Essays, Poetry, Music and Performances by Lauren de Boer

Pacific Ocean from Seaside Shack

Welcome to TerraVita. TerraVita means living, vibrant Earth. This website celebrates and explores the beauty, wonder of our home planet through music, writing, poetry, and more.

I will add to the site incrementally, so check back often. See upcoming courses and performances below. Please see the tabs above for poetry, original piano music, interviews, essays, my blog, and more.

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Solo Piano - I am not currently performing in person due to sheltering in place.

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New Essays

Sea Around Us, Sea Within Us

Returning to the Source for Guidance

This essay explores our deeper connections to the oceans and their potential to help guide us into a new way of being human.

Constant Connection, Total Distraction

Self and Nature in the Cyber-Age

This essay explores the impact of our hyper-connectedness on our thinking. We live in a time when our technologies are increasingly colonizing our attention. Our brave new cyber world isn’t going away any time soon and will only increase in acceleration and intensity. Its technologies profoundly reshape our world, our identity, and our future. Their use and implemementation requires the kind of critical reflection that cultural historian Thomas Berry calls for as a key aspect of reinventing the human on the species level.




I invite you to be part of creating a unique online co-learning community.

I am a visiting professor for an M.Ed program in Integrative Learning offered through the Institute for Educational Studies / Endicott College.  The aim of the program is to explore our role in the Great Work as articulated by Thomas Berry and others. The Great Work is the creation of "mutually enhancing relations" (Berry's phrase) among all members of the Earth community and to create a vibrant, ecologically sustainable world for future generations of all species.earth_from_space

The program is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to engage in a deeper inquiry into ecology and cosmology. Professionals wanting to integrate an M.Ed. with their chosen work can do so within an eco-cosmological context.

Coursework draws on a combination of the thought of Thomas Berry, Fritjof Capra, Brian Swimme, Meg Wheatley, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Loren Eiseley, Paul Shepard, Lynn Margulis, David Bohm, and others.

The online campus uses a type of dialogue based on David Bohm's work that facilitates a practice of reflective listening and response, encouraging the emergence of shared meaning. You can capture and print your own comments and those of your classmates for further reflection when the coursework is complete. This method and the online campus are the creation of educators Phil Gang and Marsha Morgan who have used them with great results with Montessori educators for more than 20 years.


For a full program description or more information, go to and click on "Integrative Learning / The Great Work M.Ed.  You may also call 800-457-5672, or email

Essays and Articles:

Sea Around Us, Sea Within Us NEW   Constant Connection, Total Distraction NEW  

Spiritual Ecology: A Practice of the Heart

  Beyond a Culture of Fear     At Home in the Breath   The Kinglet at the Door  


My Blog


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