Julie incorporates ecotherapy or nature based approaches in her work when appropriate. Ecotherapy is a form of psychology which “acknowledges the vital role of nature and addresses the human-nature relationship”. It focuses not just on our personal relationships, but also on our relationship with the earth. Research is now showing the health benefits of nature based therapies including reduced stress and blood pressure, decreasing anxiety and elevating mood. Read more here. Come reconnect to the natural world. “people are intimately connected with, embedded in, and inseparable from the rest of nature. Grasping this fact deeply shifts our understanding of how to heal the human psyche and the currently dysfunctional and even lethal human-nature relationship.” – Ecotherapyheals.com
Indoor/outdoor sessions include 1) assessment questions that evaluate one’s relationship to nature, environmental issues, lifestyle and time spent in nature 2) Interventions such as choosing a nature item or ally, nature poetry or guided imagery in the office 3) having a session outside and/or homework assignments that include mindful walks outside, developing a relationship with a tree, animal or place
The Frederick Nature Company offers Yoga & Nature Connection Hikes, Nature Therapy Groups and workshops/retreats/summer camps that reconnect participants to the natural world. Hikes & groups include yoga (optional), elements of forest bathing, mindfulness & earth wisdom. These experiences allow one to go to a deeper level of self awareness while attuning to the natural rhythms & healing aspects of Mother Nature. Events are gentle, local & suitable for all levels if in good physical condition and interested in creating or reestablishing a deeper relationship to the natural world. See Events for next offering. Julie is a certified Kripalu Mindulness Outdoor Guide.
‘Keep close to Nature’s heart…..
and break clear away, once in awhile, and
climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.’
– John Muir