The Quiet Garden Movement was started in 1992 in the UK by the Reverend Philip Roderick, an Anglican priest, when he observed a lack of places available where individuals could go to embrace silence and stillness and simply ‘be’.
As a teenager, walking quietly alone in nature one evening, he became aware that in the stillness of the natural world, his mind was more open to greater clarity and a deeper spirituality. This moment stayed with him into adulthood and through his training as an Anglican priest and eventually shaped his vision for a network of quiet places with a simple ethos of ‘hospitality and prayer’, where people could step away from the busy-ness of daily life. One day, while enjoying the peace of his own garden, he realised that what was needed for this simple ministry was a welcoming host with a home and a garden – there was no need for expensive premises.
The first Quiet Garden opened in a private home and garden in Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, England. Since then, more than 250 Quiet Gardens have opened across the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, India, Canada and Australasia. As well as individuals offering their own gardens to their local communities, Quiet Gardens can now also be found in churches, community gardens, schools, hospitals, prisons and retreat centres.
Many of our first Quiet Gardens are still open today, including Quiet Gardens in High Wycombe, Stockbridge, Chertsey, Surrey, Richmond, and Mourne in Northern Ireland.
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