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The Transformative Properties of Horticulture

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Friday, November 15, 2019

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About the Venue:

Eataly & Madison Square Park Conservancy

Who should attend

The name EATALY is a fusion of two words: EAT and ITALY. As a result, Eataly stands for “Eating Italian” which encompasses the history and the food culture of Italy, the ease to prepare its dishes, and the many qualities that Italy has to offer.

Welcome to Madison Square Park, a true urban park nestled in the heart of Flatiron and NoMad. Take a stroll and transform your day. Bask in the quiet reflection, see stunning art and gorgeous gardens, and attend exciting events and programs that make Madison Square Park full of surprises.  We hope you enjoy your visit.

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Eataly & Madison Square Park Conservancy
Eataly Rooftop, 200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010
United States
https://www.madisonsquarepark.org/about-the-park

Trainers

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Christy trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.

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The Transformative Properties of Horticulture

Jouvence Lodge in Winter

Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
The Transformative Properties of Horticulture
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New York, NY

Madison Square Park Conservancy will host a symposium, The Transformative Properties of Horticulture, on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Free and open to the public! A Forest Bathing session in Madison Square Park will follow, led by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and will shed light on how green spaces can be utilized in a transformative way.

Stress is an everyday factor of urban life. Taking a walk in an urban park helps us to feel a connection to nature that often goes unfulfilled in city life. Having a place of beauty available can provide settings for meditation, contemplation, and relation, creating havens form stress. Exposure to forests and trees boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, increases the ability to focus and improves sleep cycles. Active activity, such as gardening, can be physically regenerative and many individuals who utilize gardening as therapy are seeking careers in horticulture to continue to experience these therapeutic benefits.

  • What role do green spaces play in our mental health and wellbeing?
  • How can we design spaces that help us feel better both mentally and physically?
  • What initiatives are already happening in our communities?
  • How can green spaces help us transform our daily ives?
  • What is horticulture therapy and how can we add therapy programs to our spaces to become more inclusive organizations?

SPEAKERS

  • Naomi A. Sachs PhD, MLA, EDAC, Therapeutic Landscapes Network, University of Maryland
  • Gwenn Fried, Therapeutic Horticultural Specialist, Manager, Horticulture Therapy Services Department, New York
  • Amos Clifford MA, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

NETWORKING ACTIVITY led by Regina Ginyard, Co-founder, Black Urban Growers

AFTER SESSION: Forest Bathing, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Who should attend
About the Venue:

Eataly & Madison Square Park Conservancy

The name EATALY is a fusion of two words: EAT and ITALY. As a result, Eataly stands for “Eating Italian” which encompasses the history and the food culture of Italy, the ease to prepare its dishes, and the many qualities that Italy has to offer.

Welcome to Madison Square Park, a true urban park nestled in the heart of Flatiron and NoMad. Take a stroll and transform your day. Bask in the quiet reflection, see stunning art and gorgeous gardens, and attend exciting events and programs that make Madison Square Park full of surprises.  We hope you enjoy your visit.

Lodging
Meals
Transportation

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Christy trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.

Presentation

|

The Transformative Properties of Horticulture

Jouvence Lodge in Winter
Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
The Transformative Properties of Horticulture
|
New York, USA

Madison Square Park Conservancy will host a symposium, The Transformative Properties of Horticulture, on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Free and open to the public! A Forest Bathing session in Madison Square Park will follow, led by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and will shed light on how green spaces can be utilized in a transformative way.

Stress is an everyday factor of urban life. Taking a walk in an urban park helps us to feel a connection to nature that often goes unfulfilled in city life. Having a place of beauty available can provide settings for meditation, contemplation, and relation, creating havens form stress. Exposure to forests and trees boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, increases the ability to focus and improves sleep cycles. Active activity, such as gardening, can be physically regenerative and many individuals who utilize gardening as therapy are seeking careers in horticulture to continue to experience these therapeutic benefits.

  • What role do green spaces play in our mental health and wellbeing?
  • How can we design spaces that help us feel better both mentally and physically?
  • What initiatives are already happening in our communities?
  • How can green spaces help us transform our daily ives?
  • What is horticulture therapy and how can we add therapy programs to our spaces to become more inclusive organizations?

SPEAKERS

  • Naomi A. Sachs PhD, MLA, EDAC, Therapeutic Landscapes Network, University of Maryland
  • Gwenn Fried, Therapeutic Horticultural Specialist, Manager, Horticulture Therapy Services Department, New York
  • Amos Clifford MA, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

NETWORKING ACTIVITY led by Regina Ginyard, Co-founder, Black Urban Growers

AFTER SESSION: Forest Bathing, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

This program is free and open to the public

About the Venue:

Eataly & Madison Square Park Conservancy

The name EATALY is a fusion of two words: EAT and ITALY. As a result, Eataly stands for “Eating Italian” which encompasses the history and the food culture of Italy, the ease to prepare its dishes, and the many qualities that Italy has to offer.

Welcome to Madison Square Park, a true urban park nestled in the heart of Flatiron and NoMad. Take a stroll and transform your day. Bask in the quiet reflection, see stunning art and gorgeous gardens, and attend exciting events and programs that make Madison Square Park full of surprises.  We hope you enjoy your visit.

Lodging
Meals
Transportation

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). A student of Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. Amos is also widely known for his work in restorative justice. He is founder of the Center for Restorative Process, where he has led the inquiry into how the principles of restorative justice can inform ways to heal the broken relationships between humans and the more-than-human world of nature. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. Amos has been the primary developer of ANFT's acclaimed training programs.

Christy trained with Cohort 6 in 2016 in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She is a facilitator of ANFT immersions, trainer and mentor. She was born and raised in the farmlands of Indiana, where she now resides with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in her small town through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where she has planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.