Earth Sanctuary - A Nature Reserve and Retreat Center on South Whidbey Island, near Seattle Washington

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Visit Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island

Earth Sanctuary is open every day of the year, rain or shine, during daylight hours. $7/person fee. No dogs and no fires please.

Stay at the Retreat House

The Earth Sanctuary Retreat House is available for individual and small group overnight and day spiritual retreats. Click here for availability and details.

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Our Mission

Earth Sanctuary combines exemplary ecology with art and spirit to create a sanctuary for birds and wildlife and a peaceful place for personal renewal and spiritual connection.

At his 72-acre preserve, Pettis has undertaken possibly the largest ecological restoration project ever funded by an individual. Guided by a panel of experts, in 2001 he launched a 500-year plan for returning the site to old-growth forest not only teeming with native species of plants, bird and animals, but also reverberating with spiritual power from installations of humongous rock megaliths.
-The Everett Herald

It is not enough to understand the natural world. The point is to defend and preserve it.
-Edward Abbey

Sacred Space
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Listen to the dawn chorus of bird songs at Earth Sanctuary as recorded by Marc Hoffman. For details click here.