Calls for conference proposals, and save the dates!

January 25th, 2015
Photo by Henry Domke

Photo by Henry Domke

It’s time to submit some conference proposals! Let’s get the word out on research and strategies for connecting people with nature for health. Here are several calls for proposals, in chronological order of when they are due. Of course, mark your calendars for these conferences at the same time.

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – Due Jan 29, 2015
Chicago, IL
Nov 6-9, 2015
Learn more, and submit a proposal

Healthcare Design Conference – Due Jan 30
Washington, D.C.
Nov 14-17, 2015
Learn more, and submit a proposal

Horticultural Society of  New York (HSNY) Healing Nature SymposiumDue Feb 13
New York, NY
March 27, 2015
TLN Director Naomi Sachs is giving the keynote at this conference, so she hopes to see you there!
Learn more, and submit a proposal

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo – Due Feb 13
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
October 6-8, 2015
Learn more, and submit a proposal

European Healthcare Design – Due Feb 15
“Empowering Patients: Transforming the Health Economy by Design”
Royal College of Physicians, London
22-23rd June, 2015
Learn more, and submit a proposal

American Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Conference- Due March 15
“Research: Shaping the Horticultural Therapy Landscape.”
Keynote speaker: Roger S. Ulrich
Portland, OR
October 9-10, 2015, with pretours on October 8
Learn more, and submit a proposal

 

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Happy New Year!

January 6th, 2015

 

I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. — Bill Watterson

 

Calvin and Hobbes

Wishing all of our TLN members a healthy, joyous, green-kneed 2015!

 

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“Ecoliteracy Under Our Feet” – Greening Cleveland Elementary School

December 30th, 2014

Children and nature

For the last Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog post of 2014, we want to share an inspiring story of one of many schools that that is “greening” its schoolyard. The six gardens and overall ecoliteracy program at Cleveland Elementary School in Oakland, CA were spurred by Mary Schriner, who interviewed for a position there. When they asked her why she wanted to work at Cleveland Elementary, she responded, “Because your school looks like a prison yard, and I’d like to change that.” And she has changed both the school and grounds, and the lives of those who learn and teach there. One of the first conversations with her students began with the question, “What is a weed?” The project has been a tremendous success. Says Schriner, “I’ve had many, many moments when I’ve almost wanted to cry because I can feel the community happening, not because of me, but because of the natural world that we’re trying to create conditions for at the school. There’s been so much magic around the garden that I just have a lot of gratitude.”

Click here to read the full article by The Center for Ecoliteracy‘s senior editor Michael Stone, “So Much Magic Around the Garden.”

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Wordless Wednesday, 12/24/14 – Nature’s decorations

December 24th, 2014

Lichen

Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

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“…the slow breathing of the earth.”

October 27th, 2014
Photo by Henry Domke

Photo by Henry Domke

“Gravity is measured by the bottom of the foot; we trace the density and texture of the ground through our soles. Standing barefoot on a smooth glacial rock by the sea at sunset, and sensing the warmth of the sun-heated stone through one’s soles, is an extraordinarily healing experience, making one part of the eternal cycle of nature. One senses the slow breathing of the earth.” - Juhani Pallasmaa  The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

 

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