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"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."
—E.O. Wilson

The Benefits

When was the last time you sprawled in the grass or leaned against a tree? Walked barefoot on the earth or breathed in the scent of a flower? Modern society leaves little room for experiences like these. We’ve become plugged into technology and hemmed in by busy schedules. To a large extent, we’ve lost touch—both literally and figuratively—with nature. We've forgotten the basic truth that time spent in nature is good for us. It's where we can experience wonder and awe, where we can be curious and playful.


Not surprisingly, recent declines in overall mental, physical, and social/emotional health have been linked in part to people’s growing disconnection from the natural world. But there’s good news. As little as 20 minutes spent outdoors can help to address these issues. In fact, a wide body of evidence has shown that being in nature can have a restorative effect on all of these fronts:

mental                                               physical                                     social/emotional

  • restores focus

  • sharpens attention

  • enhances creativity

  • reduces mental fatigue

  • improves cognition

  • boosts mood

  • increases energy

  • strengthens immunity

  • lowers cortisol

  • reduces blood pressure

  • slows heart rate

  • improves sleep

  • reduces anxiety

  • creates deeper sense
    of interconnectedness

  • enhances spirituality

  • affirms self identity

  • fosters gratitude, joy, compassion

A forest therapy walk is an invitation to take a mental and physical pause, to allow the body to switch from “fight or flight” mode to the mode of “rest and digest.” During this time, people become free to relax into a soft fascination with what their senses reveal about the land around them. Their minds grow calm and quietly attentive. And they come away feeling more deeply connected with themselves, with others, and with the natural world. 

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