nature-based therapy

‘When life was unbearable, horses helped us through’

This article by Roberta Caiazza has been published in The Psychologist. It begins: “Everything happens for a reason. 2019 wasn’t a great year for me, but I stumbled upon a Groupon voucher for a horseriding lesson. I’ve not looked back since….
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The mental and physical health benefits of ecotherapy

This article by Jaimee Bell has been published on the Big Think website. It begins: “Ecotherapy (also referred to as nature therapy) has been proven to be effective and is used in various practices and cultures around the world—and yet, it…
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New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health has produced this handbook . They say: “Understanding how the power of nature can help people improve their mental health and overcome conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress has been boosted thanks…
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Kyrie Farm: A transformative initiative for Ireland’s mental health services

This new initiative plans to open in March 2023. The organisers say: “The Kyrie Therapeutic Farm will support recovery through the creation of a healing environment combining a supportive community, therapeutic and holistic care and meaningful opportunities for participating in a natural farm setting in Ireland.!…
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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs

This book has been written by Richard Louv. The publishers say: “Richard Louv’s landmark book, Last Child in the Woods, inspired an international movement to connect children and nature. Now Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores these powerful and…
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Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy

Co-written by Sally Atkins and Melanie Snyder, this book is subtitled “Integrating the Expressive Arts and Ecotherapy”. The publishers say: “Responding to the increased interest in the integration of expressive arts and ecotherapy, this book presents a nature based approach to…
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The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature

This book has been written by Clemens Arvay. The publishers say: “Did you know that spending time in a forest activates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for inducing calm and regeneration? Or that spending just one single day in a…
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The Japanese Art Of Forest Bathing

Nina Zietman writes in the UK edition of the Huffington Post : “Cigarettes, junk food, alcohol: we tend to think we’re clued up on the biggest health issues in our society. But stress is increasingly becoming a major health epidemic – one that’s being picked up on … From…
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