Middle Way Garden

A permaculture land arts project and sacred place for growing, connecting, and healing.

A permaculture land arts project and sacred place for growing, connecting, and healing.

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

In the Spring of 2021, the Arbor Institute will introduce  Middle Way Garden; a new agricultural and land arts program alongside Left Hand Creek north of Boulder. It will foster the tenets of interdependency, diversity, and connection through the practice of social permaculture.

We will offer the community a sacred space to grow, to contemplate, to explore, and to heal. We will honor the wisdom and balance of life — recognizing the soil, the sun, the water, and the air as our relatives. By helping the land to regenerate, we are healing ourselves as well. 

Middle Way Garden will be a resource for the whole community. The permaculture garden will grow food for underserved local communities. There will be both outdoor and sheltered places for contemplation, communication and healing. Much of the garden will be accessible to our elder and disabled communities so that they may participate in the joy of growing and allow us to honor and learn from them in this beautiful natural setting. Land art and sculpture will be organically integrated throughout the site.

How does the sun move and relate with the trees?
How do the trees move and relate with the sun?

What does the soil need?
And where will the water flow?

We will tend and care for the land with love.

How does the sun move and relate with the trees?
How do the trees move and relate with the sun?

What does the soil need?
And where will the water flow?

We will tend and care for the land with love.

 

Middle Way Garden is on traditional, ancestral, unceded land of the Hinono’ei (Arapaho) and Cheyenne People. We will invite local tribal members to join in the creation of the garden. We honor our Indigenous ancestors and their ways and will let their wisdom guide us.

About the Garden

Middle Way Garden is…..

A permaculture project and sacred space for the community to grow, to contemplate, to explore and to heal. It is also…

  • A food resource for underserved communities 
  • A place for ritual and ceremony
  • A teaching garden
  • An opportunity to volunteer and connect with the spirit of the land
  • An intermingling of agriculture and the arts
  • A refuge from the digital world

SCHEDULE
WINTER / SPRING 2020-2021

Planting will begin in the Spring of 2021. We are seeking volunteers interested in being part of creating Middle Way Garden – many different opportunities are available.

Contact us to express your interest and we will be in touch!


MIDDLE WAY TEAM

Arbor Founding Director  |  David Levitt
Arbor Co-Director  |  Jane Saltzman

Regenerative Garden Design
Nick DiDomenico  |  Drylands Agroecology Research

Landscape Architect
MDLA Mathew Davis Landscape Architect