How to heal and unify urban communities grappling with discord, division and lost hope?
Nature is essential to our health and wellbeing. This is the case for everyone — urbanites and rural-dwellers; nature lovers and nature skeptics alike. For instance, walking past trees and green lowers our blood pressure and cortisol levels whether we are aware of it or not. So for many of us, the verdant places we call home offer us a silent advantage — an advantage not equally afforded to all.
It’s this dearth of access, this inequality, that our Community Healing Initiative seeks to help address by working with neighborhoods, community leaders and other organizations to help create contemplative nature spaces, Sacred Places, where they are lacking.
History and experience has taught us that for green spaces to be truly embraced, the process defining how they come about is deeply important to their longevity. To their becoming real community spaces.
Here at Nature Sacred, we’ve spent the last 25 years honing a process, a model and team of experts adept at helping bring communities together to determine the vision for their space, and translate this vision into a landscape design. These initial collective visioning exercises are managed via a formal charrette process to ensure community stakeholders are engaged. It’s this process, too, that can work to help foster cohesion long before new Sacred Place is built.
Through the Community Healing Initiative, Nature Sacred serves as a consultant to the community while sharing our process, model and team of experts to create Sacred Places where they are needed most.
By partnering together, we work to:
Based on program needs, we assemble a team of Nature Sacred experts with vast experience in community healing through nature. This is your Nature Sacred Design Team — a hand-picked mix of Nature Sacred Design Advisors, DEI Advisors, staff and relevant Firesouls from our Nature Sacred Network guide the 5-stage methodology. Together, we work to:
By virtue of creating a Sacred Place, as Firesoul, you’re automatically folded into our Nature Sacred Firesoul Network — a nationwide alliance like-minded peers and community leaders. Here, you can:
Help fund a Sacred Place in a community in need
Explore the Healing Power of Nature Report