From Akka Janssen . . .
Two Springs ago Tina suggested I become a garden keeper at Tisarana and the role has given me great pleasure. The monastery is a wholly welcoming and peaceful place with a wonderful community of monks and lay people. I frequently schedule my garden work visits to coincide with Saturday’s meditation and Dhamma talks: gardening, and food for the soul. The property is large and there is always brush to be cleared, suckers to be cut back, pathways to be raked as well as finer gardening jobs such as weeding, amending soil, transplanting, and rearranging existing plants. Currently there is a large project underway to landscape the grounds around the new monks’ building so that means there are holes to be dug, shrubs and groundcovers to be planted, manure and mulch to be spread. A work bee to accomplish some of this will be held on Saturday, May 9th. See the Tisarana website for details. Gardening at Tisarana is a gift that keeps on giving.