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

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

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,

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 Withdrawn.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

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

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