Jamestown S’Klallam Healing Clinic

Project Title: Jamestown S’Klallam Healing Clinic
Landscape Architect: Fischer Bouma Partnership
Category: General Design, Private Ownership
Award: Award of Honor
Location: Blyn, WA
The Jamestown S’Klallam Healing Clinic treats about 300 people a day, including non-Tribal members, who suffer with substance abuse- primarily addiction to opioids. The facility includes a 2-acre healing garden that supplements ground-breaking treatment integrating medical intervention and counseling.  The garden is a serene park-like setting inspired by the larger landscape of the Olympic Peninsula, known for its grand mountains and rivers that flow to the ocean.  Further inspiration came from Tribal storytelling during the conceptual design phase which revealed a powerful concept: that the path of a river can be altered by removing a single stone.  A visit to this facility and its gardens is the removal of that stone- which can start a journey of healing.  The garden includes arcing pathways and boardwalks that follow flowing water from a “headwaters” alpine area to a lowland “delta” area- a metaphor for the journey of healing than can begin here. The project is beautiful in its form, setting, materials, and story but more importantly, it is already changing the course of lives in the community.

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