Vision for Piath Ket Na Naath, the Indigenous Healing Garden
To heal historical and generational trauma by strengthening our Indigenous peoples’ connection to Mother Earth through honoring our traditional stories and songs, while cultivating Indigenous plants and medicines.

We consulted with members of the Southern Ute Nation, specifically Alden Naranjo,
to name the garden in the language of the original inhabitants & care takers of this land.

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Survivors of abuse often experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, high rates of suicide, substance abuse, housing & food insecurity, and both short & long term health impacts.

Violence against Native women has a devastating impact not only on the survivor but also on her family & the community as a whole.

This project create unique opportunities to strengthen the cross-tribal & cross-generational Native community of Colorado Springs.
The recovery of the people is tied to the recovery of food, since food itself is medicine-not only for the body but also for the soul and spiritual connection to history, ancestors, and the land.
Winona LaDuke

Gardening as an Antidepressant

Soil has been found to have similar effects on the brain as antidepressants to lift mood. A study by the University of Bristol and colleagues at University College London determined that when mice were exposed to 'friendly' bacteria normally found in soil, the soil altered their behavior in a similar way to that produced by an antidepressant.

Lead author on the paper, Dr Chris Lowry explained:
"These studies help us understand how the body communicates with the brain and why a healthy immune system is important for maintaining mental health. They also leave us wondering if we shouldn't all be spending more time playing in the dirt."

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An Indigenous Healing Garden is a powerful tool to helping survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault on their road to recovery.

This space provides an outdoor meeting area to hold facilitated Women’s Education Groups in a more natural setting.

Coming together to develop the garden prevents some of the isolation many survivors experience. Gardening provides opportunity for socializing, quiet reflection, relaxation as well as cultural enrichment.


The coordination with the Title VI program allows for families to garden together & reinforces their bond as they all heal from trauma.
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