Trapa Trapa Forest
A place of peace for patients, families and caregivers.
‘Trapa Trapa‘ means ‘place of peace’ in Mapudungun, the native dialect of the indigenous Mapuche people. The forest is located at the Sotero del Río Hospital, one of the busiest hospitals in Chile.
This Miyawaki Forest has been filled with indigenous medicinal species, inspired by the healing work of the hospital, to connect 21st century healthcare with indigenous knowledge. It is hoped that in highlighting this link between nature and modern healthcare, the forest will help people to understand the immense value of our natural resources and how people and our planet are intimately connected.
Forest Report: 2023
Average of Tallest 3 Trees
This project is a wild success, used daily by the “Sonrisólogos” team (professional laughter therapists with more than 15 years of making hospital patients giggle). The gardener, who has been working for around 10 years in the green areas of the hospital, is especially thrilled, as are the patients who have come to depend on the restorative power of the forest.
The forest even dampens the noise generated by a nearby busy road and subway line, thereby making it easier for caregivers and patients to disconnect from the noise of the city and reconnect with the calming benefits of nature.
In addition, different species of very large trees shade the plantation (and protect it from the extreme heat of Santiago), there is continuous and abundant irrigation, and all the dry leaves that were previously collected were used as mulch. The combination of these factors contributes to the high survival rate of this project. As for the organisms observed, a high attendance of birds and insects is seen, such as thrushes, blackbirds, turtle doves, butterflies, bees, etc.
Planting: December 2022
“A hospital does not have to be a sad place. Despite the difficulties, we are there to sow joy and hope.”
Susana Alegría & Carola Garabano, Laughter Therapists & Founders of “Sonrisólogos”
Why the Trapa Trapa Forest?
Working together with Su and Carola - professional laughter therapists with more than 15 years of making hospital patients giggle with their “Sonrisólogos” Team - Trapa Trapa Forest has become a source of green respite in an otherwise highly urbanized setting.
It serves as a place for fun, laughter and relaxation; a haven where patients and their carers can have a break from their hospital routines and soak up the beauty and benefits of nature.