Guided nature walks gently assist with re-connecting with our inner nature and natural environment to provide therapeutic benefits.
Deb utilizes Eco-psychology 'The Natural Systems Thinking' model as a practice to gently guide individuals to access deeper benefits of Natures wisdom offering feelings of relaxation, creativity, insights and inspiration. We experience nature's benefits by simply being in nature, and may explore the 54 senses and sensitivities...
Depending on participants intention, clients often experience a greater sense of balance, restoration, harmony, peace, happiness, creativity or clarity.
Day/Time: Individual session dates and times on request.
Time: 90 mins
Suitability: Adults, families, 16+
Inclusions: Materials as required
Fee: $50 p/p Family or small group neg. (Cash/EFT)
Considerations: Wear loose clothing appropriate for the weather to be outdoors on the day and that you dont mind possibly getting dirty
Facilitator: Deborah Punton
Methods include: Applied Ecopsychology, horticultural activities, play, mindfulness and visualization. Optional Eco-Art practice.
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Nature-Guided Walk examples...
shared with permission from the participants...
1 - Judith
"Tree, can I eat your leaves?" Overwhelmed & Dying - ABC Radio Podcast. (2019)
Comedian Judith Lucy is guided on a walk and we discuss being empowered by climate actions and nature mindfulness. Deb and Judith talk about how nature reconnecting is part of Debs support and sacred activism.
2 - Trish
On a guided walk, we follow a basic ecopsychology framework, the participants intention and creative Eco-Art therapy expression elements are may be added request. I guide through the walk using the NSTP method and prompt with guiding questions related to the intent when appropriate.
In this instance, I gained permission to record the participant on my phone to transcribe later so as not to detract from sharing this experience. Also when I am deeply present I often have very little recollection of the events.
With a strong welcoming consent, we began our walk around the lake following natural attractions.
After some time, I asked her to follow a strong attraction and a gorgeous willow tree called to her.
I softly read out the list of 54 senses and she responded if one registered within her. During the list of senses I noticed her stance with the tree, she reflected its leaning with her body shape. She noted all the ‘basic’ usual senses as being “a given.” Other responses included; “Feeling comfortable, the energy coming up from the earth, strong, pulled into the tree and aliveness… Peace tranquillity, trust, gratitude,” this tree was “an old mate.” From this exercise she identified multiple senses which to me was an indication that she was most likely in a deeply present state, riding the crest of the Greenwave. “Mother Nature has it perfect, we shouldn’t interfere” She also noted that she “will be dust and this tree will be long here… Time stands still…peaceful…”
I then spent time a distance away from her, providing space for her deeply present reflection and me time to observe her, to sense in my body what I felt. I felt her throat area, her back, her solidness, strong and solid. There was an attraction to foot meridian, grounding and supportive. I asked; "What support is needed?" The multiple attractions answered; "What strengths are found?" She looked like she was merging with the tree. I thought about her strengths but I couldn’t separate her from the tree and the strengths she mentioned.
We walked on after some time. There were 4 trees in a different area and she acknowledged she was aware of how to tune in and get the messages for herself. She described them as "An umbrella family of trees, mum, dad, kids reaching out to each other holding hands.... support protection sunlight ... tuned in. Breathing in forward and back out ... breath going out my feet." They said/sensed to her "Peace. Comfort. Calm. Branches want to hug. Comfort safety peaceful. Serenity."
I asked her to ask the trees what is jealousy? (something she felt she was struggling with in an earlier discussion) They said to her: "Waste of time" I asked; “What is a substitute for that feeling?” Trish/trees said; "patience…Be quiet and listen. Keep your mouth shut. Keep your opinion to self but listen to what they have to say. Have your own thoughts and beliefs but let them have their say.”
I asked; “What does the tree say about your thoughts and beliefs come from?” She replied; "Heart. The angels. Nature. Common sense" I questioned; “Where does common sense come from?” "Listening to others. Getting varied ideas. Having your own opinion, knowledge and wisdom that you pick up on the way...Life. Loving life, living with nature, not harming anything else" If this tree had a single message for you what would it be? "Be kind to myself ... all living creatures.... Inner peace…”
I was satisfied with her messages about jealousy and enquired a little more about loneliness which was another emotion she felt uncomfortable with. She tuned in to several other natural elements for a response:
Fern:"New growth...Sense of community and belonging are imbalanced... Need to be with more like-minded people where have reciprocal energy exchanges...it’s a need to feel useful...You nurture and give -be nurtured and receive.”
Swaying leaves: “Flow gently in the breeze”
Crow: “put out the call and see who responds”
Maple tree “Remember this is a time of transition”
Young eucalypt trees and big one: “Connect with others roots - need foundations and communicate through root networks” (like minded people/family)
Bark: “nothing ever goes to waste, there is always purpose.”
Dog: “No desire, is Being”
We concluded the session with a gratitude practice. (May 2017)
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Monet