Please join us Friday, August 18, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Meditation Garden Planting Party Friday, May 5, 2017
#GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Touro University California took part in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. On Tuesday, November 29th, friends of Touro donated
and took part in the creation of a meditation garden that the entire campus community
could enjoy. Our students need a dedicated space so they can step away from their
With a dedicated area for wellness, the meditation garden will help improve the lives
and mental health of our students, as well as that of faculty and staff. The garden
design will include drought resistant succulents and grasses, calming outdoor decorations,
a box to store yoga mats, and fencing to ensure that the space remains quiet and secluded.
"As medical education can be an arduous path, learning how to take a few moments out
of your day to take a breather is extremely important. As a WARM curriculum student
leader and campus yoga instructor, I saw that our campus was in dire need of a quiet
'space' where students can escape and collect themselves."
— Hiroe Hu College of Osteopathic Medicine '19
"Students need a quiet place to reflect on their busy lives. Developing a space for
students to ground themselves in their senses and breathe between activities can help
contribute to a healthy campus community and healthy individuals. A meditation garden
on campus could allow students to actively prioritize self-care, mindfulness, and
balance and help model it for others."
— Drew Walther Scott, Ph.D. Psychologist & Director of Counseling Services
"I can recall a handful of moments during medical school where I would've wanted a
quiet place to gather my thoughts, but I had to resort to sitting in my car. It is
my hope that with the establishment of the meditation garden, students will have a
place where they can momentarily leave their studies and maybe use this space to be
introspective regarding their thoughts. It's easy to neglect one's emotional well-being
when one does not have an area, like the meditation garden, that can be dedicated
to activities other than studying. My vision for the meditation garden is a serene
environment, lacking any distractions, that could be used by students and faculty
members, so they have an opportunity to reason through their thoughts and return to
their work in a more productive mood."
— Mohammad Khorsand College of Osteopathic Medicine '19
"Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to academic success
and overall well-being. This meditation garden would provide a space for students
seeking to enhance their experience here at Touro."
— Veronica Padilla, Joint MSPAS/MPH '19
"Amidst the intensity, vigor, and excitement of our busy days, we all would benefit
from a meditation garden on campus. A space that is a quick walk from our classes
and is aesthetically pleasing would embrace us. We would be blessed with a rare opportunity
to take a moment and attempt to reach another plane of imagination or inspiration
or just breathe deeply and relish all we should be grateful for...a moment to enjoy
— G. Leela Raja College of Pharmacy '20
"Using the meditation garden will give me a nice quiet space to relax in between classes
and study sessions. Balancing classes and my professional schedule, it can be difficult
to find a relaxing moment of peace and quiet. Viewing natural scenes like the garden
on beautiful Mare Island, can help with stress recovery and create positive feelings."
— Taurean Gibson Graduate School of Education
"Daily meditation has lowered my stress levels from work and school. I have a new
appreciation for nature and all of its beauty."