Rotary Clubs Create a Meditation Garden at Phoenix House San Diego

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


On Saturday, January 11, 2014, a group of volunteers led by President-Elect of the San Diego Rotary Club 33, Michelle Candland, created a Meditation Garden for our clients at Phoenix House Academy in San Diego. Thanks to the generosity and effort of 17 volunteers from the San Diego and Alpine Rotary Clubs, along with the help of Phoenix House residents, our clients may now enjoy a serene and peaceful place to spend time at the Academy. We are extremely grateful for the contributions of the following individuals and organizations that extended a helping hand for this project:

On January 23, 2014, a special lunch was hosted for all volunteers who contributed to the creation of this project by Michelle Upland, at the Liberty Station Conference Center. Lunch was served at noon, followed by a special Rotary Club meeting for volunteers and guests.

The new spring garden will be a helpful therapeutic tool for our residents  at the Phoenix House Academy. Our evidence-based residential and intensive outpatient treatment programs help teens affected by substance abuse and mental health issues.  The garden will enable our  clients to express their feelings and address concerns in no other way  they have before. A calm and serene environment may provide a wonderful aide to therapeutic counseling and treatment for those who are  fighting an addiction and are on their way to recovery.

Rotary Clubs create a new garden in DescansoPhoenix House would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in this project, and put in all their efforts to see this project finished. The Meditation Garden will be a special place for our clients to spend some  time alone, or with their loved ones, friends, or staff at Phoenix House Academy in San Diego.  We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who spent countless hours helping create the Mediation Garden by cleaning up the site as well as designing and planting the new garden.


If you think your loved one – a son, daughter, or friend – needs help dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues, please do not hesitate to call us at 1 888 671 9392. At Phoenix House Academy in Descanso, experienced and caring professionals offer effective counseling and treatment that will have lasting results. We are here to help.

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