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Nurtured by nature

Regardless of what our goals or endeavours are in our life, the ultimate aim for us all is to have a more pleasant experience of life. In this month’s edition, we invite you to discover what lies at the intersection of modern science and ancient wisdom regarding the benefits of nature on our mental health, wellbeing, learning, and productivity. 

Practice corner

Earthy Sense: A Guide to Health & Wellbeing

Discover ancient wisdom and tips on how you can take advantage of being in touch with nature and the benefits.

The benefits of getting soiled

Did you know that getting our hands and feet dirty supports our mental health? UK scientists suggest that friendly bacteria found in soil may affect the brain in a similar way to antidepressants.

Book recommendations

Losing Eden

‘By the time I’d read the first chapter, I’d resolved to take my son into the woods every afternoon over winter. By the time I’d read the sixth, I was wanting to break prisoners out of cells and onto the mossy moors. Losing Eden rigorously and convincingly tells of the value of the natural universe to our human hearts’ Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun

Braiding Sweetgrass

‘A hymn of love to the world … A journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise’ Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two ways of knowledge together.

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