Open Spaces Sacred Places: Stories of How Nature Heals and Unifies

Tom Stoner and Carolyn Rapp

Open Spaces Sacred Places: Stories of How Nature Heals and Unifies
TKF Foundation, Annapolis MD (distributed by Chelsea Green, VT). 2008

Nature heals and unifies. Tom and Kitty Stoner understood this while visiting a small park in London. They felt the silent healing and respite the little park provided to war weary Londoners. The Stoners created the TKF Foundation, and joined with passionate ordinary individuals they call Firesouls, to create over one hundred such places. Open Spaces Sacred Places is the inspiring story of twelve of these projects. A meditation garden behind the walls of a Maryland prison, a Garden of Little Angels for grieving parents and an interfaith garden of peace and remembrance are all healing places. Though each space is different, they share a common sacredness; the subtle power to transform those who enter. Open Spaces Sacred Places is heartwarming to read, but it’s also a call to action; anyone can become a Firesoul and, with a bit of digging, make a little corner of the world a more peaceful place.