For community to exist as a living entity—a collection of folks working in unity—there must be a Third Place : a safe haven that is neither home nor work, where people can congregate comfortably. The mindful creation of a Third Place is no easy task. Often times, institutions seek to capitalize on the need for Third Place , but institutions are hierarchical and many people can find this stifling. Nonetheless, Jen Burke, with Soul Essentials of Ocala, has successfully created a Third Place that has existed now for almost a decade.
“ I think there’s a need for an offering of
“ They’re all passions—everything I have in here is stuff I love.
I know when I was struggling and having difficulties in this earthly realm, everything in here was a tool that helped me feel more connected to a spiritual realm, a universal source. I do better surrounded by beauty. It reminds me to focus on the good”. This dedication to positive, community support can be witnessed, most simply, by the more peaceful expressions on folks’ faces when they take their leave of Soul Essentials—there’s no rush anymore, there are smiles, hugs. People hold paper bags of their chosen treasure, wrapped in tissue and sprinkled with sage; people hold their yoga mats and move more fluidly; people linger and notice the evening.