Learn why humans have an innate love of Nature and how Sharing Nature training brings it to surface.
“Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein
Why do patients who have undergone surgery recover more quickly if their room has a view of a garden? Why does taking a walk in a forest improve health? Why is it that merely watching nature documentaries leads to measurable increase in happiness? Why do people who live in greener parts of the city have a more positive outlook on life and higher life satisfaction?
The answer may lie in – Biophilia – the notion that humans are wired to connect with Nature. That we have an innate urge to emotionally affiliate with Nature. Not necessarily consciously, often we may not even be aware of this drive inside us, but we’re always seeking to bond with the living, the natural. This tendency is universal. All of us are born with it. For this very reason, Sharing Nature training is for everyone. We celebrate the human-nature connection and our activities are designed to make you aware of the joy and fulfilment inherent in it.
That said, while everyone benefits from Sharing Nature training, some will gain more because they may be in a position to spread these experiences. These are educators, parents, and leaders. Then there are are other groups who can benefit personally as well as professionally. From health care and wellness industry – doctors, surgeons, those working in different healing modalities, yoga teachers. From eco-tourism and hospitality sectors – resort owners and professionals. Those engaged in environment and forestry areas may benefit from a new way of looking at nature – a right brain, emotionally dominant view. Nature enthusiasts and outdoor activity professionals will gain as well. Those seeking truth and spiritual upliftment may wish to awaken their awe for the creations of the supreme.
“If I didn’t know what wind was, I might believe it was the hand of God running fingers through my hair.”
— Roc Morin, journalist and author of “&”
Find Yourself Rejuvenated and Inspired
There is now overwhelming research to show that spending time in Nature brings physiological and psychological benefits. A recent meta-study involving more than 290 million people, compared 140 past studies to state that spending time in Nature reduces the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth while also reducing blood pressure, heart rate and stress and increasing sleep duration.
Sharing Nature training, however, goes much further than just spending time in Nature, as it involves deep nature play. The key distinguishing factor is the quality and level of engagement that makes you feel one with Nature and brings out those positive emotional reactions. Leaving you with a deeply memorable experience that you can tap at any time just by closing your eyes and recalling it at will.
Discover Feelings You Didn’t Know Exist In You
Sharing Nature allows participants to emotionally bond with Nature. In various activities, a player sometimes acts out an animal, interviews a river, pretends to be part of a tree, and captures an image of a beautiful landscape through her inner lens – one she will remember for years. Other activities allow the player to reflect upon and express in writing some of the emotions she experienced.
Acting out in ways dictated not by logic but according to feelings, she finds that her inner child is not just acknowledged, but is encouraged. As the player experiences, acts out, reflects upon and shares these emotions – a previously unrecognised aspect of the individual finds expression for the first time and remains with her long after the training has culminated.
Have Fun, Touch Your Inner Child Through Play
If you’re like most adults, you’re probably play-deprived. In Deep Nature Play Joseph Cornell writes about how adults benefit from play:
Some adults feel that sensory awareness games are solely for children. I’ve been amused to see how parents, at the beginning of family programs, will gently push their children toward me, then themselves stand at the back, their arms folded across their chests. When I tell the parents that I need them to partner with their children to play a game, they are more than eager to help. Immediately, the adults are playing just as enthusiastically as the children. All of us, no matter our age, can benefit from joyful, living contact with the earth. Playful nature games help teens and adults experience life with a child’s natural exuberance, and reconnect us with the innocence and joy of our own childhoods.
Learn to Nurture Your Right Brain
While the left side of the brain views the world as separate, fragmented, in an abstract and narrow manner, the right side sees the interconnections, the holistic view, the big picture, and things laden with meaning. Where left brain is analytical, acquisitive, literal and detached; the right is engaged, empathetic, receptive, and intuitive. Control and manipulation is associated with the left while opening up to the possibilities is associated with the right brain.
As we describe in the section titled “The Shift”, human society and economy has been built on left brain skills but increasingly those skills are not sufficient for success and there is a clear societal trend towards right brain values. Sharing Nature activities can help you prepare for this new recognition by developing right brain qualities.
As the training emphasises emotions and generates a feeling of oneness with Nature, we naturally tend to gravitate from the fragmented towards the whole. All games and activities are non-competitive, and there is no analysis or study involved so left brain application is kept to the minimum. But there is a lot of beauty, sensory stimulation and a feeling of love and appreciation, all of which nurture the right brain aspects of player’s personality.
Improve Relationship With Your Child or Loved One
In his book Deep Nature Play, Joseph Cornell describes how a simple sensory awareness game allowed his friend to help her 73-year-old grandmother ailing from Alzheimer’s disease find relief for the first time in several years. Because Sharing Nature games are fun and engaging, they provide an opportunity to improve strained relationships between parent-child and between loved ones. Once you’re able to overcome initial reluctance on your part on part of the person you wish to involve, both parties will discover creation of a joyful new bond as they engage in play.
Discover a Completely New Way of Relating with Nature
We have all experienced Nature in various ways such as, hikes, walks, adventure activities and perhaps more. While all of these experiences can be enjoyable, the relationship they foster with Nature is one between observer and the object being observed. There is a clear separation between the two. At Sharing Nature we try to bridge this gap through play that makes the player become one with Nature.
“If you want to motivate people, first touch their hearts, because it is their feelings that will inspire their thoughts and behavior,”
– Legendary naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.
While in traditional activities such as river rafting Nature serves as a source of thrill and gives one a sense of exhilaration through a feeling of domination, Sharing Nature considers Nature as a living entity. Our activities focus on emotions or feelings of the participant. All tasks or challenges in our games are designed to help adults and children deepen their relationship with Nature through unique ways of emotionally connecting with Nature.
Enhance Learning, Make it Fun, Experiential and Memorable
Sharing Nature training offers inspired and joyful learning experiences that makes ecology—not just a concept—but a life-changing awareness. It gives participants inspiration, as well as the tools and techniques to make learning fun, experiential and memorable. Many of the benefits to participants – such as impact on imagination and creativity, memory and cognition, increase in attention span and more – are described in section: Why Attend.
Our workshops will train participants in a teaching method that can be adapted to teach any subject using experiential learning. It is essentially a sequence of activities discovered by Sharing Nature founder Joseph Cornell that accelerates flow of inspiration.
This highly effective outdoor learning strategy called Flow Learning™, was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the work of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Flow Learning is described here in greater detail.