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Review for Tierra Sagrada The Sacred Earth Foundation, Florissant, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

Weekend workshops and retreats, lectures, informal gatherings.

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)

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

Role:  Client Served & attended several lectures and weekend retreats.