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Do you need……. NATURE?

February 15, 2023


California peonies in bloom Feb. 2023, Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura CA (photo by Gwendolyn Alley)

Are you lost in the world? Are you getting enough NATURE in your life?

How do you spend your days?

Do you get outside to walk, hike, garden, explore, camp, read,
or even just sit and see the sun set or the moon rise on a regular basis?

Do you hear the birds? Do you listen to them?

Can you smell spring coming? 

“Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting.” Ivan Illich, author of Deschooling Society (1971)

“Thinking better is not about working the brain ever harder. It’s about creating a space and a set of capacities wherein you have more and better resources from which to assemble your thought processes.” Annie Murphy Paul, author of The Extended Mind (2021)

While the previous videos are parodies, the video below is from the PBS News Hour and is for real about why doctors are actually prescribing NATURE:

What are we learning?

Where? How? When?

What are we paying attention to?

What are we missing?

What are we seeing? 

When we are managing our time,
what are we managing it for?

Lost in in the world? Get grounded– pick up a rock. Seek a sense of place. Connecting to place is as important to us and our survival as a species as is our connection to each other. 

For more on the subject of the importance of nature and nature deficit disorder, check out Florence Williams The Nature Fix and Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods.

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