The garden may be seen as a refuge from real life, but gardening can offer a deep connection with nature, a mental as well as physical activity. Getting our hands in the earth connects us with the cycle of life in nature, where destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal, thus answering to deep existential needs. Tending to plants can foster the gardening of inner space, allowing the working through of feelings and problems, and as research has shown, may alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and passionate gardener Sue Stuart Smith has delved deeply into these issues in her bestselling book, “The Well Gardened Mind”. Uncannily, though five years in the making, this book was published on the cusp of the first Covid lockdown and the author’s ideas help us understand why so many of us (re-)turned to our gardens for solace and space at this unprecedented time. She will be in dialogue with the psychoanalyst Eileen McGinley, a keen gardener herself. They will explore our connections with nature and the link between body and mind in such activities, as well as the therapeutic use of gardening. The dialogue will be chaired by the psychoanalyst Susan Godsil.
These dialogues will be held live on Zoom.
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