About UsOnesanctuary.com offers the visitor inspiration, information and products to help create peace and sanctuary on Earth and in daily life. Our attitude is this: Peace on Earth - among nations and individuals - begins with you. Earth is a miraculous Sanctuary worthy of reverence and respect. All Earth's species, including its biological and geographical qualities, deserve a human commitment to stewardship.
Onesanctuary.com highlights the lifelong commitment of partners Dr. C. Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell to help people understand the concept of sanctuary in daily life, at the practical, philosophical and metaphysical levels. Theirs is the only efforts known to promote sanctuary and peace in a very practical day-to-day manner. Not only are they avid gardeners and Earthstewards, the McDowell's are also prolific writers, photographers, musicians and artists, all of which is featured in this website.
Onesanctuary.com also features the McDowells' stunning 22-acre parcel of woods and gardens, called Cortesia Sanctuary. Cortesia Sanctuary is located on an isolated ridgeline outside Eugene, Oregon, a thousand feet above the Willamette Valley floor. In year 2000, Cortesia Sanctuary was honored by the White House as a National Heritage Garden as part of the New Millennium Green Project, guided by Hillary Rodham Clinton. This recognition honors the McDowell's efforts to steward and showcase not only the Pacific Northwest forest (typcially mixed fir), but also its gardenstyle and vegetation.
The McDowells are orginators of the Sanctuary Garden design. Their seven design elements, as chronicled in their bestselling book, The Sanctuary Garden (Fireside Books, 1998, presently out-of-print), launched an international movement in gardening that has embraced sanctuary gardens, healing gardens, quiet gardens, peace gardens and the like in diverse settings. The McDowells are popular speakers at conferences on any of these subjects, presenting a stunning slideshow and original music.
The McDowells are also authors of the world's most popular book on composting, the 32-page guide Home Composting Made Easy (Cortesia Press). Over 1 million copies have been distributed since its publication in 1998. Their newest bestselling 68-page guide, Grow Your Own Food Made Easy (Cortesia Press, 2009) is perfect for creating personal food security and sustainability. It promotes Earth-friendly gardening and includes over 16 pages dedicated to sound nutritional information, including garden designs for growing nutritiously-rich vegetables and fruits.
Their expertise in the herbal realm is exemplified in their research and products using Solomon's Seal, including a line of Solomon's Seal tinctures, special formulas and salves. Their website, www.solomonsseal.net, is the definitive source of information for Solomon's Seal and its diverse healing properties.
With a strong commitment of service to their community, and to this planet, the McDowells also maintain an almost 30-year devotion to daily meditation, devoting several hours each day to its practice. They consider this to be the fount from which they sip inspiration and dedication to service. Their commitment to living simply and with reverence for life, guided deeply by a Cortesian Worldview (as shared in this website), also sustains their spirit.
OneSanctuary.com is a celebration of how one can live on Earth with heart and soul. It celebrates Forrest and Tricia McDowell's experiment to approach life as the hummingbird: sipping the nectar without bruising the flower.
Always, Peace and Reverence.