PERSBERICHT: Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen ondersteunt NatureMinded bij de ontwikkeling van innovatief welzijnspad in Vurste

Woensdag 18 december 2019 — De Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen ondersteunt de ontwikkeling en de praktische realisatie van een ‘Veerkrachtpad’ in het bosgebied op de site ‘Borgwal’ van de zorginstelling Broeder Ebergiste in Vurste. De deputatie verleent een éénmalige toelage van 5 000 EUR aan het innovatieve project van het Merelbeekse NatureMinded. Het Veerkrachtpad bestaat uit eenContinue reading “PERSBERICHT: Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen ondersteunt NatureMinded bij de ontwikkeling van innovatief welzijnspad in Vurste”

Thoughts & ideas after BOS+Badweekend

My tent is still drying in the veranda as I am writing this. This past weekend I got to take part in the event supported and funded by BOS+ (my favourite forest advocate organisation in Flanders) and CM (my favourite health insurance provider in Flanders). The concept of the weekend was to offer people different kindsContinue reading “Thoughts & ideas after BOS+Badweekend”

Forest Bathing Pocket book – Zakboek voor het bosbaden

Stapschoenen aan en het bos in trekken. Even tot rust komen in de natuur. Het is een efficiënte manier om te ontspannen in deze stressvolle tijden. Hoe langer, hoe meer ontdekken wetenschappers wat bosfans al langer intuïtief aanvoelden: het bos is goed voor je! De natuurlijke stoffen die je binnenkrijgt tijdens een boswandeling maken jeContinue reading “Forest Bathing Pocket book – Zakboek voor het bosbaden”

How the wild child can save nature

Some weeks ago the biggest nature organisation in Flanders, Natuurpunt, shared an article that was titled “How the wild child can save nature” (Hoe het wilde kind de natuur kan redden). It got me thinking about how there´s still a knowledge gap between what we well-meaning adults think our children need and what they actuallyContinue reading “How the wild child can save nature”

Thoughts about the different approaches to Forest Therapy

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the definition of Forest Therapy and my approach to Forest Mind. What I realize is, my approach, which is inspired by Metsämieli is still my own interpretation and adaption of a highly Finnish approach to the Flemish soil. At the moment when I was looking for aContinue reading “Thoughts about the different approaches to Forest Therapy”

30/30 campaign: promoting physical and mental health through daily exercise in nature

The  naturalness of the residential environment has been associated with a lower prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress (Cox et al., 2017).  Furthermore, people who have access to green spaces in their neighborhood, use these areas more and tend to be physically more active (Pietilä et al., 2015). Finally, people with a strong connection withContinue reading “30/30 campaign: promoting physical and mental health through daily exercise in nature”

Relationship lessons from nature

This text I wrote originally appeared on March 29th, 2018 on Healing Forest,  an amazing initiative that aims to connect people and forests for both of their health. This text is edited by my dear friend and colleague Nitin Das, the man behind the well-loved film, India´s Healing Forests.  What can nature teach us aboutContinue reading “Relationship lessons from nature”

Conclusions from Workshop on Connectedness with Nature

On 4th of October 2018, the University of Antwerp, the Province of Antwerp and the Belgian Community of Practice Biodiversity and Health, together with many other organizations, including NatureMinded  organized the Natuur op verwijziging (Nature on prescription) – event. As the closing event of the Light on Green project and as part of the HealthcareContinue reading “Conclusions from Workshop on Connectedness with Nature”