Time in Nature is fundamental to the Naturalshift programme. If you sign up to Naturalshift, your deep immersion time in nature may be close to your home or work.
Alternatively your experience may be a small group retreat in a magical natural place known only to Naturalshift.
We will look at a mixture of quiet solo time, listening to and learning from nature, movement in nature, embodiment and coaching exercises and facilitated group work. There won’t be any flip charts and pens!
It’s about letting go in Nature. Getting away from the stresses and strains of working life and allowing yourself space to see more clearly, think more deeply and open up your heart.
We are Nature
Native Americans recognise that they are a part of nature not a ruler of it. Plants and animals are companions, healers, teachers, spirit messengers, and even younger siblings needing protection at times. If business could make a shift to this way of thinking, to respect, to honouring, to loving nature, what a difference we would see in this world.
The Cherokee women, when picking ginseng, to leave the first three plants untouched and to say a prayer before digging up the fourth leaving a bead as a gift to the plant’s spirit. By performing such honouring and appreciation, the Earth spirits are encouraged to continue their gifts of food, guidance and even protection.
Among native people, everything that comes from the Earth must be honoured, when it is the gifts become more sacred and the communications more clear and powerful.
Positive Effects of Nature
According to proponents of environmental psychology, spending time in nature rather than human-made environments has three positive effects:
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Improved cognitive performance
There are two mainstream psychology theories that attempt to explain these outcomes: