The Healing Power of Nature

Wednesday, July 107:00—8:00 PMBrenner RoomRockport Public Library17 School Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

Do experiences in nature heal us? Can an outdoor view enable surgical patients to recover faster? Can pleasant natural vistas decrease heart rates and trigger calming changes in the brain? Can a healing balm emitted by evergreens contribute to an increase in “natural killer cells” and improved immune function? The answer is yes! A growing body of research from around the world demonstrates the positive impacts of nature on physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being at all stages of life. 

This illustrated and interactive presentation offers an overview of research on nature’s healing power, including the mindful forest walking pioneered and practiced in Japan as “Shin-rin Yoku” (literally translated as “forest bathing”). Presentation was developed and will be delivered by Mary Jacobsen, teacher-naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats.

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