"Before Satori [enlightenment], chop wood carry water. After Satori [enlightenment], chop wood carry water."

Our Programs

Healing Programs

Healing approaches will include meditation, diet, garden work, emotional processing, physical rehabilitation, contemplation, creative expression through movement, yoga, art, toning, & consultations with wellness practitioners.

Education Programs

Educational programs will be hands-on, from farming to cooking to upkeep of the center: visitors will learn how to live a sustainable and balanced lifestyle, while working with the needs of their own bodies, minds, and spirits.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation benefits us all by promoting self awareness, the first step to self-regulation. It retrains the brain for serenity and focus, and can reverse depression and anxiety. All visitors will learn a basic form of meditation and practice as part of the daily schedule.

Donate to CWCW Retreat Center

You can make a donation by sending a check or money order to:

Chop Wood Carry Water Retreat Center
5240 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville,TN 37218

Folks who have donated thus far, we thank you very much!
Tommy Holt, Amy Neff, Monica Mayo-Ginder, Suzanne & Lee Pratt, Jamie Newman, Rachel Griffin

Farming Project

The farm will be for educational and therapeutic purposes for our visitors, a source of healing and nourishing foods and herbs, and also as a funding stream through the sale of produce and cottage-industry products at local markets and restaurants, and educational workshops.

Elements of the farm include:

  • - Outdoor seasonal vegetable, herb, and flower garden.
  • - Geodesic dome greenhouse for winter gardens.
  • - Aquaponics system (indoor/outdoor)
  • - Beekeeping
  • - Free-range chickens/eggs
  • - The farm may be expanded later to include sheep and horses.

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