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

“Good medicine…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

06/30/17 | 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 happens when you go for a walk?

06/26/17 | View Comments

You’re doing nothing when you walk, nothing but walking. But having nothing to do but walk makes it possible to recover the pure sensation of being, to rediscover the simple joy of existing, the joy that permeates the whole of childhood”. – F. Gros

The French philosopher Frederic Gros doesn’t specialize in the latest scientific advancements, but he recognizes there is a noticeable change in awareness when we walk. What if he is on to something? Researchers would argue that the brain and body is doing much more than simply walking. What is happening behind the scenes?

Our aging U.S. population needs accessible paths.

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“.;..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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Innovative hospitals incorporate garden design

06/10/17 | View Comments

Innovative hospitals incorporate therapeutic garden design into a holistic care approach.

One such place, Legacy Health, combines its traditional medical expertise with the healing power of a four-season terrace garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (EMC) in Portland, Oregon. The Terrace Garden provides the Family Birth Center and Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit a restorative place that nourishes the community’s psychological, physical and spiritual needs.

The 6,800 square-foot open-air garden extends along a glass-walled public corridor on the second floor of EMC. It overlooks an atrium of towering trees, colorful mosaic motifs, and sensory engaging vegetation that comprise the Children’s Garden. The 24/7 public space is a design solution implementing rooftop and accessible garden design strategies, therapeutic garden characteristics, and design patterns to support expectant mothers and their families.

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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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