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Mapping Nature in the Mind

10/20/15 | View Comments

Each garden and nearby green space supported by the TKF Foundation includes an iconic bench. A specially created waterproof, blank book and pen combination – located beneath the bench – invites visitors to an Open Space Sacred Place to articulate their experience. Readers can follow updates on new benches and journal entries at #benchstories.

A bench journal reveals insights into gratitude, love and life.

A bench journal reveals insights into gratitude, love and life.


Visitors share words or images of the experience of being in the space. More than a simple diary, record, or log of daily events, each journal is a collection of inspiring thoughts and reflections that attest to our need for opportunities to connect with each other and be in nature.

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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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