Nature-Based Therapeutics

April 17, 2019
This Specialization is designed for healthcare professionals and explores integrative healing through five classes, which include: Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils, and Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare.
March 26, 2019
Working with plants or animals can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil feels good. That’s because the environment plays a critical role in your overall wellbeing - in fact, a growing number of researchers believe that many mental health issues - like depression, anxiety, and stress - are due, in part, to our separation from nature.
December 19, 2018
Water is fundamental to survival - it is one of the most important shared resources for and by all and relies on our collective care. Water is elemental. It is made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms bonded together. It comes in three forms (gas, solid and liquid) all mutually supporting the other. Expressed another way, it comes from the air (gas) and returns to the earth (solid) and in-between it drenches (liquid).
November 30, 2018
On the rivers, there is the pull of gravity drawing me downstream. It creates its own rhythms of standing waves and swirling eddies. Then there is the long, slow inhalation and exhalation of changing water levels.
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?

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