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"Down to Earth" Foot Whispering in Holland and Germany

The Foot Whisperer & Therapeutic Gardens:  Holland & Germany…


Added by Randy Eady on July 3, 2012 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Integrating Nature to Regain Life's Equilibrium

In the Nature as Therapy group of CN&N Christine Hohlbaum notes in her Nature as Healer comment:  "It is my understanding (and my own experience) that nature has many healing properties. . . For instance, it has been scientifically proven that taking a walk in the forest can…


Added by Randy Eady on May 7, 2012 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

All-ages Playground Emerging Artists Exhibit; Interactive Alchemy

Emerging Artists (All-ages Playground) Garden exhibit Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Exemplified how fun and creativity can result when art and nature are merged in the natural environment of a botanical garden.

Added by Randy Eady on January 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Garbage In, Chocolate Out: Children and Anti-Nature: Of Trash and Treats in Ghana

At first glance, it seems a trophy pose, particularly as the boy in the photo…


Added by Randy Eady on December 28, 2011 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Ohare's Oasis; Up Up and Away in an Urban Garden

Blogger's Note:   Nature can show up in the most unique places. 

For those transiting alone or with family via one of the USA's busiest aviation hubs, be sure to visit and learn about sustainability.  Chicago's Depart. of Aviation has made a solid commitment to sustainability with an innovative urban garden design that "strengthens the local economy and job market, provides a unique learning opportunity for travelers, and reduces urban sprawl, traffic…


Added by Randy Eady on December 21, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Empowerment Photography and Nature Therapy with The Loveliest Girl in the World

Writer's Note:

This article references the experience of orphan children, their care environment and an observational methodology called Empowerment Photography (as it is viewed in the context of what is termed eco-psychological and nature therapy).  

Ecopsychology considers the connection between our self and the rest of nature to be essential to mental, and thus, ecological health.  In this respect, ecopsychology offers a way…


Added by Randy Eady on November 29, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Put One Foot After the Other

     With curiosity I read Suz Lipman’s Slow Family entry: …


Added by Randy Eady on November 28, 2011 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Swan Dive in Nature Time



Added by Randy Eady on October 26, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Healthy by Nature: What is it about nature that is healing for humans?

Self, Meet Nature

Nature therapy, the application of the… Continue

Added by Randy Eady on September 6, 2011 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Metamorphic Dance ~ Vibrating Chrysalis

Ahhh, the Alchemical Magic:  So must we, as a collective humanity,…


Added by Randy Eady on August 28, 2011 at 7:11am — No Comments

Structure is Freedom (except when it's not)

Does a playground need to cost millions and come in a box with boundary lines and instructions?  …


Added by Randy Eady on June 19, 2011 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Nature and Health Principles: You Can't Always Get What You Need

In the Nature Principle,  Richard Louv asserts the more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need, and illustrates multiple ways to bring nature back into our everyday lives.…


Added by Randy Eady on May 21, 2011 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Listening IN the Garden: Expanding Nature Engagement ~ Ordering Sensation

In a recently published article for…

Added by Randy Eady on April 25, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Horizon Field

Blogger's Note:

Richard Louv recently wrote in a post:


. . ."In a virtual world where information overload is more accurately described as information underload, a little raw authenticity and…


Added by Randy Eady on March 27, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

The Natural Foot: Loosing Faith in Instincts, Movement and Intuitive Sensation

Blogger’s Note:  This entry was inspired by the preposterous, though serious notion we (as humans) had "evolved" ourselves away from needing a Plantaris Muscle.  The plantaris muscle is used by animals in gripping and manipulating objects with their feet –…


Added by Randy Eady on March 18, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Taking AuNatural out of Nature: Pixalated Play Could Have Serious Consequences

As most of us are well aware, virtuality already deprives many children of time spent in the 3-dimensional, natural world.  But is there danger in 3D?

Does mediated, 3D exposure alter the area in a child's developing brain responsible for processing 3D images as well?

One major…


Added by Randy Eady on March 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

"Green Play Prescription" Nature Deficit in Youth a Hinder to Future Economy; Grants Awarded

US Play Coalition Awarded 3 Research Seed Grants Last Month, Cites Research on Play as Critical to Health. 

Grants Sow Seeds for a Greener…


Added by Randy Eady on March 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Creative, Celebratory Experience of Nature and Ancient Customs


Engage younger and older people in gardening by constructing a labyrinth from flower bulbs.

The labyrinth can provide a unique, facilitated alternative to traditional playground activity, and the process promotes planning, collaborating and sustainable community connection.

Organize a planting, and enjoy the labyrinth as a temporary and beautiful construction that can be mowed after the bulbs…

Added by Randy Eady on February 11, 2011 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Conference on the Value of Play --Layers in Another Clear Deficit

Those of us operating in relation to Park and Rec facilites with ample outdoor features are often lucky enough to get to see how kids thrive and grow through playful interaction with nature and each other.

Though, as we know only too well, most children aren’t getting outdoors enough, and that is creating a “play (as well as nature) deficit.”

Next week, a couple of hundred experts gather at Clemson University to explore the distinctive value of play.

The Conference on…


Added by Randy Eady on February 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Using Nature as the Great Equalizer

Losing Oneself in School; Retaining Balance Through Nature

When children enter school, they bring with them their natural capacity for surveying the land and making meaning.  But for many children, school means leaving some of themselves behind and disconnecting from a natural world of movement and lots of self-directed stimulation. Plenty of the school curriculum requires children to meet task demands that don't relate to…

Added by Randy Eady on February 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

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