1704 North State Street   Marion, Illinois 62959

mandala.gardens@gmail.com

618-889-9228

ABOUT

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Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, walk the labyrinth, have a chat with our goats, and simply enjoy the day. If you are interested in holding a retreat, wedding, reunion or other event here, contact us for fees and dates. We also host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from fees is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens.

 

OUR STORY
 

Mandala Gardens is our family homeplace and the manifestation of a decades-long dream. Even before our daughter, Raynah, was born, we (Diana and Greg) shared a dream of creating a botanical wonderland, a space of beauty and sanctuary for all living beings to enjoy, with herbs, flowers, heirloom vegetables, and stone sculptures grown in circular designs called mandalas (“sacred circles” in Sanskrit).

 

In fall of 1998, we found four acres, flooded, piled with rusted junk, and boasting a house with a collapsing roof. All we could see was its potential. We hauled out the junk, hauled in manure, raised beds, and planted trees. Then, in summer of 2010, we had the opportunity and ability to purchase the adjoining three acres to our land and knew that we would be able to fully actualize our dream. These past few years, we’ve dramatically transformed the land and have created many beautiful settings with a pond, new gardens, greenhouses, a cordwood chicken house, a labyrinth, and a stone bridge, along with various artworks by internationally known artists, including stone sculptor Thea Alvin’s original stone structures, "Infinity Arch" and "Moongate"; Carey Netherton's metal sculpture, "Talisman"; and Kendra Stenger's 23-ft diameter ceramic mosaic "Circle of Ritual Wonderment." This summer, July 2018, we are adding an Amish-built 30ft, screened-in Gazebo, and are hosting Artist Safaa Abd El Salam from Alexandria, Egypt, who is installing her intricate mosaic designs at Mandala Gardens.  

 

The vision we’d been holding in our mind’s eye all these years has gradually become physically tangible, and is now visible for others to see. Bringing our dream of Mandala Gardens to life continues to be an ongoing process. We invite you to visit and share in the tranquility and contentment of our vision. Contact us anytime to set up a visit, and/or check our events page for dates/times we are open to the public. 

"Mandala Gardens is personal to me. It's my art, it's an expression of my creativity and my spirituality."

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Diana Tigerlily

1704 North State Street   Marion Illinois 62959

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618-889-9228