- Through mindful experience of the wild…fully engaging our hearts, minds, spirits, and senses.
- Through nature-focused meditation and worship…strengthening our bonds with the web of Creation, with each other, and with God.
- To renew our health and well-being on all levels: spiritual, emotional, physical.
- To inspire us to work toward healing the wounds we are inflicting on the Earth.
The significance of the name “Achor”
The name “Achor” comes from the book of the prophet Hosea:
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there…
And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy…(Hosea 2:14-15,23)
In Hebrew, the word “achor” means “trouble.” The valley of Achor received its name because it was the site of a violent incident that followed the conquest of the nearby city of Jericho. But centuries later, through Hosea, God reassured the people of Israel that a troubled and violent past would be transformed into a future filled with hope and joy. In the context of the time they were written, these verses spoke of how God planned to reclaim his wayward people: he would guide them back into harmonious relationship with himself and the Earth. But these words are also a metaphor that applies to our troubled world today. God is calling us to rekindle our ancient intimacy with nature, where we will find balm for the bruises of our souls. And then—to paraphrase Thoreau—our renewed wildness will become the preservation of the world.