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Mandala Gardens, Marion

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#5 of 6 in Things to do in Marion
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Mandala Gardens is our family homeplace and the manifestation of a decades-long dream. Even before our daughter, Raynah, was born, we (Diana and Greg) shared a dream of creating a botanical wonderland, a space of beauty and sanctuary for all living beings to enjoy, with herbs, flowers, heirloom vegetables, and stone-lined gardens grown in circular designs called mandalas (“sacred circles” in Sanskrit). In fall of 1998, we found four acres, flooded, piled with rusted junk, and boasting a house with a collapsing roof. All we could see was its potential. We hauled out the junk, hauled in manure, raised beds, and planted trees. Then, in summer of 2010, we had the opportunity and ability to purchase the adjoining three acres to our land and knew that we would truly be able to actualize our dream. In these past few years, we’ve dramatically transformed the land with a pond, new gardens--including a labyrinth--, greenhouses, a cordwood chicken house, and Thea Alvin’s original stone structures, "Infinity Arch" and "Moongate", and in the process have created many beautiful settings for everything from meditation to education to photography and special events. The vision we’ve been holding in our mind’s eye all these years has gradually become physically tangible, and is now visible for others to see. Bringing our dream of Mandala Gardens to life continues to be a lifelong process. We are still in the early stages and are generating new beauty everyday. Even as Mandala Gardens is ongoing, we feel it is beautiful enough to share with others. We invite you to make a reservation to visit and stroll through our mandala gardens in the patterns of a labyrinth, spiral, star, medicine wheel, triquetra, and more. Mandala Gardens offers pathways of beauty and hidden benches. Find quiet sitting spots, have a chat with our goats, chickens, and ducks, and simply enjoy the day. We host senior photos, maternity photos, homecoming and prom photos, etc. for a small fee. The money earned from fees, donations, and events is directly invested into growing Mandala Gardens. For a fuller story on how we began, visit our website at
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  • We love this place and owners are awesome. the uniqueness of is incredable. The aura surrounding this facility is soothing and promotes meditation!!  more »
  • The family has worked hard to turn this into a contemplative and beautiful space. Unfortunately we were not very savvy to Illinois weather and when we visited in early April, very little was...  more »
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  • Such a wonderful garden, right in the heart of the Marion county. We went to the place as visitors but left a piece of hearts there only. Warm welcome by owner (Diana)herself made the visit even more special. It’s always great and encouraging to connect at a personal level, as Diana and Greg shared their story of a their 20 year old vision coming to reality. The garden is beautifully designed with rock art, mosaics, gazebo, livestock, a small pond, nursery. This place is must visit.
  • This place was beautiful. Great place for meditation. Must see for those who seek solace in nature

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