Outdoor “Talking Circles” with Benches

At a Navajo grade school in Aneth UT, benches are arranged to provide “talking circles” for use in outdoor educational and social activities:

"Talking Circle" (Aneth School, Aneth UT)

“Talking Circle” (Aneth School, Aneth UT)

The talking circles at the Aneth school were designed by a landscape architect with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Design for "Talking Circles"

Design for “Talking Circles”

This installation is a modern interpretation of a traditional Native American talking circle.  It was inspired by provided by the local Navajo culture.

Below are additional examples of modern talking circles.

Talking Circle on the Banks of Myall Creek, Australia

Talking Circle on the Banks of Myall Creek, Australia

Oriental Version of a Talking Circle

Oriental Version of a Talking Circle

Some of the teaching that occurs in developing countries like Uganda is accomplished outdoors.  Installations like the one above in Aneth could be useful in areas like sub-Saharan Africa.  But some shade (and perhaps protection from rain) may be required.

An Outdoor Class near Gulu, Uganda

An Outdoor Class near Gulu, Uganda

Information on DIY benches can be found here.  Click here for information on shade structures.

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3 Responses to Outdoor “Talking Circles” with Benches

  1. johnn sterzer says:

    Doc. I could add a couple comments; or extend virtues you’ve mentioned. . . . . “less is more”. I think what you said is great.

  2. rogerdhansen says:

    Johnn, I need more info. I need help from an experienced landscape architect.

  3. johnn sterzer says:

    Hey, Doc. I don’t know why this is all coming up now on my computer while in New Zealand. Anyway I can help from here let me know.

    Johnn

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