Ever feel like you want to expand your reach into nature? We invite you to think about stretching your boundaries and further exploring the beauty of our world. We offer you this gift of a story for inspiration and with our appreciation. It is an excerpt from "Coyote Stories for Connection to Nature and Spirit," by ANFT Founder M. Amos Clifford.
We're often asked how to practice Forest Therapy in the busyness of urban settings where forests are hard to come by. Luckily, Forest Therapy can be practiced anywhere. Even if you're stuck in an office, try visiting an urban park or forested area today in the honor of Earth Day. What colors call to you? What do you notice with your senses? On our break from work today we were captivated by the poppies bursting with bright orange color just outside our office doors. Watch how the poppies are almost dancing with the wind (in our low-quality cell phone video... apologies for the resolution!). Taking a moment to appreciate the wonders of nature and revitalize your state of mind. How will you celebrate the Earth today?
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Have you heard the news? Science has now verified the health benefits of time spent in nature. Read more as Forest Therapy Guide, Ben "Crow" Page, articulates the reasons why a single walk in nature can be a protective measure against stress and illness.
Want to feel a deeper connection with nature? Taking a moment to simply breathe with the plants, flowers, trees, and creatures around you is a great place to start. Read more as Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and artist, Bibi Calderaro, teaches us an invitation she uses on forest therapy walks, entitled "Shared Breath."
Looking for some stories to share around the campfire? Read more as Forest Therapy Guide Brenda Spitzer reviews this whimsical and thought-provoking collection of tales told by some of our favorite forest friends.
Could you use a break to refresh yourself? Read more and treat yourself to a virtual experience of Forest Therapy.
Have you ever stopped to simply witness nature in her glory? To let the kiss of sunlight on your face wash away your worries? When is the last time you paused to smell the pine needles? Read more as Forest Therapy Guide, Ben Page's poem captures a tender moment of soaking up nature's beauty.
Blog pieces are written by ANFT Writers, guest contributors, and introduced by Blog Editor Denell Nawrocki. Submissions may be emailed to Denell at ANFTsubmissions@gmail.com for consideration.