Encouraging spiritual reflection and faithful action for the earth in those places where nature lovers feel closest to God.
NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE! A free audio “tour” of 17 scenic vistas, parks and trails in Sonoma County, which connects visitors with knowledge about natural history, land acknowledgement, and environmental challenges/climate justice issues along with a suggested spiritual practice and a call to action.
To access Sacred Ground, search for and download OTOCAST from the App Store or Google Play — or use the links below. If you live in Sonoma County, Sacred Ground will be the first “guide” to appear on the list; otherwise, click on “cities” and scroll through the alphabetical list to Sonoma County, CA. Then click on Sacred Ground and explore!
Get the free Otocast app at:
2. or Google Play
A couple of tips: there are a few locations on the “tour” where cell phone service is spotty, so you may want to open the app before you hit the road, and leave it open as you travel. That way the information will remain downloaded on your phone. For those without a smartphone, visit https://app.otocast.com/preload/Sonoma_SacredGround. This is a version of the guide that works in a web browser (you can even use it with your phone in “airplane mode” or places with no cell phone service, as it pre-loads all images, text, and audio).
Click here to watch a video describing the concept for this project in more detail.
We are especially grateful for these community partners!
CA Indian Museum and Cultural Center has provided valuable educational resources for a number of locations, and the Museum will soon be a destination of its own on the Sacred Ground tour.
Redbud Resource Group is doing amazing work building bridges between Native and non-Native communities in Sonoma County and across the state, and their work will be highlighted as part of the Spring Lake location on the Sacred Ground tour (also coming soon).
NEXT SACRED GROUND FIELD TRIP: All are invited to join us for a visit to the seasonal waterfall at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma Creek Falls. This site is a little tricky to find, and there is no cell phone coverage, so we will meet at the park visitor’s center at noon on Wednesday, February 21. Carpooling is a good idea as parking is limited, particularly at the trail entrance. Be prepared for damp weather and a quarter-mile walk each way, with several stairs. The rocks at the falls can be slippery in any weather.
We’ll be focusing on balance — not our need for it physically as we make our way around this location, but the balance of nature, and other kinds of balance which help us thrive.
HOW CAN YOU HELP EXPAND THIS PROJECT? If you love nature and spending time outdoors, you can help expand the reach of this app in a number of ways:
- Contribute photos and brief descriptions of your favorite places
- Research local environmental challenges and suggest simple action items
- Make connections with potential partners (indigenous groups, environmental-oriented organizations, parks, etc.)
- Arrange for a presentation at your house of worship
- Tell your nature-loving friends and family about the app!
- Visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel regularly for further updates, along with “backstories” about the creation of Sacred Ground
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:
Rev. Laurie Bayen, Windsor Community United Methodist Church