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Nature is healing. For thousands of years our ancestors hunted, gathered, and survived in the wilderness. Endless grasslands, dense forests and vast stretches of green were an integral part of a place we called home.

But in today’s world, the green spaces are replaced by urban structures, crowded places and polluted environments. This rapid change puts an unwanted pressure on our body and mind. As a result we have seen that chronic illnesses, stress, depression, anxiety and other ailments are on the rise. Also as a society, there is an increase in apathy, anger, intolerance, and loneliness.

The aim of this project is to help people heal by reconnecting with nature. And also to help forests heal through volunteer projects.

“Our health is linked to the health of the environment we live in.”

Extract from Korea Forest Service (link)Forest Therapy: Society is aging, being industrialized and modernized at a rapid pace. There is a resulting tendency that environmental diseases, chronic illness and senile diseases are increasing. It is said that fundamental treatments for those diseases are limited, so it draws more attention to nature treatment. Forests are believed to have a variety of natural elements good for health, such as phytoncide, anions, comforting scenery and natural soils.To promote people’s health, using nature’s healing power, the KFS has created therapy forests. They are now on operation equipped with convenience facilities, simple sports facilities, etc. There is also a visitor center, meditation spaces, rest areas and healing forest trails.Here’s another helpful article from National Geographic magazine on the impact of spending time in nature on our brain.

IDEAS & IMPACT

HEALING FOREST is an idea to discover and promote the healing powers of nature. Through films, nature walks, articles and activities we hope to create greater awareness about the link between us and nature. The intention is to create a small community of people who can lead healing forest walks that connect people with nature and create a healthy society and a healthy planet .

IMPACT SO FAR
Learning: 200+ people have gone through our learning program.  
Engagement:  135,000+ people have read through the articles on our website
Awareness:  725,000+ people have viewed our healing forest films on Youtube
Events: Volunteer-led events across 40+ cities.


HEALING FOREST VOLUNTEERS

You: If you believe in the healing powers of nature, please consider joining us. Subscribe to our blog at this link to stay updated on new films, stories, nature walks, action projects and volunteer opportunities. We also have a group on Facebook: ART of NATURE

Us: We are a small group of people who love nature. You can join us after completing the basic lessons from our nature healing program. As individuals we conduct multiple nature walks in our communities and share learning and ideas with each other.

For specific inquiries please write to us at: healingforest(dot)org(at)gmail(dot)com

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42 thoughts on “Healing Through Nature

  1. I am living in Malaysia.

    I got a feeling that I need to go somewhere.

    I work online so I can travel.

    Can you guide me on how to join this nature healing and where in Japan is it exactly?

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    1. Hi Mirsad,
      Shinrin-yoku is a practise, a way being and interacting with the forest. Once you learn the basic exercises you can enjoy nature healing in any forest of your choice. If you wish to do a certification course you can email us, and we’ll direct you to some options.

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  2. In December, I was able to realize my dream of diving in the Galapagos. Unfortunately, I was sexually assaulted the second day I was there. Though it was amazingly traumatizing (I am still dealing with it), I told myself that I was there to dive and not to allow the actions of a depraved man to rob me of my bliss. Thought I cried at night, every day, I joined my dive master on the dive boat and went out into the waters surrounding the islands. And it was here, surrounded by sharks, rays, myriad fish, sea lions, fur seals, turtles, iguanas, and birds, that I was able to connect back to my true self – to forget what had happened, and to be supported by the beauty of the water and the sea life. I felt loved and at ease. I felt strong. I felt part of the whole that is life. I am forever thankful for how nature held the space that I needed to heal. More than that, she is who we are. And when we can tap into our true selves, we are free, at peace, and can live in joy.

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    1. Hello, tbonach. How are you doing now? As you will have realized, recovery and healing from trauma is a challenging, prolonged journey. The good news is you don’t have to go it alone, and you shouldn’t. Please seek counseling if you haven’t already, and let people you trust love you and support you in your journey, which is a kind of difficut rebirth. May you find all the love, solace, and healing you need.

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