Visit the TICAH Sites within the National Museums of Kenya System!
The Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) have a long, positive relationship spanning over ten years. With the support of NMK, TICAH created, maintains and continues to program the following installations, gardens and gathering spaces. We hope you will visit each space and share it with others. For more information please contact us at [email protected], +254 20 260 7045, or find us onFacebook at TICAH. Thank you.
At the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi
Medicine Shield Garden
Opened in 2008, the Medicine Shield Garden is a beautiful plant-medicine teaching garden located at the National Museum in Nairobi. Designed as a teaching and demonstration garden for visitors and for TICAH partner groups, the Medicine Shield Garden has become an integral part of the Museum. Popular with school groups and teachers, botanists and community groups, the Medicine Shield Garden ensures that our National Museum inspires us to remember the rich plant wisdom of Kenya’s many communities, still so useful to us today. #medicineshieldgarden
Kaya ya Mto (River Shrine)
In 2009, TICAH found an area, behind the Snake Park, where three gum trees had been cut down. We invited local sculptors to make statues, benches, tables, and other items to represent Kenyan cultures from these felled trees. Their creations led to this small park that we call Kaya ya Mto (River Shrine). In 2014, Coastal elders consecrated the sculptures with blessings using castor oil. Each time they have visited since then, they make blessings of peace at this site. #kayayamto
The Peace Path is a seven-cycle labyrinth made of stones from many lands of Kenya. Opened in 2012, the Peace Path has become a sacred space for many Kenyan communities. TICAH hosts peace blessings and healing ceremonies with elders and youth at this site. Everyone feels the peaceful strength of this special place. Some visitors bring stones from their homes and place them on the site. The Peace Path is free and open to the public. Treat it with care and walk it in beauty. #peacepathnmk
River of Stones
Next to the Peace Path is a river of polished (and some carved) stones from all over Kenya. These stones are the same as those that make up the Peace Path but that they have been polished for all to admire and understand the diversity and beauty of the Kenyan lands. This installation was created in 2016. #riverofstonesnmk
At Uhuru Gardens on Langata Road, Nairobi
Mahali pa Umoja (Unity Place)
Mahali pa Umoja (Unity Place) is a large, stone labyrinth that was created in 2016 in Uhuru Gardens. It is a place for contemplative practices, for celebrating our differences and uniting over our similarities. We gave it the name “Mahali pa Umoja” because we hope that this space will help connect us to one another and bring us together. At the centre of the labyrinth you will find a beautiful mosaic honoring the lands and communities of Kenya. #mahalipaumoja
DreamKona (Dream Corner)
DreamKona is a new vision for public art in Uhuru Gardens. Completed in 2017, DreamKona is a place for music and art, creativity and dreaming. Nestled between the trees of Uhuru Gardens, DreamKona includes a creativity wall for murals and installations; a large garden space for sculptures and enjoying nature; and a stage for musicians, storytellers, dancers, and actors. Come enjoy a space for creativity in nature. Find us on Facebook at DreamKona or on Instagram @DreamKona.Ke #dreamkona