Walkshops & Retreats for Groups

Are you looking to add nature-connected, creative programming to your next event in Europe, the UK, the U.S. or, well, anywhere your next gathering may be?

Nature immersions are creative, engaging opportunities for groups to connect, grow and thrive. Nature-connected group events are known for strengthening cohesion, wellbeing, creativity, and mental clarity.

How might your group benefit from nature-connected walkshops?

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    Nature-connected activities I can bring to your next event to help connect with a deep sense of wellbeing for students, congregations, teams and organizations:

    • Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing)
    • Nature mandalas creation
    • Labyrinth walks
    • Contemplative crafting
    • Creative journaling
    • Mindful nature photography
    • Imaginative meditation

    Please drop me a line if you would like to explore options for bringing Nature (re)Connection Experiences to your next event.

     

    “The widespread use of technology and digital devices increasingly distracts
    people and enforces an ‘always available’ mentality, causing mental fatigue
    and stress. Organisational studies suggest that getting away from
    demanding work environments and investing time in personal contact with
    colleagues may address some of these challenges.

    Combining this insight with research showing that spending time in nature decreases stress levels, enhances emotional wellbeing, increases focus and prosocial behaviour, this study explores how team building workshops in nature lead to increased team collaboration and effectiveness.”

    Designing Workshops in Nature to
    Improve Team Effectiveness by Anna Schober

     

    Useful Resources

    1. Immerse Yourself in a Forest for Better Health, New York Department of Conservation

    2. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams

    3. Shinrin-yoku (Forest bathing) and Nature Therapy: A State-of-the-Art Review, Margaret M.
    Hansen,* Reo Jones and Kirsten Tocchini. Academic Editors Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Hiromitsu
    Kobayashi, Sin-Ae Park, and Chorong Song

    4. “Getting Back to the Great Outdoors” bu Amy Novotney, American Psychological Association, (2008)

    5. Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, by Dr. Qing Li, (2018)

    6.  “Terpenes from Forests and Human Health,” by Kyoung Sang Cho et al., Toxicology Research, (2017)

    7.  “Experiences in Nature and Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors: Setting the Ground for Future Research,” by Claudio D. Rosa & Silvia Collado, Frontiers in Psychology (2019)

    8.  “Why You Should Tell Your Team to Take a Break and Go Outside”  by Emma Seppälä and Johann Berlin, Harvard Review, (2017)

    9. An, M. et al. (2016) ‘Why we need more nature at work: effects of natural
    elements and sunlight on employee mental health and work attitudes’, Plos
    one. doi: 10.5061/dryad.9rj26.

    10. Smith, C. A. et al. (2018) ‘Disruptive silence: deepening experiential learning
    in the absence of technology’, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor
    Learning, 18(1), pp. 1–14. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2016.1244646.

    11. Ohly, H. et al. (2016) ‘Attention Restoration Theory: A systematic review of
    the attention restoration potential of exposure to natural environments’,
    Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B, 19(7), pp. 305–343.
    doi: 10.1080/10937404.2016.1196155.

    12. Atchley, R. A., Strayer, D. L. and Atchley, P. (2012) ‘Creativity in the Wild:
    Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings’, PLoS
    ONE. Edited by J. de Fockert, 7(12), p. e51474. doi: 10.1371/
    journal.pone.0051474.

     

    How can Nature Therapy help your team?

    Forest Therapy is a research-based approach for supporting health and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments.