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David Motzenbecker

David Motzenbecker

Motz Studios is a Minneapolis-based wellness provider of evidence-based therapeutic forest immersion walks. The walks are based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin Yoku, or 'forest bathing', which emphasizes the healing power of nature. David Motzenbecker, Founder and Principal, is an ANFT-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Trail Certification Consultant, and licensed Landscape Architect with nearly 20 years of design experience. ​ We come to nature for spiritual, mental, and physical nourishment at the pivotal times in our lives. Yet we also need ongoing nourishment that strengthens our daily resolve. David Motzenbecker brings his design expertise in landscape architecture to his guide practice, demonstrating how nature has been a place of respite, inspiration, innovation, and transformation throughout history. Motz Studios also draws on David’s international expertise in Japan and the U.K. Fellowships in both cultures deepened his study of design, history, and spirituality, and their connection to nature. The UK’s tradition of “thin space”, a spiritually powerful place where the veil between heaven and earth dissipates, resonates in landscapes like Stonehenge, and across the breadth of Scotland. Japan influenced David's philosophy with its focus on Shinto, the sacred essence that manifests in multiple forms: rocks, trees, rivers, animals, places. Influential facets of simplicity/complexity are woven throughout Zen Buddhism, as are those of Wabi-Sabi (finding beauty in the transience and imperfection of the world). Biophilic design is strong in the spiritual traditions of Japan, with the extensive use of wood and stone in temples and shrines. It is also found in their gardens, which are designed with deep intention, incorporating biophilic design patterns such as mystery, dappled light, and prospect/refuge. ​ Motzenbecker is an expert campus and urban master planner. His awards include the H.W.S. Cleveland Award for Leadership Potential (given to emerging leaders in landscape architecture), and the Lob Pine Award (given for exemplary leadership and mentorship for the landscape architecture community over an extended period), as well as many project-specific awards. All these elements have coalesced over the course of David's practice shaping him as a designer, and now influencing the ethos of Motz Studios.

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