Earth Sanctuary - Whidbey Island Nature Reserve, Meditation Parkland, & Sculpture Garden
Earth Sanctuary - A Nature Reserve and Retreat Center on South Whidbey Island, near Seattle Washington

Welcome to Earth Sanctuary

A short hour’s drive north of Seattle and a ferry ride over the silver blue waters of Puget Sound take you to the ponds, pastures and forests of Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Earth Sanctuary is a tranquil oasis with two miles of nature trails and a sculpture garden of eco-art highlighting diverse global spiritual traditions. Visit Earth Sanctuary to enjoy the wonders of nature and experience personal renewal, spiritual growth and healing.

Nature Reserve

Within the 72 acres of Earth Sanctuary lies a rich natural habitat that provides refuge for a diverse community of wildlife. The property is being restored to mature old-growth forest. More than 15,000 native plants (80 species) and 3,000 trees (20+ species) have been planted to date, and more than 80 species of birds breed on the property. Earth Sanctuary is recognized as a habitat of importance by the Whidbey Audubon Society and the Island County Critical Areas Program.

Sculpture Garden

At Earth Sanctuary you’ll be inspired by the sculpture garden of sacred spaces, environmental sculptures and eco-art. Unique art pieces and meaningful spiritual symbols provide the ideal environment for personal renewal and spiritual connection.

Retreat Center

The Retreat Center at Earth Sanctuary is a non-denominational, non-sectarian spiritual haven for relaxation, meditation, and peaceful reflection. Visitors have full access to Earth Sanctuary's nature reserve, sacred spaces and forests where the paths are very conducive to walking meditation and spiritual discovery.

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.

Visit Earth Sanctuary

Earth Sanctuary is open every day of the year, rain or shine, during daylight hours. $7/person fee (cash or check) - or pay in advance with a credit card or PayPal. No dogs, please. For details on visiting, click here.


Stay at the Retreat Center

The Earth Sanctuary Retreat Center is available for overnight stays for 1-6 people and for day retreats for groups up to 20 people. Click here for availability and details.

"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, essayist, novelist and conservationist