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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!

Support  change  – donate @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge  


Read more:

5 Element Design – #yyj Spring Ridge Commons

5 Element Design – Sacred Clearing Ceremony 


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

#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!

Co-creating with Sacred Ceremony for Clearing and Manifesting Fresh Intentions

By Renee Lindstrom, August 10, 201520150810_121721-1

Clearing Space with Invocation

Why & When

Clearing space is different from clearing clutter in your home for the simple fact that space is intangible.  It fills up much like a room fills with junk, yet it is invisible, therefore unconscious.  Clearing ones space at home, office or property could benefit by following the four seasons following the  new moon.  It not four time a year, the second choice would be two times a year; fall into winter or spring into summer.   Finally if only once a year,  spring would be third choice.  However if there is a major rift, conflict or natural occurrence, this intentional clearing with invocation would benefit a transition.

How

Preparing a family or group for a clearing ceremony  I give reminders it is important to know what to fill the space up with. In a clearing ceremony that co-creates with spirit it is important to consider the wishes of the physical participants living or working in the space that you are clearing.    You may wish to have children take part by asking them what qualities they would enjoy filling their home with or the workers in your business.  However, it is important that you include only the people who are creating action physically in the particular space being cleared.   The purpose of clearing and manifesting for the real space is enriched by being present.  The purpose of clearing is to start fresh in the space for those experiencing it and having an openness to those of the past join in person if right, and for new life to enter.

If a focus is to recognize and honor the elders of the past,  one could place an item on the altar to represent the ancestors.   The statement to spirit could be that you are including your elders in the space you are holding, therefore stating  this is your cultural foundation.

It has two equally important parts that includes a focus of ones attention on the inner intention and outer manifestation.  It is book-ended with an opening and a closing.  The ceremonial clearing has five steps in three transitional stages.

Part One – Clarity of Intention

This is the mindful contemplation to clarify the qualities one is longing for.   Recommendation is to turn all thought patterns of what is not wanted into what is longed for.  Spirit cannot connect to what isn’t wanted especially when it is not in for the highest good of all.

If a home or office or other situations where you may not include all the participants, it is a holding of space for them with the highest good for all.  There are circumstances as a business owner or parent where all the needs of the group may be held in the qualities you are longing for.

Part Two – Ceremony

5 Steps for Sacred Ceremony for Clearing and Manifesting Fresh Intentions

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#1.  Create an Alter 

This is  that start of connecting to spirit in a concrete way.  Placement of objects on an altar is a clear manifestation of the intentions of those attending the ceremony.  This altar is set up for this event and taken down afterwards ceremoniously.


#2.  Calling in Spirit

Calling in spirit with an invocation is made in an attitude of  heart-felt respect for all living thing and with spirit.  The purpose is for declaring the intention of the person, or group, that begins with a prayer and  declaration of intention.


#3.  Clearing

Clearing is the physical action to symbolically represent the groups connection to co-creating consciously with the intention of the ceremony and each other in community.


#4.  Filling Space Up

It is important to fill the freshly cleared space up with a traditional smoke or sound that would tap into earlier cultural traditions.  Like the objects on the altar to state the intention of manifestation , it is important to reflect this in the space and not to leave it empty.  Leaving the space empty without inner and outer connection creates a vacuüm that will be filled regardless of being consciously connected to it or not.


#5.  Giving thanks to Spirit

Ending the formal ceremony is important and is done back at the altar to give thanks to spirit and express gratitude’s.   This is done with an appreciative attitude in a way that proclaims it is done.  The intention is set and already in action – it is done and already happening.


If you are longing for more information on qualities, clearing techniques and ways to fill space up with intention or would like clearing guidance 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