Over the last half decade, the Kinstone Megalithic Garden near Fountain City has been teaching people how to best connect with nature, through a process called Permaculture.
"It's focused on everything in a person's life: food, medicine, utilities, shelter, etc.," Wayne Weisman, Kinstone's Director of Education said. "They're based on a very sound ecology that we try to make the least effect, greatest change. I can say that within the first five years, we have literally have had thousands of visitors and students utilizing these buildings."
Students can enroll in classes at Kinstone that provide hands-on learning classes in permaculture, but visitors are always welcome on the grounds. Rather than charging people admission to see the sights, Kinstone's Founder and Director of Operations, Kristine Beck, only asks for a small donation fee.
Kinstone is a place that will allows people to come in to a park-like setting with lots of energy here that encourages them to reconnect, and become aware that they are not separate from the rest of the world," Beck said as she walked through the grounds.
Megalithic, or ancient stones, are incorporated everywhere on the 4th generation-owned family farm. Coming in all shapes in sizes, the stones are a passion project for Beck, and a healing for many others.
"There's just something unknown and mysterious how humans have used stone, and there is just a mystery about them and there is an energy about them that calls to me. It's really a wonderful feature to walk out your back door and come to an come to a world class megalitic store circle," added Beck.
"Kinstone was such a surprise first of all," Suzanne Plaisance, a frequent visitor to Kinstone said. "The more I've come here, the more has been revealed to me about the magnificent beauty that Kristine has created, it's almost overwhelming. I've been to a couple of meditations out here, and I feel like it's transforming for women, and I feel so connected in a way I've never felt before."
Either on a weekly guided tour Sunday afternoons, or just a leisurely walk, visitors can spend hours appreciating the various stone structures and feel the sense of community that brought them to life.
Such as the chapel.
"The fact that a 110 people worked on this really adds to the energy here. People come back now and they bring their kids and they say 'Look I worked on this or look what I did here.' They all have become a community. What we found is that natural building is not just about building a structure of some kind, it's about building a community, " added Beck.
For another adventure make sure to check back next Wednesday for a new episode of Hometown Tourist, and a chance to make the La Crosse area your own.