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.
I am Katriina, the heart, and hands of NatureMinded.
I come from environmental and social sciences, with a background in qualitative research, having worked in international and multidisciplinary user research 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.
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.
Besides the 8-week course on Mindfulness in the Buddhist I followed at the Triratna Boeddhistisch centrum in Gent to understand the roots of mindfulness, and to strengthen my own mindful way of life, I have received no formal training as a mindfulness trainer. Forest Mind, next to forest bathing, is another way to spend time in nature while exercising awareness of one’s experience.
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.
In March 2022 I finalized the Integrated Somatic Trauma Therapy training with the Embody Lab. Next to that, I followed a Trauma Informed Mindfulness trainer certificate training with David Treleaven in June 2022. These trainings allow me to work trauma-informed, integrating somatic practices into my forest-based well-being practices, and 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.