Protected by Prayer: Sacred Natural Sites of the Mediterranean

Religious and spiritual communities across the Mediterranean protect nature and its gifts in many different ways, perhaps most notably in what we call Sacred Natural Sites. In collaboration with leading scientists and spiritual custodians, DiversEarth enquires into the extent and form of this varied cultural practice. With an inventory and mapping of hundreds of sites and an indepth look at the people, their beliefs and teachings, we want to show how critical these cultural and spiritual practices result in nature protection.

This work has been funded by the MAVA Foundation through Rooted Everyday project, The Ford Motor Company Foundation for projects in Tunisia, and DiversEarth.

Sacred natural sites of the Mediterranean
Du divin à la terre: Monastère orthodoxe de Solan

Monastère de Solan, La Bastide d’Engras, France

Check out the wonders of this fascinating Greek Orthodox monastery in this case study (in French). We were very inspired by the Sisters there who have made this place a haven for biodiversity and an inspiration for sustainable living and producing healthy and delicious wine and other products from the territory.

Visit the Monastère de Solan site.

La Démeure Sans Limites, Saint-Agrève, France


Meet Jôkei Sensei and Toen-Ni at the Démeure Sans Limites and be inspired by their quiet wisdom and the gentle care they give to their visitors and to the land in this special place.

Marabouts, North Africa

Thanks to a small grant from the Ford Motor Company Foundation, and along with our friends at WWF-North Africa, we were able to start a small project on Tunisian Marabouts and their strong links to biodiversity conservation. As far as we know this has never been done before…

Check out a new DiversEarth / WWF North Africa report on the marabouts of Mogods and Kroumerie here:

And some initial work, with the help Tunisian plant experts, on the plant diversity / integrity / primitiveness of two Marabout sites: Sidi Ali el Mekki in Ghar el Melh and Sidi Ibrahim in Cap Negro.