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Nature Therapy

What is Nature Therapy?

Nature therapy or eco therapy is about accessing the therapeutic benefits of nature. It differs from recreation in nature in that there is the presence of a trained therapist. The nature therapy session takes place in a natural setting such as park or beach. Amara offers one-to-one nature therapy sessions in nature. She is a certified nature therapist.

An example of a nature therapy session includes walking and talking about issues in a natural setting. During the session, nature may also be used as a metaphor for something in your life, for example, a fast flowing stream, or a huge boulder as a way of gaining more insight. Nature therapy can also include nature arts, mindfulness in nature and other nature awareness activities to assist with wellbeing.  Amara also runs an online course called Nature Therapy for Wellbeing. Please see the ‘online courses’ section for more information or contact Amara to find out more.

Benefits of Nature Therapy

Nature therapy was sighted to be one of 2020’s biggest wellness trends   (click on darker type to access the linked article) though the practice is far from new. Research has found a range of health benefits of nature therapy including:

  • Reduced physiological stress
  • Improvements in anxiety, depression, mood, and self-esteem
  • Increased clarity
  • Re-connection to nature
  • Reduced feelings of loneliness
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved creativity and vitality
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • With the changes that have occurred due to Covid 19, nature therapy offers the extra benefits of fresh air and open space for psychology sessions.

Read more: Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs


Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth

find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

-Rachel Carson

 

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