Parable Garden is delighted to support farms in facilitating reflective walks and Quiet Days for local churches or groups.
On your farm you may already have grape vines, fruit trees, fields of wheat and wild flowers, which make useful subjects for creative reflection on Jesus's teachings including the parables. A farm's seasonal cycles and rhythms as they reflect stages and situations in life’s journey, have endless potential as a starting point for outdoor reflection.
Parable themed planting can extend possibilities for engagement in creative exploration of the Gospel and developing discipleship for churches, schools and the wider community. Parable Garden offers practical help and resources for designing and using Parable Prayer Gardens for community outreach.
Our Quiet Days and Farm walks with the Creator are themed around the seasons, subjects from nature or parables based on a verse from the Bible. The Bible is rich in its appreciation of nature –many of the poetic writings of the Old Testament use nature as symbols for different concepts or spiritual principals. In the New Testament, Jesus especially had an acute awareness of the wonder, beauty and meaning of creation and used nature in his parables and teachings.
'Into the Garden - cultivation as a tool for spiritual formation and community renewal' (author Rachel Woods) recently published by Grove Books within their spirituality series, offers more on the theological basis to both Parable Garden's as well as other initiatives for example led by church and community leaders and chaplains. Read more...
If you are interested in organising a reflective walk or Quiet Day in partnership with Parable Garden, please click here to contact us or email firstname.lastname@example.org