Connection with Nature

Human beings are a part of nature, but we often live and act as if we are somehow separate or outside of it. It’s no surprise then that we find turning to nature as a place for healing, ritual, self-reflection, personal growth, and awe can physically improve our health, happiness, and well-being. Beauty, space, life, pattern, natural resources, and changing seasons and light—even viewing art and film depictions of nature—all have positive impacts on our brains: our nerves are calmed, and we sense more creativity, openness, generosity, resilience, connection, and oneness. Regaining our connection to nature can have many facets, all of which improve our well-being.

Entangled with the World

Bayo Akomolafe discusses his short course for Schumacher College called “Radical Activism, Education and Emergence: Entangled with the World.” The course was a beautiful time spent at the borderlands of the familiar. A coming down to earth.

The Healing Power of Nature

A large body of evidence has shown that spending time in nature is responsible for many measurable beneficial changes in the body.

Our Spiritual Connection to Nature

The realities explored in science and spirituality are often assumed to be unrelated to one another. Both find their basis in a spirit of inquiry. Modern science is objective analysis, while spirituality is subjective understanding.

Thich Nhat Hanh on Walking Meditation

The practice of mindful walking, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. Read on and learn how.

Winter: Our Challenge to "Get Out in It"

Each year, on the winter solstice, we share this reflection on the season by Parker Palmer. In 1995 Parker wrote a welcome for the Fetzer Institute's newly built retreat center, Seasons, which included a reflection on each of the four seasons.

What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

Research is discovering all the different ways that nature benefits our well-being, health, and relationships.

Pray Every Day for the Waters of the Earth~

We live in water in our mother’s womb,’ Hopi grandmother Mona Polacca explains. ‘Moments before we come into this world, the water of our mother’s womb gushes out, and we follow behind. That is why the Hopi call water our first foundation of life.’

Realizing Our Roots and the Power of Interconnectedness

I embrace you as "beautiful relatives of the world." That is the Hopi way of greeting those from other nations....

The Positive Effects of Nature on Your Mental Well-Being

We can enjoy the positive effects of connecting to the environment at all levels of individual well-being.

Why 30 Minutes of Nature a Day Is So Good for Your Health

Science is showing how immersion in nature speeds healing and acts as an antidote for many ailments.


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