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Stupa Blessing Ceremony at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

February 17th, 2014

On Thursday, February 20, twelve Tibetan Buddhist Lamas will visit the Earth Sanctuary Stupa and conduct a traditional blessing ceremony.  The ceremony, open to the public and friends of Earth Sanctuary, is scheduled to start at 10:00 am and last 30 minutes.  Since the entourage is coming from Seattle, it is recommended that interested people be at the stupa by 9:30 am.  Present will be: H.H.  Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya, H.E. Zaya Rinpoche, H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche, H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche, Dagmo Lhanze, Tulku Pema, Jamyang Gyantse, Gen. Tashi Nyima, Ven. Khyentse, Tsering Ghompo, Khenpo Jampa, Tulku Yeshi, Lama Migmar, and Ani Dolkar.

Directions: From Seattle, take I-5 north. From the Eastside, take I-405 north to I-5 north. Take Exit 189 from I-5 to the west and follow the signs to the Whidbey Island/Mukilteo ferry terminal. Get into the ferry line where the signs tell you to do so or whenever you see the “end of the line” of cars. Ferries leave every half hour on the hour and half-hour. The ferry ride from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island lasts about 20 minutes. Once on Whidbey Island, drive north on the main highway, Route 525, for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn right onto Newman Road. To park at the Stupa entrance at 5536 Emil Road, go 0.25 mile and turn right onto Emil Road. Drive up the hill 0.2 mile and turn left into Earth Sanctuary on the gravel road.

Candlemas Ceremony to be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 3:00 – 4:30

January 23rd, 2014

Sorry for leaving that out in the previous post!

Candlemas Sacred Space Purification Ceremony

January 20th, 2014


In the Celtic calendar, Candlemas marks the first day of spring and the rebirth of nature. It is a holiday of purity, light, and new life.


The altars in the Dolmen and the offerings in the Labyrinth and the Cottonwood Stone Circle need to be cleansed. We will visit each of these sacred spaces and clean and bless each space.


We will start in the 2059 Newman Road parking lot. Come early and enjoy the entire Earth Sanctuary ahead of time. Consider parking at the Stupa entrance at 5536 Emil Road and walking to the 2059 parking lot.


Please bring a candle.




Sacred Space Interview & Interviewer’s Experience Visiting Earth Sanctuary

November 11th, 2013

On July 23, 2013, I was interviewed about Sacred Space on KKNW by Martha Childress.  Listen to the interview.

On November 10, Martha and some friends visited Earth Sanctuary and here is what she said:

Dear Chuck,

I just wanted to thank you again, for taking the time to meet with us out at your site yesterday. It was a wonderful experience, and your personal touch amplified it even further.

What a powerful and inspiring model you are, with what you have made possible with your vision. With the Earth Sanctuary, you have blended current awareness with ancient wisdom, and blended them in a way which they serve as one, and serve for all.  You have created a truly new sacred site, and living example, of a modern doorway for integral transformation and expansion. All easily accessible, inviting, and available for all who are called.

Gratitude and blessings. The whale is still with me, and I am still singing. Thank you again.


–Thank you Martha for your support of Earth Sanctuary!

“A lovely place and a perfect retreat spot”

October 21st, 2013

Chuck: I just want to thank you for the care you have taken in creating Earth Sanctuary. It really is a lovely place and a perfect retreat spot for me, since it combines everything I love and value. It is quite a gift to the world. My visit was too brief, and I hope to return soon.

FYI, I noted a pretty remarkable level of bird activity for this time of year, with lots of species – that seems like a good sign.

With gratitude, Demi Allen

[Thank you Demi for your kind words! - Chuck]

Retreat House Has New Energy Efficient Heating System

October 14th, 2013

The Earth Sanctuary Retreat House has a new energy efficient ductless heat pump heating system. A recent retreatant reports: “Much quieter than the baseboard heaters, and it also seemed to drown out the traffic noise. It worked very well for me to retreat there again.” Come and enjoy a warm and cozy retreat!

Birds of Earth Sanctuary – A Short Video

September 25th, 2013

This short video – Birds of Earth Sanctuary – by master photographer Craig Johnson has incredible videos of many species of birds and chicks at Earth Sanctuary. Plan a visit soon!

Comment from a Recent Visitor

September 9th, 2013

My friend and I visited the Earth Sanctuary yesterday.  It is a beautiful place.  Thank you for following your dream and sharing it with others.

I especially enjoyed sitting on the curved bench looking at the “primordial pond”.  Lots of dragon flies and we saw a heron.  It was a peaceful time for us.  It took me back in time and gave me hope for the future.  I offered prayers everywhere, I walked the labyrinth, took my shoes off to stand on the sacred native american stone, rang the bell, spun the prayer spindle.  I also heard a squeak and a splash but saw nothing.  I was grateful for everything.  I would like to come again some time.

Thank you again.

Know that you are loved.



Busy Beavers Video

August 26th, 2013

We have three beaver lodges at Earth Sanctuary.  There is a weir and culvert between the Middle and West Ponds.  When the beavers hear running water, they immediately build a dam to stop the water.  In this video, you can see Chuck Pettis using a pitchfork to unclog the dam.  At night the beavers come back and fill it in again.  And on it goes!

Sacred Sites Radio Interview July 23, 2013

July 22nd, 2013

Chuck Pettis, founder and creator of Earth Sanctuary will be interviewed about Sacred Sites on KKNW (1150 AM in Seattle) on July 23 at 12:30 PDT. You can listen live online at  The interview will also be archived for listing after the live show (not sure when) here: