Types of Sacred Places

From modest to expansive; from urban to institutional—Sacred Places can take many shapes.

The Nature Sacred model is purposely designed to scale — it’s a formula intended to serve a wide array of communities. It’s inherently customizable to meet unique needs and resources.

Community park.

Intimate gardens, open to all, situated in any number of places: within larger green spaces, in a reclaimed abandoned lot, on grounds of a church, temple or mosque.

Benefits: Fosters community cohesion, improves neighborhood safety, offers opportunities for re ection, renewal and revitalization, reduces mental distress and promotes well-being. 


Labyrinths offer an ancient antidote to modern stress through intentional mindfulness.

Benefits: Clears the mind, focuses attention, aids in stress management, reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure and breathing rates, reduces incidence of chronic pain and insomnia, and more.

Healing garden.

Can be located on properties such as hospitals, veterans/military hospitals and rehabilitation centers, hospice centers, and senior living communities.

Benefits: Patients, residents, staff, caregivers, families and other visitors all benefit from time spent in garden settings. Positive impacts include improved healing and recovery, stress reduction, and an overall sense of well-being and hopefulness.

Memorial garden.

Memorial gardens provide communities with a space to gather and re ect on either individual or community events that impacted the neighborhood.

Benefits: Fosters community strength and resilience through communal re ection, healing and opportunities for expression. Social dynamics are improved through care and maintenance; promoting survivor wellbeing and improving mental health.

Prison garden.

Prison gardens provide a much-needed contemplative space offering inmates an opportunity to reconnect with nature which can be an important catalyst to self improvement.

Benefits: Proven to reduce violence, improve mental health, teach horticultural skills, and reduce recidivism rates.

"There needs to be more true outlets for secrets, desires and confessions. I am glad this place, this book, is one. It is a less indulgent form of therapy and tiny step towards releasing the thoughts, desires, which haunt you."

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