Since prehistory, humans have gathered to worship in and with nature. Across time and faiths, landscapes and gardens have served spiritual practice as artifacts, settings, and experiential choreographies invested with profound symbolic and metaphoric meanings. Just as the Tao, the pilgrimage, and the hajj represent a process of spiritual development in both the inner and outer worlds of the faithful, sacred landscapes offer places of and for experiences that reunite the individual with the presence of the sacred within the physical realm. While some of these sacred landscapes were empowered as found, many were re-configured to more clearly manifest the divine through and within the living fabric of the earth.
In this illustrated talk, Campbell presents her research into the formal, experiential, and symbolic ways landscape designs reveal and reconcile the sacred with and within the world.