TUC Meditation Garden Campaign
Touro University California is continuing its #GivingTuesday campaign, supporting the creation of a Meditation Garden, spearheaded by the Wellness, Academic Accomplishment, Resilience and Mindfulness (WARM) Program. The Meditation Garden will be located behind the old hospital building (H-1), which already has existing benches, trees, and planting squares, which is an ideal space for an outdoor meditation area. It will be open to all students, faculty, and staff of Touro University California, and will be inclusive of multiple cultures and religions.
WARM is a multi-faceted program which aims to create the wholesome physician of tomorrow; one whose self-care is the source of compassion and quality care for patients and develops resilience to become a lifelong learner (See WARM's First Place win at ACOFP-CA!). An outdoor garden in which students, faculty, and staff can have a quiet space to take advantage of fresh air and sunlight would help reinforce the lessons of the WARM curriculum. Additionally, the Meditation Garden will provide opportunities and tools to develop mindfulness skills, self-care behavior, and resilience for Touro students under high-stress conditions.
This currently unused space will be turned into our campus oasis with your help:
- An enclosed 212-foot fence for the space from the adjacent parking areas and streets ($7,550)
- Planting drought-resistant plants (i.e. succulents, grasses) in the currently unused brick flowering/planting squares around current trees ($700)
- Placing an outdoor storage box (with a lock) to keep yoga mats and meditation cushions ($100)
- Adding a few soothing meditation motif decorations ($50)
Touro hopes to transform the area into a welcome oasis with a total goal of $8,400. The maintenance of the garden will be covered by our fantastic Facilities Department with supplemental work study and volunteer positions, ensuring cleanliness and tidiness with built-in stress relief for those involved! The sustainable planting requires very little to no watering - a huge plus in the California climate!