Gardens of creation
2 June 2008Add to My Folder
Explore how different religions use outside space to express their beliefs
Teaching religion through garden design and creation is a great way of pulling together faith in general, religious themes and morals. Teaching and developing projects around Islamic, Buddhist, Medieval Christian and other gardens can be very cross-curricular, too. Geography, history, maths, science and literacy can all contribute. Whether your projects centre around drawing, creating designs, painting and collage-making, or actually making indoor or outdoor gardens, you will find that designs and principles laid out by different faiths provide a great focus and stimulus.
How can you start?
- Some references to gardens and nature in the Qu’ran can be found in Surahs 47, 53, 2.25, 2.41, 69.23.
- Japanese Zen Buddhist gardens: www.columbia.edu/itc/ealac/V3613/ryoanji/ryoanji.htm
- Gardening for schools www.organicgardening.org.uk/schools_organic_network
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