SOCIAL SCIENCES

Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices To Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

Timber. Nov. 2018. 236p. photos by Shawn Linehan. ISBN 9781604697544. pap. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781604698930. CREATIVITY
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OrangeReviewStarThis latest book from award-winning ecological landscape designer Bloom (Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How To Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard) presents a framework for living that allows for healing, restoration, and finding inner peace. Using nature as a backdrop, the author designs nurturing, tailor-made environments featuring hanging lanterns, memorials, and a wildlife sanctuary. Photographs of a variety of trees, shrubs, medicinal herbs, and items reflecting comfort and solace, along with recipes for nature-based shampoos, tinctures, and smoothies round out the offering. Of particular interest are the instructions for building labyrinths as well as sacred ceremonies and rituals.
VERDICT An enticing invitation for communing with nature.
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