A thriving community practices a variety of sustainability practices: recycling, community clean-up, food closets, communal gardens, multi-family garage sales, and block parties, to name a few. Ceremonial placemaking is another sustainability practice–for the soul of a community, the hearts of the people, and the spirit of the land.
Altar Places facilitates transformation by honoring its organic process. While change is directed toward a pre-determined end, transformation enlists a much broader and deeper source of intelligence.
In providing sacred places right where people live, a community creates accessible places for the soulful work of individuals and their communities to re-claim, re-story, and re-create their lives.
Sacred places provide two types of transformative thresholds, both of which invite a particular flavor of new story to come forth:
- Calling Power – meaning to be able, potent, and to use in service toward intent.
- Beckoning Sanctuary – a shelter from hardship, protection for displaced people, and relief and comfort in hard times.
These thresholds can fill us with power, especially in those moments when we feel we cannot “go it alone”; when we need the wisdom of others and of nature; and when we need a place where the in-between becomes visible, and we can receive our miracles.
Through intentional activities and open participation, Altar Places reveals a soulful map to previously undisclosed thresholds to inspirited energy and blessing– transformation for individuals and groups.