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

Our Programs

As of January 2015 we have taken a new approach to our farm/center. We have decided to break it down into three phases in which you can read about in the “about” section under mission.

Part of our new direction is to focus solely on the farm aspect to get it all up and running. With this we will be able to offer day trips that will be educational for all that come to visit us, we will offer field trips to local schools as well. Below you will read about our extended programming we will offer in the near future.

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

We also need the following items and would be very appreciative of these being donated as well.
(2)Broadfork – (2)stirrup hoe – (12) 2×4 – (2) row cover 83’x1,000
(1)deep freezer (4) poultryNet 164ft.x48′ (1)Greenhouse plastic

Folks who have donated thus far, we thank you very much!
Eva Centner, Jeanette Ellsworth, Franko Hashiguchi, Spencer Sadler, Holt Akers Cambell, Eric Wooldridge, Bells Bend farm, Toni,Bob & Wally Peterson-Corbin, Bart Weilburg, Diana Barzizza, Erin Brunner, Lin Hamilton, Gabe Masterson, Tommy Holt, Amy Neff, Monica Mayo-Ginder, Suzanne & Lee Pratt, Jamie Newman, Rachel Griffin, Shawn Norton, Clay Brocker, Melissa Lee Stipes

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.
  • – greenhouse for winter gardens.
  • – Aquaponics system (indoor/outdoor)
  • – Beekeeping
  • – Free-range chickens/eggs
  • – The farm may be expanded later to include goats & sheep.

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