Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope
Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope

One Earth Collaborative

The Nature Chaplaincy Program of Ma'yan Tikvah has been transformed with the birth of the One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit in Framingham. Visit the One Earth Collaborative website for more information.


    One Earth Collaborative

is a project of Open Spirit


The One Earth Collaborative is alive, but still in formation. You can learn all about it at, and find programs already listed.

One Earth Collaborative


Every living thing, human or not, depends upon the Earth. We all share this planet and cannot live without it, physically or spiritually. The Earth cries out to us to connect more deeply to the natural world and to each other. As a community, it is up to us to take responsibility for the planet onto which we were born.


The One Earth Collaborative is seeks to nurture human relationships with the Earth and its inhabitants. It is intended to be a communal endeavor, with the engagement and support of many institutions and individuals. Broadly, its goals include:

  • strengthening community and understanding across our differences through shared experiences that deepen relationships with the natural world;
  • providing a forum for sharing gratitude and concern for the Earth through storytelling and connecting to sacred texts in the broadest sense;
  • creating opportunities for peopleto connect through shared grief, fear, and despair about the existential environmental crises of our time, as well as through shared joy, gratitude, and wonder; and,
  • fostering environmental stewardship and justice actions.


Click here to read more about nature chaplaincy.


The Exploration and Discussion Have Begun with:

Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope

Open Spirit Center: A Place of Hope, Health, and Harmony

Community Metropolitan Ministries

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light

Transition Wayland

Common Street Spiritual Center, Natick

Peace Lutheran Church, Wayland

You can add your organization here


Examples of Potential One Earth Collaborative Programs:

  • Spiritual summer weekend retreat
  • Interfaith outdoor spiritual meditative walks
  • Nature journaling workshops
  • On-going group discussion / support for processing dark emotions related to the environment
  • Spiritual community garden or compost program
  • Programs will be listed on the One Earth Collaborative website. 

    For more information,

    contact Rabbi Katy Allen at

What is a Nature Chaplain?

What do Nature Chaplains do?

Nature chaplains facilitate healing connections between people and the natural world.

Nature chaplains facilitate spiritual healing by holding the pain and suffer of an individual or a group in the context of the natural world.

Nature chaplains facilitate joy by helping to awaken people’s senses to seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling greater depths of the sacred universe.

Nature chaplains remind people of the sacredness of the created world as they stand in its midst.

Nature chaplains facilitate the opening of hearts and minds to the vastness and the minuteness of the universe.

Nature chaplains honor people's discomfort or unfamiliarity with the natural world.

Nature chaplains facilitate healing by holding the pain and suffering of the Earth.

Nature chaplains may have a background in theology, science, holistic processes, art, music, or other fields.

Nature chaplains hold the individual and collective spiritual and religious traditions of all people to be sacred.

Upcoming Events 


Outdoor Services and Other Events


Sat., June 2 10:00 AM

Pine Brook Wayland


Sun. June 10 10:00 AM

Trail Work Day!

Greenways, Wayland


Fri., June 8

6:30 PM

Dinner &

Pride Celebration

Open Spirit Framingham


Sat., June 16 10:00 AM

And potluck Lunch!

Carol Getchell Nature Trail



Sat. June 30

10:00 AM

Trout Brook



Sat. June 30

10:00 AM

Hop Brook Cons. Area



Saturday, July 7, 10:00

Round Hill,

Sudbury, MA


Sat. July 14

10:00 AM

Ashland State Park

And potluck Lunch!


Sat., July 21

10:00 AM

Pod Meadow



Where to Find Us


Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope

237 Old Connecticut Path
Wayland, MA 01778

Phone: 1 508.358.5996




Blog: www.mayantikvah.

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