Plants can play an important role in healing the body, and are the raw materials for almost all of humankind's traditional medicines. However, some cultures also use plants for deep psychological and emotional healing. This week, Liza Pullman takes us on her amazing journey through the Amazon Rainforest and into her own mind, revealing how she confronted buried trauma through an Ayahuasca ceremony.
Many stories about nature are told from a human point of view, and are about the experience of adventuring into the wilderness. In this week's article, Denise Robinson examines the forest from a very different perspective, and imagines how a tree might perceive its visitors.
So much of life depends upon the comforts and distractions of the modern world, and we sometimes forget the importance of disconnecting and just "being." In this week's article, Ruth Steggles reveals how a life-changing illness helped her family rekindle their love for nature, and how listening to the wilds taught her an important lesson about mindfulness.
"Sit Spot" is the practice of finding a place in nature to sit quiet and still, allowing the senses to be flooded by the environment. This week, Corinne H. Smith teaches us how to get the most out of this experience by helping us notice all the subtle nuances of our surroundings.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a guided forest therapy walk? This week, The Lore Company investigates the practice of Shinrin-Yoku by attending a walk with LA-based Forest Therapy Guide Ben Page. Follow Sally, Melissa, Sofia, and Phil as they experience a familiar national park in an all new way.
Day-to-day life is constantly full of sound: traffic, construction, phones, televisions, radios, pets, and people. We train ourselves to block the noise out, but in doing so, we risk ignoring the subtle whispers of the earth. This week, April McClellan reminds us of how nature has much to teach us, if only we quiet ourselves long enough to hear.
For thousands of years, plants, trees, and fungi served as medicine for humans. In a modern world of advanced medical science, we often forget that many common drugs are derived from plants: aspirin from willow bark, morphine from poppies, digoxin from foxglove, and pseudoephedrine from the ephedra plant. This week, Caitlin Keddie takes us on a walk through the pharmacy of the forest, and identifies a variety of plants with beneficial uses.
When taking a relaxing walk in the great outdoors, we often allow nature to clear our minds and bring our attention to the present moment. The practice of forest bathing emphasizes the use of our senses to interact with our surroundings. But how does the history of the land we walk on affect our experience in it? In this week's article, Linda Karlen proposes important questions about the intersection of past and present in nature therapy.
Exercising in the great outdoors can be exhilarating and rewarding. The fresh air, beautiful scenery, and wildlife serve as a magnificent backdrop for maintaining our physical well-being. But what happens to our experience in the outdoors when our routine changes? This week, Lucien Meadows recounts the tale of a personal journey through recovery from an injury, and how it allowed him to discover a new world in a place he once thought familiar.
We invite you to join us for Forest Bathing Day, when Forest Therapy Guides worldwide lead a connected walk experience for all people. This day emphasizes connection with the Earth and other nature enthusiasts, no matter the distance between us.
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