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Creating Sanctuary

Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

By Jessi Bloom

Photographs by Shawn Linehan

“In this beautiful, inspiring, and practical book we are invited to look deeply at the landscape around us and create sacred respites from our busy worlds.”  —Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author

We all need a personal sanctuary. A place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be a far-away destination—it can be in your own backyard. In Creating Sanctuary, natural living expert Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help you find a deeper connection to the outdoor space you already have—no matter the size. You will learn how to design a healing space, how to harness the power of 50 sacred plants, and how to create recipes and rituals that soothe and calm. Hands-on, inspiring, and packed with gorgeous photography, Creating Sanctuary will help you find new ways to revitalize your life.

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“Jessi Bloom has done it again. In this beautiful, inspiring, and hands-on, practical book we are invited to look deeply at the landscape around us and create sacred respites from our busy worlds.”  —Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author

“Filled with gentle suggestions for appreciating the relationship we have with plants and practical ideas to reconnect with the nature that lives right outside your garden door.” —Garden Therapy

“This latest book from award-winning ecological landscape designer Bloom presents a framework for living that allows for healing, restoration, and finding inner peace. . . . An enticing invitation for communing with nature.” —Library Journal

“Take the time to read Creating Sanctuary. . . . The book serves as a guide to rejuvenating bodies, minds and spirits not in some faraway tropical resort but through plants and practices in your own backyard.” —Mother Nature Network

“Full of inspiration for designers and a good gift for friends and family.” —The Designer 

“An inspiring testament for creating sacred garden space to use for contemplation and meditation.” —American Herb Association Quarterly

“Bloom leads us through the process of finding quiet renewal outdoors, embracing the rhythms and cycles of the seasons and the sun.” —Country Gardens

“This book ventures way beyond garden design. It is an exploration of our relationship with nature and how we can use nature to promote emotional, spiritual, and physical health.” —Washington Gardener

“I see this book as being a wonderful personal resource to anyone who is grieving (loss of relationship, loss of career, death of a loved one), anyone who already appreciates the benefits of mindfulness, yoga, or meditation, or anyone who wants to live a simpler, meaningful life, respecting Nature's gifts that we have been entrusted with.” —Karen Chapman, author of Deer-Resistant Design

“Jessi Bloom reminds all of us that you don’t need to leave home to enjoy recharging with a vacation-state-of- mind…full of beautifully photographed gardens, plants, sanctuaries and plant recipes.” — Marianne Binetti, horticultural expert

“Useful.. well thought out tips for creating your own sanctuary.” —Gardening with Soule
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November 13, 2018