Introduction to Forest Therapy

Short article (BBC)
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness?ocid=fbert

Long article (National Geographic)
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/call-to-wild-text

SHORT FILM

Film download link | Alternate download link with subtitles.

BOOKS
Your Brain on Nature
https://www.amazon.com/Your-Brain-Nature-Eva-Selhub/dp/1443428086
brain-on-nature-wIn Your Brain on Nature, physician Eva Selhub and naturopath Alan Logan examine not only the effects of nature on the brain, but the ubiquitous influence of everyday technology on the brain, and how IT overload and its many distractions may even be changing it. Offering an antidote for the technology-addicted, the book outlines emerging nature-based therapies including ecotherapy, as well as practical strategies for improving your (and your children’s) cognitive functioning, mental health and physical well-being through ecotherapeutic, nutritional and behavioural means. A powerful wake-up call for our tech-immersed society, Your Brain on Nature examines the fascinating effects that exposure to nature can have on the brain.

Nature Fix
http://a.co/51FPc0w
nature-fix-webIn this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever.

Vitamin N
http://a.co/51FPc0w
Vitamin-N-webFrom the author of the New York Times bestseller that defined nature-deficit disorder and launched the international children-and-nature movement, Vitamin N (for “nature”) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, with 500 activities for children and adults. Dozens of inspiring and thought-provoking essays and scores of informational websites. Richard Louv was the first to bring widespread attention to the alienation of children from the natural world, coining the term nature-deficit disorder and outlining the benefits of a strong nature connection–from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression, from promoting health and wellness to simply having fun.

ACTIVITIES
Given below is a list of some Nature Connection Activities. The activities can be done alone, in pairs or groups. They are a great way of engaging with the forest in a deeper way.
Link to 10 Nature Connection activities by Julie Hall
Link to brief note on Forest Meditation

** You can also experience the effects of forest therapy by going for a healing forest walk in a forest near you. Check out our Healing Forest walk page

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REFERENCES

List and links of scientific papers categorised on different health benefits of spending time in nature. (See table in the article)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041614001648

Directory of papers from International Society of Forest and Medicine, Japan.
http://infom.org/paperandbooks/

Effect of forest bathing trips on immune system
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2793341/

* If you have any other interesting links to articles, books, films please add them in the comment section below.

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