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Pathway Project @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons

Spring Ridge is Canada`s oldest public food forest and Victoria’s largest public permaculture garden or community multi-layer food forest , located on a 1/2 acre city lot in Fernwood at the corner of Chambers and Gladstone. (Location Address is 1200 Gladstone Avenue. )

@insideawareness Summer Volunteer Focus, ’15

This summer Renee Lindstrom of @insideawareness spent time with Linda Chan, Co-ordinator of Spring Ridge Commons, in conversation about a focus for enhancing the community garden experience.  Through our discussions we began to  differentiate philosophy and practicality.  Both important influences upon each other, yet,  which comes first?  We decided to focus upon practicality and bring a change from the ground up!

After hosting  a clearing ceremony to voice the qualities community members would like to enhance in the garden,  we followed this up with creating some  new pathways.  The first pathway we started with was one that had become a shortcut through the gardens.  Our purpose was to change the super highway experience this pathway had become.  Instead we created meandering garden pathways by adding curves to redirect walkers. This would slow people down and take them on another pathway through the garden and offer them choices.  In the process of changing this pathway an unexpected feature became a welcome focal point.  A plaque!

In creating these pathways the focus of attention was on:

  • the pathway as the experience
  • rock edging to define the pathway

Our next pathway challenge will be the front entrance pathways!  The challenge is the designated front entrance is diminished by other entrances to the gardens!  Watch for pics!

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5 Element Design – #yyj Spring Ridge Commons

5 Element Design – Sacred Clearing Ceremony 


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#yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons

by Renee Lindstrom, August 16th, ’15

I was asked to share my personal notes and experiences on my participation with #yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons this summer.  Off and on in the past few years I have been invited to join volunteer Linda Chan in conversations about this Greater Victoria Garden from a 5 Element Landscaping perspective.

This summer in a conversations in the garden hearing and seeing its needs, I offered  some considerations based upon 5 element theories.   Sometimes quite strongly.  One of the biggest alarms that went off for me was when I heard there had been ceremonies held without a formal opening and closing, and that the members of this gardens community had not been included in stating the practical qualities they requested for the space during the ceremony.  For me this reflects a flood of open water that isn’t contained.  It isn’t achievable practically by the members within the  community itself.  There is no clarity or connection to the intention of the ceremony and of what is being asked for.   It remains in the ether’s.  This inspired an offer to lead a ritual clearing ceremony designed for the participants to show up,  be present and take part at their comfort zone level.  Why? To encourages leaders versus an audience.  The exact thing the garden needs – practical boots on the ground gardening support.

Here are some of the things that came up during our preparations:

  1.  The strongest point made was the need for the garden to reflect respect.   Strategies of signage and rules of conduct were bounced around yet from a natures perspective if there was a need for the community to respect the needs of the garden,  the garden itself needed to reflect it and carry this essence itself.  This meant – clear walkways without weeds and tall grass hiding the clear boundaries of the beds, cared for garden beds and caring people in the garden working more often.
  2. It also meant no garbage dumping.
  3. An address with a number – one that the mail man would deliver mail to if he had to.  On all the marketing it does not have a property number.  This is important to define the main entrance to the commons.  This is where one would find the facing cardinal direction using the 5 elements.  From a western perspective it also makes it an entity.

The biggest learning for me in this project has been that nature is practical and has specific needs from humans and one of them isn’t perspective.  Nature doesn’t care about the lofty ideals of humans!  To be in a cycle of success with nature the primary focus starts with caring for nature.  Caring for nature respects nature and this is the core of Spring Ridge Commons.

Wandering through the gardens and sitting in our first meeting this summer my observation was that it was overwhelmingly un-cared for.  All beauty was hidden from view.  To me it reflected conflict and unfulfilled idealism’s.    My recommendations focused on nature in the garden so that it reflected beauty and respect and practical doable personal qualities.  The analogy that kept coming up is;  water needs boundaries, as water without boundaries is a flood.  A flood destroys.

A number of weeks after our original tour and meetings, coming back to talk about the intention of the ceremony I observed Spring Ridge Commons had transformed.   The walkway and borders had been weeded and tightened up.  The beds cleaned up and thinned.  The whole essence of the garden had shifted.  Being a sensitive the only way I can describe it is that it shifted from the agitation of  dry dying land becoming a dessert into a wet nurturing experience of a forest.  What had also shifted was the community coming into the commons.  They were staying a spell and not using it as a sidewalk to get from one point to the other as quickly as possible!  Local children community groups brought children in to plant seeds and again to use nature to draw.  Musicians were sitting and  playing flutes, guitars and other instruments.   Beautiful benches had shown up!

One of the requests for change had been to bring in sound and children!  It had begun already prior to our ceremony.  Did our ceremonies purpose begin with the first meeting?  Well then, worth the struggle of competing perspectives and opinions and realizing nature doesn’t care about what we think!  It provides based upon our actions!

Each time I go to Spring Ridge Commons, I am able to see beautiful aspects that were not visible before.  Unique plants, signs describing the plants and the meandering pathways themselves.  Also the thought that has gone into creating a native plant garden, a Bee garden and more.  I also hear the depth of knowledge and caring by the current stewards of this garden.  Amazing commitment and contribution.

The main entrance to Spring Ridge is the first one on Gladstone as you turn off Chambers.   We believe the number is 1200.   This is a 3 in numerology and standing inside facing out, this entrance it is a south facing entrance.

  • A 3 reflects:  body, mind & spirit,  communication, expression, optimism, fun, creativity
  • A south facing entrance is the fame doorway and it represents reputations and recognition

Using this entrance the life map reflection of this property would be:

Spring Ridge Commons

So the next time you are in Spring Ridge Gardens take time to consider these reflective life areas and how Spring Ridge Commons mirrors these characteristics in the community!

When would you paint your Front Door Yellow?

There are two yellow palette ranges for front doors. They are associated with the earth and fire elements.

Earth Palette range:

The best directions for a front door in either the  light yellow or ochre palette is  North-East and South-West .  A North-East facing entrance is the Personal Growth and Spiritual Doorway while the South-West is the Relationship doorway!

Yellow

A  light yellow or ochre colored doorway can be used in the metal element directions of West and North-West. Light Yellow is considered an earth element shade and in the 5 element theory, earth supports metal.

Fire Palette Range:

The best direction for a deep and dark painted yellow door is South.  This South facing front entrance way is the Fame Doorway and it reflects Recognition.  The deep darker yellows can also accent the South-West  and North-East facing doorway as fire supports the earth element.  These two directions reflect the earth element.

More about Yellow in Design



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A WEST FACING FRONT DOOR

Compass reading – 247.5 to 292.5 degrees 

A West  facing front door is considered to have yin (feminine) energy.   This direction is reflects fall or early  evening.

This direction is the Creativity doorway and it represents children and future.  The west  is considered a metal element which can be reflected by a round shape or in  the colors of white, grey or black.

Feng Shui Cardinal Directions

Enhancements to a West Facing Front Door

In the element theory West’s metal element is nurtured by earth.  Earth colors are light yellow and earthy colors.  It is reflected with low square shapes.

What to Avoid with a West Facing Door

The elements of  Fire and Water destroy metal therefore are not the best choice for West Facing Front Doors.


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A NORTH-WEST FACING DOOR

Compass reading –  292.5 to 337.5 degrees

A North–West  facing front door is considered to have yin (feminine) energy.   This direction is the season of fall transitioning into winter or evening into night time.

This direction is the Helpful People doorway and it represents blessing and travel.  The North  is considered a metal element which can be reflected by a round shape or in  the colors of white, grey or black.

Feng Shui Cardinal Directions

Enhancements to a North-West Facing Front Door

In the element theory metal is nurtured by the earth element.  Earth colors are light yellow and earthy colors.  It is reflected with low square shapes.

Avoid with a North-West Facing Door

The elements of  Fire and Water destroy metal.


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AN EAST FACING FRONT DOOR

Compass reading – 67.5 to 112.5 degrees

An east  facing front door is considered to have a yang (masculine) quality to it. East reflects springtime and morning time.  Therefore this would not be the hot afternoon sun, but the fresh rising sun.

This direction is the family doorway and it represents community and past.  The East is considered a wood element which can be reflected by the shape of an upright rectangle or in  the colors of green and brown.

Feng Shui Cardinal Directions

Enhancements to an East Facing Front Door

Water and earth support the wood element in the nurturing cycle of the element theory .  Therefore enhancements can be made using these element’s characteristics.   These are the colors of blue, black, light yellows & earth colors and the low square or irregular shapes.

Avoid with a East Facing Door

Metal  & Fire elements destroy wood, therefore colors and objects reflecting these two elements are avoid at an East Facing Front Door.


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A NORTH FACING DOOR

Compass reading –  337.5 to 22.5 degrees

A North  facing front door is considered to have yin (feminine energy).   This direction is the season of winter or night into morning.

This direction is the Life-path doorway and it represents the journey and careers.  The North  is considered a water element which can be reflected by an irregular shape or in  the colors of blue and black.

Feng Shui Cardinal Directions

Enhancements to a North Facing Front Door

In the element theory water is supported by the metal element therefore enhancements can be made using characteristics of this elements.   These are the colors of blue and black, round shapes and metal objects.

Avoid with a North Facing Door

It is best to avoid objects and colors in the elements of Fire and Wood as these elements destroy water. 


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