Middle Earth is a healing and learning center dedicated to the practice of Deep Ecology – the spiritual experience of looking at life in terms of connecting relationships, networks, and patterns within patterns. We are grounded in the belief that the health and well being of each individual is interconnected with their living and working environment, as well as to the health and sustainability of the planet herself. The philosophy of the center is to have respect for all life, to feel the Divine Presence in all living things, and to honor that Presence by the way we go about our daily lives.

From the preamble of The Earth Charter:

“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future holds at once great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of the magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. To this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of the Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.”

We join with the earth and with each other
To bring new life to the land
To restore the waters
To refresh the air
To renew the forests
To care for the plants
To protect the creatures
To celebrate the seas
To rejoice in the sunlight
To sing the song of the stars
To recall our destiny
To renew our spirits
To reinvigorate our bodies
To create the human community
To promote justice and peace
To remember our children
We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving
Mystery, for the healing of the earth, and the renewal of all life

UN Environmental Sabbath Program quoted in
Prayers for Healing edited by Maggie Oman