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

Photo copyright Peter Raulerson
Chuck Pettis, founder of Earth Sanctuary.

ES Dolmen
The Earth Sanctuary team works together for maximum biodiversity.

Cottonwood Stone Circle
Many volunteers have given their time and energy to make Earth Sanctuary an extra special place.

Energetic Support Minerals

by Collen Marquist

As the Fen Stone Circle is closest to Earth Sanctuary House, rose quartz was chosen to anchor feelings of welcome, comfort, and ease. The rose quartz is from a mine located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Rose quartz is energetically accessible to all people; therefore, the intention is to offer a clear sense of safe embrace for sanctuary visitors. Chuck "accidentally" used marble at this site as well, which was an excellent intuitive adjustment linking the stone circle and the dolmen at the opposite end of the property. Simultaneous chanting or toning at these sites could create remarkable results.

Montana sandstone, the rock used to construct the dolmen, is the result of sedimentary processes originally occurring in the ocean. At its inception, sedimentation is passive, as particles sink to the ocean floor, eventually to be compressed together through pressure and uplifted by geologic movement to the surface. These feminine processes, as well as the feminine nature of the dolmen, have been honored through the addition of marble, a calcium-rich mineral formed in metamorphic (both heat and pressure) conditions. Calcium is the "ombunds-element," linking the mineral realm to the realms of sound and movement.

The labyrinth called for the highest mineral workers to provide distinct qualities of light transmission. Large Herkimer diamonds and black tourmaline (schorl) from the same rose quartz mine in the Black Hills were buried to ground the highest light energies through the site.

Bringing minerals and construction rocks to Earth Sanctuary from important North American continent deposits is the integral component for creating ley linkages of communication and healing through the intentions of ritual, meditation, and prayer.

Note from the author: Being able to work on this project with Chuck Pettis and his team is a joyous use of my instrument as a stone "communicator." Please refer to the book Crystalline Communion 2000, written by Jack Frasl and me, for additional information on the minerals used at Earth Sanctuary.

This piece was originally published in the May 2002 issue of The New Times, published in Seattle, Washington and available online at Reprinted with permission.