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Author: Pamela Wirth & Kat Novotna

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Mindful nature connections for everyday life: the podcast features ancient wisdom and timely practices for uplifting and transformative experiences with nature. Each episode includes expert tips for natural wellbeing. Our mission is to bring people and the sentient world of nature closer by interviewing leading edge contributors and sharing their stories and insights. Many of our guests dedicate their professional lives to nature based wellness, balance and sense of belonging within the web of life on our planet. We are excited and honored to introduce their work to our listeners and we hope to spark many moments of heartfelt connection between people and nature everywhere.
12 Episodes
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
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
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 Novotna
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 
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 Excellence
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: +351 965 223 115
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
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 Books
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 
‘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:
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:
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:
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