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

“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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Telling a story—a remarkable story

05/10/17 | View Comments

We’ve taken our show on the road—complete with cameras, a drone and all sorts of sundry filmmaking equipment. Greetings, from beautiful Joplin, Missouri!

The TKF Team (Alden, Skye and Ethan) with Chris Cotten, Joplin Parks & Recreation Director

This is a story that we’ve been so excited to tell—and now we are. A story of community resilience—how Joplin has recovered from unthinkable devastation from the EF5 tornado that ravaged the town nearly 6 years ago—and how nature has played a leading role in this recovery, in the form of a meaningful community healing garden.

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“A place where our family can come and try to heal our hearts…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

05/05/17 | View Comments

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.  Landscape of Resilience in Joplin was built by survivors of the F5 tornado that hit the town in 2011. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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Does Your Brain Prefer a Green Road?

05/02/17 | View Comments

 


At Nature Sacred, we keep a close eye on the academic research being published around nature and health & wellbeing. Via Research Shorts, each month we take what we see as some of the most interesting work being published and create a brief blurb 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 Portland Hospital System is Using Nature to Help its Employees Combat Stress

05/02/17 | View Comments

Workplace stress can be brutal. Its effects, researchers have repeatedly found, are both broad and deep, impacting our health, job performance — relationships. In fact, a 2015 working paper from Harvard and Stanford Business Schools reported the alarming fact that work-related stress accounts for more deaths than Alzheimer’s or diabetes. Yet, aside from the occasional gym membership, most US companies are doing little, if anything at all, to help their employees cope.

But there are exceptions. Legacy Health, which operates multiple hospitals, including Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, runs an innovative HR program that incorporates nature as a critical component of its efforts to combat workplace stress. It’s led by the hospital’s medical director of employee health, Dr. Minot Cleveland, who is serious about his commitment to getting Legacy’s employees — from surgeons to administrative staff — outside.

A Horticultural Therapist’s Influence

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“God, you have me crying over you…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

04/28/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places at The League for People with Disabilities in Baltimore, Maryland. #Benchstories come from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“You are ok. Everything will be ok!” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

04/21/17 | 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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Riots, Respite and Renewal in West Baltimore

04/12/17 | View Comments

From the outside, it could be easy to make assumptions about Sandtown-Winchester—the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was fatally arrested two years ago today. Vacant, dilapidated homes and boarded-up storefronts tell a candid story—a story of persistent poverty, crime, and misfortune. Yet, if you look closely, bright glimmers of promise and progress dot the urban landscape in some surprising ways.

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