Earth Sanctuary
Nature Reserve : Sculpture Garden : Retreat Center

Welcome to Earth Sanctuary

A short hour’s drive north of Seattle and a ferry ride over the silver blue waters of Puget Sound take you to the ponds, pastures and forests of Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Earth Sanctuary is a tranquil oasis with two miles of nature trails and a sculpture garden of eco-art highlighting diverse global spiritual traditions. Visit Earth Sanctuary to enjoy the wonders of nature and experience personal renewal, spiritual growth and healing.

Come explore one of the newest and most lovingly created eco-sites in the world!

Earth Sanctuary is open to visitors every day of the year during daylight hours. There is a fee of $7 per person to visit Earth Sanctuary. There is a box on the bulletin board by the parking area with registration envelopes. Put your fee in one of the envelopes provided and place it in the slot at the top of the metal box.

At Earth Sanctuary, nature is the top priority. Reclaim your spirit in its beautiful forests and reflective ponds. Experience megalithic sacred sites and eco-art, walk the labyrinth, amplify your prayers at the Native American medicine wheel. Experience an authentic Buddhist stupa. Enjoy the abundance of birds while walking the nature reserve's two miles of paths.

Nature Reserve

Within the 72 acres of Earth Sanctuary lies a rich natural habitat that provides refuge for a diverse community of wildlife. The property is being restored to mature old-growth forest. More than 15,000 native plants (80 species) and 3,000 trees (20+ species) have been planted to date, and more than 80 species of birds breed on the property. Earth Sanctuary is recognized as a habitat of importance by the Whidbey Audubon Society and the Island County Critical Areas Program.

Sculpture Garden

At Earth Sanctuary you’ll be inspired by the sculpture garden of sacred spaces, environmental sculptures and eco-art. Unique art pieces and meaningful spiritual symbols provide the ideal environment for personal renewal and spiritual connection.

Retreat Center

The Retreat Center at Earth Sanctuary is a non-denominational, non-sectarian spiritual haven for relaxation, meditation, and peaceful reflection. Visitors have full access to Earth Sanctuary's nature reserve, sacred spaces and forests where the paths are very conducive to walking meditation and spiritual discovery.

Directions

From I-5

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 2059 Newman Road entrance, drive for 0.8 mile to 2059 Newman Road and turn right into the driveway. Go about 100 feet and turn right at the sign to get to the main parking area. 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.

From Port Townsend or Northern Whidbey Island:

Take 525 South. Just after Freeland, make a left on Double Bluff Road. Go a short ways to a "T" with Newman Road and make a right turn. To park at the 2059 Newman Road entrance, go 0.2 8 mile to 2059 Newman Road and turn left into the driveway. Go about 100 feet and turn right at the sign to get to the main parking area. To park at the Stupa entrance at 5536 Emil Road, go 0.8 mile and turn left onto Emil Road. Drive up the hill 0.2 mile and turn left into Earth Sanctuary on the gravel road.