My Devon based nature connection workshops draw on many years of training, personal research and practice: The work is influenced by both timeless indigenous wisdom and cutting edge Western research.
For many people 'nature' and 'culture' are woven into a single pattern. The Anangu, an Aboriginal group who live in the area around Uluru are typical. They live according to the Tjukupa: "the stories and the law that tells them how they should conduct their ceremonies & lives to ensure that they and the land continue to thrive. To them, nature and culture are the same" (Cultural Centre, Ayers Rock Retreat).
We have somehow lost that fundamental understanding that human well-being is dependent on a thriving ecosystem. This is not simply a matter of having decent food, clean water and unpolluted air: it is becoming increasingly clear that spending time in nature has significant benefits psychologically. Much of this research has been undertaken in the emerging field of ecopsychology.
I could say much more, but ultimately experience is the best teacher - you need to get out there! Although nature connection can happen pretty much anywhere, learning a few simple techniques will make it much easier to integrate it into your life. Not only is nature connection part of your birthright - it may well hold the key to our future survival.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour".
William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
Author: Adrian Harris. Last updated: December 2015