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

Nature connection: a focus on frogs

Connecting to nature through the world of frogs There are many ways parents, teachers and our community can create opportunities for children to connect with nature. Just getting outdoors and enjoying free play time is a fantastic way to start. To extend that connection with nature, I have created nature education programs that allow [...]

2017-09-10T15:15:21+00:00

Aboriginal meditation is being used to heal minds in the modern world

Miriam Rose Baumann thinks Australians could learn from the world's oldest culture to help with mental health. By learning Dadirri… As a former school principal and Order of Australia recipient, Ms Baumann is now teaching Australians about her culture and the spirituality that guides it. Ms Baumann calls the Aboriginal meditative practice 'Dadirri', a [...]

2017-08-13T18:27:01+00:00

Vanishing Australian backyards leave us vulnerable to stress

The traditional Australian suburban backyard is being lost to higher-density housing and massive project homes on small lots. But this loss could be increasing the risks of physical and mental health problems among city residents. Private and secure backyards are places where people can retreat from the relentless pressures and intensity of city life. [...]

2017-08-08T14:21:03+00:00