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Lisa is a licensed Landscape Architect in CA and MA.  She is a frequent consultant and collaborator with David Schwartz at Schwartz and Associates Landscape Architecture, located in Mill Valley, CA. Together they organize and coordinate an appropriate team of consultants and contractors for each project as needed.

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ResidentialHealth and WellnessChildren
Home is our personal sanctuary. It can provide a gathering space for friends and family, as well as comfortable niches for finding solitude. I strive to link your outdoor environments to the indoor spaces with seamless and graceful transitions, beckoning you out to explore and relax. There we can refresh our spirits and remember we are part of the web of life on Earth.

The outside of a home is a microcosm of how we interact with our neighborhood, town and the larger planet ecosystem. Our home landscape connects us to the flora and fauna that coexists with and supports us, providing varying degrees of privacy and relationship, of activity and respite. The landscape of a home can invite, protect, offer surprise, safety, inspiration, nourishment and delight. How does your home landscape support you?

The outside of a home is good for the inside of a person. ~Hippocrates

A garden or landscape can be healing – focused on respite as a goal, or therapeutic – focused on rehabilitation or specific and intentional health outcomes. Visual and physical access to healthy plants, natural sunlight and rain, fresh air, exercise and friendly animals is correlated to better health outcomes.  Everyone is happier when they have a beautiful place to go outside.

Healing and therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings result in a significant rise in the quality and satisfaction of the healthcare experience. This is true for patients, staff and visitors alike. The mind and body are inextricably connected and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits found in the beauty and wonder of nature gives us pleasure, calm and a renewed sense of hope. Our psyche and immune system respond with a sense of peace and healing.  Creating your own sanctuary at home can support your own health and well-being – priceless!

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Providing children with opportunities to explore nature and discover its magic and mystery is vital. Teaching our children that our planet is a gift we are entrusted with, one that is a source of endless wonder and supports every aspect of our lives, is a message that we all need to remember.

Designs for children need to address physical activity and movement, provide opportunities to explore safety and risk, education, and of course playfulness! Parks, playgrounds, safe walks and trails provide a place for all of us to be active, away from the television and computer. Exercise is vital to a healthy, strong body, and to reversing the alarming explosion of childhood obesity and diabetes occurring in the USA.  Public parks provide opportunities for people of all ages to gather, relax and play.

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~Antoinè De Saint-Exupéry


yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skilfully curled)
all worlds
~ e.e. cummings