Cistercian abbeys are renowned for their beautiful natural locations. The reflects Bernard's view of nature - very modern to our ears: "Believe me, for I know, you will find something far greater in the woods than in the books. Stone and trees will teach you that which you cannot learn from the masters".
Had Shakespeare read these word?
From "As You Like It" Act II, Scene I:
Duke: "And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books and the running brooks. Sermons in stones and good in everything."
Had Wordsworth read them?
"One impulse from a vernal wood may teach you more of man, of moral evil and of good, than all of sages can."