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Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program – There’s still time to register!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Euphorbia at Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Naomi Sachs

Euphorbia at Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Naomi Sachs

Registration is still open for the upcoming Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program, and for the one-day seminar, “Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness.”

Where else can you learn from top designers and scholars in the field, meet and work with a diverse array of talented and enthusiastic colleagues, and receive a certificate in Healthcare Garden Design, all on the grounds of the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden? Answer: Nowhere. You might even cuddle up to a giant Echium, as instructor Naomi Sachs did last year… Hope to see you there!


Environments for Aging is just around the corner!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
TX wildflowers. By Naomi Sachs

Texas bluebonnets and Indian blanket flower. Photo by Naomi Sachs

The fantastic Environments for Aging conference is just around the corner…chronologically (April 9-12) and for me, geographically–it’s in Austin, TX! What a beautiful, fun, vibrant city for a conference. Not sure if the bluebonnets will still be blooming, but I’m sure other wildflowers will be. In fact, if you can take an extra day and go see the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, you will thank me.

I’ll be presenting with Susan Rodiek and Eric Bardenhagen on Sun, Apr 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM on “Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Outdoor Spaces to Optimize Usage” – see description below. And here are some other sessions I’m looking forward to attending. Hope to see you there!


“Nature Heals” Symposium – Still time to register!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


Nature Heals Symposium
Organized and hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2015

Do you ever wish you could be in more than one place at the same time? I would so love to attend this event. So I’m asking you: Please go in my stead and report back.

A connection to nature is essential to human health and wellbeing. If you are interested in learning about the healing power of nature, and understanding more about how nature increases health and improves wellbeing, you should attend our Nature-Based Therapies Public Forum on Sept. 30. For those interested in the application of nature-based therapies research, and how it can be applied to your workplace, clinic, or professional environments, consider attending our Nature-Based Therapies Research Symposium. These events are hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Presenters* include:
Terry Hartig – Restorative Landscapes
Agnes van den Berg – Green Exercise
Joe Sempik – Therapeutic Horticulture
Cindy Wilson – Animal Assisted Interactions
Jan Hassink – Care Farming

*These are some of the “rock stars” in this field. Again: I wish I could go. Please go for me!

For more information and to register, visit the Center for Spirituality & Healing.


HSNY’s Healing Nature Forum: Keynote by TLN’s Naomi Sachs

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Healing Nature Forum

2015 Healing Nature Forum: Horticulture as Therapy
The Horticultural Society of New York
When: March 27, 2015
Where: Center for Architecture, Tafel Hall
536 Laguardia Place
New York, NY 10012

The Healing Nature Forum promotes awareness that the connection to nature is essential to human health and well-being, and interactions with plants and gardens provide physical, psychological, and community benefits. This year’s forum will focus on the factors of healing, meditation, contemplation, and restoration of therapeutic gardens. Join us as we welcome horticultural therapists, landscape architects, and researchers to discuss the importance of horticulture as therapy.

This year’s keynote speaker, Naomi A. Sachs, MLA, EDAC is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network and a PhD student in Architecture at Texas A&M University within the Center for Health Systems and Design. Her dissertation focus is on developing a standardized toolkit for evaluation of gardens in healthcare facilities. (more…)

Calls for conference proposals, and save the dates!

Sunday, 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 (more…)