Intercultural Healing Garden

Many patients at the Center for the Treatment of Torture Victims (bzfo) are not allowed to work in Germany because they are not granted a long-term residence permit. These people often come from rural areas where the cultivation of a small garden is a part of everyday life.


Our garden project „Intercultural Healing Garden“ emerged from the idea of involving patients in a meaningful and physical activity that also brings about daily routine and therefore structure in their lives. These men and women undertake work with earth and plants, nurturing the growth of the garden as part of an active, meaningful and partly self-sufficient task that is an important resource in the therapy process.

As a result of their work in the Healing Garden, a large number of patients feel healthier. They are able to share knowledge about their own experiences of gardening and also return to ideas of value and creative richness that were part of their cultures of origin. They arrive at a newly strengthened perception of their selves based on the personalities developed in their homelands.



The garden is situated on the grounds of the old Moabit Hospital, not far from the bzfo, on a parkway that has been specially acquired for this purpose. The garden is also used by patients from the bzfo day clinic.

Cooperation Partners

  • Council Office of Mitte, Berlin
  • Dr. Günter Piening, Senate Commissioner for Integration and Migration (Patron)
  • Interkultur Foundation