Eagerness of Early Spring – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Group

After a great first group, the next Mindfulness in Nature Meetup group, which meets near Austin, Texas, is rapidly approaching. RSVPs are now open for the March 11th group, and details can be found on the Meetup page.

From the Meetup page….

Please note: we’ll be doing a little bit of writing for this group, so please plan […]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Anxiety, Ecotherapy, Healing, Mindfulness, Nature, Nature therapy, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Stress, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Eagerness of Early Spring – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Group

Special Places and Sacred Spaces: The Gift of Place in Nature

Imagine a little pond set back in the redwoods and pines of northern California. Walking amongst these giants, imagine looking up along their trunks. And hearing the wind moving through the forest. Smelling the scent of pine in the air or the soft, earthy humus under your feet. Feeling connected, in some indefinable way, to […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Special Places and Sacred Spaces: The Gift of Place in Nature

Do We Really Need Nature?

I was walking along Town Lake the other day (a popular hike and bike trail along the Colorado River in Austin) when I came upon a family staring intently down into the water. A mom, dad, and their teenage daughter were completely captivated. I didn’t want to intrude, but my curiosity got the better of […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Ecotherapy, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Parenting, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do We Really Need Nature?

Healing through Connection to Nature

Every day, across the country, people sit inside therapists’ offices working hard to find relief from suffering of all kinds: abuses from childhood which won’t let go; losses and grief; vague, yet deeply painful, sadness, anger, loneliness. From within those walls, therapists work equally hard to understand the nature of their clients’ suffering and discern […]

By |May 31st, 2015|Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Healing through Connection to Nature

On Being Stalked by a Mountain Lion

On a recent hike in mountain lion country, I came across a sign which informed me, among other things, that I should not show fear if approached by a mountain lion. Seriously? Who could think so logically, I thought, when faced with such a threat?

I started to think more about this sign and about mountain lions […]

By |May 4th, 2015|Hypervigilance, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on On Being Stalked by a Mountain Lion

Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?

We can’t escape it. We can’t outrun it.

Some people turn to Ben & Jerry for help. Others zone out to Law & Order. For many, tablets, smartphones, and laptops bring needed relief.

Stress. Fatigue. Life is full of it – financial strains, work pressures, raising children, relationships, and health problems, to name a few. If you struggle with […]

By |April 6th, 2015|Birds, Nature, outdoor therapy, Outdoors, Parenting, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma|Comments Off on Does listening to bird songs help lower stress and fatigue?