What would it be like if you could take breaks from everything that pulls on you, weighs you down, and demands your attention?
What if you could choose to temporarily trade your ‘to do’ list and your busy thinking mind for fascination, playful curiosity, and a childlike sense of wonder?
What if you could be suffused with joy and a sense of aliveness every. single. day!?! Even several times a day.
That’s what paying close attention to the living world does for me, and it can for you too.
The mundane urban nature all around us holds potential for bringing us joy, peace and renewal. Paying attention to trees, sky and birds can enhance our creativity, give us more energy, and improve our mood. The list of evidence-based benefits goes on and on!
Allow me to inspire you, to be your muse and your creative sage. Allow me to show you the way to feeling better and functioning more effectively in your daily life.
One of the beta students wrote:
“It is incredible to be a part of this course and this group! Between the content that Shelagh is presenting and all of the additional ideas that are being shared, my awareness/appreciation of nature is really expanding. So very inspiring! So many simple things we can do that can bring so much joy!" – Carol Shoji, British Columbia, Canada
You deserve to join us for this playful and profound adventure! We’re going beyond vibrant sunsets and rainbows to finding wonder in everyday nature.
“It should be expected that we will find wonder in a vast mountain landscape, but it is a more serious challenge to find wonder in a hill. It is a great achievement to find it in a molehill.” - Tristan Gooley
No matter what your connection to nearby nature (or lack of connection), this shared adventure will add new dimensions to how you experience your living habitat.
You're invited to join us in this 8-module online course to notice nearby nature for playful self-care!
Gooley, Tristan (2017). How to Read Nature: Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You've Never Noticed. The Experiment.
If you’re immersed in winter weather, or just needing a nature break, take a moment to enjoy the sights and smells of a sunny Australian garden. Find out how visitors know which plants are fun to smell or touch.
Welcome to the Sensory Garden at the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, University of Adelaide, South Australia. Let's go in!
Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon is making therapeutic gardens a top priority for reducing staff stress and fatigue and for encouraging staff to take regular breaks in the garden near their unit. Legacy Health's interdisciplinary garden design process and their randomized controlled trials are leading the way for other hospitals.