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The Solitude Series

Jennifer Stitt & The Garrison Institute

In 1852, Herman Melville described the dark depravity of silence. “All
profound things, and emotions of things are preceded and attained by
Silence,”
Melville wrote.  Read on t
o discover the power of solitude for yourself.

 

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Nature-based therapy is an antidote to climate fatalism

Southwest Journal

In early December, Minneapolis joined the ranks of approximately two dozen U.S. cities by declaring a climate emergency. This declaration highlights the alarming fact that the impacts of climate change are not just future threats: The climate apocalypse is already here. 

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The Powers of Immersion and Mindfulness: Forest Bathing

DeepRoot

Those of us who are in environmental fields or simply have an affinity for backyard gardening are familiar with the benefits of being surrounded by nature.  Now there is a great amount of research on the mental and physical benefits of spending intentional, mindful time outdoors, especially in forests.

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Far from being 'woo woo,' research shows that forest bathing is calming and stress-reducing

Star Tribune

David Motzenbecker, founder of Minneapolis-based forest bathing provider Motz Studios, has been taking others on guided walks for a year. His participants range from tourists who find the experience on Airbnb to students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

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The mental health benefits of ‘forest bathing’

MinnPost

Three hours in the woods: Young adulthood is a time of challenges, but for the group of Minneapolis Community and Technical College students that accompanied counselor Jamal Adam on a guided forest therapy walk earlier this spring, the idea of 180 phone-free minutes with nothing but nature for distraction felt hard to fathom.

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