Mindful Living and Sustainable Building
In the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Deer Park Monastery is a Zen Practice Center located in the high
chaparral mountains above Escondido, California.
Welcome to the Deer Park Nunnery Project Blog! This site is being offered by lay practitioners in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We are supporting and following the construction of environmentally-friendly building at Deer Park Monastery.
Four straw bale buildings are being raised to house the monastic sisters and provide living quarters intended for Thich Nhat Hanh.
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A History of Caring for the Earth
Respect for the earth is a basic practice in the Deer Park Community. This project joins a long list of environmental initiatives in place at the practice center including:
Solar Power: Solar panels have been providing as much as 90% of our electricity needs for the past several years. These panels will provide the energy needed in the new buildings as well as continue to power the older structures.
Water Conservation: Mindful of this precious resource, Deer Park residents consume water with great care. Our landscaping plans focus on selecting native plants that require minimal water, and harvesting rain water for use in our food gardens.
Composting and Recycling: Residents and visitors take part in extensive composting and recycling activities as part of every day practice. Visitors, including children, are taught composting methods and are actively engaged in processing used materials during long retreats.
Car Free Days: Every Tuesday is a car free day at Deer Park. No one uses gasoline powered cars to leave the practice center unless there is an emergency.