Retreat participants will receive the mental, physical, and spiritual health benefits of the center, and be able to return to their lives in the city with new, useable knowledge.