The goals of Sacred Land

The Sacred Land Project is about:

1. Rediscovering how our forebears saw the landscape (both natural and built) as full of sacred potential, so that we can be inspired to do the same: to build once again a sense of the sacred in all that we create.

2. Rediscovering the sacred designs of many medieval cities and towns and working from them to revive the beauty of the built landscape

3. Guiding people through urban and rural settings explaining the sacred designs and meanings of their surroundings,  expanding their experience of their surroundings, both abroad and at home.

4. Encouraging people from all backgrounds to feel comfortable in, and entitled to, sacred places and to see sacred places as both their privilege, right, and their responsibility. (joy and bounden duty)

5. Making sacred places welcoming, accepting, and inviting places for people from the community of all backgrounds

6. Rediscovering and reopening old pilgrimage routes and finding environmentally sensitive ways of managing them

7. Creating new pilgrimage routes

8. Creating special/sacred urban spaces such as playgrounds, gardens and riverbanks, or adding a new dimension to existing urban spaces such as war memorials. This work will be done in order to create places of peace, quiet and reflection in the midst of our cities.

9. Re-establishing the sacred identity of shrines and their traditions, whether they are on church land or have passed into secular management as historical monuments. These projects will act as a focus for local environmental improvements.

10. Restoring and reopening urban and rural sacred waterways, and other water related sites such as holy wells with the intention of keeping them as places of natural beauty, peace and healing

11. Encouraging wildflower sanctuaries in churchyards and other sacred places, thereby re-establishing the traditional Giardini Sacristi, Sacred Gardens, and building on the success of the Living Churchyards project.

12. Re-establishing monastic-style, organic, medicinal, herbal gardens in the environs of the major sacred places of Britain in order to promote organic farming and traditional herbal medicine.

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