Vajra Farmís Healing Garden

echinacea

Echinacea.

The idea of growing a healing garden was inspired by an old friend and herb gardener, Louie Sasso, and our discovery of a sacred ground in Okalahoma where the Purple Coneflower originated. Louie had a beautiful medicinal herb garden where visitors would come to buy herbs and sit in its peaceful healing space. The sacred ground in Oklahoma was an open meadow in an ancient mountainous region where wildflowers and the Purple Coneflower abounded. The beauty and vitality of the place was astounding with butterflies dancing among the flower tops and scent of honey and lilac in the air.

On Vajra Farm a similar place with an unusual presence of vital energy was discovered. It has become the site and inspiration behind our plans for a healing garden. Upon clearing brush for restoring a patch of prairie we found an island of grass surrounded by a thicket of Dogwood, Redbud and Plum. This site felt sacred and was chosen as the site of our healing garden. In 2003 and 2004 we began working the ground planting rye and red clover. In 2005 we laid out a garden design and began tilling herb beds and working mulch into the soil. In the late summer we planted Artemesia, Bergamot, Butterfly, Hawthorn, Milkweed, Ginkgo, Motherwort, and Paw Paw.

medicine wheel

Medicine wheel.

The garden design is laid out with a medicine wheel in the center, herb beds around the garden edges interspersed with bench areas, a small lawn and paths meandering throughout. The layout, spacing and planting of herbs is based on the concept and theme of Feng Shui. In developing the theme of Feng Shui in gardening, oriental and ayurvedic concepts have been integrated with plant form, color, scent and medicinal use as it pertains to human organ systems. The Feng Shui Bagua (Pa Kua) has been used in analyzing the flow of Qi energy through the garden and out into the surrounding farm. The garden's natural enclosure has 5 gates, through which various distant points can be sited and Qi can flow.

We have established objectives in the development of the healing garden, which include the following:


stupa

Memorial stupa

It is our intention to work with our alternative healthcare community to develop and apply what is learned in this project and practice. We also hope that this work will open to our community new insights and opportunities for understanding and improving our environment and human condition.

Vajra Farm is accepting donations to help finance the cost of the establishment of our healing garden. If you would like to help with this project, please send your donation to the Healing Garden Project, Vajra Farm, P.O. Box 55, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.