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A Retreat Centre for

A Retreat Centre for Wfiok Hialth 2.1A Space and Form The Retreat must perform a function that will support certain activities involved in the achievement and maintenance of whole health. It must include areas for food preparation, dining, exercise, meditation, counselling, conferencing, administrative activities, provisions for sleeping, lounging, reading, and healing treatments, lectures, swimming/bathing and gardening. All public space can be integrated to form the focus of the total Centre, with a combination of public, private and semi-private spaces. The main spaces must have a relationship to the outside with sunlight playing a key role, as it is essential for life. Time spent at the retreat would be in enjoying the outdoors, socializing, reading, educating, dining, participating in programs and undergoing treatments and therapies, and exercise. The relationship between the residences and the main facility may be somewhat separate while still integrated into the whole. The quality of the spaces must be harmonious and non-imposing. Clean curved lines, openness, awareness of environment via windows and openings, and natural light are all characteristics to embody in the centre. The spaces should be comfortable and non-threatening where a connection with daily rhythms and nature must be established, living in conjunction with the environment and not apart from it. 28

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