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


Earth Sanctuary Sculpture Garden

Earth Sanctuary is a serene place in nature where visitors can get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life--an ideal environment for personal renewal and spiritual growth.

Within this quiet, natural refuge you’ll find inspiration in Earth Sanctuary’s sculpture garden of sacred spaces, environmental sculptures and eco-art highlighting diverse global spiritual traditions. Unique art pieces and meaningful symbols along the beautiful nature trails provide a focus for meditation, mindfulness and reflection.

Highlights of Earth Sanctuary’s sculpture garden include:

Stone Circles

“Stonehenge-style” stone circles were first created by ancient peoples. They are the most elegant of the monolithic monuments, consisting of standing or recumbent stones arranged in a variety of shapes. There are two stone circles at Earth Sanctuary.

The Cottonwood Stone Circle at Earth Sanctuary is 40 feet in diameter, with an outer circle of 12 standing stones 11 feet high. Within the circle are three tall Columbia River basalt columns, plus a number of seating stones and a ceremonial fire pit. A line of standing stones form on the West and East and two outlier stones dramatize the North-South orientation of the stone circle.

A second stone circle, the Fen Pond Stone Circle, measures 16 feet in diameter and is made of standing stones up to seven feet high. The four pairs of stones in the Fen Stone Circle are aligned with true North-South, the Summer Solstice sunrise and sunset, and the Winter Solstice sunset.

stone circles at the Earth Sanctuary Sculpture Garden

Buddhist Stupa Monument, Mani Prayer Stone and Tibetan Prayer Wheels

Experience Buddhist traditions of healing and enlightenment at the Buddhist Stupa monument, high on a hillside at Earth Sanctuary. A stupa is the most important Buddhist monument and sacred structure designed to bring peace and healing. The stupa at Earth Sanctuary was designed by architect Mathew Swett using what is believed to be the first 3D architectural model of a Tibetan Buddhist stupa.

The Mani Stone at the entrance to the Stupa at Earth Sanctuary is a prayer stone that features inscribed syllables of a revered mantra painted in Tibetan script.

Earth Sanctuary also has two Tibet Tech prayer wheels. Buddhists believe that mindfully turning a prayer wheel produces the same benefits as having recited the number of prayers inside the prayer wheel multiplied by how many times the prayer wheel spins around. Each revolution of the Tibet Tech prayer wheels at Earth Sanctuary releases more than 1.3 trillion prayers.

Buddhist Stupa Monument

Authentic Native American Medicine Wheels

The Medicine Wheel, one of the most powerful and cherished symbols of Native Americans, symbolizes the totality of existence and has been used by generations of Native Americans for prayer and healing. The purpose of the Earth Sanctuary Medicine Wheels is to be a sacred site available to all people, especially for Native American ceremonies--a place for prayer, ceremony, healing, teaching and spiritual understanding.

The Earth Sanctuary Medicine Wheel above the Cottonwood Stone Circle is a sacred space designed to amplify the power of prayers. The Grey Whale Medicine Wheel is a shrine and beacon of song for whales. It features a real baby Gray Whale skull. Both Medicine Wheels were created and blessed in ceremony by Klaw-osht, a Shaman of the Nuu-chan-nulth tribe from Vancouver Island.

Dolmen Megalith

A dolmen is a megalith of upright stones supporting a large horizontal slab. Inspired by a dolmen at Carnac, France, the 20-ton Dolmen at Earth Sanctuary is the first dolmen to be built in the U.S. during modern times. It serves as a place for meditation and reflection where visitors can center themselves and discover an intense, unmistakable connection with the earth.

Dolmen Megalith

Hedge Labyrinth

Labyrinths are considered symbols of pilgrimage and a metaphor for life’s journey. The labyrinth at Earth Sanctuary is drawn from ancient labyrinth designs and consists of a Pennsylvania Bluestone path with a Salal hedge. The patterns of the hedge labyrinth at Earth Sanctuary form a path for contemplation, mindfulness and meditation.

Click to read:
The Labyrinth Story

hedge labyrinth

Cairns—Stacked Stone Artworks

Earth Sanctuary features numerous artworks made of natural materials, including stacked stones or cairns, made from a variety of stones including crystals. Cairns are traditionally used to mark holy sites or routes.

cairns

Veils of Reality Sculpture

Veils of Reality is a modern minimalist outdoor landscape sculpture crafted from a sacred steel object previously used in a Tibetan Buddhist ceremony and multi-layered fabric. This reclaimed and transformed mirror-like art piece represents the balancing force of opposites and allows visitors to see themselves in a new light.

Veils of Reality

Geodesic Prayer Flag Sculpture

Tibetan prayer flags are wrapped around a geodesic dome to form this inspiring sculpture representing balance and harmony. The colors of the flags symbolize the sky and space, air and wind, fire, water and earth. The dome shape is a polyhedron that has 20 faces that are equilateral triangles of the same size.

Geodesic Prayer Flag Sculpture