The Bernheim Center for Health and Harmony adopts an ignorance-based approach to our work.
We acknowledge from the outset that what we don’t know about the natural world far exceeds what we do know. As we strive to understand more and improve our efforts, we operate in a manner that:
- Understands the limits of our knowledge
- Seeks wise counsel from nature and from others
- Searches for weakness as well as strength
- Diversifies our efforts across several strategies, not knowing which might be best
- Keeps all of the parts
- Challenges the assumptions
- Defines success as a measure of health
- Health is defined by nature
The Principle of Health
Learning the value of reflection and stillness to refocus or clear the mind. Nature is the ultimate critic of what is truly healthy.
The Principle of Diversity
The richness and strength in our world lies in its diversity. Diversity builds resilience.
The Principle of Geometry
The extraordinary patterning and symmetry that exists in nature. At both the micro and macro scale nature teaches us there is reason to how we are arranged.
The Principle of Interdependence
Everything is connected and every element within the system needs to be valued. Damage to part confers damage to the whole.
The Principle of Cycle
We need all our systems to reflect nature’s cycles and create no waste. Much of human thought is linear. Nature teaches us that linear thought is partial thought.
The Principle of Beauty
It is rare to see ugliness in the natural world. Planet Earth is a living paradise, but beauty doesn’t stop there.
The Principle of Oneness
We are Nature. To think of ourselves as separate is fiction.
Bernheim’s Big Ideas
Bernheim will actively support on-going communication among people with a passion for improving how communities and individuals coexist with nature in a healthy ecology.
Bernheim uses best practices in our own land and facilities management. We will move further through the long-term benefits of ecologically focused planning, innovate relationships with organizations, corporations and individuals, and our continuous efforts to learn from nature, will earn Bernheim a leadership role in ecological stewardship locally, regionally and nationally.
Actions Beyond Borders
Nature teaches us that the whole is different than the sum of parts. Bernheim’s future will be built on relationships, context and connectedness.
Deep Connections with Nature
Bernheim is well positioned to provide people with opportunities and environments that encourage deep personal interactions with nature over time. A strategic focus will be placed on developing programs, facilities and resources that encourage life-long connections with nature.
Air, Water, Soil, Energy, Community