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Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapies in Australia and New Zealand

 | Published on 6/16/2019

Written by Virginia Field, Karen Gray & Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis

“This is a book of opportunity. Of hope. Of heart. Of dreams and of connection. Nature does Heal” - Kate Chambers, Occupational Therapist

Nature Heals is a groundbreaking new book that began it's journey in 2011 as an initiative of Cultivate NSW.

"Nature Heals" explores the growing field of nature-based therapies in Australia and New Zealand (Aotearoa). There is a rapidly growing number of people with physical and mental ill health, diagnosed with depression and anxiety, living with a disability, cancer and other chronic illness, with a need for nature in healthcare.

Nature Heals is a practical resource to inspire and support both professionals already working in Nature-based therapy, as well as a call for others to join, and contribute to the groundswell of growth of this important and exciting field.

“Nature Heals demonstrates the power of a garden and landscape to transform us - to bring us to our deepest and best humanity. This book embraces and invites us all to explore and be curious about this: from the simplicity of a pot plant, raised vegetable bed, therapeutic garden or farm to the expanse of the forest and wilderness.” (Authors)

Throughout the Nature Heals journey we witness the diversity of experiences and programs from remote deserts of Australia to the misty waterways of Aotearoa. To community gardens for people living with a disability, caring for plants and animals; to rehabilitation in hospital settings; programs for eating disorders in mental health clinics; to dementia specific gardens; for refugees and people recovering from post traumatic stress disorder on their journey to health and well-being. Health professionals and anyone interested in health, gardens and nature will enjoy Nature Heals. 

To find out more, head on over to the Nature Heals Website.

About the Authors:
With decades of experience between them: Virginia Field, psychotherapist, community development worker and social planner; Karen Gray environmental educator and horticulturalist; Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis, social ecologist and passionate pioneer, bringing ecotherapy to new frontiers; together have created a valuable resource.

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