Mindfulness

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden offers a variety of mindfulness programs.

The Garden Musings Project, launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2020, is an open invitation to look more closely and broadly at our backyards, front yards and neighborhoods. Each week we’ll send three prompts focused around a theme – color, texture, lines, interaction to name a few. These prompts will include ideas to guide a musing or conversation between you and your nearby outdoor spaces. Try each of the exercises, or stick with one that evolves into a regular practice.

Every few weeks, we will have a live-stream conversation (via Zoom) to share our experiences, and to chat with artists, educators, writers, poets and gardeners from New Mexico and a far about their own practices observing and interacting with their gardens, landscapes and other natures around them.

Ways to Join: Participate at any level in the project is welcome. Try the weekly musings as they come up in your social media feeds. Sign-up for the project emails below to receive the weekly musings in your inbox, as well as the information for the group gatherings via Zoom through the registration list.

Summer 2020 Mindfulness classes including Yoga and other workshops are tentatively scheduled to begin in July. All on-site programs are subject to change.

20 Apr, 2020

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 1

2020-04-25T13:53:52-06:00

The Garden Musings Project is an open invitation to look more closely and broadly at our backyards, front yards and neighborhoods. Each week we'll send three prompts focused around a theme - color, texture, lines, interaction to name a few. These prompts will include ideas to guide a musing or conversation between you and your [...]

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 12020-04-25T13:53:52-06:00
25 Apr, 2020

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 2

2020-04-25T14:07:07-06:00

Blue Poem by Kate LaRose Muse No. 2  April 24, 2020 This new project blends mindfulness and the outdoors. Find a space where you like to sit (outside or with an outside view). Make some notes ( eg. a list, descriptions, etc) on the range of colors in your view. What color feels [...]

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 22020-04-25T14:07:07-06:00
29 Apr, 2020

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 3

2020-04-29T14:23:02-06:00

Muse No. 3 April 29, 2020 Muse No. 3 Color Collection by Claire LaRose Collect several (more than 3) objects that are close to the same color. Arrange them and take a photo, or do a quick sketch of the objects. The Garden Musings Project is an open invitation to look more closely and [...]

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 32020-04-29T14:23:02-06:00
2 May, 2020

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 4

2020-05-01T09:15:47-06:00

Musings on Lines: The next three musing are about lines. We're drawing inspiration from influential environmental thinker Dr. Donella Meadows. From her poem "Lines in the Mind, Not in the World" we're thinking more deeply about the lines around us: where we find them, what they divide (or not), how they change. You can find [...]

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 42020-05-01T09:15:47-06:00
6 May, 2020

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 5

2020-05-06T09:46:59-06:00

Muse No. 5  May 6, 2020 Line Design by Clare LaRose, Santa Fe Botanical Garden Volunteer Coordinator From Donella Meadows: "...ideas are not stopped by the lines. How could they be? The lines are themselves only ideas." Look back to your collection of lines- or make a new collection! Quickly sketch your different [...]

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 52020-05-06T09:46:59-06:00
10 May, 2020

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 6

2020-05-11T15:15:54-06:00

Muse No. 6  May 10, 2020 From Donella Meadows: "Between me and not-me there is surely a line, a clear distinction, or so it seems. But, now that I look, where is that line?" Take 5/10/15 minutes and just write (about the lines that you see, the lines that your feel ...). Share your thoughts [...]

Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 62020-05-11T15:15:54-06:00
13 May, 2020

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 7

2020-05-14T12:24:15-06:00

Musings on Spring Spring is the perfect time to start observing and recording the timing of seasonal change events in your backyard or neighborhood. At Santa Fe Botanical Garden, we partner with the Rio Grande Phenology Trail to track the timing of seasonal changes in a number of plant species. Volunteers keep weekly data and [...]

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 72020-05-14T12:24:15-06:00
18 May, 2020

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 8

2020-05-18T14:02:09-06:00

Muse No. 8  May 18, 2020 Blind Contour of Iris by Claire LaRose , Santa Fe Botanical Garden Volunteer Coordinator With phenology monitoring we visit the same sites for each series of observations. For this musing, return to your Muse 7 object and make note of the differences from your first observations (record [...]

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 82020-05-18T14:02:09-06:00
26 May, 2020

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 9

2020-05-26T14:06:47-06:00

Muse No. 9 - May 26, 2020 Spring Line Collection by Claire LaRose Return to your spring observation object. Make a record of the date and conditions of the day. What changes do you notice from your earlier observations (maybe look back at your records). Make a color palette or a line collection [...]

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 92020-05-26T14:06:47-06:00
9 Jun, 2020

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 10

2020-06-09T08:25:23-06:00

Musings on Interaction What a time in the world to be thinking about interaction. Musings on interaction may help us to think about, or perhaps briefly escape our thoughts about the social transformations in which we are in the midst. Like the other Garden Musings themes, interaction allows us to look at singular elements, or [...]

The Garden Musings Project – Muse No. 102020-06-09T08:25:23-06:00