Nestled in the middle of over 100 communities nationwide — urban neighborhoods, hospitals, schools and prisons — resides a bench. A unique bench set in the heart of a meaningful green space, a Sacred Place, intentionally designed to help communities heal, strengthen and come together. The bench offers more than a place to sit — it serves as a platform for renewal.
Even its creation is rooted in this ethos. Created with up-cycled materials with a story, crafted by workers looking for a second chance and cared for by its community who seek renewal on it — every element of these benches are intended to uplift, inspire and strengthen communities.
Crafted by workers at the Western Correctional Institution, site of a Sacred Place. Response to the bench and meditation garden among the men there was so positive that a program was developed for them to create benches for other Sacred Places. At a wood shop there, men learn to measure, cut and shape the reclaimed wood — each bench requiring precision and craftsmanship.
Built-in journal for mindful reflection. The simple act of expression has empowered people to grieve, express joy, untangle their thoughts—and even correspond with one another.
Up-cycled materials—with a story. Baltimore-based Brick + Board provides the bench wood—salvaged bones of 19th- and 20th-century local homes set for demolition—restored by city residents looking for a second chance in life.
Enjoyed by its community. Many Sacred Places exist in distressed communities that previously had no access to nature—helping people heal, renew and come together.
We’re charting a course to bring the Nature Sacred model and bench to countless other communities across the country that are eager to have a green space of their own.
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Hear how one former bench craftsman today runs a landscaping business employing returning citizens and collaborating with Nature Sacred.