News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities
TKF invites teams to come together to address compelling human needs by envisioning and creating Open Space Sacred Place sites in urban areas.
A cross-disciplinary team of the highest caliber will be the lynchpin of each initiative-supported project in order to ensure site and research design are developed and integrated synergistically. Team members are encouraged to work together to develop a holistic approach to the creation and study of a proposed new urban greenspace.
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The Healing Garden has awakened to spring. The clematis is sending up green tendrils, and the dogwood tree and camellia bush are full of buds. The highbush blueberry is leafing out, and the bulbs planted by clients and garden friends in the fall are ready to burst into flower.
Our garden was designed as a place for reflection and renewalâ€”an outdoor extension of the â€œsafe spaceâ€ that Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT) provides for its clients. As one of the only internationally-accredited centers for the treatment of torture survivors in the region, ASTT offers holistic case management and therapeutic services, free of charge, for those coping with the effects of trauma, displacement, and isolation. During the celebration that marked the opening of the Healing Garden last May, one client spoke of the â€œinner peaceâ€ that its beauty inspires. Here, clients can enjoy the fragrant flowers, gather herbs, sit and talk on the patio, or relax on the TKF-donated bench and listen to birdsong and the plashing of the water-source. Many take part in regular garden activities, including planting days, weeding, and watering.Read more