Therapeutic Landscapes: Places of Connection, Rest & Restoration
Department of Geography and Tourism invites you to an open guest-lecture titled: Therapeutic Landscapes: Places of Connection, Rest & Restoration.
The guestspeaker is Allison Williams, Professor at the School of Earth, Environment & Society at McMaster University in Canada
About the Lecture
One of the better-known contributions made by health geographers to the study of health and place is therapeutic landscape theory. This theory brings together the natural, built, symbolic, spiritual and psycho-social elements of place for health, healing and renewal.
A brief review of this theory will provide the foundation for best understanding the presentation of a three case studies:
Results confirm the important role nature plays in sustaining and restoring health and well-being, providing a range of social and cognitive benefits for users.
A variety of qualitative and mixed methods research approaches are employed in these studies, illustrating an array of design options for therapeutic horticulture research. Policy and program implications are discussed before new research directions are suggested.
Allison Williams is a Professor at the School of Earth, Environment & Society at McMaster University in Canada