The Sacred Sanctuary

Mission Statement

Her name is The Sacred Sanctuary. In a meditation of deep connection and listening, the land gifted both her name and mission statement in 2019.

Nestled in the foothills of Boulder and held by a sacred mountain and river, The Sacred Sanctuary has a deep connection to the divine white light of the selenite and to the energy of the 4 pillars of light. It has dedicated itself to help humanity anchor love, compassion, peace and harmony as the foundation for the new paradigm.

This is a space where all life on the planet is considered sacred and where the interconnectedness of life on our planet is felt and honored.

It is a space where the inter tribal altar can network as a means to bring together the ancient and indigenous wisdoms from around the world. We deeply understand that these wisdoms and earth honoring ways hold the codes of the divine intelligence of our planet and will help the Earth and humanity find balance and harmony. This land wants to nurture the seeds of divine intelligence to grow and expand wisdom practices as means to benefit all life and all beings on the planet and in the universe.

The Sacred Sanctuary is also committed to making decisions that support the environment and the balance of the ecosystem and our natural resources. We are committed to the environment and to creating a model where our financial sustainability is aligned with environmental health.

May The Sacred Sanctuary serve as a place of peace, compassion, harmony, love, healing, and abundance in community for all that come.

Land Guardians

My name is Rāćhel (Raquel). I am a healer, wisdom keeper, meditation practitioner and teacher, sacred space Cocreator, channel for divine love and devoted student/listener of Mother Earth and Spirit. I serve humbly as gate keeper/visionary of this sacred space and am in service to creating Heaven on Mother Earth. 

My son, Namaste, is 7. He is such a bright light and sweet boy who brings his own wisdom to the world.  He is funny, playful, sweet  and kind. He brings the childlike wonder to the land and is deeply connected to the forest and nature. He has truly loved the heart connections with our fellow land stewards and been nurtured by these relationships.

Michael is my partner and cofounder. He is a gift to this vision . He is a tender hearted joyous man who has ample building experience (he truly can build anything). Its has been his hands that have created much of the infrastructure here. Michael has also worked with land and plants for the past 30 years creating beauty. He can literally move mountains. He is a driving force of the dream here . He truly has a service oriented heart and meets people in a space of acceptance.

We have two domestic kitties who help keep the mice populations in balance and a senior doggie who is incredibly sweet. These are all the domestic animals the land can hold.

We also have many wild animals with whom we share the space. We have a land bear, fox, bobcat, occasional cougar, deer, winged allies and many woodland creatures. We have many plant allies, a grandmother tree, mother and father tree, a sacred mountain and wisdom whispers of our stream.

Life at The Sacred Sanctuary

She is a very sweet, intimate space of healing, regeneration and relaxation. We have identified many wild and edible plants. We have plentiful gardens and have a strong call to making it more sustainable and regenerative. This is really at the heart of our intention, so to live here one must feel inspired by living green and being in harmony with the divine intelligence of Mother Nature. We are looking for beings who feel aligned with the mission and want to support it! My partner and I have been tending the vision up here for many years and we deeply appreciate the heart family who have come and shared the land. We wish to attract more support and those who honor this work. 

Intention in this now: Moving forward easily with development of the Sacred Sanctuary in the creation of spaces of peace, compassion, harmony, love, healing, and abundance in community for all that come.

Are you interested in visiting The Sacred Sanctuary? Review our current event offerings.

Are you interested in land stewardship at The Sacred Sanctuary? Keep reading this page!

Current Projects

These projects are moving at spirit speed. 

The Temple of Wisdom

We are currently completing our temple yurt build in the meadow of magic! The crystal grid and platform are both complete. The next step is the actual yurt, then flooring and a wood burning stove. We need to wait until warmer weather to compete this build and hope to have community support in seeing it to completion. If you feel inspired to participate, we welcome your hands and heart. Please reach out directly or check our events page in late spring for more land working opportunities. 

The Temple of Wisdom is intended to be a community  space where we can practice together or singularly and where wisdom keepers can come to share knowledge. I have dreamed of creating a space to lead occasional circles/retreats, cocreate sacred space with others and where master teachers can offer their gifts. For 18 months we had a Tipi holding this pole and the next incarnation is our yurt.

As the community space on the land, the Temple of Wisdom will be open as a shared space for fellow land stewards or retreats guests for practice and use. It will also be a space where we will offer occasional meditation groups, sacred circle, retreat and workshops. If you are a wisdom keeper please reach out with your offerings. We will consider your offerings for the space. More availability will be announced after it is complete.

The space isn’t a fit for daily outside traffic, but will be open always to our land stewards and keepers that reside here.

The Healing Hut 

In 2020 Fransisca came to the land. She is a tiny home who is totally spacious and empty inside. While meditating with the land I received the vision of the healing hut and a space to offer my healing gifts. A year later Francisca came and she slowly making her way into my personal shamanic and sound healing space where I can work with people one-on-one. I have also felt a call to making her a little overnight retreat space. At this time The Healing Hut needs flooring and an electric panel to become operational. 

Structure Improvements

One intention held on the land is continuous improvement of existing structures to make them more suitable and homey living spaces.

Our Gardens

Last year we put 350 food plants in the ground and want to expand these offerings as more land stewards join the sanctuary. We want to have an abundance of food growing. We have had success in growing a huge array of produce that truly sustained those living here. We even had enough one year to participate in the small local farmers market and share our produce locally. One aspect that really helped at a high mountain climate, was the addition of hoop houses. This was very beneficial to extending our growing season and allowing us to create micro climates for different plants. So now we can sustain cool weather and hot weather crops.

On a mind, body and spirt level, we have found that the food we grow here tastes more tender and vibrant than anywhere else on the planet. I believe this to be true for everyone growing their own food in a connected, symbiotic way with Mother Nature. There is a really special relationship that is cultivated when we connect with the soils, the seeds and the plants. Here at the sanctuary, we actually infuse the seeds with our saliva before planting them in the ground. This means our DNA is imprinted on the seeds and allows Mother Nature to incorporate our body’s chemistry into the plants and food.

This year we envision the following additions to our gardens:

  • More garden planning and companion planting
  • Increase and deepen food preservation knowledge  to allow sustainability through the winter 
  • Addition of a green house or solarium to allow for fresh greens throughout the winter.
  • Addition of a garden irrigation system to preserve water and allow for more time to tend 

Wild Medicinal and Edible Plants

It has been said that all the medicine we need grows with in one mile of our house. Nature truly gives us what we need if we have the knowledge and awareness to connect with this intelligence. Part of living sustainably and regeneratively is knowing the plant allies that grow among us. Tapping into natures pharmacy is a part of indigenous wisdom and healing traditions from around the world. Preserving this wisdom is essential to humanities health and to the health of our ecosystem and environment. 

In 2018 we hosted 3 land walks with Bridgette Mars and identified 70 wild edible and medicinal plants growing within our 6 acres of forest. We have digitally catalogued these plants and created our own digital library for the sanctuary. We want to continue this study, expand our knowledge of each plant in the library, catalogue additional plants on the land, learn their uses and then create tinctures and medicines.

Permaculture

“Permaculture is a holistic, living-in-harmony-with-nature worldview, as well as technical approach for how to do so.“ (Modern Farmer). Nature is amazingly wise and when we use her as a blueprint for how we grow food and build structures, we as humans can live in a sustainable, regenerative and supportive way with our natural resources. Basically permaculture creates closed loop systems that work with nature and her elements. Rather than creating waste we use the resources in the loop to give back to the land. For example, instead of throwing away food scraps and human waste, we can create composting systems that use heat to transform this bio matter into healthy soil. The permaculture perspective allows humans to be a part of regenerating and sustaining the ecosystem rather than draining and damaging it.

Here on the land, we have tracked the sun for 4 years, tuned into the animal life and listened deeply to nature. We really ask the land what she needs and what is in balance. We feel this is a big part of living in harmony and giving back. In our modern world we have forgotten that the land has intelligence and can guide us. We feel this is at the base of our permaculture model and practice so far. 

We do not yet have permaculture training, but I have spent time at Permaculture healing retreat centers and see how amazingly regenerative the principals are and feel very called to incorporating them more and more into the infrastructure here. We welcome permaculture knowledge and systems that give back  to the land and humanity.

In 2022 we envision:

  • Completing a permaculture and green house building workshop 
  • Bringing solar power to the two wells on the land 
  • Making the smaller structures power sustainable 
  • Upgrading the land composing system. Adding to our existing tumbler system in way that is also in balance with the land bears. 
  • Add one composting toiler for the Temple space 

Chicken Coops 

We have Coops and no chickens! We would love to add these lovely beings to the land, along with support an help to care for them. 

Places to Live on the Land

The Main House

My home is on the land and is the largest structure. My son and I are up here full time with our dog and two kitties. Michael is up here 70% of the time and at the community house in north east boulder the other part of the week. 

The Stewards Camper

This 18 foot camper has its own kitchen, living space and bathroom. We had a land steward in that space for 18 months who did a work trade and are open to this scenario again. It is currently empty and ready  for our next steward. Our work trade option includes an array of tasks including land stewarding, fire mitigation, wood chopping, garden planting and tending, animal tending, assisting with building projects and support with cabin guests when needed.

For work trade we are looking for someone who has experience in the following areas: Organic Farming, permaculture, light handy man and building, temple building, mindfulness, meditation and holding sacred space. 

Pricing is based on $850 per month plus utilities. If doing work trade we offer $20 per hour and require work to be complete before the reduction in rent is applied.

The Cabin of Creativity

Our restful, retreat cabin has really sweet energy of creativity, inspiration, abundance and rejuvenation . The structure is 615 square feet with two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and small living room. She is all her own little spot across the river from my home. The cabin was renovated in 2020 and has new flooring and a new bathroom. The bathroom offers a stand up shower, toilet, sink vanity and medicine cabinet. The space also offers a full kitchen with stove, oven and full size refrigerator and freezer. It is heated by a propane heater and runs on its on independent well for water. We recommend filtered drinking water or live water from our local natural spring.

For long term landmates, the cabin can be either furnished or non furnished or somewhere in between. It can offer longterm land mates a space to truly call HOME, to connect with nature and solitude, to grown food, to live sustainably and to be a part of a small community. It is offered without the amenities listed below and requires a security deposit.

For short term regenerative retreat stays the cabin is offered fully furnished with two full beds, shelves, armoire, desk, futon couch, coffee table and storage cubbies. We want this to feel like HOME and offer amenities to allow you to cook healthy and nurturing meals. Amenities include linens, blankets, pillows, towels, a blender, food processor, storage containers, tupperware, rice cooker, high grade knives, coffee pot, tea pot, dishes, utensils, pots and pans, baking dishes, and cutting boards. We are a space of sustainable living and offer reusable water bottles and fresh spring water for all retreat guests. We also offer all biodegradable cleaning supplies, body wash,  shampoo and conditioner. Please note all products on the land are requested to be biodegradable. 

Please contact us for pricing and availability.

What does it take to live here? 

Honor and respect for the land and of the work that has gone into this space so far. Desire to live in harmony with nature and Mother Earth. Understanding of the vision / mission and  inspiration to support it. Desire and inspiration to live on land and to work the land. Desire and inspiration to live sustainably and to grow food. Desire and inspiration to support or cocreate occasional retreats and a nourishing healing space. Desire and inspiration to share occasional meals and create a supportive environment and community. Desire and inspiration to self realize, meditate and hold a space of silence, heart, joy and presence. Desire and inspiration to share your gifts to the mission of the land, with one another and humanity.

We ask that all land mates be open to attending between 2 and 4 land meetings a month. Be willing to contribute 16 hours of land service per month. We ask that land mates have financial stability to uphold financial agreements.

Previous Land Family and what has worked well 

We have shared this space with amazing heart centered humans. The relationships we have cultivated are truly soul family. While bonds cannot be forced we wish to continue attracting this sweet vibe of support and care.   

Our previous landmates were super dedicated to giving to the land and really getting to know her. They really felt the vision here. They connected with her and helped hold such a beautiful space. Their practices and connection to spirit helped hold harmony. They also deeply cared for and loved Namaste. We had a wonderful balance between community and solitude.

As far as long term landmates, we had two healers and one yogi preschool teacher. One thing that worked really well was that their actual healing practices and work (seeing clients in person physically ) were held in town and not focused on the land. While there is space for cocreation of retreats, having daily clients for multiple healers could stretch traffic beyond a harmonious level. I have been very focused on my motherhood journey and have just begun seeing occasional clients up here and plan on more as the healing hut comes to completion.

We have neighbors to consider and need to find a good balance between rest/rejuvenation and community. 

Questions to Consider

Please feel into these questions and share from your heart: 

  • What is your lifestyle?
  • What are your greatest inspirations in life?
  • What inspires you about the mission of the land?
  • What are your gifts/talents and how do they align with the vision here?
  • How do you see contributing to the vision, the land and its projects?
  • What does it mean to you to live sustainably and in a regenerative way?
  • How do you personally listen and receive wisdom from land and nature?
  • What are your challenges and opportunities for growth?
  • How do you live in community and what does that mean to you?
  • What practices do you use to center and self realize?

If you’re hearing the call to explore land stewardship at The Sacred Sanctuary, please reach out to us!

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