The thought of death can be worrisome and uncomfortable to us. But this week, Rebecca Lexa discusses death as merely a new beginning - both as a transition of matter and chemicals, and as a beautiful process of nature that perpetuates life.
What role do animals play on our journey to developing meaningful connections with nature? This week, F. R. Gagliano depicts her encounter with a deer in the woods, and how the experience brought her closure and hope.
Sometimes as we get older we lose touch with our inner child. But playing isn't just for kids. Becky Howie's article shows how unstructured play is beneficial for adults in a myriad of ways - and how nature amplifies those benefits.
This week, Clare Kelley explores darkness as a positive and restorative facet of the natural world, and shows us ways that we can learn and heal from it.
Fiery sunsets, windswept deserts, and life thriving in the sands: explore the aisles of nature's museum in this week's creative art photo display by Suzi Minor.
We are often overwhelmed by the dark clouds that hang over our lives. Life has a tendency to send hurricanes to ruin our sunny days, but this week, Elizabeth Gomez teaches us that our emotional experience of the world mirrors the seasons and cycles of weather: no matter how loud the thunder crashes, "this too shall pass."
We tend to look at nature as a collection of things: plants and trees and fungi appear as objects that can only be acted upon, rather than engaged with. But what happens when we look at them as living beings with teachings to impart to us? In this week's article, Tam Willey explains how opening one's self to a reciprocal relationship with nature can help us grow - and heal.
New Years' Day typically represents an opportunity to get back on track: get in shape, get our finances under control, get our lives in order. But fresh starts don't always have to be expensive or time-consuming. In this week's article, guest contributor Jessica Newman outlines a nature-centered approach to achieving our New Years resolutions - and how the great outdoors can nourish our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
As many of you are guiding walks during the cold winter season in the Northern hemisphere, this article on winter guiding written by ANFT Canadian mentor, Ronna Schneberger, may be helpful. This feels especially timely as our forest therapy guiding community in the East Coast, Midwest and South throughout North America rang in the new year with record breaking cold weather. Ronna provides some excellent tips on how to safely guide during these fierce winter months so that forest bathing lovers can continue to experience the magical beauty and healing power the winter forest offers.
So often we think that having an adventure in nature requires us to travel into the wilds of far-off mountains and rivers. In this week's blog, guest writer Jennifer McGregor reminds us that there is plenty of natural wonders to explore outside our very own backyards. From spotting local wildlife to foraging for wild foods, the environment surrounding us offers ample opportunity for connection and discovery with the more-than-human-world.
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