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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Psychology

JUL 07: Dr. Rochelle Calvert – Healing with Nature

Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma

The WHO says more than 70% of us experience trauma; and 78% of those who’ve had a traumatic experience will develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, the average American spends 87% of their time indoors. It’s little wonder many of us spend most of our days with shoulders hunched around our ears.

Psychologist Dr. Rochelle Calvert shares how somatic healing, combined with mindfulness, and nature-based therapy, can help heal trauma and PTSD. We look at the science behind this therapy – and the research that shows the benefits of spending time in nature. We also share how to incorporate Dr. Calvert’s practices into everyday life.

About Dr. Rochelle Calvert

Rochelle Calvert, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, and the founder of New Mindful Life. She specializes in mindfulness, nature-based therapy, and somatic experiencing. Dr. Calvert works with individuals struggling with life transitions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain conditions, and eating disorders. She also works with families of developmentally delayed children and adults. Healing with Nature: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma is her first book.

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Psychology

DEC 02: Sue Stuart-Smith on The Restorative Power of Nature

The Well-Gardened Mind

Connecting with nature is vital to long-term physical and mental health, and in her new book, Sue Stuart-Smith delves into why and how. She combines insights from the latest neuroscience, with personal stories, and her own experiences as a mental health professional.

We discuss what Sue means by a well-gardened mind, and how to cultivate one. We explore why nature inspires many successful artists, and helps unleash creative inspiration. How our brains change when exposed to beauty. And how we can use our natural green surroundings to allow nature to nurture and heal mind, body, spirit.

The book was published just months before COVID hit our shores and — with mental health issues at an all time high in the US — today is a perfect time to revisit our  conversation.

About Sue Stuart-Smith

She’s a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and author of THE WELL-GARDENED MIND: The Restorative Power of Nature — a Sunday Times Bestseller. Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith teaches at Tavistock Clinic in London, and is a consultant to the UK DocHealth Service.

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Nature, Non Fiction, Wildlife

SEP 02: How Animals Help Improve Spiritual, Mental, Physical Well-Being with Richard Louv

Bringing you an interview today that was recorded with Richard Louv shortly before COVID 19, but is timely because study after study shows how spending more time in nature, and with animals, can help us manage stressful times.

Richard shares how connecting with animals can improve our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Why a coyote riding public transportation could become the new norm. How dogs can teach children ethical behavior. And … what Richard means when he  compares raccoons to Silicone Valley and Seattle technophiles.

Richard Louv is the author of ten books, and the co-founder and Chair Emeritus of The Children & Nature Network. In good company with icons like Sir David Attenborough and Rachel Carson, Richard Louv earned the prestigious Audubon Medal in 2008. Today we look at his new book Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform our Lives — and Save Theirs.

 

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Science

AUG 05: The Well-Gardened Mind with Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith

Mental health issues in America are at an all time high, and with everything that’s going on right now, it’s not surprising that many people are struggling.

Studies show that connecting with nature can lift our spirits and provide long-term health benefits. Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith shares insights, neuroscience, and anecdotes to help us understand why. We discuss what a well-gardened mind means. Why so many famous artists are inspired by nature. What happens to our brain when we see beauty. And how nature can heal mind, body, spirit.

Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith is an accomplished psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She currently teaches at the Tavistock Clinic in London and is a consultant to the UK DocHealth Service.  Her new book is THE WELL-GARDENED MIND: The Restorative Power of Nature.

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