Relationships are powerful and influential forces in our lives. We grow to love people, pets, and places, and mourn them when they are taken from us. This week, Leslie Gernon describes her relationship with a tree she found along her journeys through the woods, and shares the lessons she learned after it was cut down.
The splendor of nature is sometimes obscured to us as we grow up. Stress piles on, the weight of the world increases, and the simple joy of the outdoors seem like a distant memory. This week, Oskar and Nicole Elmgart contrast our adult experience in nature - one colored by politics, family, and memory - to that of children. They reveal how the blank canvas of a child's mind allows little ones to enjoy the forest totally unfiltered and unrestrained.
The bustle of life can sometimes derail our relationship with nature. Our financial and familial priorities come first, and other things are cast to the wayside in an increasingly rushed world. This week, Ambre Dawn Leffler reminds us that a quick visit to the great outdoors can have a powerful replenishing effect on our wellbeing.
You don't have to take a trip to the redwoods to experience the power of nature. This week, Arlene Kim Suda and Belinda Liu share their "Gratitude Blooming" project, which teaches us that the little plants, flowers, and animals that surround us in everyday life can inspire us to heal and grow.
There is more than one way to reconnect with nature. This week, Barbara Wiegele reminds us that we are what we eat, and teaches us how to immerse ourselves in nature by making it a part of our bodies.
Art is often inspired by the beauty and color of nature. This week, artist Nicola Rowe takes us through her process of walking in nature and creating abstract works based on the feelings, ideas, and sensations it provides.
What role does nature play in alleviating emotional and psychological trauma in people? This week, Risto Heikkinen shares a very personal story about his journey into the woods, where he moved through the darkness of depression and into the light of a more present life.
This week, author Joanna Schapel shares two of her nature-inspired poems.
In this week's Photography Showcase, ANFT Guide Mentor Ben "Crow" Page shares his poetry and photography from Switzer Falls Trail in Angeles National Forest, California.
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.
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