Reading suggestions that explore the link between wellness and the outdoors.
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Reflecting on nature's unknowable and mysterious qualities, Grounded explores how we can therapeutically benefit from a deeper connection with nature, finding within it balance, stillness, solitude, resilience, contentment, activity, fearlessness - and our own wild voice. Read more about it on the Slow Living Guide website.
In this award-winning and inspiring book, Julia Baird reflects on her encounters with phosphorescence, a luminescent phenomenon found in the natural world, and how she was able to cultivate her own 'inner light' in the face of a life-threatening illness.
Following a period of severe depression and anxiety, Isabel Hardman has become one of the UK’s most prominent public voices on mental health. She credits her better health to her passion for exercise, nature and the great outdoors. Drawing on her own personal experience, interviews with mental illness sufferers and psychologists, and the latest research this book examines what role wildlife and exercise can play in helping anyone cope with mental illness.
This book is a journey through the new research which explores how and why connecting with the living world can so drastically affect our health, and discovers new ways of understanding our increasingly dysfunctional relationship with the earth.
The message of Juniper’s book is that it is only by putting a financial value on nature that politicians and businessmen will be persuaded to protect it. Tony Juniper, the former director of Friends of the Earth, knows his topic well and his book has nine insightful and scientifically accurate chapters, covering the ways nature benefits humans including: flood defence, pollination, Climate change offsetting carbon storage and well-being.
For the last 26 years, Belind Kirk has been taking others on adventurous activities, and seen it change people of all ages and abilities, and from all walks of life – seen it turn the timid into the confident, the addicted into the recovering and the lost into the intentionally wandering. Her book is billed as the first book to explain why adventure is essential to our wellbeing.
An American writer, educator, wilderness guide, campaigner, etc. He along with a few others secured legislation and land for wilderness protection in the USA, Canada and world wide. His achievements against overwhelming odds were many and were recognised with honours and position, but he remained humble and grounded. His writings speak volumes of his philosophy, spiritual connection and passion for the outdoors. The Listening Point Foundation sustains his legacy for future generations to be inspired by the natural world. With thanks to Mick Venters for this recommendation.
This book explores what it means to connect with nature and how we can learn from nature to be more mindful in everyday life. Through personal anecdotes and proven insights, it reveals how a deeper awareness of the natural world is key to inspiring us to care about and protect nature, and developing a more sustainable world.
This book engages seriously with the connection between nature and health, while scrutinising the harmful trends of a wellness industry that seeks to exploit our relationship with the natural world. In doing so, this book explores how the nature cure might lead us towards a more just and radical way of life: a real means of recovery, for people, society and nature.
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
The wonderful The Wild Silence is the follow-up to the award-winning The Salt Path and recounts the story of Raynor Wynn’s partner’s terminal illness which improves, against all the odds, when they undertake a return to nature and natural living: from walking the South West Coastal path (the Salt Path), and taking on the re-wilding of a farm in Cornwall, to an extreme trek in Iceland. With thanks to Neil Spence for his recommendation
Connect - Be Active - Take Notice - Keep Learning – Give. From the New Economics Foundation which supports the principles behind Active Ageing
Explains the mental health benefits of nature and gives tips and ideas to try. Also provides information on formal ecotherapy programmes, and where to find out more.
The Mental Health Foundation and WWF have joined forces to produce this free guidebook which explores the relationship between nature, wellbeing and mental health.
An online resource with hundreds of ideas and materials to help educators access outdoor ideas and materials for children
This booklet helps children reconnect with the natural environment, through 14 health and wellbeing activities and games set outdoors.