17. Earth Sanctuary
Sacred spaces, land art, and sculpture connected by 2 miles of nature trails.
2059 Newman Road 98260
Open every day of the year during daylight hours. $7/person admission. No dogs please.
The ferry ride from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island lasts about 20 minutes. Once on Whidbey Island, drive north on the main highway, Route 525, for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn right onto Newman Road. To park at the 2059 Newman Road entrance, drive for 0.8 mile to 2059 Newman Road and turn right into the driveway. Go about 100 feet and turn right at the sign to get to the main parking area. To park at the Stupa entrance at 5536 Emil Road, go 0.25 mile and turn right onto Emil Road. Drive up the hill 0.2 mile and turn left into Earth Sanctuary on the gravel road.
For sculpture lovers and artists, healers and wanderers, and those seeking immersion in the outdoors, Earth Sanctuary is the creation of land artist and visionary, Chuck Pettis. Pettis uses the secrets of sacred space and cosmic geometry to engage visitor’s extrasensory perceptions to evoke experiences of peacefulness and heightened insights. Balancing elements of earth sculpture, earth energies, and ecological restoration, Earth Sanctuary’s Land Art includes: two stone circles, two Native American Medicine Wheels, standing stones, cairns, dolmen, labyrinth, a Buddhist stupa, and contemporary sculptures, e.g., The Infinite Tower. All connected via two miles of nature trails that feature bird-filled ponds, a Neolithic bog, and a healing forest.