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 (graduation keeps getting postponed due to work). .
Because nature connection is both my interest and my passion, I like to practice what I preach. Together with my some fellow forest lovers, we have given form to and 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.
Forest Mind is another practical way to contribute to promoting mindful time spent in nature. I lead guided Forest Mind, Resilience, and Forest Bathing walks on request. To strengthen my own mindfulness skills, I participated in the 8-week course of Mindfulness in the Buddhist way with the Triratna Boeddhistisch centrum Gent.
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 of which I will receive a certificate in March 2022. This training 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.