BENEVOLENCE

Our community is ready for a clean, modern, thriving home with a dedicated bare foot sanctuary for Soul Kitchen Dance and so many other related offerings: a place we can come together in fellowship and belonging. In honor of my brother Ben who fell to the diseases of mental illness, addiction and isolation, in service to my own recovery from an eating and exercise disorder, and in devotion to my belief that we live in a benevolent universe, I am committed to manifesting Benevolence Sanctuary for the benefit of us all. Please read more here and email me if you’d like to help serve to bring this vision into reality.
Benevolence Sanctuary for Spiritual Practices
A 100% substance-free Oasis for Human Awakening
INTENTION
Benevolence Sanctuary for Spiritual Practices is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving as a home in Fort Collins, CO for spiritual practices that benefit the well being of both the individual and the collective. Based on the beliefs that body, mind & spirit are interconnected, and embodying the credo that wellness is for everyone: Benevolence is a community gathering space providing Fort Collins with convenient, affordable access to practices, offerings and events that increase the emotional, social and physical health of people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. Benevolence Sanctuary in and of itself is not a spiritual program, but rather is a home to many different spiritually-based programs and groups aligned with its mission and vision. The Sanctuary serves its purpose by providing a clean, safe and sacred environment conducive to healing, with a beautiful temple for embodiment practices, a community room for support groups &  meetings, a reading room with lending library, and gathering spaces that allow for fellowship before, after and in between these activities. With nourishing spaces inside and out, Benevolence brings people together to grow, heal and thrive.
THE SPACE
Beautiful property overlooking the foothills, zoned for assembly hall, with a 4,000+ sq. ft. bldg.,  parking for 50, and grounds for horticultural therapeutic gardens, walking meditation and fire pit.
• 2000+sq. foot open, high ceiling sanctuary to accommodate up to 50 people w/floating wood floor, sound system w/sub woofer, altar space
• Community Room for donation-based support groups, addiction recovery, local non-profit meetings
• Lounge: fellowship/togetherness space for being & convening before and after classes, stretching, hanging, decompressing, w/sprung lo pile carpet gymnastic floor and ‘toys’ for sitting, lying, rolling, stretching & cubbies for stowing shoes/bags
• Reading room/Lending library with edifying literature
• Lobby w/local art, filtered water
Benefits to the Community
Benevolence serves as a home for Soul Kitchen Dance and other healing arts in Fort Collins – an in-town retreat-like facility: an inclusive and synergistic environment promoting connection, growth & community for all – read testimonials here –  providing a centralized, affordable facility for high quality classes at rates convenient to the public at large. The Center also provides a platform in Fort Collins to host nationally & internationally acclaimed authors, speakers, thought leaders, & healing arts professionals to educate, enrich and fortify our community. Offerings include but are not limited to: yoga, meditation, breath work, conscious dance, trainings and retreats. The Community Room provides donation-based space for local recovery & support groups and non- profits to meet.
Mission
To assist the healing, growth and awakening of humanity.
The Need
As Fort Collins grows from a small town into a bigger city, our population grows. More people bring more needs; needs for housing, roads, government, schools and libraries. Health is another basic need of people. Hospitals and medical institutions address physical health. But oftentimes the paramount needs for connection, community, togetherness, and spiritual health are underserved. Implicit to the growth and flourishing of Fort Collins’ population is the need for access to the healing arts and practices of personal wellness that will maintain a healthy, thriving, safe community.
The problem
There is currently no devoted barefoot sanctuary space for the Healing Arts in Fort Collins that is community-oriented, synergistic, cohesive, and 100% substance free. As Fort Collins grows there is more and more demand for such a space. Soul Kitchen Dance has rented The Empire Grange for the last 6 years, oftentimes encountering distasteful conditions due to unrelated uses and party rentals. Concurrently, the space is unavailable for us to add more dances to our schedule. Meanwhile, countless members of our community have contacted me to find out how to rent the space, only to find it unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.
Benevolence is A Community Sanctuary for the Healing Arts that is: Contemporary, Healthy, Abundant, Vital, Clean, Uplifting, Spacious, Light-filled, Dynamic, Thriving, Prosperous, Flourishing, Supportive, Edifying, Cross-pollinating, Beautiful, Collaborative, Cooperative, Collective, Cohesive,*100% substance free 100% of the time, and *has a booming in-house sound system to catapult us out of our minds and into the 4th dimension!
A vibrant, modern, therapeutic sanctuary offering potent help for powerful times In honor of my brother Ben who suffered from the dis- eases of addiction and isolation – of which so many of us struggle alone – who would have benefitted greatly from a place to fill up with all the right stuff: Love, Community, Compassion, Support, Help, Fellowship, Movement, Music, Meditation, Breath, Drumming, Ritual, Ceremony, Art, Creativity, Expression, Fellowship, Wisdom, Recovery, Resource, Service, Sharing, Safety, Stillness, Peace, Well-being, Literature, Serving our community, Nourishing our souls
In order for our vision to come into being, resources will be needed in many areas. If you want to take part in making this dream become reality, we need your help finding, procuring, connecting and contributing in whatever way you can. Please let us know how you can assist, as this is a much-needed center for our community:
Funding
Land grants
Property – tear down or refurbish Planning/Prospecting
Building
Architect
Landscape Artist Promotions/Marketing Networking