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In this exquisitely crafted and unique book, Donald Norfolk offers a fresh and illuminating approach to what has been a treasured part of human culture for more than nine thousand years: the garden. An acclaimed osteopath, Norfolk developed his philosophy of the "soul garden" or "therapeutic garden," after observing that the healthiest, happiest and fittest of his patients were those who gardened. He believes that the garden has the power to imbue people with a higher level of mental, spiritual and physical well being. In this book, brimming with wisdom and insight, he utilizes concepts from the writings of historians, philosophers, landscape gardeners, psychologists, and medical researchers in order to show how, regardless of the space and time available to us, we can all discover the secrets of nature's healing, restorative powers.
Uniquely inspirational, The Soul Garden offers a vision of peace and harmony that leads us to understand how, when we cultivate the soil, we can also cultivate the soul.
Donald Norfolk worked as an acclaimed osteopath in London for many years and now lectures on a range of health and holistic subjects in Britain and Europe. He is a former president of the Osteopathic Association of Great Britain and in 1995, in recognition of his contribution to health promotion, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. He lives in Gloucestershire, where he is now cultivating his own therapeutic garden.