Celebrating nearly 25 years as an Earth Literacy Center!

Open Music Jam
April 2, 7-9:30pm

Narrow Ridge invites our friends and neighbors to join us for our open music jam on Saturday, April 2 at our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd. Guests are invited to share their talents in a forum that provides equal time to all who wish to participate. Our music gatherings are always a great way to get to know our neighbors and to witness first hand the amazing talent that exists here in our beautiful valley home. This is a non-alcoholic event that is free and open to all ages. Bring your friends, family, musical instrument, a song, poem or story as well as good cheer. Contributions to the snack table are appreciated but not required (finger foods only, please). HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

For more information call 865-497-2753 or email community@narrowridge.org.

Evening of Storytelling
April 9, 7-9 pm

Narrow Ridge welcomes you to join us on Saturday, April 9th for an evening of storytelling facilitated by Brad Stocker at our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Road, Washburn. We will gather from 7 to 9 p.m. with an invitation for you to share a story of your own or to simply enjoy the stories of others. Stories may be fiction or nonfiction, personal stories or personal favorites. This is a free event, and all ages are welcome. Contributions to the snack table are appreciated but not required (“finger foods” only, please). We look forward to seeing you!

For more information call 865-497-2753 or email community@narrowridge.org.

Vision Fast
June 18-26

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 on June 18-26, 2015. 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. Vision 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 16-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 may be 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 865-497-3603 or by email at community@narrowridge.org. Deadline for registration is April 15. 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.