NATURE: The Way of BEAUTY

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  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 50% of Canadians ‘strongly agree’ that ‘natural areas are important for my family’s well-being’, with nearly the rest of Canadians (47%) ‘somewhat’ agreeing. 1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970. 2
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. 2
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind. 2
“Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.”
Albert Einstein

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike.”
John Muir

Protecting and connecting with the natural world are cornerstones of Living Ways.  Although modernity and technology have certain gifts, they leave many disconnected from and bereft of the beauty and magic of nature.  Integral to Living Ways’ approach to the healing of people and the planet is to profoundly reconnect people to nature. “In wildness is the preservation of our world”. H. D. Thoreau.

New disciplines of eco-therapy and eco-psychology have emerged of late, and have shown that reconnecting with the natural world is fundamental to health and wellbeing.  Similarly, Richard Louv’s New York Times bestseller “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder” has become a pivotal catalyst spurring a nationwide movement of educators, policy-makers and parents to ensure that children receive the essential experiences of nature. Although attention on the need to re-connect children, youth and adults to nature has exploded over the last decade, there are limited opportunities for people to actually experience this deep connection with nature, particularly for those with limited income.

The forests, streams and gardens of the retreat sanctuary of Living Ways provide nourishment and healing to those who seek to rest, rejuvenate, mourn or celebrate, whether individually, in small groups or larger gatherings. 

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
Anne Frank
Acknowledging nature as being a primary teacher of innate wisdom and source of healing and wellness is the foundation for many of the integrative programs at Living Ways. Deep connection with and reverence for nature will  inspire consciousness of how we live, leading to better care of ourselves, each other and the earth.

To Find out more about our projects visit our Project Sanctuary Page.

Sources:
1 Ipsos poll, February 2013
2 Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
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