Our mission is to be an authentic community of artists and musicians who create out of wholeness and inspire the world into connection with God.

Our Story

The Cageless Birds Collective falls under the umbrella of A Place for the Heart ministry. A Place for the Heart sits on 52 acres of woods in Sophia, NC and is the residence of all the Cageless Birds studios. The Cageless Birds artist collective is made up of over 20 artists and creatives, their work ranging from song-writing to leathercraft to pottery to coffee roasting. The collective was established in 2013 by Jonathan and Melissa Helser to provide space for their staff to use their giftings and talents year-round to generate income for A Place for the Heart and our discipleship school, The 18 Inch Journey.  Our staff have spent years studying and pursuing music and art, and our goal is that the Gospel message would be carried through the excellence and beauty of our products.


the 18 inch journey

For the past decade, our staff has hosted a discipleship school called the 18 Inch Journey, a school devoted to the process of living a whole-hearted and Holy-Spirit empowered life.  Our desire is to impart what it means to move beyond head knowledge about God and into truly experiencing Him in daily life. This school has also transformed into shorter retreats and camps that we host on the land for all age groups. Click here to find out more about the 18 Inch Journey.