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Happy New Year from Nature Sacred

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…

Nature heals us, How?

In our Open Voices blog we share insight from leaders in our communities who are advancing what it means to have sacred, open green spaces in our cities. In April, we talk with several companies and initiatives developing meaningful places in our cities. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of organizations supporting nature access in…

Researching the Relationship between Nature and Health Care: An Interview with Dr. Alar Mirka

Open Voices is taking the opportunity to get to know some of the different team members from our National Awards grantee projects. You can find previous interviews with other team members here. Time spent in a hospital is filled with a lot of challenges, whether it is on the doctor’s side of trying to provide the…

Natural Design for Better Health: An Interview with Dr. Roger Ulrich

Nature Sacred is taking the opportunity to get to know some of the different team members from our National Awards grantee projects. You can find previous interviews with other team members here. Hospitals are critical sites for addressing the health and well-being of surrounding populations. Unfortunately time spent in the hospital is usually associated with high…

Recommended Reading: Grantee Project in Joplin, MO Making Progress

This past weekend students from Drury University who are working on a TKF grantee project, the Landscapes of Resilience project in Joplin, MO, finished up interviewing nearly 25 victims of the devastating storm from May 2011. After finishing the in-person interviews, the students will begin transcribing the emotional accounts that will then be featured on…

Resilient Design: An Interview with Nancy Chikaraishi and Traci Sooter

Open Voices is taking the opportunity to get to know some of the different team members from our National Awards grantee projects. You can find previous interviews with other team members here. Neither Nancy Chikaraishi, AIA, or Traci Sooter, AIA , LEED AP,  are strangers to applying their skills as architects to help their local community….

Learning a Love of Nature in the City: A Q&A with Sara Hobel

Open Voices is taking the opportunity to get to know some of the different team members from our National Awards grantee projects. You can find previous interviews with other team members here. Building on her previous experiences as an advocate for the benefits of nature, such as leading up the Urban Park Rangers in New…

Designing the Naval Cemetery Landscape: An Interview with the Landscape Architects of Nelson Byrd Woltz

The landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz is dedicated to the integration of respect for nature and design. They will be partnering with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, one of our National Award winners, on the Naval Cemetery Landscape project to develop a peaceful natural space for commuters along the greenway. We had a chance to…

Announcing Our National Awards Recipients: Six Projects That Demonstrate the Healing Power of Nature!

Today, we are proud to announce our National Awards Recipients! We are awarding $4.5 million in grants to six unique projects across the nation that will demonstrate the healing power of nature. These projects will demonstrate how nearby nature in the city can provide sacred and spiritual experiences. We are also happy to announce that…

Naval Cemetery Landscape — Brooklyn, N.Y.: An Escape from the Built Environment

Six projects received this distinguished national award for researching the transformational power of nature in urban settings. Each project was chosen for combining the creation of tranquil, restorative spaces with rigorous study of their impact on users’ well-being and resilience. See the full list of projects here.  Print version of poster.  More Naval Cemetery Landscape team member interviews:…

"Just for today I am grateful for being alive and to have this quiet space."

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