- As Autumn is now in full swing, I find this time of year to be a more meditative and nostalgic time for me. Creating a special place in your garden specifically for your inner well-being and health seems to be a very popular desire for most people today.
Sometimes a simple seating element is all that is needed. Photo by Linda Ardigo
As all of our landscape needs and finances greatly vary, I like to approach the visualization of a zendo, meditation/yoga/tea house pavilion first - practically and then of course esthetically.
Knowing if there is to be specific structure hosting the area. Or a special area allotted to the concept gets the wheels in motion.
There are modular beautiful structures that can be shipped to your location and then assembled, and, of course, if you have the know how, you can build one yourself,
Presently, I am working on a wonderful project where we are about to build what I call a "Meditation Pavilion." The size is 14' x 14' and the design is Asian in flavor. There will also be a waterfall that will lead to a koi pond.
In this case I am fortunate to have the space and area to accommodate my vision. The pavilion streamlines a design of a beautiful structure I found while researching for Zendos and Meditation outdoor structures.
Due to the weather conditions here on the East End, and my client's requests certain details had to be revised. The revised design is perfect for the location. Once I had the design approved and the location of the Pavilion marked, I was able to begin the surrounding landscape design plan. More to come on this project at a later date.
As we all know, realistically, not everyone can have a structure/pavilion custom built. Therefore, one can use their imagination and look to see if there is an existing structure located in a perfect spot for the zendo right on the property.
A tranquilizing sculpture reminds us to slow down. Photo by Linda Ardigo
Sometimes a simple storage and or gardening potting shed can be transformed into a blissful, hideaway "far from the maddening crowds." A few artistic adornments, some beautiful textured shears and pillows, etc. - and VIOLA! Also pre-built sheds can be purchased these days at Country Gardens in Bridgehampton, on Snake Hollow, or of course any of the amazing household department stores near you.
Tea Houses are similar to any meditation structures. Here one can share and enjoy the Art of Tea. A Japanese tea ceremony that is revered in Japan and by many Asian culture loving people around the world. Finding the right elements is a wonderful experience. Often one can go searching through one's own collection of artifacts, and appointments right under their own roof.
Remember, keeping things simple is the key to ZEN and the art of creating a
beautiful meditation space in your garden.
Now for those of us that just want to sit quietly in a specially designed location for meditation and reflection - sometimes a simple seating element along with a tranquilizing sculpture, reminds us to slow down and smell the roses, listen to your surroundings and let nature lead the way.
Some of the best reflective moments I have enjoyed have been and continue to be in the most simplest of environments that nature has allowed me to share.
Meditation walks, Meditation Pavilions, Yoga spaces, Tea Houses, or just a private designated space in your garden, all replenish the soul. Ground us and reconnect us to what is truly important - Love of Nature and Love of ones' evolving Spirit.
There are modular beautiful structures that can be shipped to your location.
Linda is the founder and Creative Landscape Designer of Linda Gardens Corp. with offices in Bridgehampton, New York City, and Italy.