As Fall arrives and Winter approaches we can feel different types of inspiration, a changing of our own seasons. We notice the beauty of the changes in the world around us and can find changes in ourselves with more time for reflection while staying cozy. Brian Allan Rose shares with us his poetry and inner reflections inspired by nature. Please enjoy these offerings and let nature inspire you.
Politics can create divisions among us as well as bring us together. It's a touchy subject that we can want to avoid and yet sometimes it's necessary to stand for what is right. We want to stand for what is right for our Earth and the well being of all. To advocate for healing and awareness by sharing the peacefulness of Forest Therapy. Please join us in any effort to create a greater consciousness, protect and preserve our precious Earth. Forest Therapy Guide in training Christy Thomson leads this call to peaceful action and asks for all of our support.
It is a great time of the year for telling tales but instead of spooking you we'd like to offer you a little fun and food for thought. This is a whimsical and thought-provoking folktale of Coyote and his clan of forest friends. According to Coyote, "This comes from a collection of little stories that are either wisdom posing as foolishness or foolishness posing as wisdom". Either way grab your friends to gather around the campfire or cuddle up for story time.
Blending our loves, our life and our work is something we all hope to do. It takes courage and hope to follow our dreams as many of you know. Erika Scilipoti, PhD tells us of how finding that her inspiration is in nature has launched her on a path to pursue a business where she can share her passion with stunning photography and inspire connection in others.
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.
Full Moon with Mountains by Photographer Steve Yabek
Strengthening our connections with nature is a bit like that feeling of going home and the welcoming serenity of your own private space. Visiting our ancestral home in the wilds of nature can act as a balm to our bodies, hearts and mind working to lift our spirits. Ariel Yabek, LMFT tells us of her experience feeling nurtured on her forest therapy walk and becoming aware of the healing from the forest that science can now explain.
Gathering a group of people who have never met each other to explore an unfamiliar practices such as forest therapy can feel edgy for some individuals. It can be challenging for a guide to help bring a sense of ease to everyone as well. Certified Forest Therapy Guide Bibi Calderaro describes how she facilitates this first invitation offered on a forest therapy walk to help participants relax as well as help them connect with their present environment and personal state of being.
Have you ever wondered how to better connect to individuals with special conditions or disabilities? These situations can often gift us with the opportunity to reach outside of our own "boxes" and make creative efforts to build a foundation for friendship or care giving. Sometimes creating meaningful connections with others can require us to be flexible in our own perceptions of communication. Certified Forest Therapy Guide Brenda Spitzer has come to understand this in her work with the special population group she guides and shares with us her experiences of joy and learning from one another.
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