Founded in 2016 (Merelbeke, Belgium), NatureMinded is a research and consultancy cooperation that aims to make persons and companies mindful of nature’s positive effects on health and psychology – at home, in public space, and at work. We provide applied research, solutions, and training on nature’s beneficial effects, tailored to your specific situation and needs. Our approach is interdisciplinary, trauma-informed, and evidence-based: our projects focus increasingly on the wicked problems caused by the pandemic on the human psyche and overall wellbeing.
I am Katriina, the heart, and hands of NatureMinded.
I come from environmental and social sciences, with a sturdy background in qualitative research, having worked in international and multidisciplinary projects in innovation & technology. Next to my current work running NatureMinded, I am half-time employed by the forest advocate organization BOS+, where I deal with international projects on the theme of nature, health & nature connection. I am a thesis away from graduating with a Master in Environmental Psychology focusing on Outdoor Environments for Health and Wellbeing at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Because nature connection is both my interest and my passion, I like to practice what I preach. Together with my fellow forest lovers, we have organized the International Forest Therapy Days (IFTDays) since 2018. IFTDays brings together scientists, practitioners, and other “friends of the forest” united around the common theme of reconnecting with forests for the health of the planet. You can read the feedback about our past two events here.
I have received no formal training as a mindfulness trainer, besides the 8-week course on Mindfulness in the Buddhist way which I followed at the Triratna Boeddhistisch centrum Gent to understand the roots of mindfulness, and to strengthen my own mindful way of life. Next to forest bathing, I attempt to live in a mindful manner even outside of the forest. Forest Mind helps me in this, as it is another way to spend time in nature, while re of ones experience. You can book your guided Forest Mind (up to 2hrs), Forest Bathing (3hrs), or Resilience walks (up to 2hrs) with me.
I am a believer in an outdoorsy lifestyle as a promoter of health, especially so for children in urban environments. I have composed and assembled nature education material for children and educators. I am trained as a Metsämörri guide, following the popular Scandinavian outdoor education method, as well as a certified nature guide (Natuurpunt CVN).
I am a member of the Green Care Finland ry, an association that works to coordinate, develop and promote the use of nature (and animal) assisted (NAI) methods in combination with wellbeing and health services in Finland.
I have recently finalized Integrated Somatic Trauma Therapy training for which receive a certificate from the Embody Lab in March 2022. Next to that, I followed a Trauma Informed Mindfulness trainer certificate training with David Treleaven for which I received a certificate in June 2022. These trainings allows me to work trauma-informed, integrating somatic practices into my forest-based wellbeing practices, thus deepening the healing aspect of the forest-based activities I lead.
But no woman is an island. The backbone of the interdisciplinary NatureMinded projects are the trusted experts from environmental psychology, public sector, natural sciences, health care, and creative sector with whom I collaborate within each context.