Kaiyu-shiki or Strolling Gardens require the observer to walk through the garden to fully appreciate it. A premeditated path takes observers through each unique area of a Japanese garden. Uneven surfaces are placed in specific spaces to prompt people to look down at particular points. When the observer looks up, they will see an eye-catching ornamentation which is intended to enlighten and revive the spirit of the observer. This type of design is known as the Japanese landscape principle of "hide and reveal".Our Strolling Walk was developed with reference to the ethose behind Japanese Kaiyu-shiki (Strolling Gardens).
At Matara, our Strolling Walk takes you through the parkland and onwards to the agricultural land. Beyond the Vegetable Garden, follow the mown path through the tall grasses, meandering past the Medicine Wheel, the Fallen Oak, the Tree Dedications in Unity Meadow, past the wheat field and back towards the house, the Angel and the Healing Spiral.Look at the views - towards the house, back towards Kingscote's parish church, up onto the copse on the horizon.
Walk quietly with your thoughts.