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News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities

“.;..I do not – will not – play” #Naturesacred #Benchstories

06/23/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places at UMBC: Joseph Beuys Sculpture & Rock Garden. #Benchstories come from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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Air pollution damages the brain, but trees can help

06/22/17 | View Comments


 


At Nature Sacred, we keep a close eye on the academic research being published around nature, health, and wellbeing. Via Research Shorts, each month we take what we see as some of the most interesting work being published and create a brief summary for our readers — enabling you to be in the know, even if you’re short on time.


 

A Brief Summary of the Research

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“This is for you Dad!” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

06/16/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“…Where the highway noise fades together like burbling waves…” #Benchstories #naturesacred

06/09/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn, NY. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“This small place could just as easily not be here….” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

06/02/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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Take a Mental Break, Eat Your Veggies, and Other Sage Advice

05/30/17 | View Comments


 


At Nature Sacred, we keep a close eye on the academic research being published around nature, health, and wellbeing. Via Research Shorts, each month we take what we see as some of the most interesting work being published and create a brief summary for our readers — enabling you to be in the know, even if you’re short on time.


 

A Brief Summary of the Research

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“I tell myself to stop & rest, take in the air, I feel calm…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

05/26/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Washington Parks and People – Meridan Hilltop Gathering Place in Washington, DC. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“I spent the better part of 288 days in the debris field…” #BenchStories #Naturesacred #Joplin

05/19/17 | View Comments

As we approach the anniversary of the F5 tornado which hit Joplin, Missouri, we remember those who were lost and find hope in the resilience of those who came together to rebuild their community. Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the Landscape of Resilience: Butterfly Garden and Overlook in Joplin, Missouri.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

 

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Gardens engage the mind, muscles, and hope

05/18/17 | View Comments

Planting a seed engages the mind. Working the soil engages the muscles in our hands. Watching new life grow engages our hope.

Gardening is perhaps one of the oldest and most common ways we interact with nature everyday, and there is increasing awareness among scientists of the potential health benefits derived from gardening activities. A small planter outside the window, a community garden plot, or a private green space all provide possible health benefits.

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“I’ve followed her to the docks. She still doesn’t know who I am…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

05/12/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Leon Wolf 4th Street City Park in Annapolis, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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