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Legacy Cancer Institute

Legacy Cancer Institute
Annual Report 2010
Women’s Cancers

The year 2010 was a banner year at Legacy Cancer Services. So many major accomplish­ments occurred during the past year that it is really hard to know where to begin. This year we took the care for women with cancer to a new level. The physicians and staff have such a deep commit­ment to offering our patients the highest quality of care in a compassionate fashion and you will feel the passion borne out as you read this annual report. We chose to look at all our female cancers so that we could paint the beautiful Rembrandt that is Legacy cancer care — from diagnosis to survivorship. View the report

Tea Docents partner with Ceres Community Project

Tea Docents of Chado-En and Ceres Community Project Partner to Sow Seeds of The Wellness Gardens

Senior Shinto priest Rev. Koichi Barrish will conduct a blessing and purification ceremony for garden site on Aug. 27.

BODEGA BAY, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011— Wellness should be a way of life, sown and grown as tenderly and conscientiously as the most delicate of gardens. That’s why Nozomu (Nez) Tokugawa and Donna Tokugawa, co-founders of Chado-En (, have been planting the roots for the non-profit The Wellness Gardens along with a new partner, Ceres Community Project.

As importers of fine Asian teas, Chado-En has always followed a broader mission to spur and sustain healing, wellbeing and peace. Likewise, Ceres Community Project, an award-winning nonprofit based in California’s Sonoma Valley, works
tirelessly to restore local, organic read more…

Essay Healing Gardens

Essay Healing gardens—places for nature in health care

“Healing garden” denotes a place, a process, and their intertwining. Consider first the place—a garden in a health-care facility. Most people’s idea of a garden would be a verdant place, dotted with flowers, nature in miniature symbolically and materially, a place that pleases the senses. Notably absent would be features that diminish the ability to enjoy and reflect on the surroundings—noise, crowds, threats, unwanted demands on attention. This consensual view of what does and does not belong fits many, though not all, of the gardens that now can be seen in health-care facilities, indoors and out. read the entire article

What Makes a Garden a Healing Garden?

The interest in healing gardens has increased around the world. Several research disciplines and professions deal today in different ways with healing gardens. However, do we define the healing garden and its effects on the visitor’s well-being in the same way, or are we talking about different things? This article consists of two parts. The first part discusses healing influences of healing gardens based on theories and findings from the different research disciplines of environmental psychology, landscape architecture, medicine, and horticultural therapy. The second part of the article focuses on the people the healing garden is intended for. When dealing with healing gardens, it is fundamental to try to find answers to how and why the human being benefits from being in a healing garden. read more…