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The Power of Sacred Places: A Primer on Nature Sacred's Design Methodology for Healing Greenspace

Date: September 13, 2022

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Online or at

The Center for Architecture & Design - Conference Room

100 N. Charles Street

Suite P101

Baltimore, MD, 21201

Earn 1.0 LA CES

Nature Sacred's CEU session, presented in partnership with the Maryland ASLA.

Nature Sacred exists to inspire, inform and guide communities in the creation of public green spaces—called Sacred Places—designed to improve mental health, unify communities and engender peace. Through a collaborative, community-led process and an evidence-based design model, each Sacred Place is bonded together by a common goal: to reconnect people with nature in ways that foster mindful reflection, restore mental health and strengthen communities. As each community imagines its own space, the design becomes a unique reflection of the community’s culture, story and place—making it inherently sacred to them.

This certification program is intended to give landscape architects and designers an introduction to the tools necessary to help guide community members through the various stages of this process and to design the Sacred Place. The program will discuss our model, our approach, and our network; we will show examples of past built projects to reinforce how Nature Sacred’s goals to engage community and create a reflective space were met in each project.

There will be a Happy Hour for all attendees or anyone interested immediately after the session.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Become familiar with the research backing nature interventions and Sacred Place creation.

2. Develop an understanding of the 5 elements of a Sacred Place, including the importance of the experience on and around the Nature Sacred Bench.

3. Recognize the uniqueness of each site and each community, including maintenance regime and capability, in order to produce a culturally responsive Sacred Place design.

4. Understand the Design Advisor’s role in the different phases of the project.

5. Identify the various members of this process and how you will interact with them during the design phase(s).

6. Perceive a clear pathway on how you can work with Nature Sacred and assess whether that would be of interest to you.


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