Last updated: June 17, 2013 (10 months ago)
Listing created on: October 24, 2004
Nature’s Pace Sanctuary
(Hartshorn, Missouri, United States)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 1995 Established: 1996
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.Back40Books.com
- Contact Name: Herman Beck or Linda Lee
- Phone: 573-858-3559
Nature’s Pace Sanctuary
Hartshorn, Missouri, 65479
Visitors accepted: Yes
We invite you to visit BUT you must make arrangements in advance. We are a gated community and if you show up unexpectedly, you will be asked to leave. No matter if your visit is for an afternoon, an overnight, a weekend, or even longer—come be a part of our life. For an afternoon visit, we do request a donation according to your heart, to help us continue to provide this place for all the people.
For overnights, we charge $ 15 per day, per adult over 15 and. $7.50 for children, to help cover expenses. There are many costs involved in the running and maintenance of this community. These costs are directly influenced by the number of visitors that we have. When you visit we take time out of our work day to give you a walk about, talk to you about what we are doing, about our way of life, the running of the farm, and of course we will show you the wonderful and special animal, plant, water, and stone people that we share this land with.
For those wishing to stay for an extended time (more than 3 nights) to explore living in community with us, or just to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the country, we are willing to negotiate 50 percent of the daily donation in exchange for your regular work and help around the farm.
There is no free lunch for anyone! We ask you to remember this and come expecting to contribute your fair share. If our stating this bothers you… you are not alone! It bothers us to have to say this. We want you to come here only if you have a firm understanding of respect for your brothers and sisters and a solid understanding of your responsibility to provide for yourself and contribute your energy to all with whom you will live and share your daily life.
Each person contributes food and helps to prepare common meals. All residents and guests are expected to clean up after themselves and help maintain the common areas. Nature’s Pace Sanctuary is a working farm and all are expected to contribute to the whole.
We have a community booklet/manual available for those who are serious about visiting and spending some time here in our community. This contains information covering most aspects of life here at Nature’s Pace. Persons who are making definite arrangements to come and visit will be provided with this information.
Please call ahead if you would like to visit and make arrangements so that we will know to expect you and so you may be welcomed properly. Lastly, the most important expectation we will have of you as a visitor is your respectful and purposeful participation in the spiritual life of this community. Our spirituality is an integral part of our life and existence. As a community, we share together in regular, seasonal celebrations and ceremonies. These celebrations and ceremonies beat out the sound of our hearts together in unity and purpose. All are expected to share in these things together with us.
We look forward to those special persons who are called by Creator to live and work with and within our Community. Please do not plan to visit if this is not the spiritual path for you!
Open to new Members: Yes
Self-Reliant, Sustainable Life
Living in tune with Nature is important to us. We grow, forage, hunt, and preserve our own food; heat with wood; work hard; and feel a spiritual connection with the Great Spirit and all the beings in the universe. We are wary of technology and continue to evaluate just what items are appropriate for us to use. Right now, we heat with wood (cut with chainsaws), light our homes with oil lamps (but use electricity in our business area), operate an online store, but restrict the use of the computer, radio, television, and recorded music.
It is our desire to live an ascetic life apart from contemporary society and demonstrate through daily life the satisfaction and necessity of living within nature’s laws. We prepare all foods from scratch and eat an omnivorous diet including wild game and edible plants.
We are organized as a 501(d) communal religious association. Members receive food, clothing, shelter, and a small discretionary allowance in exchange for their labor with major property owned by the community. We are governed by a group of elders chosen from the full members of our community.
We are a spiritual community learning the ways of living in harmony with all creation. We celebrate changes of the seasons and full moons. We believe there have been many “sons and daughters” of the Great Mystery (God) and choose to practice indigenous ways that worked for our ancestors in this area.
If you are willing to live extremely close to the land and are dedicated to living in harmony with all creation,” send five dollars for information packet. Singles, couples, and families are welcome.