Medicine and Peace: The Butterfly Peace Garden

Robbie Chase was the young physician heading this project. In a Toronto café, he encountered Paul Hogan, a remarkable artist who had created The Spiral Garden, combining connection with the Earth and creative arts in the rehabilitation of neurologically impaired children. Together they conceived the idea of a healing garden for children affected by Sri Lanka’s war. Integral to the shaping of the idea was Father Paul Satkunanayagam, a Tamil Jesuit priest and psychologist active in the provision of children’s mental health services in the Batticaloa region. It became clear that this trio’s approach to children’s mental health was far from orthodox. War-affected youngsters were to be helped by a combination of “earthwork, artwork, heartwork, and healing”, to use the language of the Garden.

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