Celebrating over 25 years as an Earth Literacy Center!

Alternative Spring Break
February 29 – March 6
March 7 – 13
March 14-20
March 21-27
Scholarship Funds Available

The Alternative Break experience at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center is open to college students and other adults who are seeking a meaningful and restorative retreat from their daily routine. Participants will stay in Narrow Ridge's solar powered Strawbale Lodge and will receive delicious vegetarian meals. Participants will have opportunities to engage in the following activities:
• service-learning projects such as organic gardening, trail work, creek cleanup, possible natural building projects
• orientation to the community and work of Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center
• tour of eco-homes and facilities
• visit Memorial Wildflower Garden, Meditation Labyrinth and Natural Burial Preserve
• organic gardening
• day hikes and night hikes
• star gazing
• alone time in the beautiful outdoors
• stories and songs around a campfire
• yoga
• drum circle
• discussions about important environmental topics aided at times by documentary films
• spend the week with others who are interested in sustainable living

The fee for this weeklong program is offered on a sliding scale of $250 - $600 per person (lodging and meals included) with financial assistance provided through the Bill Nickle Scholarship Fund.

Even lower fees may be accepted in special circumstances.

For more information contact Mitzi at 865-497-2753 or [email protected]

Vision Fast
Summer 2020
Dates to be Announced

Vision Fast at Narrow Ridge…a guided experience for persons seeking clarity and peace about life directions centered around three days and nights of solitary fasting in a mountain wilderness setting.

Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (www.narrowridge.org) in rural Grainger County, Tennessee, is offering a Vision Fast Program this Summer (Dates to be announced soon). Participants in this program will experience two and a half days of preparation and training, three days and three nights of fasting alone on a mountain near Narrow Ridge Center, and two and a half days of processing including a sweat lodge ceremony. Past participants have reported significant increases in clarity about life directions, decisions, and purpose, in addition to finding the experience profoundly restorative in terms of feelings of health and well-being. Wilderness Fasts have been part of the rites of passage of many different cultures since time immemorial.

Principle VF leaders will be Bill Nickle and Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener. Bill Nickle is founder of Narrow Ridge and 20-year vision fast guide. Mitzi is Director of Narrow Ridge and has served as VF guide since 2006. She trained under Bill’s mentoring and has received additional training through the School of Lost Borders (SLB). SLB pioneered non-Native American led vision fasts in the United States.

During and after the VF, participants will stay at Strawbale Lodge on the grounds of Narrow Ridge, an eco-friendly facility constructed of sustainable building materials and utilizing solar power, composting toilets, and an on-demand water heater. Vegetarian and organic food is provided in a supportive group living and learning environment.

Individuals and couples are invited to apply. Cost is $600 per person or $1080 per couple. Need-based scholarship assistance is available. Previous camping experience is not required. Participants must submit a statement of personal intent explaining her/his interest in experiencing a VF. Those accepted must file a medical statement certifying they are in sufficiently good health given the physical demands of mountain hiking with a heavy pack, camping, and fasting; and be willing to sign a liability waiver accepting the inherent safety risks of a VF including spending time alone in a wilderness setting. Participants should prepare for the VF over the weeks preceding the experience by following a suggested regime of reading, journaling, short-term fasting, and walking.

To apply or for more information, contact Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener at 865-497-2753 or by email at [email protected] Deadline for registration will be announced soon. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your place in the Vision Fast. Balance of tuition is due by the registration deadline and is fully refundable up until this date. Cancellations thereafter will result in 1/2 tuition reimbursement. If you are interested in applying after the above deadlines, please contact us to see if there are available spaces. Don’t let anything hold you back from participating! Ask about our loan and scholarship programs.

Narrow Ridge is a nonprofit educational organization committed to land conservation, sustainable living, building community, and fostering spiritual growth. Narrow Ridge is non-sectarian and welcomes seekers from diverse faith traditions. We invite inquiries about our other educational, retreat, and service learning programs.

Tuesdays 11am-12pm
Sundays 5:00-6:15pm

Come stretch, sweat, breathe and release with us every Tuesday morning from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m with yoga instruction from Angela Gibson and every Sunday from 5:00 to 6:15 pm with yoga instruction from Debra Dailey.

Synchronize your mind, body and breath with YOGA. Transform exercise from being just another thing to fit into an already busy schedule into something that allows you to really connect with and become mindful of what you are doing for your body. All levels of fitness and flexibility benefit with this type of exercise. Yoga helps reduce stress, improve core strength and balance, and increase strength and flexibility while teaching how to use breath to calm the body and mind. This class can be tailored to each individual’s ability level.

We will meet at Narrow Ridge's Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Road, Washburn when the weather is cool or rainy. On warm, dry days we will meet just up the gravel road from the Mac Smith Resource Center on our outdoor stage at the Becky Barn.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. It’s a good idea to wear layers during cool weather so you can shed them as your body warms up. You’ll need a yoga/pilates mat (or any other non-slip rug or mat). Bring a towel to wipe your brow and some water to rehydrate your body.

For more information call 865-497-2753 or email [email protected]