The Quiet Garden Movement has been nurturing outdoor space for prayer and contemplation for over 25 years and the Annual Quiet Garden Day is an opportunity to share the Quiet Garden story and celebrate what we do.
We are a global network of gardens in a variety of settings, providing people of all ages and backgrounds access to outdoor spaces to experience silence, contemplation and prayer. Such experience is known to deeply nourish mind, body and soul and is as important today as it ever has been.
You might be able to open your garden on the Annual Quiet Garden day, organise a fundraising event to support our work, or arrange to share a little about Quiet Gardens and the Movement with your church or community group.
It is also a good opportunity to hold Quiet Gardens and the Movement in prayer on the day as you celebrate the mid-point in the seasonal calendar where you are. The Quiet25 Prayer and Quiet Garden Prayer can easily be used as part of a church service.
We hope you will be able to mark the day in some way.
“The natural environment of gardens with their mixture of tending, cultivating and sanctified neglect, are places that draw me into the heart of God. They are places where I can dwell deeply, through being in the slip-stream of prayer, contemplation and renewal, and find life again in all of its abundance. Through the work of the Quiet Garden Movement, I pray that this will also be true for many other people, and I remain grateful to those who open their gardens so that others can slow down and rest in God’s abundant love in Jesus.”
The Rt Revd Graham Usher – Bishop of Norwich and Patron of the Quiet Garden Movement
To grow and sustain the Movement we need to fundraise. This enables us to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of the practices of stillness and contemplation in outdoor settings, as well as provide ongoing support and advice to Quiet Garden Hosts, and contribute to our core costs.
Donations can be made both off-line and securely on-line, as one-off gifts or regular donations. Find out more and make a donation…
You can also fundraise for us, for example, by organising a raffle or sponsored event? We have tools to help with fundraising and sponsorship. Find out more about fundraising…
You might like to organise a local event and take the opportunity to highlight the importance of quiet spaces, inviting people that wouldn’t normally visit a Quiet Garden. We suggest doing local events on Sunday 23 June in 2019 (but it is entirely up to you when to hold your event!). You could organise your event as a Quiet Garden group or local church – or you might like to get together a few Quiet Garden hosts near you to organise something together.
The Quiet25 Course is available as a resource to help you share the Quiet Garden story. Over 5 sessions it takes you on a journey through a range of contemplative exercises and practices. The format makes it an ideal course of study for a group, or it can be used as the basis for a one-day course or individual workshops. The Leaders Guide is available as a printed booklet or e-book.
“The ancient tradition of silent contemplation is as important to the modern mind as it was to those of our forebears – and the Quiet Garden Movement has been facilitating the practice of mindful contemplation for the past 25 years, in gardens across the world…”
Dr Rowan Williams – from the Foreword to the Quiet25 Course