Founded in 2016 (Merelbeke, Belgium), NatureMinded is a research and consultancy cooperation that aims to make persons and companies mindful about nature’s positive effects on health and psychology – at home, in public space, and at work. We provide applied research and training on nature’s beneficial effects, tailored to your specific situation and needs. Our approach is interdisciplinary and evidence-based: our projects and research focus on how nature can be integrated in, and be of value for architecture, landscaping, healthcare, educational settings, marketing, and business.
I am Katriina, the “heart and hands” of NatureMinded.
I come from environmental and social sciences and am an experienced user researcher, having worked in international and multidisciplinary projects in innovation & technology. Next to my current work running NatureMinded, I´m continuing my studies in Environmental Psychology focusing on Outdoor Environments for Health and Wellbeing at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. I am also 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.
Because nature connection is both my interest and my passion, I like to practice what I preach. Forest Mind is another practical way to contribute to promoting mindfull time spent in nature. I lead guided walks on request.
Finally, I am a believer in an outdoorsy lifestyle as a promoter of health, and especially so for children in urban environments. I have composed and assembled nature education material for children and educators. On top of that, I am trained as a Metsämörri guide, following the popular Scandinavian outdoor education method, as well as a certified nature guide (Natuurpunt CVN).
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.