Nature is one of the best medicines for difficult times. An intimate awareness of the natural world, even within the city, can calm anxieties and help create healthy perspectives. This book will inspire and guide you as you deal with the current crisis, or any personal or worldly distress. Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a naturalist and certified forest therapy guide who leads nature and forest bathing walks for many organizations in Washington, D.C. and the American West. Learn from her the Japanese art of "forest bathing": how to tune in to the beauty and wonder around you with all your senses, even if your current sphere is a tree outside the window or a wild backyard. Discover how you can become a backyard naturalist, learning about the trees, wildflowers, birds and animals near your home. Nature immersion during stressful times can bring comfort and joy as well as opportunities for personal growth, expanded vision and transformation. The "Resilience Series" is the result of an intensive, collaborative effort of our authors in response to the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. Each volume offers expert advice for developing the practical, emotional and spiritual skills that you can master to become more resilient in a time of crisis.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by the Publisher
Foreword by Wendy Paulson
Chapter One: Establish a Wild Home
Chapter Two: Nature Immersion as a Mindfulness Practice
Chapter Three: Become a Backyard Naturalist
Chapter Four: Family Time in Nature
Chapter Five: Hands in the Dirt: Gardening & Foraging During a Time of Crisis
Chapter Six: Transformation: Insights and Commitment During a Time of Crisis
Chapter Seven: Notes from the Field: Stories of Resilience
About the Author:
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning naturalist writer, teacher and certified forest therapy guide. She has written several books, as well as op-eds for publications including the Washington Post. She leads natural history tours and forest bathing walks for Smithsonian Associates, the Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Naturalist Society, Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island and many other organizations. Her forest bathing walks have been featured on NPR, the Travel Channel, in the National Parks Magazine and at marthastewart.com. Melanie regularly features on podcasts, radio and television programs. She lives in Washington DC, USA.