Our 53-acre Sanctuary is home to the Blue Hole, the source spring of the San Antonio River. We are a nonprofit Earth care ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
Headwaters at Incarnate Word is restoring our urban landscape through the removal of invasive plants and propagation of native species in an effort to increase biodiversity and benefit local wildlife. We offer educational programs for adults and children that focus on nature, local history, and conservation of our shared natural and cultural resources. Finally, we provide a sanctuary where people are encouraged to reflect and find meaning in their connection with the Earth, themselves, and each other.
SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared
Hike the Headwaters trails with Patty Leslie Pasztor to learn how Native Americans and early settlers used plants for food, medicine, fiber, dyes and more!
This presentation will discuss the pre-Columbian, historical, and present day importance of peyote in indigenous Texas culture and the geographical and astronomical evidence that places Headwaters as a major pilgrimage site along the Camino Real.
Learn the basics of interpretation principles and best practices. This presentation is perfect for anyone giving lectures, offering guided walks, or working with audiences of all ages.
We will be attending the natural world as it reminds us of who we are in the eyes of the Sacred. This walk will provide practice, space and time to develop discernment and trust as we build new connections to nature’s hidden capacities for soul care and spiritual direction.
“At the heart of the film is Berry's experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy. He reminds us that ‘we are not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects." bullfrogfilms.com
To commemorate the life of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Headwaters offers a birding walk on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Alan and Patsy Kuentz will be our expert guides.