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The Benefits of connecting with nature

Virginia Lohr, PhD professor of horticulture at Washington State University states: 

"We have evolved with plants in nature and are closely connected. Perhaps we're more at ease when we're near the things we need to survive." 


We have an inner drive for our life to have meaning and purpose, and reciprocal relationships.  


The following statements were expressed by participants of Project Nature Connect:

"As nature safely teaches us what is 'real' in ourselves, we can gradually replace our 'unreal' fears and anxieties with feelings of in-the-moment joy, radiant good health, fun, laughter, self-balance, and harmony with life.”

“With awareness of self and nature connectedness, I realize that we humans are nature. Nature, when we are conscious of its invisible links will shift our consciousness to heal us, balance and teach us. We can then at least make informed conscious decisions.”

A lot more evidence based research about the benefits of nature can be found HERE

Please see GREENSONG Facebook page posts for the most recent research, articles and reports.

Benefits specific for environment education and children are noted on our Environment Education page.

The benefits are numerous! 

Simply being in Nature naturally releases endorphins, dopamine, and other hormones which produce good feelings, reduces stress levels, lowers our heart rate and blood pressure, boosts immune functioning, increases positive emotions and reduces depression. 


The researched benefits of nature include:  ​

-Decreased hostility and stress

-Reduced blood pressure/Cardio vascular relaxation

-Decreased blood glucose levels in diabetic patients

-Reduced anger, depression and anxiety

-increased energy levels

-improved mood and sleep

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Eco-psychologist and 1994 Distinguished Citizen, Dr. Michael J. Cohen Ph.D through over 50 years research has developed study courses, programmes, workshops and camps in Applied Ecopsychology. 


Western Civilization lifestyles have become increasingly disconnected with nature as we move to life indoors. Dr. Mike Cohen states; “an average of over 95% of our lives indoors, cloistered from nature. We live over 99% of our adult lives knowing nature through detached words, stories and pictures.”  


What is drawing us away from nature?

Why are we being afflicted with distractions, addictions, employment and financial drive, apathy, fear, denial and negative attitudes? 

Why are illnesses, anxiety, depression, and children with attention disorders on the rise?

Why do studies show high rates in feelings of ‘unhappiness’ despite our social and economic standing in western civilizations? 

We commonly use nature for our survival. Our culture teaches us Nature is out there as a resource for our use. Trees and natural materials provide shelter for us, clothing, feed us, provide medicines and fuel. However, we have been depleting our natural resources at a rate that is not sustainable over the past couple of hundred years.  We have not understood our place in the web-of-life from living in our nature-separated systems.  Join Greensong for a nature-reconnecting ecopsychology experience or workshop.  

Connecting people to self, community, and our natural world through permaculture and ecopsychology

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