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Sacred Spaces, Healing Places

2.3 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the importance of color, nature, light, air quality, temperature, smells, music, noise, furnishings, and wayfinding in creating a healing environment for clients and healthcare providers. In addition, the learner will describe the role of the healthcare provider in creating a spiritually healing environment.
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Modern nursing was founded on the concepts of healing environments. Florence Nightingale was one of the first to realize the importance of nature, light, noise, and sensory stimulation in healing. Today, it is well known that healing environments empower patients to be involved in their own healing journey and take responsibility for their own health. Through their understanding of the elements of a sacred, healing space and the environment’s role in healing, healthcare providers and consumers can create and support these spiritual spaces so their health is enhanced, their culture and history are respected, and wellness, prevention, and self-care are emphasized.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe a sacred, healing environment.
  • Explain the shift in healthcare focus to the use of healing environments.
  • Describe the evolution of hospital design.
  • Explain the role of the healthcare provider in creating a spiritually healing environment.
  • Describe the roles of energy, elements, and space clearing in creating a spiritually healing environment.
  • Describe the roles of color and lighting in creating a spiritually healing environment.
  • Describe the roles of air quality, temperature, smells, and taste in creating a spiritually healing environment.
  • Describe the roles of healing sounds, noise, furnishings, and altars in creating a spiritually healing environment.
  • Define wayfinding and describe its importance in creating a healthy environment.
  • Describe the roles of symbols and environmental messages in creating a spiritually healing environment.
  • Describe the elements of nature and their importance in creating a healing environment.
  • Explain the role of healing gardens in sacred spaces.

Human beings are intricate and complex with an infinite number of integrated parts and systems. We are sacred, as are all life forms and the planet on which we so tenuously exist. We are also part of a complex web of life, a highly integrated living system of cyclic processes in which we participate and on which we depend to survive.

We cannot survive without each of the intricate parts. While we may view other objects as separate or “other,” we are interconnected and interdependent and cannot ultimately survive without each other. Everything in our world and in our environment affects us at the most primal level (whether or not we are aware of it) and we impact everything in our environment. Because of this deep interconnectedness to all around us and to every living thing, our environment and the spaces in which we live every day are “sacred” spaces. The term “sacred” means to be connected with God or the Divine and, as such, is something that should be regarded with great respect and reverence because of its immeasurable value (Oxford University Press, 2017).

“The concept of sacred space applies both to one’s inner being and to places in one’s environment. Although to “create” sacred space is often the result of being in awareness and stillness” (Burkhardt & Nagai-Jacobson, 2016, p.140).

One of the most profound spiritual practices we can undertake is to treat ourselves and our environment as sacred. As we begin to understand our deep connection with the universe, we look at ourselves and our world differently. As we create sacred spaces within our environment, our body, mind, and spirit are lifted. Sacred spaces connect us to the Divine within and around us and are those places that mirror our worldview and our sense of self in a positive, uplifting, and healthy way.

Elizabeth Lesser, author of The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure, says that we love what we care for (Lesser, 2008). Spiritually sacred spaces are places where love abides.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

January 31, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.