Tom Gamper

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Tom Gamper


As an architect by profession (and runner and fly-fisherman on the side), it is the sanctity of nature that inspires his work as a Firesoul. The capacity that it holds to shake things clear—into perspective—and helping us recognize the beauty and frailty of life around us.

It was experiencing an annual remembrance service at The Cathedral of the Incarnation in downtown Baltimore that motivated Tom to become a Firesoul. The community had gathered to honor and remember children killed by violence in the city—and it was then that Tom decided to help take care of a special garden—a Sacred Place– to enable people touched by these losses to heal, grieve, and process in nature.

It is the potent, authentic journal entries that show Tom that it’s working—and fill his site visits with joy. Second to that? It’s being part of a vibrant network of Firesouls—all working towards helping people strengthen, one Sacred Place at a time.

“One of my greatest rewards in doing this work? Meeting fellow Firesouls — whether they are formally called one or have their attributes.”

Photo credit: Maureen Porto


My Sacred Place


Childrens’ Peace Center

A Childrens’ Peace and Memorial Garden at the Cathedral of the Incarnation was created in memory of children who have been killed each year in Baltimore City due to street violence.

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