Nature-Based Therapeutics

May 30, 2018
What is the science behind equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT)? That is the question we try to answer in the CSpH 5643 "Horse as Teacher" course. This blended (six weeks online with one week face-to-face) class highlights the science behind EAAT and how partnering with the horse can help the brain and body work together to bring about measurable positive outcomes.
March 1, 2018
For forty years, my career has featured the interface between land and water — most of it on Lake Superior. Paddling over and camping along water, its rhythms have become a part of me. On Lake Superior, the sound of waves is as constant as breathing — the silence is shocking when I walk inland.
January 23, 2018
Nature-based therapies bring kids outside to interact with nature while virtual reality therapy uses technology to help them experience nature from within the hospital. Nature-based therapy isn’t always accessible for patients with compromised immune systems, limited mobility or other medical issues that prevent them from leaving the hospital. In those instances, virtual reality can provide “the next best thing.”
January 20, 2017
Amazing innovations in photography are coming along faster than most of us, even the pros, can keep up with.
September 27, 2016
As temperatures begin to drop and fall colors begin to appear, make sure to take a nature break. You likely will feel refreshed and be ready for the next task with a renewed sense of energy.
December 2, 2015
On calm mornings and evenings, the sandstone cliffs, rising hundreds of feet from the lake, are perfectly reflected below. While working with art models, the images, for me, always start with the landscape and my feelings about the land. I strive to utilize the figure as a way to connect the viewer in a deeper way to the sense of place. What does it feel like to be immersed by this environment?
May 12, 2015
Charred white pine and lichen growth following 1971 Nina-Moose burn in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. From the book, border Country, Photographs from the Quetico-Superior Wilderness.
May 17, 2014
For us Northerners, who have just lived through the cold and long nights of winter, the thought of spring brings on a torrent of adrenalin as full and fast as the snowmelt-flooded streams. With the longer days and warming temperatures comes new growth—a procession of wildflowers, each emerging at the optimal time to out-compete the neighbors for sunlight and fertilizing insects.
May 16, 2014
Hospital patients recover faster when they can view nature. Working with plants can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil just feels good. But why?