Spirituality of Japanese Gardens

May 2nd, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
- @ 3:00 PM
St. Mary’s Sewanee
770 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

Designed for contemplation and inner peace, a Japanese garden is a spiritual refuge full of mystery, nature, and serenity. Just as landscape gardens of the West followed historic points of reference such as classical garden and English garden design, the Japanese garden tradition has a rich and stories history.

During this day-long workshop led by naturalist Richard Lawrence Dubé, participants will examine the five basic forms of traditional Japanese Gardens, consider at the traditional elements that comprise these gardens (water, stone, architecture, and plants), and learn about the pattern language of Japanese Gardens and how it may be applied to our own gardens.

Each person will have the opportunity to create their own personal model of a Zen Raked Gravel Garden; participants are invited to bring eight to 12 hand-sized stones that may have special meaning for inclusion in their garden.

This event is limited to 10 participants. Registration fee includes the program, lunch, and all materials. Accommodations may be available for guests who would like to spend the night either before or after the workshop. Contact our Reservations Coordinator for more information.


Richard Lawrence Dubé

Richard Lawrence Dubé has spent many years studying and creating Japanese Gardens. He has been published in “Fine Gardening Magazine” and “The New American Gardener.” He is the author of the book Natural Pattern Forms – A Practical Sourcebook for Landscape Design, and co-author of Natural Stonescapes and Landscaping Makes Cents. He has served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.