Northeast Lakeview College Unveils its Newest Feature: A Zen Garden

May 30, 2024

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Northeast Lakeview College Unveils its Newest Feature: A Zen Garden 

Universal City, TX – Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) hosted a small Unveiling Event for its newest college feature; A Zen Garden.  The Northeast Lakeview College Zen Garden will provide a tranquil and dedicated space for mindfulness and reflection.  The Garden includes benches, various trees and shrubs, and green space. It also has a reflexology path, manicured lawn for programmed activities like yoga, and limestone seating blocks. The Garden is connected to NLC’s current walking trails that lead to the lake, our college’s signature feature, and continue on to the Live Oak City Park.

“The NLC Zen Garden was created with the community in mind,” says Dr. Veronica Garcia, NLC president. “ Strategically placed rocks, trees, and open areas, are meant to evoke feelings of serenity, calmness, and peace. All of these things emphasize NLC’s focus on overall health and well-being, to include understanding the needs surrounding the mental health of our students, creating an inviting work and learning environment, and bringing harmony and a peaceful space to benefit the communities that NLC serves.”

The project was funded in part by grants funds from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness (SACADA). The grant was awarded to the Student Advocacy Group and the Garden Club student organization at Northeast Lakeview College. 

“We thank SACADA for their support of NLC and our students,” Garcia added. “It is clear they understand NLC’s focus to enhance overall health, well-being, and mindfulness.”

The Zen Garden's official  name name was unveiled as "Harmony Haven: A Zen Garden Retreat," and is Phase one of a two-part project.  Phase II of the project will expand the current footprint and wrap-around in front of the Llano Wellness Center. Zen Garden In addition to providing additional expanded space for yoga, this phase will add more outdoor seating, a wooden deck, plants, trees, and a central walkway connecting to the zen garden. A central concept will be a meandering dry creek bed with wood bridges. Irrigation for the trees and planting beds will be installed. Hardscape features include river rock, crushed gravel, stone boulders and limestone seating blocks.

View renderings of phase II here

About Northeast Lakeview College

Established in 2007 as one of the five Alamo Colleges, Northeast Lakeview College provides access to quality academic programs and career and technical courses that prepare students for future success in in-demand careers. The College serves more than 8,200 students from northeast San Antonio and Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties. Offering a wide selection of degrees, certificates, pre-majors, and programs such as cyber defense, social media, logistics, and pre-nursing, students completing Northeast Lakeview College have the skills they need to transition to the workplace or transfer their credits to the university. NLC has two locations.  Its main campus is located at (1201 Kitty Hawk Rd.) and an off-site location in New Braunfels (2193 FM758)

About San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Awareness

San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Awareness (SACADA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides education, youth prevention programs, information resources and services to prevent alcohol and substance use disorders. We serve nearly 90,000 people in Bexar County and 28 surrounding counties in South Central Texas.