Throughout Stanford’s often bustling main campus, pockets of peaceful spaces offer opportunities to relax and unwind from the myriad and seemingly constant stresses of these trying times.

Some are found in well-known areas such as the iconic Stanford Memorial Church while others are tucked in lesser-known spots like the rooftop garden at the McMurtry Building. Places like the Dish or Lake Lagunita also offer a chance to destress while in motion and among nature.

Many feature distinct art pieces, such as in the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, that may provide welcome distraction or elicit thoughtful contemplation. Whatever setting works best for you, there are various options for refuge throughout campus.

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