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Creating Nature Connections within City Landscapes – Workshop Program for Adults

The Connective’s Nature Connection Workshop Program This workshop program introduces the concept of nature connection and its links with the local natural environment, people’s health, wellbeing and impacts on personal productivity. Workshop participants are provided with the opportunity to learn techniques to enable on going nature connection practices.  The three hour program is held [...]

2020-01-03T07:16:30+00:00

Connecting Nature Connection Activities in Australia (Report)

Connecting Nature Connection Activities in Australia Connecting people with nature to foster enduring environmentally-sensitive behaviour has become a recent focus of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), through its global #NatureForAll movement that strives to connect people with nature, especially those who may not otherwise do so. The purpose of this research [...]

2020-01-03T10:14:58+00:00

Biophilic Design Initiative Launch (Australia)

Biophilic Design Initiative Launch The Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA) has launched the Biophilic Design Initiative to provide education and knowledge sharing opportunities, to inspire built environment professionals, and reconnect everyone with nature to improve our daily lives. BIOPHILIC DESIGN is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities. [...]

2020-01-03T08:23:01+00:00

Workplace wellness: connecting to nature, community and place

Nature-based solutions to workplace sustainability, wellbeing and productivity TONI&GUY Balmain hair salon has been reviewing their business plan based on economic return and best-practice business planning while also adopting a holistic sustainable business model drawing on nature-connection and placemaking strategies. Extending their reach, the salon is exploring the benefits of nature-based approaches to staff [...]

2018-09-25T06:13:02+00:00

Linger longer: It’s better for your mental health

Nature in its unkempt state! The remedy to an urban population's mental health is a bit of a paradox: It’s nature in its unkempt state. Research tells us that these looser pockets of green increase calm and concentration. But how do we incorporate these elements into routinely primped and pruned green spaces? Research shows [...]

2017-10-14T12:02:26+00:00

Audio: shinrin yoku – forest nature therapy

Forest Bathing With a focus on slowing down and awakening the senses, this restorative wellness practice involves a series of guided invitations to help relax, slow down, become present and make contact with nature (no actual bathing involved). Forest bathing originated in Japan, where it is called ‘shinrin yoku’, which literally translates as taking [...]

2017-10-17T11:58:23+00:00

Foraging a connection to nature

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives" Thomas Berry This famous quote from nature's historian Thomas Berry truly encapsulates just how vital experiences in nature are for children. Early childhood is a crucial period for brain development - it is when our [...]

2017-10-10T05:28:04+00:00

Managing risks – when you want to say “Be careful…!”

"Be Careful...!" Learning to manage risk is an important part of children's development. Often we instinctively shout out "Be careful!" when children move towards areas of risk - sometimes there is real reason for alarm. Sometimes there isn’t. This article provides a wonderful overview on the different types of risk children often face and [...]

2017-09-30T08:58:30+00:00

The world’s best classroom – the great outdoors!

Curriculum based nature excursions proven to greatly benefit students I was dumbfounded when not a single hand went up when the teacher asked, ‘How many of you have ever eaten your lunch out in nature before?’ The 30 students in year 5 were sitting there in the dappled sunlight underneath the coastal tea trees [...]

2017-09-17T08:56:03+00:00

Audio: Why kids should run around in the dirt

Listen to the delight in the children's voices as they explore at Kinder Bush If you have any doubts of the benefits that children gain by spending time in nature, then this short audio is for you! This wonderful audio story describes the many benefits that outdoor classrooms have on the healthy growth and [...]

2017-09-16T09:05:19+00:00