Our 53-acre nature 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. Take a virtual tour.
The Celtic tradition has always honored “thin places” as places where heaven and earth are closely connected. This walk will offer quiet meditations that reflect the Celtic vision that enables us to see “thin places” of healing and mystery right before our eyes. Retreat leader and author, Sylvia Maddox, M.T.S., will conduct the walk. She is the co-author of “Praying with Celtic Saints.” The program is limited to 12.
Join us for a short hike through the Headwaters with emphasis on the features that relate to the thoughts and writings of Aldo Leopold. Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The walk is limited to 12.
'We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.' Aldo Leopold
The walk will be led by Tom Kinsey, ecology education consultant and owner of Learn Nature. Kinsey previously acted as a staff naturalist at the Witte Museum for 12 years. During that time, Kinsey wrote and presented most of the wildlife and aquatic programs for groups from all over south and central Texas. Kinsey is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist, a certified native plant landscaper, and a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facilitator for Project WILD and Aquatic WILD.
Join us for a wonderful meal at Botika! Botika is a Peruvian-Asian restaurant located at the Historic Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, TX. Led by Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez, Botika’s menu features “Chifa” (Chinese-Peruvian) and “Nikkei” (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisines,exploring the crossroads between South Asia and South America. Botika’s bar offers classic cocktails and a wide variety of rums, piscos, and cachaças.
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In this presentation, Gary Perez of the Native-American Church will share his intimate knowledge of the cultures that continue to trek through the South Texas region, visiting natural springs that connect the dots from the past to the present. Perez will connect the San Antonio Missions to this great mystery of what is known as Yanaguana or Spirit Waters (the Blue Hole) at the Headwaters of the San Antonio River and why the missions’ specific iconography (carvings and paintings) still serve as an astronomical guide into the future for local indigenous peoples.
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Based on traditional Native American storytelling and the archaeology of the Olmos Basin, this walk is a time to reflect on and restore our connection to the ancient heritage of the Headwaters Sanctuary.
ABOUT THE PIANISTS
Duo AleAnya (Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski) will perform a virtuoso program to include compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Samuel Barber and many others. Gorina & Grokhovski are pianists with extensive concert experience as both soloists and chamber musicians who came together to share their love of piano ensemble repertory. Their programing is greatly influenced by their cultural and educational roots. Alena was born, raised, and educated in Belorussia (formerly, the Soviet Union) and Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music holds a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya. Both Alena and Anya hold doctoral degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.
Seating is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
What emerges is a portrait of an artist who is continually searching for new possibilities and innovative ways in which his art can respond to natural spaces and how glass can be used to move, provoke, and inspire
ABOUT THE PIANIST
Laureate of international competitions, pianist Elena Portnaya will perform a diverse program of baroque, romantic and 20th century piano masterpieces, including favorites by Bach, Gershwin, Ravel, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.
Seating is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Voices of the Waters brings together songs and stories from indigenous voices and works from environmental artists and activists to honor the Sacred Texas Springs. Readers from Stone in Steam/Roca en el Río and Kalpulli Ameyaltonal Tejaztlan will share their words, including Mobi Warren, Kamala Platt, Darby Riley, Marisol Cortez, Janice Rebecca Campbell, Toni Falls, D. Ellis Phelps, Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez, and others. These readings are organized by Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Poetry Editor for the San Antonio Express-News and Coordinator of National Poetry Month in San Antonio.
Sr. Mary Henry, Director of the Heritage Center for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, will offer remarks before a lantern procession to the Blue Hole. Epifanio Hernandez of the Tehuan Band of Mission Indians will close the exhibit with a ceremonial blessing at the San Antonio Spring. Voices of the Waters is a National Poetry Month in San Antonio 2018 Event.
Rainout location: J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209