Green Prescriptions

Green prescriptions are becoming increasingly popular as the research documenting physical, emotional, cognitive, and creative benefits has become more prevalent.

Recent Articles on Green Prescriptions:

  1. https://www.treehugger.com/amp/ontario-doctors-prescribe-time-nature-patients-5115293
  2. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/02/22/ontario-doctors-set-to-turn-over-a-new-leaf-with-program-that-lets-them-prescribe-nature-to-ailing-patients.html
  3. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-bc-medical-group-launches-program-to-prescribe-nature-instead-of/

Contemplative time in nature, otherwise referred to as Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku, has been found to result in many physical and emotional benefits, including:

  • Improved immunity (NK cells)
  • Improved mood (serotonin increases, cortisol decreases)
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Reduced ruminating thoughts 
  • Increased present-moment awareness
  • Improved perceived quality of life
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Regulated blood sugar
  • Increased feeling of social connection and empathy
  • Fostered understanding of interdependence
  • Improved sustained attention and memory
  • Increased creativity
  • Improved spiritual wellbeing

Credentials of Program Supervisor:

  • PhD Psychology
  • Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide
  • Certified Interfaith Spiritual Director
  • Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (in process)

We have a team of facilitators with backgrounds in forest bathing in combination with meditation, physiotherapy, massage therapy, counseling, and spiritual direction (interfaith/ no faith tradition).

We can support people who are experiencing:

  • loneliness or anxiety
  • symptoms of acute or chronic illness or injury
  • chronic pain 
  • mild concussion
  • overwhelm from caregiving responsibilities 
  • adjustment to a critical or chronic health diagnosis (self or family member)
  • a challenge in accepting human mortality (self or loved one)
  • a challenge in slowing down and adopting self-care practices
  • a desire for a mind-body or mind-body-soul approach to wellness

Approach:

According to the health care provider recommendations or wishes of the individual, our programming can incorporate:

  • forest bathing/ shinrin-yoku
  • mindfulness &/or meditation
  • contemplative conversation
  • spiritual direction

We specialize in supporting people who are experiencing a primary physical health issue who may also have secondary mental health challenges such as anxiety or stress. We do not offer psychotherapy.

Health Care Providers – You can refer your patients to us or invite them to contact us directly. 

Individuals – You can contact us directly if you would like to explore the use of nature-based mindfulness, guided meditation/visualizations, and nature connection practices to support your physical, emotional and if desired, spiritual, wellbeing.

Groups – If you lead a group of people facing similar challenges, you are welcome to contact us for group programming.

Packages:

Three individualized 1 hr sessions $200

Three individualized 1 hr sessions and one group program for $230

A written summary of individualized practice recommendations (add on) $100

Additional group 3 hr virtual nature-immersion retreat can be accessed for $50

Additional individualized 1 hr session $70

Contact: 

To book a session or obtain more information, please reach out to us: info@ecowisdom.ca