Sacred Earth is a community project that connects people with nature. We have a beautiful 40-acre site in Horam, East Sussex. It was once a brickworks, but over the last eight years, we have re-wilded it, encouraging its natural biodiversity to flourish. We see ourselves as its environmental custodians. On our site, we run courses and mentoring projects. They're all about experiential learning through spending time in nature. Our flagship programme is called the Earth Steward Apprenticeship. Culminating in a five-day survival quest, it lasts a year and helps young people develop their social and emotional intelligence. On top of this, we also support entrant farmers, rural craft entrepreneurs and nature-oriented therapists by providing affordable access to land, tools, infrastructure, mentoring and project management support. Our vision is of a place where humans work together on the land, their presence fostering the diversification of species and enrichment of the environment.Why the community needs us
We are taking practical steps to overcome the social an ecological challenges that face our local community and its environment - like loneliness, nature deficit disorder, social isolation - as well as soil degradation, tree loss and wildlife habitat loss. We want to find inclusive, sustainable, regenerative and ecologically-sensitive ways of tackling these challenges together, helping both people and the natural world. Humans, after all, are part of the natural world, not separate from it.Our impact on the community
We want to regenerate communities and nature. People who spend all of their time indoors are deprived of the ability to be in the real world. They don't have the chance to test boundaries, get lost, feel afraid, have adventures or enjoy the vivid feeling of being alive that we share with other creatures. Through our nature connection courses, we foster a culture of support and collaboration. Nobody's judged and - as so many have testified - they feel that they can truly be themselves.
We run weekly volunteer days at our beautiful 40 acre site near Horam in East Sussex. You can learn new skills, meet like-minded people and spend time in nature.