The Enchantment of Gardens: A Psychological Approach

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Daimon, 2008 - Gardening - 161 pages
A garden is a very special place with many faces, and it can lead us to previously unknown worlds. Anyone involved with gardens knows how they can touch the soul in countless ways. Garden and soul comprise a kind of secret in-between world, a space between the light and the dark, culture and nature, conscious and unconscious, spirit and body—a space that has an irresistible attraction for us. Ancient wisdom tells us that gardens have a healing, nourishing effect on the human soul and body. The garden belongs to the great archetype of life and is one of the few big archetypal images that are experienced primarily as positive. This positive experience is significant because the garden is a part of the natural and cultural human environment, and thus, is particularly influential in the interaction between human beings and their environment. This delightful book invites readers to see and experience in new ways the abundance and variety of gardens and their influence on our inner life.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Chapter Two
25
Chapter Three
41
Chapter Four
69
Chapter Five
87
Chapter Six
105
Chapter Seven
120
Chapter Eight
133
Acknowledgments
155
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About the author (2008)

The Swiss author Ruth Ammann studied architecture and analytical psychology. She is a psychotherapist and sandplay therapist, and is a training analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. In addition to working in her own practice, she is also an active international lecturer. She lives near Zurich in a house surrounded by a large magical garden.

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