Zen Garden Workshop

Workshop taught at Beam Camp, Strafford, NH, Summer 2010

Students meditating around the communal garden they built.

Workshop Description

In this workshop, students learned about the context and aesthetics of the Japanese dry landscape garden, and constructed their own personal miniature versions of this style of garden. Through viewing select images of famous gardens as examples, students learned of the general design principles of the dry landscape garden, and then constructed frames and designed their own gardens using sand, gravel, and other natural materials present on the campsite grounds. After all students finished their individual gardens, they collaborated to design and execute a larger garden on one of the camp’s recreational fields. Students also learned and tried several cultural practices connected with this style of gardening, including seated meditation as seen above.

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