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Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy

ReBoot ● ReWild ● ReInspire ● ReConnect ● ReEnergize

Welcome to the Inner Adventure. A series where Dr Ken Jennings and Lutz Otto, come together to explore, in a rich integration of perspectives, learning's and stories what happens when nature, ecology, adventure and psychology meet.

The two have repeatedly seen how time in nature can positively change, enrich and have a profound impact on lives. In this episode we work through "Nature Therapy and Forest Bathing" with special guest Grant Hine [who has a Masters degree in Psychology, is the founder of "Zen Guiding", the author a number of books and has spent +30 years involved in the nature guiding industry]. We talk through:

🦋 Introduction to Grant Hine and how he came to write his latest book "Mindful Nature".

🦋 Defining "forest bathing" and nature therapy.

🦋 The scientific evidence supporting what we intuitively knew about nature therapy.

🦋 How nature therapy helps counter-act stress or negative emotions both psychologically and physically. Beyond these benefits, how at the simplest level, humans cannot exist with oxygen, a byproduct of photosynthesis.

🦋 How time in nature results, directly and indirectly, in people wanting to conserve wild places.

🦋 When we have no ability to spend time in nature, or on a bigger scale wilderness, photographs, a view of trees into a garden or pot plants, observed on a daily basis can have a marked positive impact on the humans psychology.

🦋 The importance of leaving a nature-therapy-intervention with a set of tools that you can continue drawing on, over time, where ever you are [shifting from the principle of just another short break or holiday].

🦋 How the annual process of a tree shedding leaves, can allow us to draw analogies that speak to to letting go and evolving to become the best version of self, within the learning's we can draw on within the field of positive psychology.

🦋 How the combination of good coaching techniques and a nature setting, afford deeper opportunities for both the client and the experienced therapist.

🦋 High level references to research exploring how time in nature improves: (1) directed attention, fascination attention and attention restoration therapy [ART].(2) improvement in creativity.

🦋 Facilitating nature therapy versus "being" in nature.

🦋 Walking into nature with an open heart, open mind, open will and an attitude of care.

🐾 Dr Ken Jennings is an internationally respected psychologist, executive coach, lover of wilderness and nature photographer. 🌐

🐾 Lutz Otto is a specialist wilderness and walking safari guide, adventurer, conservationist and business consultant. 🌐


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