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Intro


Promoting Wellness for People and the Earth

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Intro


Promoting Wellness for People and the Earth

MISSION: To build healing relationships between people and nature, for the wellbeing of both.

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Inspiration


“A human being is a part of a whole called by us "universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein

Inspiration


“A human being is a part of a whole called by us "universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

-Albert Einstein

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Problem


Research shows that less contact with nature, particularly in one’s young years, appears to remove a layer of protection against psychological stress and opportunity for cognitive rejuvenation. This has life-long impacts. Also, The risk of anxiety and/or depression for those living in urban environments is up to 40% higher compared to those who live in settings with a greater connection to nature.

Problem


Research shows that less contact with nature, particularly in one’s young years, appears to remove a layer of protection against psychological stress and opportunity for cognitive rejuvenation. This has life-long impacts. Also, The risk of anxiety and/or depression for those living in urban environments is up to 40% higher compared to those who live in settings with a greater connection to nature.

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Nature Benefits


Research shows that spending time in nature is “associated with higher alpha wave amplitudes … which leads to increased serotonin production;” and that spending time in nature reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Additionally, research shows that in order to truly care about “being green,” one must actually have meaningful exposure to nature, and that those who do not tend to be less empathetic towards others and towards the environment as a whole.

Nature Benefits


Research shows that spending time in nature is “associated with higher alpha wave amplitudes … which leads to increased serotonin production;” and that spending time in nature reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Additionally, research shows that in order to truly care about “being green,” one must actually have meaningful exposure to nature, and that those who do not tend to be less empathetic towards others and towards the environment as a whole.

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SEEDS


"If a seed has to grow with a rock on top of it, or in a deep shade, or without enough water, it won't unfold into a healthy full-sized plant. It will try - hard - because the drive to become what you were meant to be is incredibly powerful. But, at best, it will become a sort of ghost of what it could be: pale, undersized, drooping ... In the age of ecology, we ourselves are the only creature we would expect to flourish in an environment that does not give us what we need. We wouldn't order a spider to spin an exquisite web in an empty space, or a seed to sprout on a bare desktop, and yet, that is exactly what we have been demanding of ourselves." -Barbara Sher

SEEDS


"If a seed has to grow with a rock on top of it, or in a deep shade, or without enough water, it won't unfold into a healthy full-sized plant. It will try - hard - because the drive to become what you were meant to be is incredibly powerful. But, at best, it will become a sort of ghost of what it could be: pale, undersized, drooping ... In the age of ecology, we ourselves are the only creature we would expect to flourish in an environment that does not give us what we need. We wouldn't order a spider to spin an exquisite web in an empty space, or a seed to sprout on a bare desktop, and yet, that is exactly what we have been demanding of ourselves." -Barbara Sher

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