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September 20, 2009

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September 20, 2009

The Sacred Earth Foundation is one of the most enlightened organizations I have ever known. Pati Turner is one of the most visionary, hard-working souls I know with a kind an gentle spirit, bringing together people of different cultures who are interested in spiritual and physical healing of humanity and the earth. Every event I have gone to through Tierra Sacrada has been very profound. I, too, have worked with many different indigenous cultures for the healing of the earth, and I know it is difficult and challenging work. I support this foundation totally.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many gatherings with different indigenous healers from around the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sense of community and the healing that takes place, and the beautiful surrounding in nature.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help save tha planet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 20, 2009

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September 20, 2009

It is with great honor, respect and gratitude that I wish to acknowledge and support the work of The Sacred Earth Foundation. My name is Art Cisneros and my mother's name is Beatrice Robles Cisneros, I belong to my mother's clan of Chumash People. I am a firekeeper for my community. I was introduced to Pati Turner, the Founder of The Sacred Earth Foundation, through a mutual friend at the time in 2007 when she was working with Don Alejandro, a 13th generation Quique Mayan Priest, and supporting the "Shift of the Ages" a movie about his message to the world. Soon after, she called to ask my help with the protocal with the local Chumash community. The event and presentation truly helped to heal and transform everyone there, and I became aware of and understood, the significance of the work that Pati has humbly taken on at great expence to herself, both energetically and financially. In July of 2007 I asked Pati to help me host Angaangaq, an Inuit Shaman from Greenland to the Santa Barbara area. Through her work she helped our community to heal and transform at three events with Angaangaq. Hundreds of people have been helped and inspired to do their own work to fulfill their purpose for being here in service to others. I continue to be moved by the passion Pati shares with everyone about her love for the Mother Earth and all who reside here. Through her work bringing the wisdom of the elders from around the globe, she is helping to bring balance and understanding to our world by teaching us how to love each other unconditionally. Pati has helped me personally with her healing abilities and inspired me to new to new awareness through her unconditional love. This is the moment that we can all help The Sacred Earth Foundation to continue with this important work. I am honored to now be a member of the Board of Directors since March of 2009. I ask that you take responsibility as a caretaker of Mother Earth and share your abundance so this transformative work can continue. Thank you for being an important chapter to bringing balance and peace back to our planet. Meta Tantay (Walk in Peace)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping the community to transform and to come together in support of each other and the planet.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the work required to create the space and the logistics involved in hosting such extraordinary individuals to the Santa Barbara area. The sheer immensity of a mission to transform the planet is overwhelming.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the joy that people express during and following their experience of ceremony and wisdom that is brought by the global elders whom we host.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone who has volunteered with time, service and funds have been warm, compassionate and inspired to fulfill the mission of Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create a sustainable community that provides space for a spiritual healing center offering outreach across the globe. Bringing local enrichment and becoming a model for the world. This would be a center that brings wisdom to our knowledge.

Ways to make it better...

More funds were available so scholarships could be offered to those who cannot afford to attend the intensive teachings and workshops.If the abundance of this foundation were increased, indigenous cultures and Western Society would benefit immensely.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Creating a sustainable financial base. The vision of The Sacred Earth Foundation is so imperative at this time in the history of mankind that funds are needed to bring these teachings to the global community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Indigenous communities and all of the indigenous prophesies support the need to open the hearts of all of mankind to embrace each other and support each other through all difficulties that currently threaten our very existence.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 3, 2009

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September 3, 2009

I have been to several events sponsored by Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation during the last two years. They have all been very uplifting experiences, well organized, and presented with care and kindness to diverse audiences. I had been searching for an organization that would champion the ancient indigenous wisdom and spirituality offered by many different cultures worldwide, and was amazed to find this group operating in my home town of Santa Barbara, California. There is an aching need in our society for a re-connection with earth-based spirituality, the kind often offered by ancient traditional cultures. And many of the elders of these traditions are now, for the first time, willing to share their wisdom with others. The Sacred Earth Foundation is one of very few organizations working to facilitate the connection between traditional spiritual leaders worldwide and those of us needing to reconnect with Mother Earth. They have successfully offered workshops, weekend retreats, lectures, and informal gatherings featuring indigenous elders and wisdom keepers from several cultures: Mayan, Inka, Greenland Eskimo, Chumash (indigenous to our Santa Barbara area) and upcoming events with Dine' (Navajo) and Sangoma (Botswana, Africa) representatives. I have gotten to know Pati Turner, the founder and CFO of this organization, and recommend her very highly. I am so impressed with the work she has done thus far with very little resources, and know that her dedication and enthusiasm will lead to even more amazing accomplishments, given the financial backing this organization so richly deserves. --Katey O'Neill

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Weekend workshops and retreats, lectures, informal gatherings.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Network with similar organizations to cut costs in bringing indigenous elders here (Pati has begun doing this)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The care taken in organizing events provides a very nurturing and comfortable atmosphere for learning and experiencing new ways of viewing and healing the world and ourselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated to the indigenous elders being featured, and ready to help provide a beautiful venue for learning.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a beautiful Center for Indigenous Teachings that would attract teachers and healers from around the world--a permanent venue for the workshops, retreats, and lectures. Provide scholarships to those unable to pay to attend, especially for youth.

Ways to make it better...

increased funding had allowed for longer teaching sessions

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising and getting others involved in administration

One thing I'd also say is that...

The wealth of indigenous wisdom worldwide can help save our world environmentally, and help heal us emotionally and spiritually so that we can better work for each other and our Mother Earth. The Sacred Earth Foundation has already facilitated this.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 31, 2009

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August 31, 2009

I am honored to be on the board of such a heart-felt grassroots organization! Founder and president, Patricia Turner, has made it her life's mission to bring forth the voices of some of the most underserved and ignored populations on this planet, those of indigenous peoples. In addition, she is committed to encouraging practices that engage and respect the Earth. As a psychologist who comes from an ecopsychological and integrative perspective, I cannot speak strongly enough about the need to support this organization in the mosaic of grant recipients. With more funding, Tierra Sagrada The Sacred Earth Foundation, can branch out into other domains of the local and global community, including, but not limited to integrative healthcare.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing those from diverse backgrounds together and providing venues for communication and education.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

educational events in the natural environment with elders from various parts of the world and collaborative compassion-based practices.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the highest quality. I have rarely seen individuals so eager to put in days and months of dedication and hard work in order to create and sustain events, even when they have full-time jobs in other venues.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perhaps have a central location for events and for administrative purposes. It could have a small staff that could help organize and facilitate ongoing educational and cultural events as well as public relations in regard to such events.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 30, 2009

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August 30, 2009

As Chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic, I presented to our Board of Directors a grant request from Tierra Sagrada, that would create funding for hosting an indigenous elder who was to present the wisdom of his culture to the local Santa Barbara community. Our Board had never granted funds for such a project, but the members were extraordinarily supportive of the concept and approved the grant request, as well as asking if they could come to the event. It was thoroughly special and remarkable, and we are not only pleased to have taken a part in its presentation, we are honored to be associated with such an extraordinary non-profit organization and its substantive and transcendent vision.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attendance by some of our Board members at the actual event.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Pat myself on the back.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The experienced has increased my awareness of the importance of sustaining indigenous cultures and has added a level of experience that would otherwise not been possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Considerate, gracious, interesting and embracing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the consciousness of the world toward the nurturing and sharing of and by all cultures.

Ways to make it better...

I were more aware.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Self-serving entities throughout the world that have no vision of the relationship of all living beings.

One thing I'd also say is that...

My Board and I would like to encourage as many people as possible to learn about Tierra Sagrada and to support it and participate in its events.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 3, 2009

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July 3, 2009

Our organization Sacred Earth Network (SEN) - www.sacredearthnetwork.org - has been working with Tierra Sagrada/The Sacred Earth Foundation since 2008. The similarity in the names of our organizations are similarities in spirit, but they are coincidental. We provided a grant for the Tierra Sagrada's project to make a CD recording of traditional songs and folklore of Chumash elders. The CD was created with a relatively small amount of money, but it came out wonderfully with clearly a large effort from the Tierra Sagrada and its community to produce a valuable source for generations to come. Sacred Earth Network is proud to have sponsored this project. We feel that there is a strong commitment from the organization and its president Patricia Turner to preservation and revival of traditional knowledge of indigenous people of our planet. We continue to provide support for this project in 2009.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

accomplishing a project.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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