Imagine having your own private retreat right in your backyard, where you can escape and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Backyard meditation gardens are becoming more and more popular, and they’re easier to design and create than you probably think.
Here are three tips that will help ensure your peaceful garden landscape is truly somber, meditative, and life-giving.
Tip 1: Create a Sound Buffer
The first step to making your garden peaceful is to shut out the hustle and bustle of the world around it. You can do this by creating sound barriers. Think about incorporating tall walls, which will force sound up toward the sky and protect your meditation garden from outside noises.
Trees, shrubs, and vegetation also do a great job of dampening and absorbing sound. A flexible, textured surface can also help. One approach is to use both a tall, solid wall combined with plenty of plants, vines, shrubs, etc.
Tip 2: Incorporate White Noise
White noise can actually enhance the peaceful atmosphere of your garden, and the best way to achieve this effect is through running water. Install a water fountain, flowing stream, or several small water features that create a background layer of white noise.
Wind chimes and soft bells can also help add white noise, as long as they’re not too distracting.
Tip 3: Separation
A truly peaceful meditation garden needs to feel like it’s a separate destination. You can achieve separation by creating a closed off area or building a structure, like a small hut or building, that is separate from your house. Surround your closed off space with plenty of vegetation, so it really feels like you’ve entered a different realm.