Nature Therapy Activity for Protection, Safety, and Growth: Tree Bark

Jenny McNees holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alabama, an M.S.W. from Alabama A&M University, and soon will hold certification as a Nature Therapy Guide. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 21 years, most recently in the medical social work setting, where she helps patients with chronic […]

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A Day of Zen: Nature Therapy in the Adirondacks

An experienced therapist and non-profit director with over 20 years working with various special populations, Grace Kelley graduated from the Natural Wellness Academy as an Advanced Nature Therapy (Nature Spirit Walks) Guide. This is an excerpt from her final project for her certification, where she reports on a multifaceted nature therapy experience that she designed and led at […]

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5 Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

Nature therapy (also known as ecotherapy) describes an approach to wellbeing that emphasizes meaningful exposure to nature. A 2017 review paper in the journal Environmental Health and Perspectives, published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, described 20 distinct physical, mental, and social benefits of nature contact. We’ve […]

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A Nature Therapy Case Study: Using Metaphors in Nature

An experienced entrepreneur, coach, and outdoorswoman based in the Netherlands and Alaska, Manuela van Prooijen graduated from the Natural Wellness Academy as an Advanced Nature Spirit Walks (Nature Therapy) Guide. This is an excerpt from her final project for her certificate, where she led a client on a Nature Spirit Walk and helped them use […]

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What is nature therapy? 10 examples of nature therapy approaches

Nature therapy (also known as ecotherapy) describes an approach to wellbeing that emphasizes meaningful exposure to nature, which research has associated with numerous benefits for physical and mental health. Since connecting with nature can happen in myriad ways, nature therapy can take many distinct (but often overlapping and related) forms. Here are ten examples of […]

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How Nature Therapy can Help the Environment by Making People Care

Many of our planet’s natural environments are being threatened by climate change, pollution, overharvesting, and habitat destruction. At the same time nature is under attack, many Americans report spending less time in nature and feeling less happy than ever. Tellingly, research shows that spending time in nature is associated with improved physical and mental wellbeing in people, while people who […]

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