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The Story Of The Garden Of Light

The story behind The Garden of Light

Utsahi (Nérée) St-Amand

“Dreams come true

Only if we dearly love them and proudly treasure them.”

Sri Chinmoy

 The Garden of Light opened its doors at 1099 Bank Street near Sunnyside in Old Ottawa South, on November 1, 2008. However, its story dates way back… Indeed, the Garden of Light emanates from a dream.

Ever since I moved to Ottawa in 1990, I had been longing for a place to find peace amidst the noise, turmoil and stresses of everyday life.  For many years, I had this idea of offering to the Ottawa community a place where there could be peace of mind and heart, in other words a little paradise! I had envisioned this as a spiritual oasis, a place of inspiration where spiritual seekers could find quality incense, inspiring books, spiritual music, and other items to give them joy and at the same time elevate their consciousness.

Since I could not find one that resembled this dream, I decided to create one. With grace, my dream came true!

In 1999, a small location became vacant on Laurier Street East, close to The University of Ottawa. This is where the initial dream materialized. This was the start of the journey.  The dream continued to evolve to where we now are, 1099 Bank Street, in a location where we can offer merchandise, as well as present some mini-concerts and talks on incense, singing bowls, aids to meditation, etc. 

The Garden of Light is honoured to carry spiritual books, CDs and Jharna-Kala Fountain Art prints by artist, author, musician, poet and peace visionary Sri Chinmoy, an inspiration to our world and a person who has transformed my life.

A few unique gifts that we are proud to carry: Fair Trade incense and Lukta paper, 100% beeswax candles, locally made creams and soaps, essential oils, Himalayan herbal teas, crystals and semi-precious stones, hand-hammered and machine-made singing bowls, tingshas, bells and hand-tuned chimes.

We also carry unique Nepalese meditation cushions, japa mala beads, karma chairs, Pashmina scarves and shawls, and yoga accessories, as well as various traditional/contemporary crafts created by local artisans in Nepal. Over the past twenty years, another dream of mine has come through: to unite the artisans of Nepal with The Garden of Light community, thus creating some conscious links between our two worlds!

Indeed, through these years, I have travelled many times to Nepal and have established close relationships with family businesses, thus making these links possible and at the same time supporting Nepalese families and communities.

In other words, an ordinary man’s dream came true:

A man may be ordinary, but his dreams can be extraordinary”.

Sri Chinmoy, The Caged Bird: 127

Our Journey

2008

November 1, 2008

The Garden of Light opened its doors at 1099 Bank Street near Sunnyside in Old Ottawa South, on November 1, 2008

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The Garden of Light is honoured to carry spiritual books, CDs and Jharna-Kala Fountain Art prints by artist, author, musician, poet, and athlete, Sri Chinmoy.

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