Nature Therapy Benefits – Feel Good Factor

Nature Therapy Benefits – Feel Good Factor

Back to Nature

 

 The Connacht Tribune has run a feature on Crann Og Eco Farm promoting the importance of Nature and the positive effects it has on our daily lives.

Connecting with nature through guided Nature Therapy Walks, Nature School and ReNature Retreats helps us slow down and relax, reduces stress, strengthens our immune system and lifts our mood.

We have been talking about nature therapy benefits since 2004. Visitors and participants emerge from Crann Og reconnected, restored and relaxed. Their shoulders drop, their smiles broaden and they sleep deeper.

 

 

It was fantastic to have such a lengthy feature written about Crann Og and Marion, helping to promote the cause of getting people back to nature for well being and health, emotional and physical. Many thanks to Judy Murphy of the Connacht Tribune for such a good article!

Marion will be giving an introduction to Nature Therapy Walks at the BurrenBeo Landscape Symposium on 10th – 12th March 2017.

Get more info about our ReNature Retreats here.

Follow this link for Nature Therapy Walks.

Read the online article here.

 

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Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

Teens + Nature = TEENature: Nature Smart Camps

One of Ireland's best Summer Camps!

 

We host TEENature Summer Camps at Crann Og Eco Farm, County Galway Ireland in July and August.

These camps were listed in The Irish Times as one of Ireland’s 50 best things to do with kids this summer!

TEENature is a natural progression for teenagers from usual outdoor experiences into a deeper connection with Nature. Teaching is done by way of the Art of Mentoring and among many other benefits, leads to enhanced self esteem and self confidence.

In this era of high rates of obesity in teenagers, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression, Richard Louv’s research has led him to coin the term Nature Deficit Disorders in his book “Last Child In The Woods”.

By exploring wilderness through playfully challenging activities, basic survival skills and community living on a camp site.

Teamwork, problem solving, building resilience and competent risk taking while developing physical fitness and motor skills are all integral parts of living in Nature.

TEENature is tailored to inspire enthusiasm and curiosity to learn from Nature, discovering facts and mysteries. Games and exercises help to expand sensory awareness, focus the mind and enhance relaxation and intuition.

Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!

The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.

Or as Sir David Attenborough put it:

No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced”.

Click here to read the full article.

Forest School Pilot Project

Forest School Pilot Project

October 2015

Throughout the month of October we hosted a big bunch of enthusiastic kids for Marion’s Pilot Forest School Program.  This is to complete Marion’s certification as a Forest School Trainer.

Interest in the pilot program was strong and we were full to the brim with kids eager to learn and play in nature.  It was a joy for us all who took part to watch the kids open to the process and become more comfortable playing, learning and being in nature.  We noticed we had a few adult hangers on too, as the classes slipped by!

The kids learned about all sorts of stuff like:

  • shelter building
  • fire making
  • tree identification
  • wildlife watching and tracking
  • connecting with plants and trees
  • playing and sculpting with mud
  • playing with water
  • forest playground with low ropes, swings and climbing poles
  • blindfolded and animal mimikry games
  • camouflage and stalking

The program was such a great success and was enjoyed by all….and not just the kids!  Visit our Nature School page for our full program of kids and teens nature schooling in 2016.  We kick off in March 2016.

Forest School Teacher Training

Forest School Teacher Training

Nature is Our Teacher

It was our great pleasure to host the first Forest School Teacher Training in the West of Ireland, by Huathe Forest Schooling.

Not only did we host the training course of July 8th to 12th, but our Marion was also on the course as she continued her certification to enable our very own Nature School here at Crann Og.  This will see a culmination in Marion’s training going back to her youth combining social pedagogy, natural living, bush craft and survival skills, and place based learning.

We are all very excited about starting up our Nature School in 2016, which will be prefaced by Marion’s pilot course in October 2015, which completes her certification process. We will all be involved and it promises to be a lot of fun!  Details of the pilot course coming soon!  Visit our Nature School page for all the updates and course dates.

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