Nature Based Therapy - Bringing Nature Into Practice

Nature Based Therapy (NBT) is an emerging field in both complimentary therapies and holistic health treatment which has been incorporated into the practice of many medical and mental health professions. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, social workers and psychologists have used NBT practices as a complementary means of treating a variety of physical, emotional, and

Green Social Work – The New Paradigm In Health

When I first started developing nature based therapy, I had not heard of the term green social work. I came across this concept while I was doing a unit in my current studies for the Master of Social Work. I was so excited to learn that the social work sector was aware of our connection

Creating A Community Through The Natural World

Do you know your neighbours? What are their names?  Do they have jobs? I am not talking about your human neighbours.  I am talking about the other life that surrounds your home that is either in your front yard, back yard, nature strip or down your street! Tree’s, plants, flowers and weeds! That’s right, our

Finding The Awe In Times Of Darkness

Life can be stressful. Relationship breakdowns, the death of a loved one, loss of job, financial struggles and exposure to negative environments can all prompt us to see darkness and blind our vision of a happy future. In times of darkness we often focus on the seeing what is wrong with life rather than what

Not a Walk In The Park

I am very passionate about teaching nature based therapy! It excites me that the processes that I have developed are simple ways for people to be able to reconnect to the natural world and experience the awe that life brings. When we talk about these processes in group discussions comments come up like, ‘we know

Slowing Down To Natures Pace

I knew that I was run off my feet, tired, exhausted and in need of a break.  What I didn’t know was this hectic pace was being held in my body. I recently took a drive down to the Otway national park to have a picnic with my family at the Californian Redwoods.  I was

Planting Seeds

I love the season of spring. Spring is a time of cleansing and planting seeds. Planting seeds is where we set our intentions and nourish ourselves so that we can grow into the beautiful soul that we were destined to be. I am a firm believer that we are shaped by our environment. Our ecosystem

Winter Resilience

Well winter is nearly ending, and spring will soon be upon us. One thing that I can say about winter despite the cold mornings and short days it does somewhat teach us resilience. Winter is a wonderful time to retreat and go within. It can be a time of deep reflection and hibernation into our

Nature Based Therapy: The New Way To Reduce Stress

By Mia Castagnone You’ve heard of the Therapaws, now get ready for Nature Based Therapy! Victoria-based organisation, Nature Based Therapy, offers counselling, group activities, retreats and diploma courses to medical students and professionals in nature therapy. The organisation was founded by Kit Kline, a Canadian-born counsellor and educator in the social and community services sector