Pathways – The Baha’i Gardens in the Holy Land

In this beautiful video piece called “Pathways”, filmmaker Kyle Corea shares a visual exploration of the pathways and gardens in the Baha’i holy places in Haifa and Bahji in the Holy Land.

Here’s what Kyle had to say about the video:

While visiting my sister at the World Centre I volunteered as a gardener. I would spend all day on Mt. Carmel working meticulously, pruning, weeding and beautifying little sections of the immense gardens.

I developed a new appreciation and understanding of all the different species of flowers, plants and scared spaces. Each day felt like a meditation, working under the hot sun and focusing all my attention on perfecting each task.

At the end of the day I would find myself alone, walking down the Terraces, hearing the running water, birds singing, and tree branches blowing in the wind. On one of the final days before I left the Holy Land I brought my camera with me and explored parts of the Baha’i gardens in Haifa and in Bahji.

The experience visiting the majestic Holy Land is like prayer. It is very personal yet it has an ethereal power that every visitor can feel. By sharing this intimate look exploring the Baha’i gardens in the Holy Land, I hope to bring people back to a place that leaves such a special impression on them, and that also create a sense of wonder for those who have yet to experience these beautiful gardens for themselves.

The video was shot and edited by Kyle Corea, and original music for the piece was composed by Shahruz Moshtael.

Special thanks to Kyle for adding this video to Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel.

Total Running Time: 5:35

You may also find the following Baha’i Blog posts related to the Baha’i Holy Places in Israel interesting:

* Why is the Baha’i World Centre in Israel?

* What is Baha’i Pilgrimage?

* 17 Majestic Photos of the Baha’i Gardens in Israel

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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