With its mission to support children and families suffering loss, and provide a safe place for them to heal and recover, Roberta’s House addresses grief as a public health preventive service. Nature Sacred will support this important mission by providing a Sacred Place for children, families, as well as staff and volunteers to find healing in nature.
This Sacred Place will be designed as a rooftop garden. It will utilize the roof’s existing expansive views of the surrounding neighborhoods and the Green Mount Cemetery while remaining a safe and secure space for people to heal in. The community engagement process at Roberta’s House, which engaged volunteers, board members, staff, interns, and maintenance personnel, a multitude of programming and design elements were identified for the roof space. As a result, the roof space will have space for group activities such as art workshops, as well as individual healing in forms like chairs that become covered pods – a direct request from a member of the Sacred Place Steering Committee for this project. Additional features include a circular portal, a water feature, and plantings, and the butterfly motif of Roberta’s House added to the paving: all forming a multifunctional space for programming, workshops, and events, offering the opportunity to meld healing through nature into the existing activities at Roberta’s House.
Alice Storm Jones, Nature Sacred Design Advisor, Floura Teeter
Joe Ignatius III, landscape architect, Floura Teeter