Mindful Moment


Chloe Naese

LARC 502

Mindful Moment is a restorative garden on Montana State University’s campus that would accommodate anxiety sufferers. One effective management strategy for anxiety is mindfulness, which is a neutral state of mind achieved by focusing on the present for several minutes. This garden explores the idea of establishing distinct spaces that encourage mindfulness among students, even during the cold, winter months. Curvilinear program spaces including grass mounds, a winter rock garden, a water contemplation garden, and a wildlife garden are balanced by trees set on an orderly stone grid. The grass mounds would serve as informal, secondary spaces that would facilitate socialization; whereas the 3 gardens are enclosed by curving metal walls and tall grasses to establish intimate, private zones intended for inspiring a peaceful moment.