Garden of Healing and Renewal

A sign crafted of light colored, rectangular tiles reads: GARDEN OF HEALING AND RENEWAL. Pink petunias have been planted in front of the sign and tall grasses have been planted behind it.


“The Garden of Healing and Renewal is an oasis of beautiful paths, sitting areas, fountains and sculptures. It even has a labyrinth, an ancient meditation resource and symbol of spiritual healing, that incorporates a walking path to encourage both exercise and curative reflection.” McLaren Health Care.

A large sculpture of a monarch butterfly crafted from a mosaic of tiles sits in the midst of a garden. A bench stands in the background near a brick paver path. Black-eyed susans and other plants surround the sculpture.

The Garden of Healing and Renewal is not some faraway mystical place. It’s within earshot of the din of traffic on I-75 and just a few minutes drive from the busy I-75 Sashabaw Road exit in northern Oakland County. The garden and connected forested wetland of the site encompasses five acres and has a just under 1/3 of a mile of level looped trails, part of which are attractive pebble surfaced sidewalks. The McLaren Clarkston website states that it’s “Serious medicine to kick cancer. Serious healing for body and spirit.” But it’s more than that for those that explore this medically themed and rather tame corner of the Wilder Side of Oakland County. It’s a peaceful walking adventure for all ages. Continue reading