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, and where so many in our community can give and receive their gifts. 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 opening  Benevolence Sanctuary in 2020 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 assist the healing, growth and awakening of all people. Benefitting 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 member-supported 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 spiritually-based programs and groups aligned with its mission and vision. Benevolence provides a sacred environment containing an exquisite sanctuary for embodiment practices, a community room for meetings and support groups, 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 2-4,000+ sq. ft. bldg.,  parking for 50, and grounds for horticultural therapeutic gardens, walking meditation labyrinth, and fire pit.
• 1200-1500 sq. foot open floor,  high ceiling sanctuary to accommodate up to 50 people with floating wood floor, state of the art in home sound system w/sub woofer, altar space
• Community Room for donation-based support groups, addiction recovery, local non-profit meetings
• Lounge for fellowship before and after events, stretching, decompressing, with soft sprung lo pile carpet floor and ‘toys’ for sitting, lying, rolling, stretching, plus cubbies for stowing shoes and belongings
• Reading room and Lending library with edifying literature
• Lobby with local art, filtered water
Benefits to the Community
Benevolence serves as a home for Soul Kitchen Dance and many other spiritually- aligned embodiment communities and practices.  An in-town retreat-like facility: Benevolence is an inclusive and synergistic environment promoting connection, growth, and community for all – read testimonials here –  providing a centralized, cross-pollinating hub for members to thrive. The Sanctuary also provides a venue in Fort Collins to host nationally and internationally touring authors, speakers, thought leaders, and medicine people to educate, enrich and fortify our community. The Community Room provides donation-based space for local recovery,  support and non-profit  groups  to meet.
Mission
To assist the healing, growth and awakening of humanity.
The Need
Fort Collins is growing. 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 practices of personal wellness that will maintain a healthy, thriving, safe community.
The problem
There is currently no devoted barefoot sanctuary space 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 gratefully rented The Empire Grange for over 6 years, and now finds it unavailable to grow our weekly offerings ~as there are countless members of our community wishing to share their gifts,
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