Brincka Cross Gardens offers unique setting

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Dining & Entertainment

Published on August 18, 2011 with No Comments

by Matt Pera

During the past year, the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department has been hard at work on a variety of projects. One of the most important has been the revitalization of Brincka Cross Gardens, located at 427 E. Furness Road in Pine Township.

The property was created as a place to nurture a love of art and nature in the late 1960s, when William Brincka and Basil Cross built a home there and spent the next three-plus decades developing a variety of gardens that were rich in their scope and diversity. Just as a starting point – there are 400 types of hostas and 450 varieties of daffodils on the property.

The gardens were acquired by Porter County Parks and Recreation about five years ago, but renovation efforts have only been underway for about a year. And what a difference that year has made.

Many of the invasive plants have been eliminated, a horticulturist has been hired and a wide variety of programs have been introduced.

We are very excited about this property and its potential. Here is a look at some of the programs we have scheduled through the rest of the summer and fall.

Meditation Retreat,

1-4 p.m. Aug. 21, $20

These retreats offer an opportunity for an afternoon of reflection that includes a guided walk, seated meditation, gentle yoga stretching and reflective writing. Cynthia Smith, an experienced meditation guide, certified yoga instructor, seasoned writer and nature lover will lead the retreats.

Bring a yoga mat or towel/blankets to sit on, and dress for the possibility of being outside. Please refrain from wearing cologne, perfume and scented lotions, as yogic breathing will be done.

September Fridays Gardening Days

, 9 to 11 a.m., Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Bring your favorite pair of work gloves and join Porter County Parks in cleaning up gardens that surround the house at Brincka Cross. A great way to fulfill service hours or partake in your passion for gardening. Wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and extra gloves will be available.

Within the Circle – Mandalas,

10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17, $20

Mandalas are an art form used by cultures around the world for meditation, focus and self expression. Using the beauty of nature around us for inspiration, learn to create your own mandalas, and meditate using your mandala as a focus.

Wellness Retreat,

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 25, $40

Draw inward to discover your deeper rhythm. Give yourself the gift of time, space and quiet. In this beautiful home and garden setting you are transported to a different world. Enjoy the day with gentle yoga stretching and guided meditation. A healthy lunch and tea is provided and you will have time for reflective journal writing. Please bring a yoga mat, small cushion for sitting, a small blanket and water. There will be a restorative yoga practice, so participants are welcome to bring additional items for support. The cost for this program is $40.

Sand Painting,

6 to 8p.m., Sept. 27, $25

Learn about the traditions and how to create your own sand painting using a technique of layering colored sand. Artistic experience not required. Supplies provided.

Poetry and Nature, 1 to 3 p.m., Oct. 2, $20

Learn the different ways that poets have drawn ideas and inspiration from nature. Wander through the gardens and learn to experience nature as a creative force, and then turn that experience into poetic writings of your own.

Paint, Pot & Plant, 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 7, $25

Instructor: Shirley Massey, O.S.C.I, Porter County 4H Fine Arts Judge. Learn how to paint a flower pot with an experienced decorative painting instructor.


Reiki Retreat,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 8-9, $100

A Japanese relaxation technique that helps to balance the energy in your body so that you feel calm and relaxed. Kate teaches the basics of traditional first level Reiki (ray-key), as well as her own relaxed and intuitive Reiki style. In this weekend retreat, you will learn techniques of mindful breathing and meditating to center your own energy; how to do Reiki for yourself, for other people, and even for your pets; and then have the opportunity to try your new Reiki skills.

Make the World Go Away,

10 a.m. to noon, Nov. $20

Let the serene surroundings of Brincka-Cross Gardens help you to leave the world behind, calm your thoughts and soothe your soul, as you experience different ways to relieve stress that draw from techniques such as yoga, mindful breathing, creative expression, progressive relaxation and more.

About Porter County Parks and Recreation

The mission of the Porter County Parks and Recreation Board and Department is to preserve, protect and manage the natural, cultural and recreational resources within a diverse park system. We are committed to delivering youth, adult and school programs to the residents of Porter County, while also providing a gateway into the natural beauty of our area through its unique parks and trails. For more information, call 219-465-3586, or e-mail Porter County Parks and Recreation is also on Facebook at and Twitter @pcparksnrec.


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