The Hearth Foundation is dedicated to the spiritual growth and well-being of parents through study, practice and community building activities. While our core philosophy is Buddhist we draw on all Wisdom traditions to further positive parenting experience through everyday practice.


It’s good to go home and to remember our roots. May is the month of mother’s day. I like to remember that the root of Hearth is a deep respect for mothers, for all they do, for their capacity for enlightenment, for how they are growing whether they know it or not, for how they continue giving without pay and, oftentimes, without respect from others for their daily activities. Mother’s give because they feel the impulse to give. How amazing that all over the world millions of women give birth, give milk, give time, give their lives to their children. So for you, Hearth mothers, I would like to offer this bouquet of verse from the pen of Billy Collins, the 2001-2003 United States poet laureate. On this mother’s day I hope you take a moment to realize how important and how awesome you are; that you weave the world anew each time you make a lunch, wash clothing and grow your awareness.
The Lanyard
The other day as I was ricocheting slowly
off the pale blue wall of this room,
Bouncing from typewriter to piano,
From bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
Where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
Could send one more suddenly into the past-
A past where I sat at a workbench at camp
By a deep Adirondack lake
Learning how to braid thin plastic strips
Into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
Or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
But that did not keep me from crossing
Strand over strand again and again
Until I had made a boxy
Red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breast,
And I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sickroom,
Lifted teaspoons of medicine to my lips,
Set cold face cloths on my forehead,
And then led me out into the airy light
And taught me to walk and swim,
And I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
And here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
Which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
Strong legs, bones and teeth,
And two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
And here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
Is a smaller gift-not the archaic truth
That you can never repay your mother,
But the rueful admission that when she took
That two-tone lanyard from my hands,
I was as sure as a boy could be
That this useless, worthless thing I wove
Out of boredom would be enough to make us even.
 ~ Billy Collins

Happy mother’s day!!!



Join our families around the Hearth

After getting to know one another online it's great to be able to see the faces of other Hearth members and their families. We are rebuilding our families around the Hearth section of the Hearth website and would love to include a photo of you and your family. A Jpeg would be great, but we will work with whatever you give us. Join us around the Hearth!


If you would like to join a Hearth class contact Heather at  We will put you on a list and let you know when a class is beginning. If you would like to move the process along you can fill the class up by having friends sign up for the same class.

Hearth Book Group

My name is Juliet Pailes and I coordinate the book group for The Hearth Foundation called The Hearth Book Group.  It is housed on a private Facebook page for ease of communication and to create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for sharing about the books we read. Messages are not seen by anyone outside the group.  You will need a Facebook account in order to participate in this group.
The group focuses on books for one calendar month.  During this time members share comments and discussion on the Facebook page about different aspects of the book.  Discussion topics are based on group member interest. Any member is able to start discussion topics as well as comment on others’ posts.  It is a very relaxed discussion group but when appropriate the moderator, Juliet Pailes, posts questions and comments about the book to foster discussion.
Members of The Hearth Book Group do the following on a monthly basis
1) read a book
2) discuss the previous month’s book
3) suggest, vote and acquire a third book to be read the following month. 

Any member may choose to not participate at their leisure but still remain a member. Although we do appreciate everyone’s participation, membership in this book group does not require constant interaction. You may read and participate when you have time.
Books are chosen by group suggestion & vote.  Attempts are made to choose books that are available in paperback or on loan at the library in order to keep the cost at a minimum for all members unless group consensus decides differently.

Please contact me at for more information.  If you just want to jump in and get started, please find us on Facebook as The Hearth Book Group and request to join. I hope to see many of you there!
Hearth Sanghas
We are currently working on ideas about forming Hearth sanghas for those who are interested in starting meditation and spiritual support groups in their communities. If this is of interest to you and you would like to be part of the discussion please contact Heather at: 

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The Hearth Foundation
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