Slice of Heaven
I live in a little slice of heaven on Earth that is nestled upon Morgan Creek and Urieville Lake in Chestertown, a gorgeous colonial Eastern Shore community in Maryland. My spouse, Deborah, and I purchased these 34 acres with a dream to build an organic herb farm, a permaculture food forest, and a retreat center for mind/body/spirit alignment. Apotheosis is a Greek word meaning, “to elevate the God within,” and there is something magical about this land that helps to transform all who are touched by its medicine.
I love the writings of the Transcendentalists and have always been especially drawn to Henry David Thoreau’s experience in “Walden,” – particularly his declaration that he had gone into the woods, so that upon dying, he would not discover that he had not lived. I didn’t realize it at the time we bought the property, but there was definitely a piece of me waiting to blossom from having “gone into the woods.”
The Wisdom of Nature
The first half of my life was experienced in a very external way: working in Congress; managing a state for a Presidential campaign; serving on the City Council and in the Maryland General Assembly, and running for Governor. The farm would open in me a window to deep internal wisdom.
Between the menagerie of wild animals that grace our land – from eagles, herons, and egrets, to wild turkeys, foxes, turtles, deer, raccoons, beavers, otters, and coyotes – and the old growth forest that surrounds the creek and wetlands with stands of mighty sycamores, oaks, maples, and the ever-wise cedars – to the very earth itself that is a generous mixture of clay, sand, and gorgeous topsoil eager to offer its food and herbs in exchange for loving attention to its needs for nutrients and water… what I have discovered here at Apotheosis is a sanctuary for the soul. I have found conscious partners in the animals, plants, and earth who have made sure that, upon dying, I would not discover that I had not lived. They have awakened me to something so much bigger than myself.
Camp Soul Force Politics at Apotheosis Farm
We are beyond excited about all the fiery phoenix energy being generated from the retreats on this land.