Healing Gardens Based on Holistic Health
The understanding of holistic health led to my idea of integrating three different, usually disconnected systems into one garden design: Healing gardens.
(Definition of holistic: characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.)
This project focuses on education (resiliency, communication, nutrition, integrated health techniques, medicinal herbs), skill-based learning (self-care, physical activity, cooking, farming, animal husbandry), and community building (relationships, social relationships/integration).
The term “Care-Farming” was born in England, which is explained on the care-farming website as the therapeutic use of farming practices. Exactly what I have in mind for the healing gardens. Although, I would like to take my design several steps further. For this idea, I integrated three areas of importance:
- Community Space: social gatherings, formal & informal functions, educational workshops/seminars, return sense of belonging
- Production Area: grow vegetables/herbs/flowers, explore farming techniques, crop/pest-management, communal garden management
- Sanctuary Garden: secluded, sense of security & control, designed for restoration & relaxation, alternative movement courses (Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong), solitude practices, meditative walking, medicinal herb spiral
I presented on the topic of healing gardens at the 23. Statewide Undergrad Research Conference at the University of Massachusetts in April 2017. My problem-solving approach and design of integrative healing gardens is visible on my poster presentation below.
My research regarding this project is currently ongoing. I am writing a proposal to have such gardens implemented. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, check out the Permaculture link on this page to get to a paper of mine that I wrote on the subject. Its title: “The Relation between Permaculture, Human Health & Holistic Well-being. How Body, Mind and Spirit Can Heal through the Application of Systems Design.” This also shows how intertwined we are with nature and specifically with each other.