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The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening
     

The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening

by Donna Schaper, Simon Dorrell (Illustrator)
 
The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening is an inspiring and practical guide for both garden lovers and spiritual seekers. The uses of the rock garden as a site of beauty, reflection and spiritual nourishment are many. Building a quiet corner of stones and plants slowly and meditatively over time is its true meaning. Process over product, journey over destination,

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The Art of Spiritual Rock Gardening is an inspiring and practical guide for both garden lovers and spiritual seekers. The uses of the rock garden as a site of beauty, reflection and spiritual nourishment are many. Building a quiet corner of stones and plants slowly and meditatively over time is its true meaning. Process over product, journey over destination, forever a work in progress-rock is the best metaphor we have of everlastingness.

From choosing the right rocks and plants to weeding and night gardening, this book shows how to start or maintain a rock garden, whether one has access to acres of land in the country or a window shelf in the city. At the same time it describes the sacred meaning of stones and rocks in many of the world's cultures and spiritual traditions, including Stonehenge and Ayers Rock, the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the Ka'ba in Mecca, Japan's Zen gardens, Europe's cathedrals, America's temples and Egypt's pyramids. Both practical and inspirational, it will appeal to everyone who loves gardens, rocks and the transforming power of nature.

About the Authors:
Donna E. Schaper lives and gardens in both Massachusetts and Miami. She is the pastor of a Protestant Church in Coral Gables, Florida, mother of three children, and a lover of stones and flowers. Her previous books include Gardening Meditations and Raising Interfaith Children.

Simon Dorrell is a painter, illustrator and designer. He is the art director for Hortus, the international garden journal. He has designed many gardens over the past ten years, his most recent commission being the development of the gardens at Hampton Court, England.

Editorial Reviews

Amherst Bulletin
Down to earth, full of spirit, intellect and passion, Donna Schaper takes us with her as she walks and works in her garden. Her garden meditations surprise, stimulate and sustain us.
Blue Guide
Simon Dorrell is one of England's premier garden painters.
—The Blue Guide to Museums and Galleries of New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587680052
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Hiddenspring Ser.
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.51(d)

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Tolbert McCarroll
"This lovely book helped me to understand that working in the garden of my soul and the garden next to my house is the same process."
—Tolbert McCarroll, author of Childsong, Monksong
Christopher Forrest McDowell
"To find sanctuary in the permanence of stone may give us needed respite from a seemingly chaotic, ever-changing world. Donna Schaper's poignant meditations enable us to relate to rocks of any size or personality, whether or not they live in our garden, with the investment of our soul. In her wisdom, she not only points us to rocks, but to Spirit as well."
—Christopher Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell, authors of The Sanctuary Garden
Jennifer Heath
"At last a book that outlines the history and meaning of the human relationship to rocks and that shows us-with profound love and tolerance-how we may continue to discover their hidden rapture within the sanctuaries of our own backyards. Essential reading not only for the gardener, but for anyone who sees stones as obstacles rather than vehicles for creativity."
—Jennifer Heath, author of The Echoing Green: The Garden in Myth and Memory
Beatrice Bruteau
"Reassuring us that we have a right to be creative and happy, Donna Schaper offers us a "no-labor" way to enjoy our own life and goodness both in the garden and in spirit. A great bedside book and a perfect gift book."
—Beatrice Bruteau, author of What We Can Learn from the East
Gunilla Norris
"Donna Schaper skips her stones through historical and horticultural facts, philosophical and human musings in a down-to-earth and lighthearted way."
—Gunilla Norris, author of Being Home and Journeying in Place: Reflections from a Country Garden

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