Gandalf’s Garden

Gandalf’s Garden was a mystical community which flourished at the end of the 1960s as part of the London hippie-underground movement, and ran a shop and a magazine of the same name. It emphasised the mystical interests of the period, and advocated meditation and psychedelics in contrast to hard drugs. Muz Murray was prominent and editor of the magazine, and is now a world-travelling Mantra Master.The shop was based in World’s End, at what was then the unfashionable end of Chelsea and a fair walk from Sloane Square tube station, passing the Chelsea Drug Store (where the record shop scene from A Clockwork Orange was filmed) and across the road from a clothes shop named ‘Granny Takes a Trip‘, distinguished by the mini car protruding from its first floor level. Gandalf’s Garden was directly opposite the World’s End pub. The shop promoted a peaceful ‘vibe’ and large cushions were provided on the floor for customers to ‘hang out’ and drink honey-flavoured exotic teas. The basement provided not only a toilet but also an area for a ‘shrineroom’ where homeless street people crashed during the day and spiritual meetings were held every evening. It was the first popular centre to invite teachers, gurus, monks, researchers, etc., from every spiritual tradition and practice and gained worldwide recognition. Gandalf’s Garden was dispersed in 1971 into various Gandalf’s Garden Seed Centers in different parts of Britain, e.g., Edinburgh and York, holding weekly meetings of short meditation and discussion, and often speakers invited from the list of address of Muz Murray’s main contacts near each Seed Center’s location. The magazine emerged in 1968 and ran to 6 issues. It was part of the then-current Underground press (although they preferred to be called ‘Overground’) as an alternative to the International Times and, particularly, OZ in departing from conventional black and white pages. In contrast to the psychedelic mayhem of many issues of OZ, Gandalf’s Garden magazine was lyrical in choice of, for example, peach, light blue or pastel pink sheets with burgundy type, the colours rotating through the magazine. …”
Gandalf’s Garden, Circa 1969 – 1972
Gandalf’s Garden Magazine
Gandalf’s Garden – the Pardoes

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