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Nature as Therapy

This group is for those interested in or using nature to heal or transform body or mind, either for themselves or for others. Everyone is welcome to share ideas, techniques, inspiration and challenges.

Members: 81
Latest Activity: Jun 10

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Sense of Place Ecotherapy Ideas

Hi there,this is my first time posting but glad to see this group. I'm creating a sense of place workshop that includes cultural nature healing practices of connecting with our human ancestors as…Continue

Tags: ecosoulwisdom.org, ecotherapy, place, of, sense

Started by Phoenix Smith Oct 2, 2012.

Healing area available to groups 1 Reply

I have 75 acres in the middle of Tioga State Forest called Camp Eaglebear. The land is surrounded by thousands of acres of woods and mountains near the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. My goal has always…Continue

Started by Paula Martin. Last reply by Yeshi Sep 20, 2012.

Nature as Healer

Greetings! I'm currently doing research for a book about burnout syndrome. It is my understanding (and my own experience) that nature has many healing properties. What I'm specifically looking for…Continue

Tags: therapy, nature, of, properties, healing

Started by Christine Louise Hohlbaum May 7, 2012.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

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Comment by Margie on June 12, 2012 at 8:38am

Recently did some wildlife education for kids with autism, Asperger's, ADHD, and other related disorders.  By showing them how they were connected to wildlife and to nature in general, I hoped to give them a sense of self-esteem and belonging.  Then I asked their favorite animals, to affirm their individuality.  I made sure to get every child to participate and feel they had something to contribute.  Tips for teaching:  patience & compassion.

Comment by Amy Butler on April 8, 2012 at 6:44pm

Just thought I would share my latest blog post with this group.Please read it and share with others!

http://northbranchnaturecenter.blogspot.com/2012/04/one-teacher-one...

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 6, 2012 at 10:08am

Hi All --

An exciting new study has been featured in Scientific American magazine:

Hospital Gardens Turn out to Have Medical Benefits

Read about it here:

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/nature_that_nurtures/

Cheers!

Comment by Suz Lipman on January 26, 2012 at 11:25am

Hi Everyone,

Here's a story you might be interested in:

Minnesota's Washburn Center for Children is consulting with C&NN's Richard Louv on the relation between nature and children's health, in the design process of creating a new treatment center:

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/a_healing_place_for_ch...

Comment by Marcie Morgan on December 20, 2011 at 1:28pm

Hi there,

My passion is working with children in an outdoor setting.  It truely is amazing the difference that I see in some of these kids.  Shy ones suddenly light up and participate, children troubled by a diagnosis of ADHD find direction and everyone loves being together to learn from their surroundings.  I am Vice President of Frosty Pines Wilderness Education Program in Bayfield, Co.  I am looking to partner with Therapists, Psycologists, Pediatricians and anyone who works with children and agrees that nature does hold the key to unlocking the potential for children to once again be inspired to learn, connect and embrace our world together.

Comment by Jan Hummer on November 7, 2011 at 8:19pm

Randy,

Thanks for your speedy response.  I will be copying your comment and pasting on my wall to remind of my next steps in this process.  I will try to keep you posted on what may develop in the near future.

Hopefully a nature based library program for families with disabilties will be popping up in the spring in this area.  This will be good practice I think.

Many Thanks. - Jan

Jan

Comment by Randy Eady on November 7, 2011 at 5:16am

Hi Jan, Great work!   And welcome! 

Typically the state you're in has a unified annual meeting to provide assistance to the families you speak of across a diverse range.  They will have done a lot of the ground work to help you compose the wording of a proposal (that will link the outcomes you will achieve with your summer camp program) and typically have a ready-made list of organizations.  

For example, The Family Café in Florida is an annual state-wide event designed to serve persons with disabilities and their families from all areas of Florida, regardless of age, demographics or nature of disability. It offers a family-friendly environment where participants can connect with peers, commercial service providers, and public entities to find  out what goods and services are available to them, which best serve their needs, and how to go about securing those services.  I've presented there numerous times and there is always a specific section of the event devoted to camps.

Best, Randy


Comment by Jan Hummer on November 5, 2011 at 2:48pm

Hello all!  I am a new member to this group and I am so happy to partake!

I am creating a 2 week camp this summer in the Boulder, Colorado area that will be for families that are living with children with special needs.  The camp will teach families/caretakers to connect to nature with their children and teach them tools to feel comfortable with their child of all abilties.  I am going to be infusing Joseph Cornell's flow learning methods, contemplative nature based activities, and many other styles throughout these two weeks.  At this point I am wondering if anyone out there has done a camp like this?  Also I forgot to mention the camp will be 90 percent outdoors. 

I am currently trying to compile a list of organizations that work with families with special needs children, does anyone have any words of wisdom when approcahing these groups about a camp like this?

Kindly,

Jan

Comment by Jan Hummer on November 5, 2011 at 2:27pm

Margie,

 

Wow, November 18th I wish I could go.  Joseph and Greg's work is amazing, flow learning is what I talked about in my thesis  connecting a child living with DS/autism to nature this past year and now thread this throughout all of my curriculum when working with people in nature.  

 

If something changes and I can go I will contact you for sure :)

Comment by Margie on October 25, 2011 at 8:44am
We are having a "Sharing Nature Worldwide" workshop for educators in Las Vegas Nov. 18, 2011.  This is Joseph Cornell's flow learning.  Can't wait!  If you're in the area and want to attend, contact me.  Cost is $40 and proceeds go to Nevada Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights campaign.
 

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