resources / books GARDENS and HEALING GARDENS

Garden Retreats, Creating an Outdoor Sanctuary, Ashmun & Mandell, 2000, Chronicle Books
Natural Landscapes , John Brookes, 1998, DK Publishing
Healing Gardens , Clare Cooper Marcus and Marni Barnes, 1999, New York: John Wiley & Sons
The bible on the topic, complete with case studies.
The Sensuous Garden , Don, Montagu, 1997, Simon and Schuster
Restorative Gardens: The Healing Landscape , Nancy Gerlach-Spriggs, Richard Enoch Kaufman and Sam Bass Warner, Jr. 1998, New Haven, CT and London: Yale University Press
Contemplative Gardens , Julie M. Messervy, 1990, 1st ed. Charlottesville, VA: Howell Press
The stunning photos alone are worth it.
The Healing Garden , Sue Minter, 1993, Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc
Landscape as Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden , Martin Hakubai Mosko, 2003, Weatherhill
The Enabling Garden: Creating Barrier-Free Gardens , Gene Rothert
The Healing Garden: Natural Healing for the Mind, Body, and Spirit , David Squire, 2002, London: Vega
Spiritual Gardening, Creating Sacred Space Outdoors , Peg Streep, 1999, Time Life Books
Gardens for the Soul, Pamela Woods, 2002, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc

resources / books CHILDREN

Plants for Play, Moore, Robin C., 1993, Berkeley, CA: MIG Communications
Children’s gardens; includes lists of poisonous and harmful plants
A Child’s Garden , Molly Dannenmaier, updated 2008
60 ideas to make any garden come alive for children

resources / books SOCIAL ISSUES

Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv, 2008
Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder.
A Life Worth Living , William Thomas, 1996
How to transform a nursing home into a desirable place to live and work.

resources / books SCIENCE and METAPHYSICS

Secrets of the Soil, Christopher Bird & Peter Thompkins
Amazing facts about soil from the authors of The Secret Life of Plants.
Fractal Time , Gregg Braden, 2009, Hay House
A Short History of the Universe , Bill Bryson, 2003
The science of universal questions explained with wit and humor
Ley Lines and Earth Energies , David Cowan
The Hidden Messages in Water , Dr. Masaru Emoto, 2005,
The discovery that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings, and a message of health, global environmental renewal and world peace
Healing Intention and Energy Medicine , Jonas, Wayne and Cindy Crawford, 2003, New York: Churchill Livingstone
Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness , Matter and Miracles, Bruce Lipton, 2005, Hay House
The Field (updated 2008) and The Intention Experiment (2007), Lynne McTaggert
Scientific investigative journalist presents a stunning picture of an interconnected universe based on new scientific theories that makes sense of supernatural phenomena
Second Nature and The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
A look at Nature and human nature, and How we produce, market and agonize over what we eat.
Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles , Freddy Silva, 2002
Fascinating facts about crop circles.
Co-Creative Science , Machaelle Small Wright
A farm in West Virginia that operates using the same principles as Findhorn.
Healing Spaces, The Science of Place and Well-Being , Esther Sternberg, MD., 2009
An inquiry into the relationship between the senses, the emotions and the immune system that reveals how our surroundings have the power to heal us

resources / books DESIGN and SACRED GEOMETRY

Sacred Space, Denise Linn
Design with Nature , Ian McHarg, 1971
The primer on landscape design as if ecology mattered.
A Pattern Language , Christopher Alexander, 1977
How an archetypal language allows any lay person or group of persons to design any part of the environment for themselves.
Biomimicry: “Innovation Inspired by Nature , Janine Benyus
How the products of biomimicry are the things we can all use: medicines, “smart” computers, super strong materials, profitable and earth-friendly business.


The Little Book of Color Healing, Cumming & Italiano, 2002, Mitchell-Beazley
How different colors affect our moods, and how to use the art of healing with color.
House Thinking , Winifred Gallagher, 2006
A room-by-room look at how we live.
House as a Mirror of Self , Clare Cooper Marcus
Jungian case studies analysis of how we chose to live is a reflection of our subconscious feelings.
The Inward Garden: Creating a Place of Beauty and Meaning , Julie M. Messervy and Sam Abell, 1995, Boston: Little, Brown and Company.
Child Therapy in the Great Outdoors , Santostephano, Sebastiano, 2006
The use of landscape archetypes as a therapeutic tool to access embodied trauma.

resources / books INSPIRATION

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, Lori Arvison Alvord
How Native American surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord’s struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico.
Three Cups of Tea , Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, 2008
How one man’s mission to promote peace was done —-one school at a time.
Art and Physics , Leonard Shlain
How major artistic breakthroughs have prefigured the visionary insights of physicists.