Life and Color in the Sacred Woods

Sep 20, 14 Life and Color in the Sacred Woods

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The extinction of animal and plant species on our planet, due to contaminated lands, chemicals, GMOs, reduces our physical and also spiritual diversity, decreasing the complexity of life and the memories and characteristics connected to certain species. What can we do to reverse this tendency? In Damanhur, we are working to reintroduce the biodiversity of the Sacred Woods.

We consider diversity a wealth in every arena, and the Sacred Woods is no exception. The area started as “coppice” woods where young trees are repeatedly cut to near ground level. The trees already present in abundance are chestnut, acacia, oak, birch, hazel, elder and alder trees. Cherry and walnut trees are also present to a lesser extent. Shrubs and herbs of many varieties complete the panorama. Restoration is happening on all Bright and sunny Cowslip, also known as Primula - adding to the #Biodiversity in the Sacred Woods“levels” of vegetation, and we have carefully chosen specific species to reintroduce. A variety of trees, hedges and shrubs, flowers and underbrush, edible herbs and fruit trees. We would also like to attract and and sustain bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects that feed on flowers.

Around the stone labyrinths and spirals, we are planting shrubs and flower beds of different species, with flowers that bloom at different times, with different colors, in order to produce chromatic accents and scents in each season, to offer beauty and variety in the woods for visitors who come for meditations dynamics. Damanhur researchers are currently working to find the most suitable color for each of the paths.


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 What kind of biodiversity is thriving in your area?


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  1. Where I live in Canada we have mostly pine and fir, some cedar, all kinds of birds, egret, heron, gulls, hawks.

    • Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing about the biodiversity in your area. Hope it will stay well preserved!

  2. I’m in the city so the most common wildlife are pigeons though in the park we have lots of greenery and some squirrels. so cute.

    • There can be a surprising amount of biodiversity even in urban areas! As well as strategies for urban ecology. All the best for connecting with natural energies in your city. Thanks for sharing!


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