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BayLeaf Studio brings landscape architecture to healing and therapeutic gardens.

When people feel connected to the natural world, harmony and balance are restored and the healing process can occur.  Esther Sternberg, M.D., describes healing as a verb, a movement in a desired direction, a journey from illness to health.

“The very fact that we are living means that we are being buffeted about, injured with every action we take and every stimulus to which we are exposed.  Failure to heal after each insult would eventually result in death.  It’s like walking up a down escalator.  You must keep taking a step up in order to remain in the same spot.  Health is that spot, and healing is the perpetual march you must make to stay there.”1

We could all use a place to breathe, unwind and hear our hearts speak.  Nature has that restorative effect, helping us to holistically heal our mind, body and spirit.  And when we feel nurtured, we are ready to give back, to take care of each other, and to take on the responsibility and privilege of caring for and maintaining the health of nature.

With the artful use of plantings, stone, water and wood, BayLeaf Studio creates sanctuaries for people of all abilities and ages because we all need to heal. We delight in connecting people to both the natural world, and to their own inward nature.  The sensual aspects of a garden evoke memory, beauty and a return to calm, while the metaphors of design suggest new ways of perceiving events that help us transform life’s challenges into life’s gifts.   This is the pathway of happiness.

Raising our awareness and appreciation of life brings us joy.  This is good for our health, and good for the health of our planet. Nature brings us back to the present – a place where anything is possible.

1Esther Sternberg, M.D., Healing Spaces, p. 14

Studies suggest that even a few minutes of visual exposure to nature can provide stress relief, alleviate physical symptoms, and improve one’s overall sense of wellbeing.
~Ulrich, 1992; Ulrich, et al., 1993

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
~Frank Lloyd Wright