Spiritual retreat center: In Ceta Canyon, Texas
Moore, Jason R.
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The spirit of man may be enhanced through symbolism, conveying a metaphysical significance of form by imparting spiritual meaning. The creature man has an immortal quality beyond the physical; one that is considered spiritual. This quality is derived from man's ability to seek out something greater than oneself, which surpasses their strength to face life or wisdom to understand it. Atchitecture can aid this "aspiration" through the use of symbolism. Said symbolism is the use of physical forms to convey a metaphysical meaning. Due to the physical nature of architectural form and the meaning it tries to impart, the connection between symbolism in architecture and man's spirituality is clear. The facility type that is very conducive to this theory is that of a spiritual retreat complex. Where better to reveal the spiritual nature of architecture than in a place that's purpose is to strengthen man's soul? The earliest example of this facility type is the monastery. These places became a tangible and fixed point of reference for man's faith. Though this facility type has evolved much, the ideal has remained a constant. This particular facility will cater from 50 up to 100 people staying 3 to 6 days. Many existing facilities are placed in natural settings identifying the connection between spirituality, purity and sacredness of nature. Therefore, the undisturbed beauty of rugged Ceta Canyon becomes an obvious place to express the ideology of this theory.