How to Create a Sacred Space and why it’s important for your self-care.

How to Create a Sacred Space and why it’s important for your self-care.

When I started on my spiritual self-care journey I recognized quickly why having a space to retreat to was so important. In my home I had a place to prepare meals, a place to sleep, a place to entertain, I had a place to do a lot of things except my spiritual practice. For me, spirituality and self-care go hand in hand.

The crystals, oils, journals, cards and all of my divination tools didn’t really have a dedicated space in my home and that’s when I realized that I needed to make one. In this article, I’d like to share a few ideas that can help you to create your own space. Take what resonates with you and leave the rest.

Why it’s important to have a sacred space

A sacred space is a place you go to decompress your mind, body, and soul. It’s a place to do healing work, magic and meditation. With our busy lives that are full of doing it’s not only a great idea to have this place to rest and rejuvenate; having a dedicated space also helps your body, mind, and soul to recognize what to do when it’s in this space so you get to that place of tranquility that much quicker over time. The energy of the space will start to build and once you step foot in that space you’re mind, body and soul will connect immediately.

What can you do in your sacred space?

Whatever you want. Yes, because it’s YOUR space to reconnect with yourself. For me, this is a place for self-care and self-love. It reminds me that I need to fill my cup so I can give from the overflow. Here are some ideas of what to do in your sacred space:

  • Healing Rituals
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Sacred Ceremony
  • Moon rituals
  • Manifesting
  • Breathwork
  • Reading or journaling

Really the list could go on because you make it what you need it to be. I don’t subscribe to doing things the way everyone else does because we are all so unique. Self-care is knowing what you need and making time and space for that.

How to create your own space.

I want to preface this by saying that you are sacred. You are divine. Wherever you are can be sacred at any moment so don’t think that you can’t get to your place of zen if you aren’t in your sacred space.  This is especially important for busy, working people to know. There are many techniques and practices that you can do to bring you back to your sacred space but that’s for another post.

Step 1: Find a space

It can be out in the garden, in your living room, in the corner of your bedroom. It doesn’t matter. This space is where you will CONSISTENTLY go back to for your sacred work. Whether you are doing healing work, meditation, taking a few minutes to decompress from work or when your children are acting the fool and you need to reconnect with your higher self for guidance so you don’t do something stupid. (or is that just me?)

Step 2: Add divination tools and sacred items

The easiest way to remember what you can bring into your space is by incorporating items from the 5 senses. Smell, touch, sight, hearing, tasting.


Add Candles to the space

Not only are candles beautiful and smell great, they can instantly add a sense of calm because they can remind you that you are connecting to the light.


I’m a huge fan of incense. Good quality incense that is. Adding this to the space gives an added layer of scent that helps transport you to another place and just seeing that gentle smoke go up feels so sacred.

Essential Oil

Essential oil is the medicine of the plants and flowers. This is a powerful element to bring into your space. You can anoint or massage yourself with the oil or use a diffuser. I love to keep a variety of essential oils in my space and depending on what’s coming up for me at the time, I use them for different reasons, such as:

  • Lavender for healing and soothing
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree

Sage smudge, Palo Santo

Cleansing the space of any unwanted or negative energy is a great way to enter your space. I would recommend investing in a smudge or stick of Palo Santo and keeping it near your space or in a kit.



Crystals are a very powerful divination tool and can support you by holding space for an intention you’d like to set for your session. I use crystal grids in my space. I write an intention on a piece of paper and place it under the grid that I charge up for continuous support. You don’t have to do that, you can simply hold a single crystal and either out loud or quietly in your heart set your intention. Different crystals are good for specific intentions, such as:

  • Rose quartz – love
  • Obsidian – grounding
  • Labradorite – connecting to spirit
  • Amethyst – opening/strengthening your intuition and psychic abilities

Affirmation, Tarot or Oracle Cards

I love inspirational words. They uplift and shift your mindset instantly. I keep oracle cards in my space, cleanse the deck with palo santo and pull one card per day. I work with that intention for as long as I need to.

Journal, pen, paint

Write down any feels thought or inspiration and downloads during meditation.

You may want to do art in your sacred space. Art journaling is a brilliant way to tap into your intuition and allow your feminine essence to create and birth ideas. Sometimes after I’ve journaled I allow my daughter to help me do some creative artwork over the pages. She loves painting with me and I think it’s a great way to connect with her.

Cushions, shawl, wrap

Comfort is a must in your sacred space. If you’re uncomfortable, chances are you won’t want to stay in the space long or even return. Keep a comfy cushion that you can sit on and even a shawl to wrap around you if you need to be held.

Picture or things that are sacred to you

I have pictures of my children in my space. They represent a rite of passage for me when I went from maiden to mother. Motherhood is a big part of my life now and I like to remind myself of my sacredness as a woman.

You could also keep pictures of a particular Goddess you are working with or anything that feels sacred to you. Trust your intuition and go with what feels right.


Guided Meditation

Sometimes I like to sit with a guided meditation. It depends on what work I’m doing in my space that dictates the type of meditation. My go to is one to cleanse my chakras. But there may be times when I want a morning meditation to energize and get me ready for the day ahead or even an abundance meditation. There are many meditations to choose from and it’s pretty easy to find one that works for you on youtube.

Relaxing Music or sounds

You choose what works for you. Other times I put on music that soothes my soul. It all depends on what I need at that moment. You may need some energizing music to dance to and get your body moving. Don’t limit yourself. Go with what feels and sounds right to you.


Water, Herbal teas

A nice herbal tea or a refreshing glass of water is always a good idea. Try not to bring caffeinated or alcoholic beverages into the space as you want to keep your channel open to connect to spirit whether that be your Higher Self, Source, Guides, God or the Divine.

This is quite a list of items that can support you in creating a sacred space but it’s not exhaustive. You can add whatever feels sacred to you. I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own sacred space that can support you in your sacred self-care practice.

Love and Light,


Lauri-Ann Ainsworth

Lauri-Ann Ainsworth is here to do her lightwork and raise the vibration of this planet. She's a Life Coach, Reiki Master, Women's Circle Facilitator, speaker, mama and creative. She helps intuitive, empathic and spiritually-minded people tune in to their core desires to live an intentional life with ease and flow so that they can contribute to this world with their own unique gifts. She'll help you design a life that's intentional and sacred by incorporating more rituals, energy work, cycling with the moon and practical business strategy.