Benedict Inn Peace & Nature Center

1402 Southern Avenue

A native plant oasis and community meditation space will be constructed on the grounds of Benedict Inn. This space will serve as a welcoming gateway to the Beech Grove neighborhood, with long term plans to serve as a potential native outdoor laboratory.

KIB and the Sisters of Benedict Inn envision an urban park that accomplishes three main goals create  a serene environment for meditation and reflection, strengthen the identity of Beech Grove and reconnect St. Benedict Inn with the surrounding community, and finally preserve the natural setting of the park through planting native trees and grasses. The three acres park will provide an inviting place for Sisters, visitors, and community members to reflect and experience a connection to the natural ecosystem.

finished space
Finished Space

This project will work to accomplish many things:

  • Sustainability through preserving the natural landscape and engaging the surrounding community
  • Quality of Life by providing a quite, reflective space for meditation to Sisters, community members, and visitors to Benedict Inn
  • Sociability by reconnecting and strengthening the bond and communication between Benedict Inn and the Beech Grove neighborhood
  • Accessibility by designing as park with the best interest of all community members in mind

Through the design and engagement process, KIB worked with the Sisters of Benedict Inn, and the Beech Grove community to explore different options for the design of this meditative park. BELOW is the design that was selected by the group as the long-term vision for this park. Working from this schematic KIB will construct a portion of the elements in this design that create a solid foundation for  the Sisters of St. Benedict Inn to use to continue to work towards their goal.

the design process
Selected Design

The Peace and Nature Garden at Benedict Inn is now completed! With the help of an amazing group of volunteers including the Lilly Day of Service volunteers, students of  Roncalli High School, and a more!

Connecting people to nature, creating vibrant places rooted in community and building lasting value by working together. Committed to creating vibrant places and communities, IPL Project GreenSpace is a grassroots effort that transforms vacant lots and underused spaces into natural, beautiful, and functional pocket parks and greenspaces for neighborhoods.

Work Status

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