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

“Please stand by me and give me the strength…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

11/04/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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“I pray for all the drug dealers to give them wisdom…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

10/28/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Intersection of Change in Baltimore, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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Open Spaces Sacred Places in Urban Environments (Infographic)

10/27/16 | View Comments

 

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For more than 25 years, TKF has partnered in the creation of  130+ Open Spaces Sacred Places, most of which are found in urban environments. From housing projects to hospitals, TKF Open Spaces Sacred Places provide a place for visitors to reflect, find solace and immerse themselves in the healing power of nature. Our latest partner projects seek to scientifically prove the inherent value and need for nearby, open access to urban nature.

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“I come here to relax…” #TKF Foundation #Naturesacred

10/21/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Stadium Place – Thanksgiving Place Labrynth in Baltimore, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.stadium-place-10-20-16

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Future of Blue Spaces

10/18/16 | View Comments

Nearly all of our human settlements have sprung from nearby water supplies.

A clean and accessible water source allows new villages and cities to grow. Evolutionary biologists would argue that our modern day romance with lake and ocean-views ties back to our original search for such life-giving places. But in today’s rising sea levels and climate change fueled storms, the future of “blue spaces” depends on our relationship and response to the water around us.

A sitting area near the waterfront at a NatureSacred site.

A sitting area near the waterfront at a NatureSacred site.

Several scientists write about the calming effects of waterscapes. A marine biologist-turned-neuroscientist, Wallace Nichols, believes people will more likely care and act to conserve our oceans if they are aware and appreciate the positive feelings we have around water.

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“Why should I give up on love…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

10/14/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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Water Stewardship at #SXSWEco

10/11/16 | View Comments

“Nature is the infrastructure of community.”

– Robert F. Kennedy Jr., SXSW Eco Keynote

TKF’s NatureSacred writer Elizabeth Housley brings an update from the 2016 SXSW Eco conference happening right now October 10-12 in Austin, TX. SXSW Eco is a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to share progress and ideas of emerging economic, environmental and social change.

The conference is an example of the emerging “4th Industrial Revolution” where technology becomes the backbone of human interaction with physical space. A strong theme of environmental equity runs through the conference presentations. Most are optimistic but self-critical. Attendees live vote during a design competition between urban strategy + civic engagement projects, listen to on-the-ground strategies to fight diseases and water access via pop-up architecture, and attend several workshops on corporate responsibility. Keynote speakers are game-changing leaders from the government and private sector. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Kate Brandt and Bill Nye among the most thrilling.

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Because of the labyrinth… #Benchstories #Naturesacred

10/07/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the healing garden at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Bench stories are collected from the journals found at all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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What kind of paradise do you see?

10/04/16 | View Comments

If you are one of the vast majority of modern workers you are sitting at a desk looking at this screen. Are you daydreaming about a lush paradise? Stand up, stretch your fingers and toes, and look out the window.

What kind of paradise do you see?

Do you see street trees and the occasional landscaped bush? A bubbling fountain or a rooftop garden? Or is your environment built of concrete plazas, brick walls, and a parking lot?

Balancing work and personal goals is an ongoing task. Claiming your weekend, taking care of your mind and body, and spending time with friends and family is vital. During your regular ‘ole Tuesday afternoon, taking a small break can also be beneficial.

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“Sitting on this bench and thinking of my children…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

09/30/16 | View Comments

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

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