Peace in nature
Are you looking for ‘outside the box’ solutions to environmental
Do you want to live a less-stressful and environmentally friendly life-style?
If so, why not see what we can discover from the Ancient Greeks and Romans to help improve environmental issues today. I offer unique workshops and courses on historically inspired flower arranging, natural crafts, and gardening that include lessons on the history and archaeology of ancient medicine, gardens, and floral design. These offer a friendly and calming way to think of out-of-the-box solutions to environmental issues to make the planet a healthy space for you and future generations.
Hello! I am Dr. Patty Baker and I am passionate about wellbeing and environmental sustainability. These are directly tied to my interests in historically inspired floral design, the history and archaeology of Roman medicine, healthy landscapes, and gardens. All of these combine beautifully to create a sense of wellbeing for ourselves and the natural environment.
My work as a floral designer, academic, and advocate for climate action has helped me learn that we are intimately connected to the natural world. In fact, my academic research into ancient Roman health and wellbeing shows that the Romans felt an intimate relationship between the natural environment and their mental and physiological health. I would say that they had a closer connection to nature than we do.
Over the past couple of years, I began to see creative ways to help people see that our wellbeing is linked to our care for the environment, and that this can be taught through artistic design.
When my university became threatened financially, I realized this scary situation presented a wonderful opportunity. I decided to teach historically inspired floral design and crafts to bring people together who have a broad range of interests, experiences, backgrounds, as a way to think about and take action towards a healthier environment that is also beneficial for our mental and physical wellbeing.
Hence, Pax in Natura was born. It means Peace in Nature in Latin and combines my passions for the ancient world, creative design, personal wellbeing, and the natural environment.
The Aims of Pax in Natura are:
To create a sense of calm and wellbeing by teaching historically inspired floral design and crafts with locally sourced materials in an environmentally sustainable way;
to explore what we can learn from the past to help make the world environmentally sustainable, beautiful, and salubrious for ourselves and future generations;
to bring the history and archaeology of ancient health, gardens, and the environment to a global audience of any age and background;
to bring together people from around the world to share ideas, discuss concerns, and find novel solutions that can change attitudes and practices to resolve today's environmental crises;
to work creatively with natural materials.