At the Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design course, listening to Bill Sullivan from the University of Illinois present research on how nature reduces stress, brings people together, and restores attention. In a too brief summary, access to and interaction with nature seems to positively affect an individual's ability to focus, increases social interaction, and quickly improve a host of physiological responses to stress. The results show a profound and significant positive effect on the quality and longevity of human health, a reduction of crime and undesirable behavior in high-risk populations, and relief from the symptoms of mental fatigue.
Registration will be closing soon for the premiere certification course in design for health benefits, provided by and held at The Chicago Botanic Garden. Past participants say the 8-day intensive course changed the way they approach design, and some say the class changed their lives! It's a truly remarkable experience. Get more info here:
(PS. Mark Epstein is one of the instructors)