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.
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.
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.
On the Headwaters Sanctuary Poetry Walk, Mobi will guide participants to slow down, enjoy silence, and open the doors of our senses in order to write short poems. No writing experience required!
“From award-winning journalist Jared Flesher, Sourlands is a provocative tale of ecology, energy and agriculture. ” www.passionriver.com/sourlands
Headwaters at Incarnate Word partners with poets from the environmental writers group Stone in the Stream/Roca en el Rio and friends, to share poems grounded in and celebrating the natural world, at the Lourdes Grotto on the Incarnate Word Campus.
Passionvine, Pearl Milkweed and Pigeonberry are just three of the multitude of plants growing among ancient, towering oaks in this remnant urban forest, one of San Antonio’s critical ecological resources. This walk is an exploration of the plants and vital, complex ecology of the bottomland woods along the Great Oak Trail.
Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome.
Snap Pictures, Get Pizza! Come out to meet the challenge in a statewide effort to see which city can document the most species. This is a great opportunity to apply your iNaturalist training from Headwaters’ workshops. To participate, snap pictures of flora and fauna using the iNaturalist app. Pizza will be provided for Headwaters’ contestants while supplies last!
“…Division Street takes us on a road-trip that looks at the promise of wildlife corridors, the potential for ‘greening’ our highway system, and the fusion of high-tech engineering with the best and brightest environmental research happening today.” www.greenplanetfilms.org
“...[see] the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico – to a place it has never been!” www.theflightof thebutterflies.com