Meet Lisa

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Meet Lisa

Lisa E. Bailey, principal and sole proprietor of BayLeaf Studio, is a Registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is experienced in the design and project management of public, private and nonprofit projects, and she specializes in promoting healing and therapeutic gardens. [Resume]

Lisa’s interest in the environment began as a child who loved to play outside, whether it was the beach, the woods or the gutter where the rainwater flowed. As part of a Navy family, she moved frequently and was able to explore a variety of environments. Her interest became a passion in high school when she joined a bicycle touring club, exploring the bay area around San Francisco. She went on a high school backpacking trip in the Sierras – a euphoric, life-changing event. She became profoundly aware of the impact nature’s beauty had on her level of happiness.

Lisa’s special interest is in healing gardens, and the simple and profound joy that comes from feeling connected to nature. She has worked extensively on the design of Japanese Gardens and sacred and spiritual spaces. She focuses on creating restorative gardens for the body, mind and spirit.

Lisa is a public speaker on the topic of therapeutic effects of gardens in healthcare, and has twice presented on a panel addressing related topics at the Build Boston conference. She also facilitates a Pachamama Alliance symposium, Awakening the Dreamer/Changing the Dream, focused on raising awareness of environmental, spiritual and social justice issues. This aligns with Lisa’s core belief in connection and wholeness for people and the Earth.

Lisa has developed a strong respect for collaboration. Having worked for a surveyor and a civil engineer, she understands the importance of good science, logic and technology. Working with architects and with a studio in an artists’ building, she has enjoyed the comraderie of right brain creatives and gained a trust in inner knowing and intuition. Having studied Feng Shui and dowsing, used complementary medicine and practicing daily meditation, she has a deep appreciation for the metaphysical and the power of human intention and thought.

Lisa has completed the curriculum at Landmark Education, a program of transformational growth work that allows participants to think and act beyond existing views and limits, and to see new possibilities for effective action. This training supports her goal of being the best mom she can be to her two wicked cool children. Lisa enjoys gardening and bicycling, and she has twice ridden in the Pan Mass Challenge, raising over $6,000 for the Jimmy Fund. Lisa enjoys community involvement and has served on the Maynard Conservation Commission as well as on design review committees for streetscape renovations in Maynard. She has received grants for green space trail work on the Assabet River Rail Trail, and for a labyrinth on the lawn at Artspace where her studio is located.