We envision the land as a Sanctuary
A land that preserves a priceless heritage of green space
Located on southern Vancouver Island, accesible to the city of Victoria, airport and ferries, adjacent to the Gowlland Tod Provincial park on a land that preserves a priceless heritage of green space.
It is situated in the Gowlland Range, one of the most beautiful natural areas in Greater Victoria.
For those who seek to protect the planet
Gatherings from multiple traditions will ensure the conservation of the land and its use solely for purposes of spiritual growth and training for those who seek to protect the planet through
non-violent methods of education and building sustainable alternatives.
In the words of poet Mary Oliver
"When I am among the trees,
especially the cedars and firs,
equally the arbutus and maples,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself
in which I have goodness and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out "Stay Awhile."
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, "Its simple", they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine".
Earthspring Sanctuary is the culmination of a life-long dedication to nature conservation and connection.
In 1990, the northwest Highlands, an area of over 2500 acres rich in natural ecosystems and 10 kilometres of ocean shoreline, was owned by three vacant landowners.
Under threat from development, a group of us established the Gowlland Foundation in order to bring the magnificence of the area to the attention of the public. In 1994, the Province purchased the two largest of these properties to create Gowlland Tod Park.
The third smaller property was purchased by me and my partner in 1992 to conserve the land as a nature sanctuary. Over the years, a retreat center was established on the land. Michael and Mahadevi are pleased to offer Earthspring Sanctuary as a place of quiet and refuge in nature.