Dealing with Discomfort: Lessons from the Texas Summer – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Group

The next Mindfulness in Nature Meetup group, which meets near Austin, Texas, is rapidly approaching. The next group will be held on July 23, 2017. Details can be found on the Meetup page.

From the Meetup page….

Soaring temperatures. Humidity hanging in the air. Mosquitoes and chiggers. Windless days. Bird songs dwindling away, and colorful flowers fading into […]

By |January 25th, 2018|Anxiety, Ecotherapy, Healing, Mindfulness, Nature, Nature therapy, Stress, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dealing with Discomfort: Lessons from the Texas Summer – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Group

Settling into Summer – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Group

The next Mindfulness in Nature Meetup group, which meets near Austin, Texas, is rapidly approaching. RSVPs will open on April 29th. Details can be found on the Meetup page.

From the Meetup page….

There will be an option for exploring creativity through mindful writing (or sketching). If you wish to try this, please plan to bring your favorite […]

By |April 20th, 2017|Anxiety, Ecotherapy, Healing, Mindfulness, Nature, Nature therapy, Stress, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Settling into Summer – Mindfulness in Nature Meetup Group

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

Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Tomorrow is the first day of Adoption Knowledge Affiliates’ annual conference in Austin, TX, and I’m pumped up! I can’t wait to reconnect with other professionals who work with adoption, attend some of the sessions, and meet other adoptive parents and adoptees. And – I’m excited to share my ideas, rooted in an ecotherapy approach, […]

By |November 11th, 2015|Adoption, Attachment, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Play, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nature Helps Facilitate Attachment and Healing

Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Kids who have experienced trauma – adoption, foster care, neglect, abuse, significant loss – often have unique needs. Traditional parenting approaches don’t always work, requiring some creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Here is one such out-of-the-box idea: let the lives of wild animals help you out.

The lives of wild animals (and plants) are full of fascinating and interesting […]

By |October 4th, 2015|Adoption, Ecotherapy, Healing, Hypervigilance, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Parenting Unique Kids: How Wild Animals Can Help

Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

Irritable. Withdrawn. Moody. Exhausted to the bone.

These are just a few of the signs you or someone you care about might be suffering from compassion fatigue or secondary or vicarious trauma. It’s a tough, lonely place to be, and because of the way trauma affects the brain, it can be hard for people to find […]

By |August 30th, 2015|Healing, Secondary and Vicarious Trauma, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Secondary Trauma and Compassion Fatigue: Ideas for Relief and Healing

3 Children’s Books with Nature Themes to Help Kids with Trauma

Quincy and Buck by Camille Matthews

Ages: 5-7
“Quincy dreamed of trail riding. He wanted to feel the wind blowing in his mane and the sun warming his back….but riding in the desert is very different from riding in a corral. Anything could happen. When Quincy thought about this, he was too scared to go trail riding.”
This […]

By |August 17th, 2015|children's books, Ecotherapy, Healing, Nature, Parenting, Trauma, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Children’s Books with Nature Themes to Help Kids with Trauma

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