Quiet Time in the Strawbale Hermitage

The reasons we try to live more simply
are two:
our convenience lifestyle
(think energy consumption and trash)
is not good for the planet;
doing things more in harmony with the health of the planet
is good for our souls.
On January 7 we offer our next
Simpler Living Retreat.
I always enjoy this retreat.
The reasons are two:
it’s fun to be with people
who want to live more simply
and it’s fun to be with them
as they take their next steps
in that direction;
I always learn something more deeply
about the value of living more simply.
We spend the day together,
looking at how we’ve come to be
such a consumptive society,
what impact that has on creation,
including people;
what we want to do about it;
choose what we’ll do next;
and enjoy the company and support of others
as we make the changes.
It’s a sobering day
and it’s a day of liberation—
and boldness.
To sign up,
go to our website.

Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world.

— Duane Elgin
Simpler Living, Compassionate Life