THE QUIET GARDEN MOVEMENT
Finding space in which to be silent can be a challenge – whether it’s the time space in your busy day or the physical space where distractions can be minimised, it takes commitment to find a regular silent space.
The Quiet Garden Movement has been helping people with this challenge for 25 years. The Movement nurtures access to outdoor space for prayer and reflection in a variety of settings, such as private homes, churches, retreat centres, schools and hospitals – as well as creating opportunities for people to experience silence through regular quiet days and retreats.
Flowing from the example of Jesus’s withdrawal to natural places to pray and his invitation to ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’ (St Mark’s Gospel 6.31), Quiet Gardens share the values of hospitality, contemplative prayer and nature (re)connection. They vary widely in their size and situation, but at the core is the provision of outdoor space intentionally set aside for prayer, silence and refreshment. This can be a permanent space, such as in a church, retreat centre or school setting, or a provisional space set aside for a particular time, such as the use of gardens in private homes.
A key feature is setting aside a sanctuary space and time for stillness, prayer and contemplation for use by anyone in solitude and with others. By providing such a space, the Quiet Garden Movement aims to help people make the first step in finding (or making) a regular space in which to be silent.
With over 300 Quiet Gardens worldwide, you can search for your nearest on the Quiet Garden Movement website.