About Us

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Design is about conscious, intentional living. We are delighted to bring you tools to explore contemplative design, a method for opening your mind and allowing you to recreate your environment. It begins with a spiritual, clear view and results in a place filled with the possibility for transformation.


We’ll find out how the principles of design and of contemplative practice can give us guidelines we can follow to design our lives. When we approach our work in the garden or in our life through the practice of contemplative design we can elevate the whole; we can unite the spiritual with the ordinary; we can join Heaven and Earth.


Whether you’re a design professional seeking a new approach to your work, or anyone trying to answer the important questions about the meaning of life, we can help. Our books give you a starting place, but we also offer hands-on courses intended to explore these ideas in greater depth.


Martin Mosko (Daishin Sensei) is the resident teacher at Hakubai Zen Center. He was the founder of Marpa Design Studio, a landscape design and construction company that builds gardens throughout the U.S. and abroad.

He is licensed by Soto Zen School of Japan to wear the golden robe.


His gardens have won numerous awards and been featured in more than ten books, and numerous magazines and newspapers. He is a graduate of Yale University and trained in Japan with master gardeners. With Alxe Noden, he is the co-author of the books featured on this site.

Together Martin and Alxe have travled the country giving letures and workshops on contemplative topics.

L A R R Y  J A C K E L

Larry Jackel, saw his first bonsai in 1972 and has been actively studying bonsai and acquiring trees ever since. A move to Denver in 1976 connected Larry with the trees of the Front Range. Studying these trees and working with them in the Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens has given Larry the insight needed to develop and manage these trees.


In 2012, Larry was hired at Denver Botanic gardens to develop and manage the bonsai collection in the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion. A retired school teacher, Larry lives in Aurora, Colorado with his wife, Kathy.


Alxe Noden, a writer, photgrapher, and filmmaker, has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 25 years, both in the US and abroad. She has worked with the exiled Tibetan government and with Tibetan Nuns Project. 

Her books include "Landscape As Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden" and

"The Sound of Cherry Blossoms." Her film, 

"The Garden of Infinite Compassion" streams on Gaiam TV.

J A C K  S M I T H

Jack Smith​​ is an expressive realist painter whose gen​re is portraiture. His portrait commissions and subjects include Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, United States Poet Laureates Billy Collins, Donal​​d​ Hall, and W.S. Merwin, ​​P​oets Diane Wakoski, Jose Kozer, Naomi Shaihab Nye, Jane Hirshfield, Dan Gerber, poet and novelist Jim Harrison, musician David Crosby and actor ​D​ennis Hopper, among many others. His paintings are represented in public and private collect​i​ons internationally.


​Jack is a practitioner of ​​S​oto Zen Buddhism in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, Kobun Chino Otogawa and Bunryu Robert Watkins. Jack and his wife Kimberley live in Taos, New Mexico and Key West, Florida.