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

Protect Nature and Be Protected

02/07/17 | View Comments

We are approaching nearly 40 years of research about the linkages between nature experiences and human disease prevention and health promotion. Outdoor spaces that offer sanctuary and support relaxation and reflection provide mental and physical health benefits. When we commit to protecting and conserving our nearby nature spaces, we ultimately protect and heal ourselves.

The western medical community dismisses the . . . . sacred experience in healing or health because it [is assumed it] cannot be measured. [Yet] we are approaching scientific standards [and] the ability to measure our [body’s] response[s] . . . .
If people have a desire for heightened experiences, just like a need for food or water, why not begin to understand how?
—Integrative Health Physician
 
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“I survived” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

02/03/17 | 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.joplin 1-03

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“…They sing to the dead.” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/27/17 | 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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“I want to have a grateful heart…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/20/17 | View Comments

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

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“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give up.” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/13/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute, Kernan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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“In this space you receive the answers eventually…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/06/17 | View Comments

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

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“May all who share the peace and serenity of this garden be well…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

12/30/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at A Nature Place, Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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Happy New Year from Nature Sacred

12/27/16 | View Comments

As 2016 comes to an end, we invite you to pause, breathe, and express thankfulness for what is positive in the life-world around you. We are thankful for plants which provide oxygen, shelter, and encourage positive thoughts. We are thankful for the wildflowers popping up through the cracks, the landscapers who install native plantings, and the urban planners who plan our cities for health.

As you spend the coming days with friends and family, visit one of these Nature Sacred sites, or a green space nearby where ever you are, for a moment of personal renewal and social connection. You can read more about these spaces and the emerging research findings on our awards page.

Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn, NY


 As one node of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative – a 14-mile commuting route for non-motorized transportation – the Naval Cemetery Landscape project provides restorative relief to individuals from the urban environment. Sited atop an old cemetery at the former Brooklyn Navy Yard, this new meadow will revitalize the native plant and pollinator populations in the region and attract other forms of life that depend on thriving numbers of these native inhabitants. It opened in summer 2016.

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    We are a private nonprofit that supports, informs, and inspires the creation of publicly accessible urban green spaces. We believe that every city resident needs nearby green space to provide opportunities for mindfulness, respite, and renewal. The Foundation has issued its final grants to build five Open Spaces Sacred Places and research the impacts on a variety of users with the hope that the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing will be scientifically proven.

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