Nature has always had a special place in my heart. Over the years my connection to it has only deepened. However, there was a time when I wasn't able to access it like I wanted to. My health struggles challenged my ability and freedom to do many things, including getting outdoors. Thankfully that started to change a few years ago when I began walking in the park. I knew I needed more exercise, and I also knew the positive impact nature had on me. It had always given me a feeling of calm and comfort, while also making me feel rejuvenated & alive. My walks started slow and sporadic, but with each outing I felt a bit more myself. I began walking farther and more frequently, which I absolutely loved! However, it was my soul level connection to nature that truly made the difference. Over time it led me in the direction of better health and supported me through some dark periods. There is something unexplainable about this connection. Words don't do it justice, it's a felt experience rather than something to describe. It runs deep and wide, and I will forever cherish it.
Additionally over the years, I started giving thought to ways in which nature mirrors the human experience or vice versus. It's an integrated relationship, which we can learn from and partner with. The indigenous communities have been quietly modeling this collaboration for years & calling our attention to it. Well...there is no better time, and I feel inspired to strengthen that commitment. That includes my work and how I interact with clients. Nature based trainings or Eco Therapy have become widely available in recent years and for a variety of practitioners. At some point I plan to get training in this area, and I can't wait to offer it as one of my services. We've all experienced so much pain and grief these past two years and continue to. Nature is something we can lean on and find hope in, while equally supporting.