Trapa Trapa Forest
A place of peace for patients, families and care givers
Trapa Trapa Forest means ‘place of peace’ in Mapudungun, the native dialect of the indigenous Mapuche people. It will be located at the Sotero del Río Hospital, one of the busiest hospitals in Chile.
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 will be a source of green respite in an otherwise highly urbanised setting.
It will be 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.
This Miyawaki Forest will be 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 Maker Symbioticá
"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”