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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!

Wearing the elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood

BeFunky Collage white dress

In this figure above showing white dresses one can see the different styles,  with added accessories and patterns.  Using the color 5 element theory these dresses can be described as:

Colour:  

  1. Metal
  2. Metal & Wood Pattern
  3. Metal

Style:    

  1. Water
  2. Water
  3. Wood

Accessory:

  1. Red Belt – Fire

5 Elements

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One can begin to be aware of the elements in the colors and shapes they are wearing and learning what accessories to use and when by becoming familiar with the qualities of the 5 elements and their cycles of harmony and disharmony.

One can also learn their primary nurturing element  and begin to explore applying these principles to their wardrobe  to dress for harmony and success.  Using Chinese Cosmology find your Kua Number .  This  will give you your element and corresponding color palette.  If at first you are not drawn to your elements color range explore what elements support your primary nurturing element.  For example in the 5 element theory wood supports fire.  If the fire range is too strong a range for you, consider the wood palette as wood supports fire!

Kua Elements

What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood 

Learning your element, one can then begin to explore the 5 element cycle of harmony or disharmony to accessorize their outfit to express the experience they are wearing.  An example is in the first figure in frame one of the white dress that is in a metal color, water shape and accessorized with a red belt which reflects fire.  In 5 element theory metal creates water so the style and color are in harmony yet the contrasting belt is fire which is considered to melt metal.  The belt is a nice contrast for too much metal and water!

See more design examples their elements 


What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood

Ones primary element can be determined through gender and birth date called the Kua Number.  Kua means life area and this number differs from one’s Chinese astrological number.  The concept comes from Chinese cosmology, the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe. Chinese Astrology attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.

Potential and life experiences can be influenced by ones Kua number, therefore personal Kua number enhancements can be applied to improve  ones lifestyle, health and well-being. Once knowing it one will know what primary element they are, what colors are best for them, what symbols and directions support them and which ones aren’t.

I consider Kua Numbers for personal enhancements in fashion and decor that is intimate to my needs.

Two Steps to Calculate your Kua Number:

Step 1:

Add the last two digits of your birth year.  Keeping adding until you reach a single digit.  For example:  if your year of birth is 1978, add the last two digits, ie., 7 + 8 =’s 15, which is a double-digit number. Therefore add the two digits, 1 + 5 =’s 6.

Step 2 for Females:

Add 5 to the single digit obtained in previous step. If the result is a double-digit, add the digits to get a single digit number.  For example:  6 +5 =’s 11, which is a double-digit number.  Therefore add the two digits, 1 +1 =’s 2.

Step 2 for Males:

Subtract the single digit obtained in the first step from 10. The resulting single digit number will be the Kua Number for males.  For example:  10 – 6  =’s 4.

Kua Numbers and their element, colors & symbol:Kua Elements

Chart for Northern Hemisphere

KUA #1

  • ELEMENT – Water

  • Symbol – Irregular

  • Colors:  Deep Blue & Black


KUA #2

  • ELEMENT – EARTH

  • SYMBOL – square

  • colors:  Light Yellow, Tans, light pinks & oranges


Kua #3

  • ELEMENT – Wood

  • symbol – upright rectangle

  • Colors:  Dark Brown & Green


Kua #4

  • ELEMENT – Wood

  • symbol – upright rectangle

  • Colors:  Light Brown & Green


Kua #5:  male/female

  • ELEMENT – EARTH

  • SYMBOL – square

  • Male COLORS: ochre orange earthy palette

  • female colors:  lighter red-orange earth color palette


Kua #6

  • ELEMENT – Metal

  • symbol – circular

  • Colors:  white, silver, Grey & gold


KUA #7

  • ELEMENT – METAL

  • symbol – circular

  • COLORS:  WHITE


kua #8

  • Element – Earth

  • symbol – square

  • ochre yellow earth palette & beige

Kua #9

  • element – Fire

  • symbol – triangle

  • Colors:  Red, Orange, Deep yellow, Purple


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ON 5 ELEMENTS CHARACTERISTICS

Aligning your wardrobe with nature for increasing your potential


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More about Yellow in Design

Yellow

InYellow China yellow was the color of the emperor as it depicted the center of the universe and it is often used to contrast black to complement the yin and yang of these two colors.  Their theory is yellow arises out of black as earth arises out of the dark waters, yin and yang.

Common psychological effects are of hope and optimism.  It is a warming and stimulating color that often is associated with happiness and drawing out intellect.  A mid-range yellow palette  supports grounding and stability.

In 5 element theory the palette of yellow has a range considered the fire element and a range considered the earth element.  The fire element of yellows range from bright yellow to the gold of the emperors cloths while the earth range is light yellow and ochre shades of yellow.

The palette range of yellow has different cultural associations, such as dark yellows the color of the sun and happiness and the shade of sulfur as deceitful and evil.    Therefore it is important that in your home or business that the palette chosen is one that is appealing to you!

Best room placements for painting yellow in your home or office:

  • It is an appetizing color that represents fertility, abundance and richness making it a great color choice for the kitchen.
  • It stimulates conversation  and socialization making it a great choice for rooms designed for gatherings; waiting rooms, foyers, living rooms, dining rooms, dens, open group offices and meeting rooms.  (May not be the best choice for bedrooms and private working spaces!)

Wearing yellow:

There are two palette choices wearing yellow;  the sun yellows in the fire element and the ochre yellows in the earth element.

  • Fire Element

In the 5 element nurturing cycle wearing the yellows in the fire element can be accented by the greens and browns in the wood element.   The yellows of the fire element can also be worn to accent the earth palette.

If an outfit is too much fire it can be contrasted with black, the yin to yellows yang!

  • Earth Element

In the 5 element nurturing cycle wearing the yellows in the earth element can be accented by the palette in the fire element.   The yellows of the earth element can also be worn to accent the wood palette.

If an outfit is too much earth add dark blues and blacks in the water element, blues and greens in the wood element and whites and shades of grey in the metal element.

Wonder if yellow is your color or not?  Learn your primary color by reading more at: What 5 element are you? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood

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Missing Corners on Floor Plans according to 5 Element Theory

If a portion of the square or rectangular shape is missing in a floor plan it is considered a missing corner if it is one-third of the width or length of the house design.  Floor Plan - Missing Corner

Missing Corner on Floor Plan

A missing corner implies imbalance that effects the occupants to the home.  Each area determines what occupant or area of life is affected.

Some common design shapes that may create missing corners are U-shapes,  L-shapes, T-shapes, and Z-shapes.

Read article on property with missing corners @  LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection


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 More on the Language of Nature

T-shaped Intersections according to 5 Element Theory

A T-shaped intersection facing a house is considered to create rushing energy called “sha chi” towards the house.  Translated this is attacking energy.  Imagine at night-time and the lights of the oncoming cars aimed at the house.  This is a visual of the secret arrows that are constantly aimed at the house!

T - shaped Intersection

T Shaped Intersection aimed at House

Read article on property with missing corners @  LANDSCAPE CONVERSATIONS – Recessed Entrance facing a T-Shape Intersection


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.  Renee Lindstrom offers:

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
Workshops and Events