Benevolence Sanctuary is a member-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado, for Soul Kitchen Dance, a freeform movement community, and related spiritual embodiment practices that assist our personal and collective healing, growth and awakening. Benevolence is a dedicated place to gather, belong, and thrive through music, movement, art, nature, community, service & study. We are a thriving community of members, with a Board of Directors, staff, and service structures in need our permanent building.
The Ask – Ideal Building or Land Specifications:
2,000-4,000 sq ft. building on 2 – 4 acres of land
Functionally complete, or minimal repairs needed
Within 5-10 miles of downtown Fort Collins
Zoned for church / assembly hall with parking
Mission Statement and Vision for Benevolence Sanctuary
Mission: Benevolence seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming sanctuary that empowers individual healing, celebrates collective wisdom, and galvanizes conscious community to assist our healing, growth and awakening, through group study, dance, movement, and other body-centered practices.
Vision We believe in the power of “Ubuntu”–a strong community and creative collaboration–to improve lives, foster meaningful relationships, and bring about both individual and collective healing. Benevolence aims to unite a flourishing community of people, healers, creatives, and contributors all connected by their love of music, movement, art, nature, spirituality and healing.
Alongside offering embodiment, personal growth and belongingness, Benevolence will become a service-powered and community-driven oasis in Fort Collins. We will develop unique projects in which the music, movement, art, books, wisdom, and culture that inspire us can come together in service of our individual and collective healing.
Rachel Philippe founded Soul Kitchen Dance (SKD) in 2013 as a “safe, sacred, fun, and liberating environment for people to drop their inhibitions and move freely for the health of it.”
It began as one dance per week with the conviction that the joy of freeform movement is for everyone, and that moving to music improves health of body, mind, and spirit. Very soon the practice spawned so much more–most importantly, the strong bonds of community belongingness which drove her to build SKD into a nonprofit organization in 2016.
As the community grew, so too did the offerings; more weekly dances were added, then the creation of Ladies Lab for women to heal, a book study, antiracism work, meditation and Qigong. This growth necessitated the need for a permanent home, so Benevolence was formed as a nonprofit organization in 2019 to house the expanding SKD community and as a sanctuary to extend its non-profit work into the greater Fort Collins community.
Benevolence Sanctuary is a substance-free oasis of healing in Fort Collins, Colorado, providing community activities in a welcoming, inclusive, non-judgmental environment for people moving through life’s mental, emotional, and financial challenges together. Benevolence offers people a therapeutic refuge to find safety and interconnectedness through embodiment and spirituality practices that bolster mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. This multigenerational community benefits a diverse population through connection to body, mind, spirit, environment, music, art, education, and each other. Benevolence serves as a positive alternative to the bar scene for people in need of meaning and movement in their lives, creating fertile and life-supporting opportunities for people to form quality relationships.
Teens, adults, and elders can all connect through dancing, singing, art, gardening, cooking and learning together, creating a legacy for many generations to come.
The problems Benevolence solves:
Especially after a year of pandemic lockdown and zoom sessions, we are all aware of the increase in loneliness, isolation, depression, addiction, mental health, suicidal ideation, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, lack of engagement and withdrawal of retired, semi-retired, single & widowed elders, at risk youth, single parents, and strained families. Benevolence provides fellowship, camaraderie, recovery, and engagement in an uplifting and edifying atmosphere of love.
Belongingness and strong community connection are vital human needs oftentimes lacking in our lives. Benevolence brings people together through a shared interest in music, movement, spirituality, healing, art and nature; fostering strong and lasting community bonds. Benevolence accomplishes this by offering regular weekly embodiment practices, community groups, book study, antiracism work, addiction recovery programs, gardening, cooking, music and art making, indigenous wisdom and land stewardship.