HOLY GROUND, a commission by A+C project 2020, funded by Arts Council England
This land is holy ground.
"Pilgrimage redraws topography as a sacred field , rendering the whole landscape as a sacred field of power" Alison Millbank
"To romanticise the world is to make us aware of the magic mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite" - Novalis
Holy Ground is a project commissioned by Art + Christianity working in collaboration with the communities in an around St Andrew’s Church and Shri Nathji Sanatan Mandir - HinduTemple in Leytonstone. The project will explore ideas of Holy Ground in the broadest sense, seeking to connect with spiritual and embodied ideas of landscape and the universe. The process will look more deeply at ways to connect to the natural world and the notion that land was once considered sacred.
We are interested in exploring thoughts around sacrifice and transformation discovering what these stories can offer us in the current ecological crises.
A particular focus will be given to ideas around pilgrimage, offerings and community as we work towards creating a series of collective actions and practices of attunement as embodied notions of spirituality in and around Epping Forest.
As part of this project we are looking for contributions from the wider community to put together a series of visions, stories, manuscripts and drawings related to the landscape and/or universe.
We invite people to send us:
Images of visions of landscapes
Images of the cosmos
Books and stories that describe connection to nature across faiths and spiritual practices
These contributions will be collated on our website forming part of the project research whilst creating a community around the themes. There will be also opportunities to be involved in other ways so do get in touch if you are interested.
Send image, ideas and thoughts about connecting to
Isik and Eva – email@example.com
Here, we will post monthly updates on our research explorations with St Andrew’s Church and Shri Nathji Sanatan Hindu Mandir Temple
PROCESS with Shri Nathji Sanatan Hindu Mandir Temple so far:
Session 19th May 2020
Themes - explorations of the Spring Goddess Saraswati
As he looked on to the world he had birthed
he thought to himself
this place needs music
this place needs art
at the place where the 3 rivers meet
with a swan at her feet
she was birthed
through a fountain of marigold flowers
she came wearing white
as a purification
she came wearing yellow
as a bringer of light
she became the river of knowledge
offering her flow beneath the surface of things
to emerge every 12 years
yet again to meet with the two other rivers
and 120 million beings
at the great wheel and water vessel
immense and intimate
the turning of the great oceans
in the union of earth and sky