Nature Altars

Nature altars are like mandalas that we create in the outdoors. It is a spontaneous activity that does not require planning. All that you have to do to create a nature altar is go to a place of nature (or your backyard), look around and gather materials that you can use to create your nature altar.

Aside from the materials from nature, silence is the only other main ingredient in creating a nature altar. Silence encourages the mind to step aside so that the soul can come out and express itself.

In the ultimate analysis, that’s what nature altars are – spontaneous acts of creation by the soul, using nature’s gifts.

I hope that you’ll have time to create a nature altar. If you are a parent, you may want to pass on this wonderful activity to your children.


Kathy Klein, a devout lover of plants, animals, people creates natural altars which she calls danmalas. Klein says she acknowledges the divine presence within all things, and her danmalas are wonderful expressions of her personal philosophy.

Klein describes her creations: “They are reflections of the inexpressible, a gesture which points towards life’s abundance, an unspoken verse of Love. The danmalas remind us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature, creation, and the eternal mystery.”

I created this nature altar in our yard:

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The nature altar below was created by Sheila Conner


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