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"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

St. Augustine

"Not all those who wander are lost."

J. R. R. Tolkien

"There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place ...” 

G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." 

John Lubbock,
The Use of Life

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." 

Antoine de Saint Exupery 

“As humans, we roam the entire world. We even venture beyond it into space. The whole planet is ours, but the whole planet is not our home. Instead, home is the ground we measure with our own two feet. And home is the place that measures us. Home is the place that names us and the place we, in turn name.” 

Christie Purifoy

Cultivating is all about integrating our faith, reason, and imagination. It is about finding ways to live with a deeper rhythm of the seasons both in a chronological year, and in the larger range of our lives. Life unfolds for us in seasons. Times of beginning, of planting, of tending, of harvesting, of putting away, of resting, of Sabbath. Recognising and honouring the seasons of our lives becomes an invitation to live on a larger scale even while we enter a way of living simpler. Taking the path of the “good way” or “ancient paths” spoken of in Jeremiah 6.16 is a quiet call to get off the frantic highway of our current culture and live our life in this world by the rhythm of time outside of it. It is there that we flourish, find peace, bear good fruit, live deeply, love well. 

Exploring, celebrating, and entering into seasonal practices of goodness, truth and beauty.

Summer Issue of Cultivating

from the founder


When young-leafed June is summoned by the sun,
And new-mown grass breathes fragrance through the air,
When work is over, holidays begun,
May peace and pleasure in themselves be prayer.
 And in your leisure may you hear the one
 Who is your blessing and by whom you’re blest
 Still calling you: Come unto me and rest.

- malcom guite

Cultivator of beauty, teacher, word friend, and camera jedi

lancia e. smith

about the founder

My name is Lancia. Lover of the Triune God, I am a writer, photographer, teacher, and business owner. I am a wife, mother, nana, sister, and friend. I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of Cultivating the Good, the True & the Beautiful, and The Cultivating Project. My creative energies are focused in connecting invisible elements to tangible forms – shaping words and images. Much of my calling concerns spiritual formation and discipling creative believers. I love every book I ever read by C.S. Lewis, have an abiding interest in the Inklings, and have been deeply shaped by books by them and about them. My husband Peter and I travel widely, run a thriving environmental, engineering, and construction firm in northern Colorado, and try to keep up with our rambling house and gardens called House on the Way.

It is my prayer that you will resonate with what you find here at Cultivating. May this be a place of shelter for your spirit, encouragement for your daily living, and good company for the journey we share. You are welcome at this table, friend.

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