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In this conversation,  Jamie McHugh draws a somatic map through which we may find our way into a living relationship with self, place and other beings.  Along the way we learn to orient ourselves by the simple technologies that are indigenous to every body: voice, contact, breath, movement and stillness. This rewilding of our inner landscape lets us connect intimately with the planet and with the sheer pleasure of movement.The episode includes an Embodied Meditation.Interview topics:A language independent of our thinkingReinventing ourselves through our sensory motor cortexA relational map: witnessing, contacting, mirroring, responding, and restingExplore what lies beyond beyond your preferencesCultivating inner peace in turbulent times: the slowing down of our reactive responseJamie McHugh, MA, RSMT is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), somatic movement specialist, and interdisciplinary artist living in the Hudson River Valley of New York. McHugh is the creator of Somatic Expression® - Body Wisdom for Modern Minds, an integrative approach to the art and craft of embodiment. He is also the creator of NatureBeingArt, abstract contemplative photography of the natural environment for both fine art reproductions and video streams, including two online collections of motional art for “soul- settling”: 7 Days of Beauty Project and The Breathing Room Series. www.naturebeingart.orgMcHugh offers trainings, workshops, classes, and individual sessions in pragmatic body wisdom and somatic literacy to empower individuals and groups in reclaiming bodily agency through the five indigenous technologies of the body: Breath/Vocalization/Contact/Movement/Stillness. The accessibility and simplicity of his approach comes from 45 years of personal and professional practice with a wide range of audiences in varied contexts.www.somaticexpression.comwww.naturebeingart.orgReferences in this interview include:Emilie Conrad, Founder of Continuum MovementBonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Founder of Body Mind CenteringThe Universe Story, Thomas Berry and Brian SwimmeWendell Berry, PoetEduardo Galliano, PoetCarl Gustav JungHosted by Pamela WirthSupport the show
A lively conversation with farmer Haleigh Christ while picking a crop of green beans at a  biodynamic Black Forest farm.  As her two toddlers play underfoot and farm life bustles all around, Haleigh shares about day to day life as a regenerative farmer and the important personal choices on the path towards harmony with one's life-affirming values.The topics of this episode include:Why food is possibly our most significant connection with the ecosystemThe difference between organic and biodynamic farmingThe carnivorous wonders of healthy soilLiving in tune with the cycles of lifeFrom consumer to ecological co-creatorHaleigh Christ is a regenerative farmer living and farming in Southern Germany.  She lives with her husband and two children on a bio-dynamic community farm, which does its best to live in harmony with its ecosystem. She lives passionately for strengthening communities and ecosystems through empowerment of the individual within the whole. Her current focus is in building a community supported agriculture program to extend the farm's current self-sufficiency onto others. She is excited for the future and believes that we have endless opportunities to connect and heal through food!To learn more about the place, humans and animals check out Quotes and references mentioned by Haleigh during the conversation:Michael Pollan (Voting With Your Fork)Zach Bush, MDRené Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician, scientist. (1596-1650)David Hume, Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, historian, economist, librarian. (1711-76)Dugald Stewart,  Scottish philosopher and mathematician. (1753-1828)Support the show
The mission of The Nature Talks is to remedy pandemic-induced separation with a one of a kind online gathering that is designed to transmit the warmth and uplifting sense of participation one can experience at an in-person event.The 2022 edition will explore 'The Web of Life' with contributors  from many different different fields and a wide variety of backgrounds. A panel of many internationally recognized speakers share topics that range from nature inspired creative arts & music, life affirming regenerative projects, research-based perspectives to somatic practices and ancient human wisdom teachings. Listen to this backstage conversation with  The Nature Talks creators, Manuela Siegfried, Geeta Stilwell and Pamela Wirth, who come together as a team from Portugal, Costa Rica and the US.  The conversation topics include:Why it's so important to spend time with like-hearted, like-minded community How shared experiences encourage, strengthen and support usWhat does it mean for each of us to be part of the Web of Life?How The Nature Talks are evolvingTo learn more about The Nature Talks, please visit   https://thenaturetalks.comHosted by Kat NovotnaSupport the show (
Amos Clifford is one of the most influential global contributors in the world of forest therapy. He was among the first to introduce the practice of forest bathing  in North America and founded the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy,  which has trained and certified over 2000 guides in 60 countries.Join Amos on a stroll through the Joshua Tree desert as he explains the philosophical foundation for his lifelong work as a guide: a practical vision in which humanity lives in close, creative alliance with the earth. In Amos’s insightful story, each person's individual genius holds a part of what's needed for our species to evolve beyond crisis into wholeness.  The  specific skills and craft of a guide are a vital asset on the journey to discover the forgotten, wilder parts of the self and build a reciprocal relationship with the sentient intelligence of the earth.  The topics of this conversation include:The wisdom tradition of guiding.Why our current times are especially calling for guides.Why we are never separate from nature.What to do when nature isn’t a comfortable place.The power of curiosity to create meaning and relationship.Nature connection in every day life.At the end of the  episode Amos Clifford shares a  guided forest bathing practice: 'Walking the Web of Interbeing with Your Heart'.Amos Clifford is the author of the best selling Your Guide to Forest Bathing (Conari Press 2018). After studying Buddhist philosophy for over 20 years, in 2004 Amos founded Sky Creek Dharma Center in Chico, California, where he emphasized the importance of meditation practice in wild places. By 2008 he no longer identified as Buddhist, instead preferring the nameless and sometimes unnamable experiences he had in natural settings, and had been having since early childhood. This led to a deepening inquiry regarding relationships between humans and the more-than-human world. Between 2010 and 2012 Amos took his inquiry into wild places, and with the help of School of Lost Borders and Men of Spirit he had a year of intense wilderness practice, which led to the vision for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, Amos founded ANFT in 2012 and over the next two years developed what is now known as the "Standard Sequence" of the ANFT school of Forest Therapy. Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He teaches about Forest Therapy and leads retreats internationally.natureandforesttherapy.earthBook titles referenced in the interview:Spretnak, Charlene. Resurgence of the Real.Plotkin, Bill. Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche.Support the show (
Listen to Dr. Samuel Dismond explain an evolutionary perspective on what is commonly called ADD/ADHD. This evolution story recasts the so-called dysfunctions of ADHD as unique ultra-functions possessed by Sentinels. The story begins 100,000 years ago as our DNA became fixed as Homo sapiens. Within small primitive groups, the round scanning awareness of the Sentinel bloodline featured critically in the history of group survival.Dr. D graphically illustrates how our very recent modern circumstance differs from our origin times. Our modern world has become a series of boxes connected by lines from kindergarten to career. These edges and squares can be challenging for the round awareness of Sentinels. Nonetheless, it is very possible for Sentinels to thrive and find themselves ‘in the right place, at the right time’ in their life.The topics in this interview include:Scientific parts and mysterious stories meet when our “quiet brains meet green biomass”.What is a Sentinel?Not a deficit but rather a valuable genetic variant: a new way to understand ADHD.The powerful effect of green, natural environments on our brain.Why modern life has become a series of lines and boxes.How nature walks can untangle the tangles of life stories.At the end of the episode Dr. D shares an evidence-based breath work technique  to help slow down and absorb while walking through green nature.Dr. Samuel Dismond III, MD MBA, specializes in treating adults with ADHD. He provides a patient-centered approach and believes in the importance of the patient-doctor connection. Dr. D has been practicing as a  general physician for 32 years. He got his MD at the University Of Michigan Medical School as well as an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. D is a lifelong practitioner of qigong. NorCalADHD.comA list of background references quoted in this episode:Bohm, D., & Fowler, D. R. (1978). The implicate order: a new order for physics. Process studies, 8(2), 73-102.Brown, E. R. (1980). Rockefeller medicine men: Medicine and capitalism in America. Univ of California Press.Clarke, R. A., & Eddy, R. P. (2017, May). Warnings: Finding cassandras to stop catastrophes. Ecco. Darwin, C. (1909). The origin of species (pp. 95-96). New York: PF Collier & son. Diamond, J. (2011). Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed. Penguin. Diamond, J., & Ford, L. E. (2000). Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 43(4), 609. Hill, R. A., & Dunbar, R. I. (2003). Social network size in humans. Human nature, 14(1), 53-72. Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. Macmillan. Mandelbrot, B. B. (1963). The Fractal Geometry of Nature. New York: W. H. Freeman andCompany. Starr, P. (2008). The social transformation of American medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry. Basic books.Trammell, J. (2014). " The Anthropology of Twice Exceptionality: Is Today’s Disability Yesterday’s (or Tomorrow’s) Evolutionary Advantage? A Case Study with ADD/ADHD". In A Critique of Creativity and Complexity. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.Visuddhimagga. The Path of Purification. the show
An insightful deep dive exploration with global forest bathing advocate Ben Page into the philosophy and evolution of forest therapy. Ben discusses how at this time of big ecological challenges many voices and practitioners all over the world are contributing to a reshaping of our human perspective on and relationship with nature; and what it can be like to love the earth no matter what.Some of the topics in this episode:From a discovery of deep emotional reciprocity to a remedy for stress related illness: the many aspects and development of forest bathing.Nature is a gateway to wholeness through the imaginal sense: reality is so much more than we can see, touch or count.Equal dignity of being is a requirement for unconditional love.What’s missing from most activities that give back to nature and save the earth. Ben Page is a  global forest therapy advocate and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing. (June 29, 2021)Ben is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and Integral Forest Bathing and has been guiding Forest Therapy walks since 2015. During his tenure as a trainer and mentor of guides, Ben has trained hundreds of guides around the world. From 2017-2020, he also served as the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical design. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College. reference:  Lost Knowledge of the Imagination by Gary Lachman)Hosted by: Pamela Wirth and Kat NovotnaSupport the show (
In this conversation with Helene Gibbens we explore:Why Yoga and forest bathing  help us to break down perceptions of separation and experience greater intimacy.Is forest bathing the “new yoga”?How sensory nature journeys can be spiritual practice.The word YOGA is from ancient sanskrit, meaning 'to join' or 'to unite'. It first came from India to the west in the late 19th century and gradually became a broadly known aspect in western society; now being taught in many gyms, community centers and schools.  Some have wondered if forest therapy could be the “new yoga” and one day become a mainstream way for people to engage with the world of forests, rivers and mountains, thereby influencing the way we think and feel about our relationships with the more than human world.In this episode, Helene Gibbens shares how the practice of yoga raises our awareness of self, others and of the sentient life surrounding us.  She shares how her long journey as a yoga practitioner  transformed the relationships in her life and eventually awakened the desire to also engage with the sentient beings of nature in more fulfilling ways.She speaks in simple,  relatable language about the philosophy of yoga, which states that a universal intelligence  pervades all existing life forms; and how yoga prepared her to embrace forest bathing as a path to experience intimate states of one-ness and interconnectedness with all forms of  life. Helene Gibbens has been living in northern New York for two decades, teaching yoga, wellness and meditation in surrounding communities. After growing up in Montreal, she found her heart yearned for greener landscapes. Settling in the Adirondack Park in 2009, she found "home".  She took her yoga practice out of doors and yet, there was still a yearning for a different way to relate with the forests and rivers outside her door.  She became a certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide and feels privileged to share with others the practice of Forest Bathing through guided nature sensory immersion experiences.  She also enjoys yoga practice and meditation, skiing, hiking and gardening.https://www.adirondackriverwalking.comHosted by Kat Novotna and Pamela Wirth the show (
Animal Wisdom

Animal Wisdom


What do animals have to do with becoming a fully authentic, awake and sentient human being?In this conversation Aimee Brimhall, Nadine Mazzola and Loesje Jacob venture deep into the human capacity to relate with other sentient beings.  Each of the 3 teachers has created a unique evolutionary pathway for mind-, body-and heart connection with the world of animals: Aimee Brimhall teaches people to develop inspired and fulfilling friendships with their horses; Nadine Mazzola invites us in her book, "Forest Bathing with your Dog" into shared sensory nature exploration with human's best friend; and Loesje Jacob offers a transformative journey through  joining awareness with other sentient beings. Not surprisingly, there are many moments of deep resonance and similarity in this conversation which revolves around remembering how to be authentic, awake and sentient.Here are some of the topics the circle explores:What can we learn from animals?Do animals even want to relate or communicate with us?Is it possible to learn how to be more intimately connected with the animals in our lives? How people transform through learning the language of other sentient beingsFor more information about the work of our conversation partners please visit their websites:Aimee Brimhall:  https://www.inspirationalhorse.comLoesje Jacob:  https://linkingawareness.comNadine Mazzola:  https://www.nenft.comHosted by Kat Novotna and Pamela Wirth the show (
A Solstice Gift

A Solstice Gift


On Monday, December 21, 2020, the solstice marks a turning in the cycle of seasons and on the same day a great planetary conjunction will be visible from everywhere in the world. This episode is an invitation to turn towards nature and to align body, mind and heart with the great cycles of life.  It includes a  relaxing sensory / imaginary journey to notice the present moment, reflect on the past months and birth new seeds of intention for the year ahead.  Free gift to download: 2020 Winter Solstice Journal PromptsCo-hosted by Pamela Wirth and Kat NovotnaSupport the show (
Where do politics, spiritual renewal, public health, cultural evolution and Big Money all come together? That’s right, in public lands and green spaces!During covid, millions of people are seeking the soothing effects of forests, beaches and rivers. Parks are super popular with families and individuals camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing - and forest bathing. The crisis reveals how absolutely essential good public green spaces are for the wellbeing of all. If you’ve doubted that regular people actually have a say about protecting and cultivating these sacred resources, Toby Bloom has very good news for you. She lives and works very close to the pulse of US conservation politics and her message is empowering: Thanks to everyone who has signed a petition, voted or expressed their voice about conserving public green spaces - you have been heard, and now everyone benefits! Episode topics:Why the Great American Outdoors Act is one of the most positively impactful bills in this century.How the culture of conservation is evolving to make parks feel welcoming to the many different people living in the US.What it means to be a Happy Warrior during changing times and how to make a positive impact.How to get money to create or improve a public green space where you live.A native of the DC Metropolitan area, Toby Bloom is the National Program Manager for Tourism and Interpretive Services for the US Forest Service. Some of the current Forest Service initiatives she leads are the development of the National Forest Explorer Mobile App; strengthening recreation economies in forest gateway communities; promoting healthy people and forests through innovative public lands and public health partnerships; and working with Interpretive Associations to improve visitor experience and appreciation of the National Forests. Toby was previously the Latin America and Caribbean Program Specialist for the International Programs division of the Forest Service. Before joining the USFS, she developed community ecotourism projects in high biodiversity areas of Latin America and the Caribbean as the Director of Wildlife Ecotourism for Humane Society International, as a technical expert for USAID in Honduras, and in several other consultancies in the region. Toby started her career in recreation and tourism as a tour guide through the US, Canada, and Mexico. Ms Bloom received her master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. She became a certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide in January of 2019. Please visit her website at Support the show (
As an organizational development consultant and a forest therapy guide, Everett Marshall is an expert at taking groups and individuals through the liminal territory of change. In this episode he discusses how the principles of Appreciative Inquiry and Forest Therapy are connected and how he applies them to assist his clients generate the most life-affirming, positive outcomes.What are the most effective ways to cause positive change in any situation?Why the language we use and the questions we ask determine the direction of our life.The power of relationship to create change.What nature teaches us about change.How appreciation is very different from positive thinking.Everett Marshall is the Director of People, Performance and Culture for the Center for Organizational Excellence, Inc.  His passion is for helping people to develop strong connections and to improve interpersonal relationships and team productivity. He has over 20 years of management and consulting experience in both the public and private sectors. After serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, he worked in the private sector with a global business consulting /IT services company focused on the development of recruiting and training programs. He has worked as a consultant to several federal agencies in the areas of organizational change, facilitation, team building, leadership coaching, and stakeholder engagement/alignment, and has also served as a federal employee during his tenure as the Director of Strategic Outreach for the US Naval Academy. Everett has been an active participant in the nonprofit sector, where he served as a past president of the Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network and the President of the Board for the St.Philips Family Life Center, Inc. He holds certifications as an Appreciative Inquiry Coach/Consultant, Licensed Human Element Practitioner TM , Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, and in the delivery of Emotional Intelligence Assessments. Everett is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). Everett created Forest TLC to help people establish a deeper connection to the natural world - and the healing, well-being and happiness it offers us!www.foresttlc.comforesttlc@outlook.comCenter for Organizational Excellencehttps://center4oe.comSupport the show (
In this episode, forest therapy educator Geeta Stillwel shares from her experience as a teacher of embodiment techniques in nature:How nature connects us to our soul and teaches us to trust the quiet voice of the heart;How to access deeply restorative nature experiences that are significantly different from other ways of enjoying nature, such as hiking or mountain biking;How to experience interactive relationships with the beings of nature and get intuitive cues for our wellness;How to overcome burnout and stress.Why having a guide is important for forest bathing.Geeta Stilwell is an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Mentor and Trainer based in Portugal. She is the founder of the company Renature where she creates and facilitates restorative programs that promote wellbeing and health through nature connection practices, clean eating and self-care. She works all over the world with various populations that range from the general public, corporate senior and junior teams, schools, families, mental health populations and individuals recovering from situations of excess stress and burn out.Her passion is to bring human beings back to nature and support the reconnection to the restorative potency of the natural world. Based on her own recovery journey, she creates a safe space for the nature connection and self-care journey to unfold. Over the past 20 years she has dedicated a great part of her time and resources to her own development and self-care journey and this life experience is the foundation for her work.For more information on Geeta's work: or info@renature.ptTel: +351 965 223 115Support the show (
In episode 6, forest therapy guide Kat Novotna describes how our current human experience during the pandemic can be seen as a journey of transition towards a new way of life on every level: personal, collective and  planetary. She shares from her personal experience how the principles and techniques of forest therapy are designed to meet the needs of this time and can be applied in any situation as a powerful way to release stress and relax; and most of all, to open our hearts to find deeper meaning and personal growth as we live towards the new.The episode includes a sample invitation from Kat’s manual, Transition Time Journaling Prompts to Reflect and Reconnect.(downloadable as a free gift)Kat Novotna is a​n ANFT certified Forest Therapy guide, artist and Mind-Body Nutrition coach based in the Netherlands. Kat's passion and element are to help people re-connect with nature, with aliveness, with themselves and with others. To slow down, relax and re-connect with their heart and body wisdom. With a passion for creativity and Shinrin-yoku art, and a background in linguistics and cross-cultural communication, Kat is enjoying guiding and working with people from all around the world through her company Way Back Home, both in person and online.Kat also serves as Co-chair of the European Council of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy to help support the practice and the guides, and to spread the word about Forest Therapy, and the reciprocity aspect of the relationship between humans and our planet. Read more at or view Shinrin-yoku art designs at the show
In this episode, Melanie Choukas-Bradley talks about her newest book, Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis.Melanie explores the 'Silver Lining' of the time we are living in: many people are finding that the slower, quieter pace is opening new possibilities for contact with nature. She shares how to really notice and become intimate with the life all around us and how to lift our spirits when we need to find solace. Being outdoors also brings a new level to restorative mindfulness practices like Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation. Her book is an inspiring guide to forest bathing at home and it also offers many practical ideas and tips about connecting with nature in other ways, such as gardening, becoming a backyard naturalist  and foraging for wild food!Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning nature book author, naturalist, and certified forest therapy guide. Melanie leads forest bathing walks for many organizations in Washington, DC, including Smithsonian Associates, the US Botanic Garden, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Rock Creek Conservancy, the National Bonsai Foundation and Politics and Prose bookstore. She also gives forest bathing presentations and leads walks in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Institute (2018) and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (2019) and has led forest bathing walks for the YMCA in Austin, Texas and spoken about forest bathing at Austin's Central Library. Melanie has authored six books, including The Joy of Forest Bathing. Her walks and interviews have been featured on NPR and NPR affiliates in DC and Aspen, the Travel Channel website, and in many print and online publications. Melanie grew up in Vermont, wandering the hills and fields from a young age and stealing icy sap from the maple buckets lining her dirt road.Link to all of Melanie Choukas-Bradley's BooksSupport the show (
In this episode, Anissa Hernández, MD talks about her work with trauma patients who have been impacted by Puerto Rico's hurricane Maria and the subsequent severe earthquakes. She shares her discovery how nature connection is helping her patients in trauma recovery and building hope and resilience, especially after ecological trauma. How cultivating a relationship with nature can support anyone to find a positive perspective on life and develop a renewed sense of self-love.As a pioneer in her field, Dr. Hernandez is also observing the delicate balance between the need for psychiatric drugs and increased resilience through other wellness modalities  such as Reiki, Aroma Therapy, Sound Therapy and Forest Bathing.Bonus: At the end of the episode,  Dr. Hernandez is offering an introductory experience of forest bathing with a spontaneous "Pleasures of Presence" invitation.Dr. Anissa V. Hernández, MD, FTG  is a psychiatrist in Puerto Rico. She offers  psychiatric and psychological outpatient services at her office, complemented by other wellness therapies, such as: Reiki, aromatherapy, mindfulness, sound therapy, and Forest Therapy. Telemedicine services are available for residents of Puerto Rico.Virtual Forest Therapy walks with in (Spanish/English bilingual) are open to everybody!  Contact Dr.Hernandez on Instagram via @forestbathingpr.For more details on psychiatric care:  1-787-326-2259 and 1-787-202-9387 Support the show (
‘Mycelium is the very foundation of life on this planet - not only for our species but for so many species on this Earth that we love and we can work with it to restore our planet.’  This is the essential message of the movie Fantastic Fungi.Marcina Hale, the movie's Executive Producer, describes her potent 5 step process for generating personal freedom and creative interconnection. Marcina also shares why it is so important to support children in developing strong bonds with nature  and how curiosity and wonder are keys to feeling fully alive in challenging times; As co-founder of Reconsider, Marcina has spent 20 years developing and presenting workshops for individual and communal change and transformation. As a master therapist, a trained psychedelic therapist and dynamic facilitator, she challenges and inspires others to live their lives more consciously and to take responsibility for their own creations. Marcina spoke at TEDxKC Women about how to change the world in which we are will moderate a discussion with Female Psychedelic Leaders at the upcoming Fungi Day event, April 21, 2020.Join Virtual Forest Bathing with certified guides on Earth Day. Participate from home, a neighborhood park, trail or backyard: ForestBathingInternational.orgSupport the show (
How can loving our inner and outer Nature help us feel better - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually even during Shelter-In-Place? Film director Sylvie Rokab shares personal stories, helpful tips and insights on managing life during the coronavirus crisis.  She also offers a visionary perspective and inspiring examples on how the intelligence of nature holds the keys not only for humanity’s transformation but also our industries, economies and global wellbeing.Sylvie Rokab  is an Emmy nominated, award-winning director, producer, cinematographer, editor and writer – working on films that screened in movie theaters, universities, and community screenings, as well as on television outlets such as HBO, PBS, Travel Channel, and Discovery. Narrated by Liam Neeson, her latest film LOVE THY NATURE received critical acclaim including 27 awards, and had nearly 300 screenings in 140 cities in 16 countries.   With the Atlantic Forest and rocky beaches as her backyard, Sylvie was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised by French and Italian—Egypt-born—parents who encouraged her fascination with nature. Heartbroken by its rapid destruction, as a young adult she made it her mission to inspire people to deepen their connection with the natural world. After moving to the US Sylvie became a wildlife cinematographer and filmmaker.  Today, an engaging speaker and teacher, she has lectured at over 60 venues, from film festivals, to universities and conferences. As a nature therapy guide, she also leads adults and children in an embodied and sensorial exploration of wild places and beings. A world traveler fluent in 4 languages, Sylvie seeks to inspire a diverse audience to transform their relationship with nature and ignite a desire to protect our vital and spellbinding natural world.More information about Sylvie's workshops and nature adventures is available at LoveThyNature.comFind virtual forest therapy sessions with certified guides while shelter-in-place regulations are active. Participate from home, a neighborhood park, trail or backyard: ForestBathingInternational.orgSupport the show
In the first episode Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller offers practical advice on keeping ourselves and our families healthy and strong through simple and enjoyable interactions with the natural world, wherever we live - especially during virus outbreak and social distancing.Read more in Dr. Suzanne's recent article about the powerful immune boosting effects of spending time outdoors.Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D. is an OB-Gyn and Integrative Medicine physician who resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She completed OB-Gyn residency at Western Pennsylvania-Temple University in Pittsburgh and is a fellowship graduate of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.  She is board certified by both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Integrative Medicine.  She holds additional certifications in herbal medicine and is a certified forest therapy guide.  She currently serves as medical director for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and as medical advisor for the organization, AllTrails.   She is the author of an award-winning children’s book about autism called “A Friend Like John, Understanding Autism,” and speaks nationally and internationally about autism, integrative medicine, and nature therapy.  Her book, “The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing”, by Falcon Guides was released in July, 2019.  Suzanne and her husband Joe are avid outdoor enthusiasts and lead workshops combining outdoor adventure and the mindful practice of forest bathing.  She has been quoted and featured in numerous publications and radio programs on the subject of integrative medicine and nature therapy, including Prevention Magazine (October, 2016; August, 2017), WebMD, the Boston Globe, Prevention Australia, the New York Times, American Airlines American Way Magazine, Iowa Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, BBC World, Women’s Health, Forbes Magazine, among others.   More information is available at her website,   Find virtual forest therapy sessions with certified guides while shelter-in-place regulations are active.Participate from home, a neighborhood park, trail or backyard: ForestBathingInternational.orgSupport the show (
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