About Earth Sanctuary

Chuck Pettis — visionary, designer, author, monument-builder, and land artist—is the owner and founder of Earth Sanctuary and is author of the book, Secrets of Sacred Space: Discover and Create Places of Power. Pettis was recognized in the September 2008 issue of Science of Mind magazine as one of 12 people making a difference in the world.

Earth Sanctuary is the vision of its founder, Chuck Pettis. A long-time environmentalist, Chuck decided to take personal responsibility to enhance biodiversity and create a sustainable society by creating Earth Sanctuary. With a 500-year plan to restore the 72-acres of Earth Sanctuary to mature old-growth forest with maximum diversity of birds, wildlife, plants, and fungi, Earth Sanctuary is an exemplary model for ecological design. The goal: to truly “Design with Nature.”

Author of the book, Secrets of Sacred Space, Chuck Pettis is also an expert on the design and creation of sacred spaces. Earth Sanctuary is an exemplary example of a sacred and peaceful place that uses eco-art to create inspiring and unique environments for personal renewal and spiritual growth.

Over the past 25 years he has built numerous environmental artworks, among them labyrinths and stone circles. In 1977 he built the Ellis Hollow Stone Circle, the first energetically and astronomically aligned stone circle in the United States. In 1987 he created the “Seattle Ley-Line Map,” utilizing a grant that the Geo Group (of which he is a founding member) won from the Seattle Arts Commission. The map, displaying ley lines that run through Seattle, is part of Seattle City Light’s 1% for Art Portable Works Collection. For more information, visit the Geo Group web site.

Chuck Pettis received a B.A. in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in Design from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, where he attended Buckminster Fuller’s Design Department. Fuller’s holistic approach to design has continued to be a source of life-long inspiration for Chuck.

A glimpse into Chuck’s quest to help make the world a better place through the creation of sacred places

The Mutiny Bay Stone Circle


The Seattle Ley-Line Project


Secrets of Sacred Space is an informative guide to understanding and creating sacred places of power for meditation, renewal, and connection with the earth.

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The Ellis Hollow Stone Circle


The Goddess at Callendish


Geopathic Survey


Following the Footsteps of the Buddha Pilgrimage


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The Team

Behind the beauty and peacefulness of Earth Sanctuary is an exemplary team of experts in wetland ecology, restoration, landscape design, and Feng Shui.

  • Dan Borroff
  • Kevin Fetherston
  • Albert and Steven Gabelein
  • Collen Marquist
  • Heidi Oman
  • Bre Pettis
  • Claudia Pettis
  • Morgan Pettis
  • David Rousseau
  • Dave Schmidt
  • H. H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang
  • Celia Sullivan and the Kid Crew
  • Mike Sweeney
  • William Rubel, Jody Rubel and Nikko Bowen
  • Byron Rot
  • Richard Alexander
  • Janice Piper
  • Claudia Pettis