Mind
Body
Spirit
Community
Design
Urban lifestyles demand our close attention and tire our powers of concentration. Nature can restore our ability to think and focus.

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Our bodies are surprisingly responsive to the presence of nature in our urban surroundings.

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Simply being in the presence of nature can elevate one's spirit.

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Participation in the creation of urban greenspace can lead to increased expression of a community’s connectedness and resilience.

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Certain natural elements and arrangements of space offer restorative and beneficial experiences to visitors.

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Modern life can disrupt our connection to nature.
Yet research shows that green spaces improve health.
At Nature Sacred, we help communities heal from the outside.

Nature's Impact

Our goal is to help others improve health in communities across the country. Individual and community wellness are more directly linked to nature than most people realize.

Mind

Urban lifestyles demand our close attention and tire our powers of concentration. Nature can restore our ability to think and focus.

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Body

Our bodies are surprisingly responsive to the presence of nature in our urban surroundings.

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Spirit

Simply being in the presence of nature can elevate one's spirit — perhaps an expression of biophilia.

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Community

Participation in the creation of urban greenspace can lead to increased expression of a community’s connectedness and resilience.

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Design

Certain natural elements and arrangements of space offer restorative and beneficial experiences to visitors.

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Sacred Place

A Sacred Place is a place outdoors characterized by its invitation to wholeness and healing.

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In Communities

These projects will demonstrate how nearby nature in the city can provide sacred and spiritual experiences.

The Mechanisms and Design Elements of Restorative Experiences

Baltimore, MD

Through the development of a set of evidence-based design guidelines, this project will apply new scientific knowledge to the design of sacred spaces to increase the human health benefits of exposure to urban nature and inform policy makers on how to create healthy refuges in urban settings.

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The Green Road

Bethesda, MD

Our nation’s Wounded Warriors suffer greatly from conventional injuries as well as the "invisible wounds of war": traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Landscapes of Resilience

Joplin, Mo and Queens, NY

Open Spaces Sacred Places are crucial pieces of urban infrastructure that are unique, adaptive and vital to community health and well-being, particularly in response to acute and chronic stressors.

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Naval Cemetery Landscape

Brooklyn, NY

Immersion in nature can relieve people of debilitating effects of the built environment, especially where vulnerable populations are under intense emotional and social pressures.

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Quantifying Benefits of a Healing Garden among Hospital Populations

Portland, OR

With a goal of demonstrating improved health and well-being of a community through access to healing gardens, this project may elevate the presence of sacred, nature experiences within health care institutions.

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A Greenspace a Day

TKF Foundation Regional Spaces, Baltimore-Washington, DC

Immune functioning is a central determinant in human health. Recent, converging evidence suggests a link between healthy immune functioning and exposure to nearby nature.

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healed an average of a full day faster than those with window views of a brick wall.

higher levels of meditation and lower levels of frustration.

71% of people were less depressed after going on an outdoor walk. 45% of people had similar results going on an indoor walk.

has relaxing effects such as lower blood pressure and heart rate.

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Connections

Journal entry from the bench at The Childrens’ Peace Center, Inc.

Take one moment today and be thankful for something.

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We are a private nonprofit that funds publicly accessible urban green space. We believe that everyone needs to “be in nature” as nature both heals and unifies us. The Foundation partners with organizations to create Open Spaces Sacred Places, which increase a sense of community and contribute to a deepening of human connections. These sacred places reawaken and reaffirm the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing.

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