Connect with Nature at the Garden & Labyrinth: Fridays in September
posted on September 16, 2016
What better way to enjoy the fresh autumn air than "Connecting in Nature" at the Memorial Chapel's Garden every Friday in September from noon-1pm. Come join us for meditation, yoga breathing exercises, and free lunch while enjoying the beautiful garden and incredible labyrinth. "Connecting in Nature" is a great opportunity for students and staff to unwind, relax, reflect, and de-stress. Whether you are interested in walking the labyrinth to clear your head or sitting in our garden to journal what's on your mind, the chapel's "Connecting in Nature" program provides the perfect opportunity find some peace on the university's bustling campus. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact us/RSVP at email@example.com. We hope to see you at the next 2 sessions: September 23 and September 30.
The Gardened Heart Journal Project
posted on August 24, 2016
In the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance, journals sit on shelves under two benches, waiting for visitors to write on their blank pages. Throughout the seasons, students, staff, community members, parents, and alumni have filled these journals with quick notes, long reveries, hopes, dreams, and sorrows. The passage of time is indicated in the journals as the semester begins, midterms approach, finals come crashing down, summer nears, and graduation is celebrated.
Writers expressed an eagerness to connect with their community on the journal pages, a yearning to be heard, and a need for their story to be recorded. Some authors simply desired to express their thoughts and feelings, however profound, insignificant, or fleeting. Overall, the tone of the journal entries is one of sharing, concern, and honest discernment.
As with many projects, this one began with a question: “What are people sharing or experiencing through the journals?” This simple question came to be answered through an engaging and eye-opening process. In the end, fifteen journals were reviewed, containing 3,162 journal entries/excerpts (including drawings). This report focuses on the themes of religion, contemplation, meditation, thoughtfulness, the garden and labyrinth, sacred places, relationships, campus experiences, suicide and depression, and encouragement and community.
Click here to view the final product in all its beauty. These pages will make you smile, make you laugh, and make you cry. On each page, a new unique and personal story worth sharing.