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

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

$50.00 $42.50

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. 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.

With ‘Nature Heals’ allied health practitioners and therapists in Australia and New Zealand have a comprehensive, reliable and inspiring guide to the local practice of Nature-based, green and horticultural therapies. The authors have harnessed decades of practice in a range of therapeutic environments and distilled their collective knowledge into a readable text that comprehensively describes how to develop and deliver programs in this multi-disciplined technique. There are numerous case studies from the authors and more from colleagues across Australia and New Zealand that illustrate the technique as applied in a range of clinical environments where the work is currently being practiced or trialled.

This comprehensive snapshot of what is happening in Australia and New Zealand applies to a range of health care settings illustrating the stages and processes of utilising gardens and nature as therapy. The authors bring together theoretical and practical elements, from designing the program and settings, through to the delivery, reporting and evaluations. Facilitators share their stories on how to tailor programs to meet the diverse needs of specific groups. Case studies are provided for working with refugees, aged dementia care, mental illness, veterans, youth at risk, disabilities, prisoners, children, grief and carers.

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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.

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ISBN

Nature Heals ISBN 9781684541638

Authors

Virginia Field, Karen Gray, Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis

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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