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Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy integrates nature-based activities and ecological awareness into therapeutic practices, aiming to enhance mental health by fostering a connection with the environment, whereas regular talk therapy primarily involves verbal discussions in a clinical setting to address psychological issues.

Difference between Ecotherapy and Traditional Therapy

Ecotherapy in different seasons

Mindfulness in Nature

Large Scale Research

Ecotherapy Research

Ecotherapy from Home

How to practice ecotherapy on your own

The information above was sourced from the Getting Well Outdoors Wellness Webinar. You can find the recording here. For more information on ecotherapy, visit www.walkyourpath.org and www.heatherhilltherapy.com.

Sources

MIND. (2013). Feel better outside, feel better inside: Ecotherapy for mental wellbeing, resilience and recovery. Retrieved from https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/eco-therapy/about-eco-therapy/

Project Wild Thing. (n.d.). The natural health service: Demonstrating the value of green space for health and wellbeing. Retrieved from https://projectwildthing.com/natural-health-service

University of Exeter. (2019). The health benefits of the great outdoors: A systematic review and meta-analysis of greenspace exposure and health outcomes. Environmental Research, 166, 628-637. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.06.011 Ministry of Health, New Zealand. (2011). Green prescriptions: Supporting New Zealanders to lead healthier lives. Retrieved from https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/green-prescriptions