Too often we can feel confined. Imagine how it is for our youth struggling to evolve their own identities while trying to fit within the constraints of rules, expectations and perceptions set by our society. Perhaps if we step outside of our own views and expectations we will see and experience the beauty of those untamed souls and remember our own. Read how Forest Therapy Guide-in-training Alex Gesse encouraged and understood the untamed strength and beauty of a group of “at risk teens”.
Nature is beauty, art, and inspiration itself. We have such gratitude for the wonders and joys nature gives us as well as the beauty it inspires to spill out of our own souls. We are honored to share with you a lovely collection of Haiku written by Suzi Minor, Forest Therapy Guide in training. Please enjoy and let nature inspire you.
Being surrounded by nature can have a profoundly positive effect on us. When we need these effects even more, when we are recovering from injury or illness or are in the hospital, how can we still benefit without access to the outdoors? Research shows that even just photos of nature can help reduce stress levels and that a nature view from a window can help improve recovery. Maria Janowiak tells us about experiencing this herself when she found herself spending hours in a hospital with only a little hint of nature to help make it more bearable.
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