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The Zen Garden

The garden represents the natural balance and simplicity of nature. The rocks that have been placed represent different elements – fire rocks, earth rock, etc depending on shape and position. The ‘pebble river’ flows along the length of the garden. In the beginning we made a sculpture of pebbles, with a splash or pebbles leading […]

Living the Eden Way….to the tune of “Daisy, Daisy…”

Verse 1: Eden, Eden Give us the answer ­do! “The System’s” crazy We need to implement you! We want to empower our “Rezzies”, And give our care staff prezzies, And all feel great, (Old ways we’ll hate) Eden hurry to our rescue! Verse 2: Meaningful activity Is what it’s all about. When Elders don’t have […]

A Tribute to Eden

What a lovely place is EdenA replica of our Creator’s ArtThe beautiful pictures on the wallWould look well in a palace hall. It has a lovely garden,Of flowers red, yellow and blueLife in the original garden of Edenwith plans of colour and hue. There are many facets of beautyBeauty of face and formBirds in the tree […]

Bushfires, Helplessness, Hope and Charity

Since September 2019 (Spring for us), Australia has had bushfires happening around the country, starting in New South Wales (NSW) which is on the east coast of the country, moving up to Queensland, then South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. In short, most of the country has been on fire, except the major cities – […]

Winter Wellbeing

How do you keep the spirits of staff, residents or clients and families up when it’s the middle of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere.  Using the Eden Seed Packets as a framework, the below poem created by Debbie Leonard reminds us of why we do the work we do. 10 Cute penguins, you can see […]

Enhancing the Well-Being of People Living with Dementia

I recently attended a Dementia Beyond Drugs masterclass facilitated by Dr Allen G Power. It was inspiring to hear an ex-GP and Geriatrician talk passionately about a person-directed approach to caring for people experiencing cognitive decline. This is in contrast to the medico-management approach which is currently favoured in care facilities, where medical intervention and […]

Rainbow Bridge

Eden Alternative Principle 2 articulates that in creating a human habitat we need close and continuing contact with plants, animals and people of all abilities, but especially children. We know that the psychological support given to Elders, by companion animals is profound. They love unconditionally, eliminate loneliness and boredom and create a reason for us […]