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Hi all, Naomi Sachs here, from the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. The TLN is a knowledge base and gathering space about healing…Continue

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Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC commented on Suz Lipman's group Nature as Therapy
"This is a wonderful idea, a butterfly release at St. Louis Children's Hospital's Olson Family Garden (one of the best examples in the world of a a children's healing garden). Featured today on the Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog.…"
Jun 3, 2011
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC replied to Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC's discussion "It's in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil can make us happier, smarter" - more good evidence for the children and nature movement in the group Nature as Therapy
"Dirt may still = infection. There are other bacteria in there in addition to M. vaccae! So the research still needs to be done about benefits vs. risks. I would urge people to have their tetanus shots up to date in case of cuts, especially with…"
Jan 27, 2011
Randy Eady replied to Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC's discussion "It's in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil can make us happier, smarter" - more good evidence for the children and nature movement in the group Nature as Therapy
"Great and helpful way to understand a natural biological and ecological encounter (and counter a prevailing notion: dirt = infection).Here's another way to understand the eco-biological interplay of getting down and dirty. . . For instance,…"
Jan 27, 2011
Suz Lipman replied to Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC's discussion "It's in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil can make us happier, smarter" - more good evidence for the children and nature movement in the group Nature as Therapy
"I agree -- Good to have all the bolstering research in one place. Thanks again for writing and sharing."
Jan 25, 2011
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC replied to Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC's discussion "It's in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil can make us happier, smarter" - more good evidence for the children and nature movement in the group Nature as Therapy
"Thanks! I enjoyed writing it. Though it's been written about before, I couldn't find any other articles that talked about all three pieces of research in the same story (and yeah, I love the pictures, too!). "
Jan 25, 2011
Suz Lipman replied to Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC's discussion "It's in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil can make us happier, smarter" - more good evidence for the children and nature movement in the group Nature as Therapy
"Hi Naomi. It's great to see you. I love this story (and the picture on your blog that accompanies it!) It is definitely welcome news for those of us who live in cultures in which health-related worries about dirt may be one more thing that…"
Jan 24, 2011
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"It's in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil can make us happier, smarter" - more good evidence for the children and nature movement

Today's Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog post is about a bacterium in regular-ole soil/dirt that has been found to reduce stress and improve mood and cognitive function by stimulating the release of seratonin. Articles have been written about this before but none that I have come across so far discuss all  three related studies and their implications. All of them point to good news for connecting children with nature! …See More
Jan 24, 2011
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC commented on Suz Lipman's group Nature as Therapy
"This is a really good article, "School gardens improve health and academic performance, reduce discipline problems" from World.edu. Citations and everything - a rare and precious gift! :) http://ow.ly/3IsC5"
Jan 22, 2011
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Schoolyards should have trees and other living things

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School courtyard, New Orleans, LA. Image courtesy of Pavestone Company.Ironically, as I was preparing to post…See More
Jan 11, 2011
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"Sorry for the weird formatting on this. I tried and tried to put the text next to and wrapping the image, to no avail!"
Jan 10, 2011
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Schoolyards should have trees and other living things

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School courtyard, New Orleans, LA. Image courtesy of Pavestone Company.Ironically, as I was preparing to post…See More
Jan 10, 2011
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"Hi Naomi, it's so nice to see you here! This looks like such a great resource here. I'm so glad I found it."
Jan 6, 2011
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC commented on Suz Lipman's group Nature as Therapy
"Thanks for setting this group up, Suz!"
Jan 6, 2011
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC left a comment for Meghan Cox Mick
"Thanks for friending, Meghan! Just visited your lovely website. Tallahassee is lucky to have you. Glad to be connected. You can also email me directly at nsachs at healinglandscapes dot org:) Are you on the TLN mailing list yet? If not, please join…"
Dec 16, 2010
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC's blog post was featured

Bundle up! Don't let the cold stop you, get outside and play!

I just stumbled across this article, “Going outside—even in the cold—improves memory, attention,” that the TKF Foundation posted on their Facebook page, which is so timely given a conversation I had this morning.I was talking…See More
Dec 15, 2010

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Naomi is Founder and Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She is now a PhD student in architecture at Texas A&M University, studying access to nature in healthcare settings within the Center for Health Systems & Design.

Naomi received her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Shortly after graduation, she launched the TLN’s precursor website, the Therapeutic Landscapes Database, which won the ASLA Professional Awards Communications Award of Merit in 2004. Naomi has taught and spoken about the restorative benefits of nature throughout the United States, and has written and been interviewed extensively on the subject. She has been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architecture and the ASLA Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Professional Practice Network since 1999, and served as HTD PPN Co-Chair and Chair in ’05-‘06 and ’06-‘07, respectively. She has served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture since 2007. She is also Principal of Naomi Sachs Design, www.naomisachsdesign.com, a design and consulting firm with a focus on gardens and other landscapes that facilitate health and well-being.
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http://www.healinglandscapes.org
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http://www.facebook.com/therapeuticlandscapes
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Posted on January 10, 2011 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Bundle up! Don't let the cold stop you, get outside and play!

I just stumbled across this article, “Going outside—even in the cold—improves memory, attention,” that the TKF Foundation posted on their Facebook page, which is so timely given a conversation I had this…

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Posted on December 15, 2010 at 1:55pm

“A Running, Hollering, Skipping, Playing Place" - the Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital Garden

Topiary at the Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital Garden. Photo by Max Sokol



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Posted on October 20, 2010 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

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At 4:54pm on January 6, 2011, Carole Sevilla Brown said…
Hi Naomi, it's so nice to see you here! This looks like such a great resource here. I'm so glad I found it.
At 2:48pm on October 26, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
I'll send you a message .
At 12:51pm on October 26, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Naomi! As always, it's great to see you here. I love the information and warmth that you bring. Just reading about and seeing pictures of healing gardens is healing! Thanks for your contributions to the community and I hope we see a lot more of you. Cheers!
 
 
 

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