Updated: Sep 1, 2019
Creating land art is one of my favourite things to do. It’s part spiritual practice part creative expression. The process invites me into the present moment, slows me down and opens me up to the beauty that surrounds. I feel drawn to this practice like nothing else and for years I’ve wandered the forests and mountains near my home making art with whatever materials I encountered. This has inspired countless sculptures and entire jewelry collections. It's become part of my life.
About a year ago things started to change and I wasn’t getting out as often. My boys were older, I had other commitments competing for my time and creative energy and before I knew it weeks would go by without any land art. I really missed it but couldn't figure out how to make time for it. I started questioning my beliefs about land art and how I could overcome some of the barriers in my path. What I eventually realized is that I wanted a daily land art practice at home, in my garden.
The ZenBox was born. It looks remarkably like a sandbox but feels like a sacred space. Here’s how it works. I start my day with a short walking meditation and before I go back inside, I create land art.
I didn't want it to be some crazy free for all each morning that would leave me feeling drained so I decided to give the process some parameters. Just like walking and sitting meditation, meditative art is intentional and part of a larger spiritual practice. I committed to making one circle a day for 100 days. The plants in my garden provide me with inspiration and materials. The ZenBox is my canvas. The whole process takes less than an hour and leaves me feeling calm and clear.
Over the next few months I'll share my circles, my process and any lessons I learn along the way. Thanks for joining me on this journey.