Do you want to reduce stress and fatigue in your life so that you can be more productive? Do you want think more clearly so that you can more effectively lead? Would you like to be healthier, more energetic, and more resilient? Do you want to enhance your creativity and have more novel ideas? Scientific research has shown that spending time in nature offers benefits in each of these areas.
I learned about the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing from numerous meetings and conversations with Dr. Qing Li, who helped start the practice of Shinrin Yoku in Japan in the 1980’s. Based on collaborative efforts with Dr. Li and my research on the restorative benefits of nature, I was one of the first in the United States to offer Shinrin Yoku classes. Living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina near Asheville, I facilitate forest therapy programs designed to help participants learn about and experience the restorative health benefits associated with spending time in nature. Oprah Magazine recently did a feature on Shinrin Yoku, and my classes. A recently completed analysis of my programs found that participants had significant increases in areas related to psychological well-being and connection to nature. My programs are based on the ECO-Human Resource Development (HRD) theory that I developed as a doctoral student and have presented at international research conferences in Oxford, England, and several United States locations.
Programs include experiential activities in nature designed to help participants reconnect to nature to aid in achieving optimal physical and psychological health, improved resiliency, as well as increased effectiveness. Contact me by email to learn more.