One large contributor to poor mental is disconnection from country or our environment. Fletcher and Hinkle found that bush adventure therapy programs “were positively associated with personal growth, accountability, support, trust, and a sense of personal energy”. Bush Therapy is the Australian term, but you may have heard it called Forest Bathing in other countries.
Kirsten Dirken from The Forest Bathing Institute interviewed Dr Qing Li and this quote is taken from Dr Quing Li’s book; Shinrin-yoku: The Art and Science of Forest-Bathing”.
“The good news is that even a small amount of time in nature can have an impact on our health. A two-hour forest bathe will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. It will bring you into the present moment to de-stress and relax you. When you connect to nature through all five of your senses, you begin to draw on the vast array of benefits the natural world provides. There is now a wealth of data that proves that Shinrin-yoku can:
It should be noted that our service differs in that we also include connection to country, recognition and honouring the Indigenous ancestors of the area where we are delivering our service and utilise a trauma-informed therapeutic approach. It is the combined approach of our glorious wild places and the non-traditional talk therapy that assists people to move through into regulation.