12 August 2018

What reconnection with nature?

GO TO MEET NATURE


The ideology of our society maintains the idea of ​​a separation from nature. In fact, it has been pushed out of the cities, or remains there only where it has been economically valorized, in a controlled form. This same control has become the norm in our campaigns. Ecologically sound ecosystems remain, however, if one knows where to look. It is there, in the forests, in the mountains, in the nature reserves and other sensitive natural spaces that there is the “non-human” who grows up and heals us from many evils of the civilization. Because this nature, contained outside the walls of the city, will not come to us, it is up to us to take the first step, to leave our comfort zone to find comfort. Go to the school of nature to tap its well-being at the source. To develop a naturalistic knowledge. To confront otherness to no longer feel separated from the canvas of the living.

Some examples of activities:

    Nature outings

Organizing nature outings is a fundamental entry into a therapeutic approach to nature. This type of activity can be coupled with the integration of a sports and nature leisure dimension such as hiking, orientation races, horseback riding in the forest, etc. These practices require minimal preparation and must be based on a strategy of inclusion and anticipation of travel constraints.

    Naturalism

The naturalistic activity is an interesting activity in that it allows both to appropriate the environment and to discover an unknown reality, that of its close environment.

    Wild picking and gleaning

Wild gathering is an activity that requires a minimum of training and security especially if the gathering is for consumption. The gathering is an ancestral activity that crosses naturalism, sensoriality and use of the picked product. Picking is interesting in that it allows to cross the sensory and approaches and plays on a work of recognition and sharing quite effective.

    Animal mediation

The meeting with animals is a constructive and particularly rich meeting. The animal mediation practices make it possible to develop exceptional communication relationships with sensitive living beings.

 

FIND NATURE IN YOURSELF


If we are cultural beings, we are still beings of nature above all – sentient beings. We believe that the negation of this state of affairs causes great suffering, both physical and psychological. Indeed, we live today in a society that pushes us to consider all that is valuable is cerebral, and to consider our body as a vehicle for this brain placed on a pedestal. Likewise, we underestimate our ability to interact with the world through our senses because they have been domesticated, confiscated by a growing and alienating technology. But by a number of very gentle exercises, it is possible to gradually reclaim our body and our senses, and thus develop another relationship to the world based on both intuition and empirical knowledge – allowing, for example, to decipher the signs of nature to find one’s way just by reading one’s environment.

Some examples of activities:

Developing our five senses: becoming aware of our senses atrophied by decades of an artificial and virtual environment, and through repeated exercises, reclaim lost abilities to see the world in a new light.
Learning to read a landscape: beyond the apparent chaos of nature, learn to deconstruct our environment from the eye to perceive the intrinsic order and logic.
To find one’s natural compass: to know how to decipher the signs of nature to find one’s bearings just by reading our environment.
Hoofs: learn to recognize the tracks of animals, to post oneself where it is necessary, to be silent and patient to finally see the fox, the badger, the deer so much hoped for.

 

INVITE NATURE IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT


After leaving society to meet a healthy nature resonating with our own share of nature, physical and inner, it is necessary to return to reinvest the places in which we live. Renaturing them for our well-being, that of the environment and the community. Because only a healthy environment will keep us healthy. This is all the more important in institutional settings that can easily, by their original design, be cold and artificial. Through this renaturation process, we also aim to find a less arrogant place in the biosphere to learn how to inhabit the planet as neighbors, not as owners, and thus establish the foundations of a sustainable world.

Some examples of activities:

Reintroducing plants and plant diversity into living spaces using techniques adapted to any context: creation of plant walls, vivariums, landscaping of balconies or in a biodiversity refuge, permacultural strategies for indoor plants, manufacturing of seed bombs, reinvesting the streets to sow and plant in the interstices …

    Promote the presence of animals in living spaces:

Attract birds through a nest box or a ball of fat, create a small pond or aquarium, make an insect hotel, promote the presence of pollinators by sowing flowers … There are a thousand and one ways to make his environment more alive by inviting new neighbors.

    Integrate the fundamentals of biophilic design

When it is too difficult to renature a place, is it still possible to draw inspiration from the living to (re) design our built environments, using forms, patterns, materials and other allusions to nature influencing our brain to respond favorably.

    horticultural therapy

Introducing the presence of plants in the living space, including the creation of therapeutic gardens, allows to benefit from the psychological contributions of gardening and physical activity that is done with plants.