The Healing Garden
A beautiful garden and a healthy body and psyche have a great deal in common. They both require proper nutrients, the right amount of water, adequate light and enough space.
When I first saw the Center, surrounded by asphalt, I knew that wasn’t the healing environment I envisioned for my practice and immediately began the process of replacing the asphalt with a healing garden.
Careful attention to the garden in the Spring determines the health of the plants for the summer months. To ensure healthy plants, a huge truckload of organic soil is brought in and spread throughout the garden. Next, I fertilize the plants with nutrients and special microbes to ensure the health of the soil. Just as soil is the foundation of a healthy garden, so is nutrition for you. One of the first things we do in our work together is to ensure you’re eating food that is optimal for your individual metabolic requirements.
It is then that I consider how the plants have grown in relationship to each other. Often a plant, even if very beautiful, needs to be removed for the overall health of the garden. As you grow and change, there are old patterns you realize no longer serve you and it’s time to divest yourself of relationships that have become unhealthy.
During the growing season, I am in the garden several times a week, trimming the plants in order to ensure enough space for them to develop. Just as the garden needs regular care, so it is very important to attend to your health, on a daily basis. We talk about how to easily incorporate lifestyle changes to ensure your good health.
Another belief of mine is that art encourages healing. The art of the garden outside is reflected inside with original paintings on the walls. My entire focus is to create a place of healing energy, where you can come and heal not only your physical illness, but your inner grief and traumas as well.