While we live our bodies are moving particles of the earth, joined inextricably both to the soil and to the bodies of other living creatures.
– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America
The ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains are exceptionally diverse. They range from moist, deep-soiled forested valleys to exposed ridges, mountain tops and balds. At Elohee we have planned our facilities to highlight these different niches and dynamic energies, so that we may more easily join the plants and animals and elements in discovering our own personal edge – where our growth is new and tender, where transformation is just emerging.
We believe this conscious partnership with the land and nature aids in transformation by enlivening our connection to the force of evolution. It provides the opportunity to explore healing on whatever level that you find as personally meaningful, be that physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
It is in this spirit that we translate El’-oh-hee as “sacred earth place.” In Cherokee, ElohÏ combines the roots ela or elo, meaning earth, and hÏ, place. From the ancient Hebrew, we have Elohim, invoking the sacred.