Nature Heals by Virginia Field, Karen Gray & Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis

$40.90

groundbreaking new book : Nature Heals : an Introduction to Nature-based Therapies in Australia and New Zealand bringing nature into wellbeing and health care. An  inspiration and a resource for developing and delivering programs assisted by Nature, from the healing of a therapeutic garden or farm to the expanse of the forest and wilderness.

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Nature Heals : an Introduction to Nature-based Therapies in Australia and New Zealand bringing nature into well-being and health care. An inspiration and a resource for developing and delivering programs assisted by Nature, from the healing of a therapeutic garden or farm to the expanse of the forest and wilderness. Diverse programs for people across the age spectrum, from rehabilitation, people living with dementia, those recovering from PTSD and other mental ill-health, to those living with physical disability, recovering from traumatic injury or critical health crisis, and more. The three authors share decades of professional knowledge and experience in a wide variety of applications of Nature Based Therapy. From the deserts of Australia to the misty waterways of New Zealand, a richly illustrated, beautiful resource portraying the benefits of including nature on our journey’s to health and wellness.

1 review for Nature Heals by Virginia Field, Karen Gray & Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis

  1. BadApplePress

    ‘Nature Heals’ offered a fascinating insight into nature-based therapies running on the other side of the world, in both Australia and New Zealand. The good news is it backs up everything I already firmly believe, in that a person-centred approach to green care can benefit those with both physical disabilities and mental ill health. Whether it be facilitating improvements physically, psychologically, socially, in learning or in connecting to nature around us, the work we here at Thrive do has value for those we work with, as well as for ourselves.

    The book is comprehensive in its exploration of green care and manages to look at case studies that back up the theory of its presentations. It also delves into the cultural significance of the work being undertaken, whether it be how cultures such as the Maori and Aboriginal Tribes have lived side by side with the natural world around them, or specific benefits of plants native to that part of the world.

    It shows not just a wide knowledge of nature-based therapy but also enthusiasm, belief and most importantly, passion for the subject being written about. Virginia Field, Karen Gray and Kerryn Coombs-Valeotis have written a book that is both accessible and informative, and should they ever find themselves on the other side of the world, it would be great to meet face to face and discuss the subjects they have written about so capably here further.

    Book Review by Mark Emery – featured in The Society for Horticultural Therapy known as Thrive

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