‘Japanese Gardens: Traditional Teachings and personal Well-Being’ April 17 at Anderson Gardens

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Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, welcomes Donna Kobayashi for her lecture “Japanese Gardens: Traditional Teachings and Personal Well-Being” Thursday, April 17. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Visitor Center.

Japanese gardens are designed with a specific order and structure that support personal well-being and create a rich learning environment. Kobayashi will share her insights into the Japanese garden, along with her personal experiences with garden design, Japanese culture and as a student of Traditional Teaching.

Kobayashi has received her master’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago with her main area of research in developing programs that explore traditional Japanese teachings and their relevance to the Western mindset as expressed through the design and content of Japanese gardens. She has also been involved in the research, design and implementation of programs for The Rosecrance Healing Garden (Rockford), Cancer Wellness Center (Northbrook, Ill.) and the Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese Garden renovation (Chicago). She is the founder of Shin-Ka, LLC, in Chicago, which means “sharing through the heart, nature through the four seasons.”

All lectures are free to Anderson Japanese Garden members and $5 for non-members. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Sara Johnson at (815) 316-3307 or sjohnson@andersongardens.org.

Anderson Japanese Gardens hosts its lectures on the third Thursday of each month through October, and the second Tuesday of November starting at 7 p.m.

Anderson Japanese Gardens is one of the highest-rated Japanese gardens in North America. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12-acre award-winning landscape is composed of koi-filled ponds, winding pathways, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th-century traditional architecture are found throughout.

Visit www.AndersonGardens.org for more details.

Posted April 9, 2014

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