file under: Wholeo Dome

I have latent hippie tendencies. Big fan of patchouli. Not scared of tofu. Love a good tie dye session. So it makes sense that the idea of the Wholeo Dome appeals to me.

Completed in 1974 by the Minnesota-born artist Caroling (nee Carol Lind; her pseudonym came to her while reading a passage from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass), Wholeo is geodesic dome made of aluminum cast, curved stained glass panels. At 14 feet in diameter and 7 feet high, Wholeo (say “holy-o”; the name implies a continued search for the self – how’s that for esoteric hippie-mindset?) is not large in stature, but it’s big on soul. Apparently, it’s a fabulous place to meditate, though I think I’d have a hard time not being distracted by all the wonderful colored light.
And it’s not too far away from me either: According to Caroling’s Wholeo website, after being kept in storage for two decades, several years ago the dome moved to The Farm School, just down the road from Nashville in Summertown, Tennessee. I smell a road trip. — Libby