Seating for Dialogue

SeatingForDialoge

When Peter was working at Findhorn, Scotland (a spiritual community, learning centre and ecovillage) he started a series of benches entitled Seating for Dialogue. This work continued at Windgrove and many of them have been installed around his property.  Over the years he has had different “walks” that allow you to experience them.  I take this walk daily.  The first impression of the benches and the overall series title is that they encourage dialogue, storytelling and communication between two or more people. However, as I have experienced this last month, the benches also encourage internal conversations and dialogues with the natural world.    Many of the benches are 10-20 years old and though some have been installed in museums and homes, these here have weathered into the environment, are used daily, and are an integral part of the landscape. Following is a simple set of photos of some of the benches.

Galaxy Bench
Galaxy Bench
Five Sticks and a Stone Bench
Five Sticks and a Stone Bench
Drop Stone Bench
Drop Stone Bench
Peace Garden Bench
Peace Garden Bench
Forest Bench (sometimes called Sunset Bench because of its location).
Forest Bench (sometimes called Sunset Bench because of its location).
Forest Bench (sometimes called Sunset Bench because of its location).
Forest Bench (sometimes called Sunset Bench because of its location).
Forest Bench (sometimes called Sunset Bench because of its location).
Forest Bench (sometimes called Sunset Bench because of its location).
Wombat Bench (at Wombat Circle)
Wombat Bench (at Wombat Circle)
Wombat Bench
Wombat Bench
Untitled. (missing a branch that went along the back).
Untitled
Twin Spirals Bench
Twin Spirals Bench
Missing Bench. It is being repaired. I really wish it was there. Wedge Island is my favorite view.
This bench has been temporarily removed for repair. I really wish it was there. Wedge Island is my favorite view.
Forest - Temple - Bench - Altar - You & I
Forest – Temple – Bench – Altar – You & I. (In wetter times there is a small creek running underneath it.)

 

 

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