Sunday, November 19, 2017

Headwaters Updates

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, outdoor and natureHave you checked out some of the wonderful offerings at the Headwaters Sanctuary lately?  There is a lot going on, and they are sure to have something for everyone! 

Just in the past month Headwaters has hosted volunteer work days, yoga sessions, an educational presentation on the importance of native trees and how they are restoring them in the sanctuary, an interactive workshop for kids to explore wildlife, offered a free showing of an environmental film as part of their monthly film series, a workshop on invasive plants and the problems they pose, led a walk exploring the early archaeology of the area and how the first peoples in the San Antonio region interacted with the Headwaters, offered a birding walk and tour, and shared about the history of the medicine wheel and plans to incorporate this source of wisdom into the Headwaters Sanctuary.

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, plant, grass, outdoor and natureAdding a medicine wheel to the Headwaters Sanctuary is an exciting development to honor the native wisdom and spirituality of the land, and share it with others.  Medicine Wheels are stone structures with cosmological and geographical significance, built by Native Americans across North America over the past 10,000 years. The Headwaters limestone wheel will correlate with the Blue Hole and related springs found depicted in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. Through analyses of geography, astronomy, archaeology, and oral history, it is believed the Rock Art is a 4,000 year old map of Texas and record of indigenous cosmology. The Headwaters Medicine Wheel will be a reflection of this Rock Art and serve as a guide towards stewardship of the Sanctuary.
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For a full list of all the exciting upcoming events offered at the Headwaters, check out their Facebook Page and their Website

Headwaters recently posted a message of thanks on their Facebook page:  "Headwaters at Incarnate Word is grateful for the thousands of hours given by volunteers to better the Headwaters Sanctuary each year! It is only through volunteers that our small ministry can increase the biodiversity and beauty of the 53-acre nature sanctuary, which is the last undeveloped parcel of the CCVI heritage land in San Antonio. We are also eternally grateful to the Sisters, of course, for setting aside this piece of their history for us to preserve, protect, and celebrate!"
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On behalf of the Congregational JPIC Office, we would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Headwaters, especially Alex Antram and Pamela Ball, for their outstanding work and commitment to caring for our common home through the preservation of the Headwaters Sanctuary, educating the community on topics of environmental justice and sustainability, and offering a spiritual refuge and encounter with the divine for all who experience the Headwaters Sanctuary.  Thank you!!

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