Maui: The Sacred Garden Post

This afternoon Walter and I headed to several lovely spots on Maui, including The Sacred Garden of Maliko in Makawao. This healing sanctuary and botanical garden is an oasis for the Courtney Putnams of the world. And perhaps for you, too.

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There are two labyrinths, fountains, Buddhas, art, stones with healing messages, tropical plants, and meditative spots tucked away around every corner.

Some day I would love to have a Rising Bird Healing Arts Sanctuary for people to freely roam, meditate, and ultimately find calm and inner peace. It’s always been a dream of mine to have such a space. If I made one, would you come?

Eve Hogan‘s sanctuary in lush upcountry Maui is certainly a healing place and oh my am I inspired.

A view of the botanical garden and nursery.

A view of the botanical garden and nursery.

The big Buddha of the sanctuary. I rang the Tibetan singing bowl at his altar.

The big Buddha of the sanctuary. I rang the Tibetan singing bowl at his altar.

Some quiet time at the big Buddha altar.

Some quiet time at the big Buddha altar.

Walter walks the smaller labyrinth inside.

Walter walks the smaller labyrinth inside.

Here I am in the center of the larger labyrinth outside.

Here I am in the center of the larger labyrinth outside.

A lovely Kuan Yin statue.

A lovely Kuan Yin statue.

An altar in the sitting room.

An altar in the sitting room.

The "Count Your Blessings" stone and mini pond.

The “Count Your Blessings” stone and mini pond.

Ganesh lives in the sanctuary, too.

Ganesh lives in the sanctuary, too.

A reminder to dream.

A reminder to dream.

Yes, magic is all around this sacred place.

Yes, magic is all around this sacred place.

I believe we all need places of pu’uhonua (a place of refuge). Where do you find pu’uhonua in your life? If you don’t have a place of refuge and safe sanctuary, how might you go about finding it or creating it?

Here’s to finding refuge and sacred spaces, simple or elaborate, right at home or far away, so we may reflect, relax, and find clarity and peace.

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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2 Responses to Maui: The Sacred Garden Post

  1. Frances Ku says:

    Wonderful post!

  2. Thank you, Frances! That sanctuary filled my soul!

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