A Sacred Place is nestled in the outskirts of Canaan, New Hampshire within the Indian River Valley. It is situated on forty-one (41) acres of natural beauty and ecological diversity ranging from vernal pools, streams, and wetlands to fields and forest. It is open to all who wish to connect with nature in a respectful manner.
The intention of A Sacred Place is to create an environment where diversity, tolerance and forbearance combine to promote awareness, understanding and enlightenment. Within this peaceful, secluded setting, all people of goodwill are welcomed. They may spend a day, a weekend, or a year at work, play, study, and/or prayer in harmony with the Earth. We also provide an opportunity for hands-on experience of responsible land use and food production for those wishing to experience these cycles. We believe that embracing nature in a personal way nourishes and restores balance to one's body, mind, and spirit. It is in this sanctuary that people may gather to connect and strengthen their bonds of community where the expression of individual spiritual perception is not only respected, but also embraced and celebrated.
A Sacred Place is administered by its founder, Auntie Shema, and the Council of Elders who help maintain the land and oversee the activities held here. As of the spring of 2011, ASP is an officially recognized nonprofit organization in the state of New Hampshire. We are currently working on achieving full federal 501(c) status.
Join us for our 7th annual Beltaine festival!
Times have been hard lately, and many people in our community are in dire need of a little joy and some irreverent, lighthearted humor. With this in mind, our theme for this year is.....
Yes, that's right- we'll be having a duck race, and this year is all about laughter, fun, and merriment. Plus, they make bathtime fun, and you know how much we all appreciate a good bath after three days of camping.
And once you're out of the bath, you can change into your
Limited Edition ASP Shirt
While we have plenty of fun, remember that this is a spiritual retreat. Please respect others, respect the land, and read our rules and policies
The event will begin at 9am on Saturday, and end at 3pm on Monday. Vendors and volunteers should contact us in advance if you plan to arrive on Friday.
Our site is primitive- We have a privy and portapotties for sanitation, and running water from a hose. You should plan to bring your own drinking water and other essentials with this in mind.
ASP a registered nonprofit entity, and is in the process of obtaining 501 (c) tax exempt status. We rely on community support and welcome donations, but they are not yet tax deductable.
The feast on Sunday following the Maypole ritual is included with your registration.
This year, we will not be doing a meal plan, but we are pleased to welcome the Stone Soup Celidh! Bring something to throw on the grill and share!
Remember to bring:
Tent and sleeping bag, flashlight, bug repellent, sunscreen, bottled water (or water filter) , drum (s) for the fire circle, ritual tools, plate and eating utensils for the feast or meal plan.
We are in the planning stages, so if you'd like to get involved, please email us at [masked]. We are still looking for: