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The Well – Trauma Healing Garden – Concordia University – Portland, OR

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The Well for trauma healing is a landscape element consisting of five rooms each representing one of the five stages of overcoming trauma. These five stages are Recognizing, Remembering, Reconciling, Releasing and Reclaiming. Each of the five stages that we call the pinwheel has informational boards and resources describing the particular stage of overcoming trauma. The Well has been set into a courtyard on Columbia University and used native and adaptive plants to provide a sense of privacy while still inviting people into the project so they can learn how to overcome their trauma in their lives no matter what it might be.