A Hope Seed is Planted . . .

A Hope Seed is planted at Happehatchee

by Marlee Forsthoffer


There are sacred places on this earth that seem to hold a palpable vibrancy; an aliveness which is sourced from harmony, connectivity and collaboration.  Happehatchee is one of these sacred places.  By preserving the beauty and rhythm of Florida’s natural state, it truly is a sanctuary for peace and healing. The inspiration to plant a Hope Seed at Happehatchee came from experiencing this fertile ground and the depth of this aliveness.  

The Hope Seed Project which is a global endeavor intended to reach out to people of all cultures, traditions, beliefs, and practices.  Together we will seed a grid of Light, connecting with the Truth inherent in each one of us, bringing this through our bodies, and anchoring it into the ground.  Through this simple act, we make a commitment to our Selves, each Other, and the beloved home we call Earth.  This project aims to address our deepest and most exposed wound as a human tribe ~ our feeling of separation.”


The Labyrinth as Fertile Ground

Labyrinths are an ancient mystical tool used by many cultures and religious traditions to symbolize the spiritual journey.  The labyrinth consists of concentric circles which weave and twist as they direct you to the center; a place of inner illumination.

On September 22, 2016, during the Autumn Equinox, a Hope Seed was planted in the center of the south labyrinth at Happehatchee.  The Hope Seed is expressed in the form of a Herkimer Diamond to represent the unique Truth which resides in each of us.  Herkimer Diamonds are double-terminated quartz crystals of water clear clarity said to be a “power stone” which stimulates healing.

The planting of the Hope Seed at Happehatchee is a declaration of commitment to our inner journey, a commitment to a place on Earth and a commitment to the whole of which we are all integral parts of.  

May the Seed of Hope continue to grow and feed our sense of connection, reverence and awe at the miracle of life.

Learn more about the Hope Seed Project:   https://hopeseedproject.org/

Deep gratitude to Riza, founder of The Hope Seed Project for bringing this into the world!


“I am you

You are me

We are one

Human family

Find your Truth

And bring it down

Plant your seed

Inside the ground

I am you

You are me

We are one

Earth Life Family”


The Gates Of Hope

A poem on hope by Reverend Victoria Safford

“Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope –  

Not the prudent gates of Optimism,

Which are somewhat narrower.

Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense;

Nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness,

Which creak on shrill and angry hinges

(People cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through)

Nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of

“Everything is gonna’ be all right.”

But a different, sometimes lonely place,

The place of truth-telling,

About your own soul first of all and its condition.

The place of resistance and defiance,

The piece of ground from which you see the world

Both as it is and as it could be

As it will be;

The place from which you glimpse not only struggle,

But the joy of the struggle.

And we stand there, beckoning and calling,

Telling people what we are seeing

Asking people what they see.”


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