Founded in March 2021, the Healing Garden at Hilltop is a space dedicated to slowing down, reconnecting with the land, and reconnecting with self. We work together with the garden to unlearn practices of white supremacy (urgency, perfectionism, homogeneity, hierarchical decision making, defensiveness) and create space for multiple ways of knowing, relating to land, and relating to one another. For many of us, the garden has become a place to process disconnections from homeland, expressing our multicultural stories through plants, recipes, and memories. This experience would not be possible without the ancestral stewardship of the myaamaki, Lënape, Bodéwadmik, and saawanwa, the original caretakers of this space. As we gather, we seek to understand our own roles in ongoing and current colonial projects, creating a space for healing ancestral traumas, and addressing violences we continue to perpetuate against ourselves and against others.
Be sure to check out our website www.healinggardeniub.com for our “Stories from the Garden” blog series, interactive curricula for use with the garden, and other upcoming projects.
Stop by for our summer volunteer hours Saturdays 9-12 (Through August), and keep an eye out for any updates through our Instagram account @healinggarden_iub, on Facebook @Healing Garden Indiana University Bloomington and @Jardin Curativo Universidad de Indiana Bloomington