Mindfulness Meets Playfulness: A Gallery of Faerie Houses

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September 21, 2015 by katmcdaniel

Here’s an oldie that explores the wonder of Faerie Houses. Makes me want to spend some time in the woods!


As we age, the pressure to settle down and turn serious builds. Doesn’t play keep us healthy and encourage awareness?

Faerie house at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomon, Maryland  © Clarissa Peterson with CCLicenseFaerie house at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomon, Maryland
© Clarissa Peterson

A faerie house is a miniature structure crafted and/or placed outdoors to shelter real or imaginary creatures. An old stump or a hole in a tree can provide an ideal place for a tiny person to take up residence. This is a traditional craft along the Atlantic seacoast of Maine, where these houses are often made from sustainable, natural materials, including shells, seeds, leaves, rocks, bark and feathers. In the spirit of mindfulness, care is often taken to use things that are already dead and fallen or that won’t be harmed by being part of the faerie house.The structure should be friendly to spiritual and animal occupants, not merely eye candy for human beings. Some designs do incorporate broken pottery, recycled bottles and various…

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