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Therapeutic experiences of community gardens: Putting flow in its place

Pitt, Hannah


Hannah Pitt


This paper develops the concept of therapeutic place experiences by considering the role of activity. Research of community gardening finds that particular tasks are therapeutic and exhibit the characteristics of flow, but those who lack influence over their community gardening are less likely to benefit from flow as their sense of control is reduced. The notion of emplaced flow is proposed to locate individual experiences amongst socio-spatial factors which limit self-determinacy and therefore affect wellbeing. Emplacing flow prompts critical reflection on who is excluded from therapeutic place experiences, and whether sites offering momentary escape have an enduring impact on wellbeing. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Health and Place
Print ISSN 1353-8292
Electronic ISSN 1873-2054
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Pages 84-91
Keywords community garden, therapeutic place, UK, wellbeing, flow
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