Project Name: Rainwashed Soul
Project Type: Public Space, Nature space
Project Details: Mainland
Project Accolades: July 2022 Destination Guide Editors Pick ✨
In the News: Blog feature in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld, July 20, 2022
Being a pluviophile, this build still remains one of my absolute favorites to this day. I had been wanting to create a rainy space in Second Life for quite some time and when the opportunity arose to obtain more land directly next to The Nature Collective, the idea just sort of came to life.
Rain has long thought to have healing powers – a gift from above that cleanses and renews. Rain doesn’t just refresh the land, but also our spirits. It is a symbol of hope and a reminder that with a little TLC, even the harshest of environments can come alive again. In addition to other spiritual benefits of rain, many metaphysical scholars and healers believe it has physical benefits as well. It is said that the feeling of rain on ones skin can raise your energy vibration which can help open up your Chakras and allow healing energy to flow through your body.
Since we are not able to feel the benefits of rain on our skins in a virtual world, I tried to create the next best thing – An immersive sound environment complete with guided meditations, Tibetan singing bowls and of course, the soothing sounds of rain and thunder.
Visitors could get to Rainwashed Soul from crossing the covered bridge at The Nature Collective. There was an umbrella giver at the end of the bridge for people to use, but the best way to experience it was to just walk out into the rain and immerse yourself in the sites and sounds.
Straight ahead from the bridge was a small A-frame building that was open but offered a warm and cozy respite from the rain. There were meditation pillows and a meditation altar that contained the Tibetan singing bowls and guided meditations. Outside of the building and off to the left was a little shed with a bench and hanging lights were I would envision people curling up with a book while listening to the pitter-patter of the raindrops falling all around them.
To the right of the building was a bronze buddha statue and bamboo water fountain with a steady calming sound. I was sad to see this build go, but I do have hopes of if not rebuilding it again, recapturing some of its essence in current and future builds.