In this tutorial, we will be looking at how to make a backyard meditation space, with lots of design ideas for inspiration.
I simply love the energy in a beautiful garden. And one of the best ways to make your garden even better is to create a garden meditation area.
A backyard meditation area is a relaxing space in which to practice meditation.
If you have read my guide to making your home more Zen and creating a meditation space, you’ll know my thoughts on space. Space contains energy that can help or harm us. One way to create positive energy is with a relaxing meditation garden space.
Imagine it: You step out into your beautiful garden, and you are surrounded by relaxing water features, beautiful spiritual statues and an energy that is conducive to inner peace. You can even use it for Forest Bathing meditation. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
7 Steps & Ideas For Backyard Meditation Spaces
1. Select your area
You probably don’t want your garden meditation area to occupy your entire backyard. I mean you still need space to practice yoga outside and maybe your cats and dogs need some space too. So, decide where your garden meditation area will be and how big it will be.
It’s best to put your garden meditation area somewhere private. That way you can meditate without being distracted and without worrying about the neighbours looking at you wondering what you’re up to.
One good option is to use a pergola to separate the meditation space from the rest of your garden. You might also like to put it in your patio or deck.
2. Decide on your design
There are lots of different design styles you could choose. You could go traditional with all wooden features. Or you could do a modern one. It should fit in with the overall design of your garden, so it doesn’t clash.
Also, decide on a colour scheme. I personally recommend using browns (for grounding), greens (for a natural feel), and blues (for relaxation).
Mindful gardens should only use features that are conducive to relaxation, so make sure you design it exclusively for that purpose.
3. Decide on features
There are many beautiful features you can add to a backyard meditation area.
Some of the features you might like to consider include:
- Water features [Read: Best Buddha Water Fountains]
- Aromatherapy plants
- Buddha statues and other spiritual statues
- Rock speakers you can use to play guided meditations and meditation music
- Garden art
- Meditation altar
4. Get A Meditation Chair
Naturally, you will be practising meditation in your backyard. And even though we all love the feel of damp grass on our skin, it can be a good idea to buy a meditation chair.
A garden meditation chair makes a wonderful decorative piece. Many meditation chairs today look just gorge. Plus, it will help to improve your posture when you meditate. Total win / win.
5. Use water features for relaxation
Is there anything more relaxing in the world than the sound of water? Because water is so relaxing you might like to get a Buddha water fountain. They make the perfect feature for your mindful garden space. And they are easy to incorporate. They’re not even expensive. You can grab a decent water fountain for around $100.
Then again you could choose to get a very high quality one, which can cost several thousand dollar. Either way by incorporating the sound of running water into your mindful garden you will make it much more relaxing. It will also help to quiet your mind when you want to meditate.
Here’s my guide to the best meditating Buddha water fountains.
6 Consider a pond
I don’t know about you, but I love sitting in a garden next to the pond watching fish swimming happily about. Their bright orange bodies look so vibrant and beautiful. And the way they move through the water makes my mind calm down. That’s why I personally love having a pond in my backyard meditation area.
7. Get A Beautiful Buddha Statue Or Spiritual Statue
If you’re the spiritual type you will definitely want to buy a garden Buddha statue.
Not only are Buddha statues beautiful, but they remind us of the wisdom of the Buddha and of dharma. Sitting next to my Buddha statue to meditate helps me to reconnect with my spirituality. When I meditate next to my statue, I remember why I love Buddha’s teachings so very much.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a Buddha statue. You can incorporate any kind of spiritual statue you like, or a statue of an animal… whatever symbolises peace to you.
I love the fresh scents in gardens. The scents of the flowers tingle the mind and stir thoughts of love and positivity. You could choose to incorporate wisteria, lilies, roses or whichever type of flowers you personally like. Their calming presence will help you to find your inner Zen.
There are other ways to incorporate aromatherapy too, such as by using an essential oil diffuser.
9. Build your backyard meditation space mindfully
Always remember the actual act of building a meditation garden should be a mindful, relaxing exercise. It’s an opportunity to enjoy your biophilia (the human predisposition to want to connect with nature).
Alternatively, try a Zen Rock Garden
Now that we’ve looked at how to make a meditation garden, you might also be interested in creating a Zen Rock Garden.
Zen Rock Gardens are spaces full of sand that we rake as a meditation practice. You’ve probably seen them before. They’re the white sands with a ripple effect spreading outwards through them. The act of creating and maintaining these spaces is in itself a form of meditation.
Read my guide to how to make a Zen garden.
With a beautiful garden meditation space, you will have somewhere relaxing and tranquil to sit and meditate.
Remember to tend to your meditation garden with love and care. That way you will continuously evolve the peaceful energy in the garden.