Nature Guided Walks
Guided nature walks gently assist with re-connecting with our inner nature and natural environment to provide therapeutic benefits. Deb utilizes Eco-psychology 'Natural Systems Thinking' model as a practice to gently guide individuals to access the natural energy and wisdom offering feelings of relaxation, creativity and inspiration. Depending on intention, clients may experience a greater sense of balance, restoration, harmony, peace, happiness or clarity.
This is an example of what deep re-connecting with Nature experience can provide for the individual, guide, space and essence of webstring unity:
I guided a woman with an ecopsychology exercise and she gave permission to use her example.
With strong welcoming consent we began our walk around the lake following attractions as we walked.
After some time, I asked her to follow a strong attraction and this gorgeous willow tree called to her.
I softly read out the list of 54 senses and she responded if one registered within her. (I gained her permission to record her on my phone to transcribe later and not detract from sharing this experience. Also when I am deeply present I often have very little recollection of events.) 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 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 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”
As always we complete a session with a gratitude practice. (May 2017)
Quote from another guided walk:
"Deb, I feel very privileged to have u to guide me for this nature walk. Thank you! I learned that nature has the answer to modern day living stress. There is this deep connection between nature and human that we have long forgotten to connect with. Being in nature (after consenting it) helps me to appreciate life better and take things around me slow. It help me to appreciate myself and this world i live in. And a tree is not just a tree, it full with life. its the circle of life." Singaporean female, 29. (Self-confessed high-rise girl!) August 2013
Day/Time: Individual session dates and times on request.
Time: 90 mins
Inclusions: Materials as required
Fee: $50 (Cash or cheque)
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, Art techniques, play, mindfulness and visualization.
“What we are looking for is what is looking.” -St. Francis-of-Assisi