A Garden That Heals: Building a living labyrinth at Providence Farm
With great thanks to the Victoria Foundation, we have developed a healing garden in the form of a living labyrinth.
Landscapes and architecture that heals is not a new venture. From traditional medicine wheels, to small monastery gardens of the Benedictine monks, the use of plants and gardens for benefiting health is a long tradition, as is the design of space and buildings. And so the tradition continues here at Providence Farm.
In our work on the farm, we recognize the simple benefit of a well-placed bench overlooking the inspiring Mt Tzouhalem and washed over with sounds of a trickling creek and mother birds. Or the positive affect of a raised garden bed made accessible to our many therapeutic participants. And now we seek to delve deeper into positive affect of nature and design on health, by using the design of a labyrinth, known for its contemplative and health benefits, in a garden designed specifically to bring about positive affect.
A healing garden is one that promotes a relief of symptoms, reduce stress, and improve an overall sense of wellbeing.
In the study of neuroscience and our environment, is noted that certain landscapes have the ability to induce calming effects on our brain and bodies. The effects of sound, light, sight, touch, smell, distance have all been studied, and it is from these that we will draw our answers to questions like, what species will we choose to plant, how will we manage sound and smell, and where will the benches be located.
Come, feel the healing power of nature