This session is about the remarkable story of a hospital in Oregon whose decision to build a therapeutic Japanese garden proved to be a lynchpin for the success of the hospital organization and economic progress in the larger community.
This session will discuss the synergy of Japanese garden aesthetics with ecosystem preservation through the creation of the Talking Water Gardens, a 50-acre water reclamation facility in Oregon featuring a series of hydrological features designed by Hoichi Kurisu.

Healing and the Japanese Garden: The Story of the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital

PRESENTERS:  William Rauch & Betty Koehn (Samaritan Lebanon Hospital)                                         DATE / TIME: October 16, 11 AM to 12 PM  
VENUE:  Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG                       

Utilizing Japanese Garden Aesthetics to Heal the Environment  

PRESENTER:  Diane Taniguchi-Dennis (Talking Water Gardens) DATE / TIME: October 17, 10 AM to 10: 30 AM  
VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG

How To Stroll Your Way to Well-being, The Morikami Way 

PRESENTERS: Dr. Ruth McCaffrey & Wendy Lo              (The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens)                  DATE / TIME: October 16, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM  
VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG               

This session is about Morikami's Stroll for Well-being Program and the therapeutic benefits of Japanese gardens in general on one's well-being. The program can serve as a model for other institutions who may wish to develop their own garden-based well-being activities.  

KEYNOTE SESSION - Japanese Garden Space: Responding to the Individual and Collective Needs Of Our Times                  KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Hoichi Kurisu (Kurisu International)     DATE / TIME: October 16, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG

Drawing on his own experience as a young man in post-World War II Japan and America, Kurisu will discuss the naturalistic garden styles then emerging in Japan, the role of such landscapes in society at that time and their evolution in contemporary life.  This keynote session explores several essential concepts of space and energy in Japanese garden design and how Japanese gardens can address fundamental needs of individuals, communities and of the society as a whole.  


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Japanese Gardens in a Healing Context

PRESENTER: Graham Hardman
(Japanese Garden Society - UK)                  
DATE / TIME: October 16, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM                 VENUE: Alsdorf Auditorium, CBG

Intuitively, we might feel that a garden, especially a Japanese garden, might be an appropriate setting for a healing environment.  This session will explore some ideas as to why this might be the case, using research ideas from Attention Restoration Theory as a source. How the characteristics of Japanese Garden Design contribute to the success of such gardens will be discussed, using examples of real gardens constructed in the Hospice and Hospital environments by the Japanese Garden Society in the UK.