"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.
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