Writer Inga Simpson recounts experiences of a tree change to the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Source: Understory: a life with trees
Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?
Source: The Disease of Being Busy | On Being
Whether it’s microbes in the dirt or fresh air—or both—researchers do know this: Gardening is strong medicine.
Source: The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden
Did you know there was an organisation that trains people to become ‘forest guides’ ?
Forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. Our species evolved in forests. We spent the first several million years of our existence in them. Then, a couple of millenia ago—in evolutionary time scale, only yesterday–our adventurous spirits inspired a global exploration. This morning we invented cities. A bit before the noonday break we became industrialized. Suddenly, while our genes are still living in the forest, our bodies live in the busy, stressful conditions of modern civilization.
Website: Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides .