Finding joy and calm
nature journaling

The earth seems to be shifting under our feet. Nothing seems certain, and it’s easy to let our anxieties and fears grow. That is, if we focus on human affairs only. Because out there, in nature, the world is going on. Lives are born and lives end. Trees that are already hundreds of years old, […]

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Slower, Simpler, Nature
strolling along the Koororoit

I haven’t always managed my stress and more than not ignored the signs that my mind and body were trying to warn me about until I was completely depleted and burnt out. My job at the time was all consuming, I gave 110% to my special needs students and work colleagues. After work and on […]

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Fragrance from the Forest
flower fragrance

Fragrance from the Forest Have you ever spent time outside in nature and discovered that the scent of nature brought back a memory? Plant fragrances play a significant, yet often subtle, role in our appreciation of the outdoors. While roots and bark emit some aromas, most fragrance is found in plant flowers and leaves (e.g. […]

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Unexpected encounter with nature!
sea at Merricks

I was walking along the beach on a beautiful summer day, just breathing in the salty air, frolicking barefoot in the seaweed that had heaped up along the shoreline in the last storm. The sea was quiet and calm, just a gentle hint of movement as a light breeze drifted across the steel blue water. […]

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Make your sit spot practice private and intimate
touch giant leaf

I recently introduced the ‘sit spot’ practice to Shinrin-yoku forest bathers on a guided walk. Curious as to what this means, I explained the ancient practice of finding a place of intimate connection with nature – a place where you learn to sit still – alone, often and quietly — as well as playfully explore […]

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Ten nature-inspired practices to de-stress
Stress Free Woman

It’s a crazy week. Everything has to be PERFECT, on-time, on budget – or on credit card! We are on auto-pilot. We cannot unplug. Or can we? I should know. As a driven career woman and mum I juggled all the Christmas balls I had during the season. The in-laws were coming to Christmas lunch. […]

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If you ever feel lost, find yourself in nature
Shinrin-yoku pleasures

I have found ‘nature’ to be one of the common denominators in people’s healing journey. Physical healing aside, the natural world is where we have always gone in times of celebration and grief. It’s a place to find peace and wisdom. We all know intuitively that nature provides healing, refuge, peace and clarity. Is this […]

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Start a “Sit Spot” practice to a happier you
Ecopsychology of Trees

For a lot of us, our connection to nature is critical to our sense of peace, happiness and even purpose. But as we hurry, worry and scurry through the urban landscape of our modern lives, how do we connect to nature? Most of us can’t sit still for even a few minutes. The practice of […]

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