Project Profile

Project Title:
Mindful Zen Garden
Imagineaction Social Action Projects
School Name:
Mary Queen of Peace
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
Eastern School District
Project Theme:
  • Connect [relationships]
  • Engage [active & participatory citizenship]
  • Thrive [health & wellness]
  • Live [environmental sustainability]
Grade Level:
Subject Areas:
Aboriginal Studies, Science, Social Sciences and Humanities
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Partners:
Teacher: Mike Taylor 325-2007

Mindful Zen Garden

Far too often in our current day and age, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, technology, and the endless commitments we all seem to have. We sometimes have no quite space to have clarity of thought. Grade six English students in Mr. Taylor's class aim to re-purpose an area on the school grounds to create a quiet space for students/classes to chat, read and relax-and above all, be mindful. Following the Aboriginal tradition, benches will be arranged in a square format so that all classes who use the area will be able to see one another (talking circle style). Around the area, will be freshly planted flowers, bushes and trees to give a more beautiful and serene feeling that many students have missing in their lives.

Update (April-28-19)

Our class plans to re-purpose this old area with pavement, bushes and trees as a functional space for classes to either use for play, educational instruction or to just relax with a nice book or ones own thoughts. Currently, students are beginning to clean up the space and figure out where the benches, flowers, bushes, etc. will be placed in the garden. Weather permitting, the garden will officially be under construction from June 1st to June 15th. Stay tuned!

Update (June-18-19)

The Zen Garden is Complete! Thank you so much to the Canadian Teachers Federation!