Desktop Zen Garden

Time to chill!

As young adults, you generally spend a bit more time sitting indoors at desks than participants in younger Sections especially currently. Unfortunately, this can have negative effects on one’s physical and mental wellbeing.
One way to bring a little peace and joy to your indoor work space is to build a desktop Zen garden. A small Zen garden is easy to make and can be a useful tool for relieving stress.


  • When and where will you build your desktop Zen gardens?
  • Who on the internet might share a knowledge of the background and creation of Zen gardens with you? Could you link with some Scouts in Japan?
  • What tools and materials do you need?
  • What is your budget for this project?


  • Build your desktop Zen garden.
  • Find a perfect home for your garden in your work space.
  • When you need a break. Rake the sand, arrange the stones and breathe.


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did you feel before, during and after this project?
  • How has the garden impacted your workspace and your work habits?
  • What other ways can you bring a “Zen” quality to your work space or study space?
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls