Bench Story

A balm for the weary

"A quiet place. My soul grows still. This, indeed, is a balm for the weary, a shelter for the beaten. I am so grateful for this sacred space. I am now renewed."

Where to find this bench story.

Western Correctional Institution

Gardens are about growth and renewal. This Meditation Garden at WCI embodies those concepts in many forms, encouraging inmates to look within and beyond—from the tree at the center of the well and the masonry Well of Unspoken Truths, to the human sundial and arbor of roses portal.

For the Firesouls who worked on the Meditation Garden at WCI, the project they embarked on sparked something far beyond what they initially expected. And in the process, each learned way more about life and humanity than they ever imagined.


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