Beech Tree

The magnificent Beech Tree, Mother of the woods. Beech trees rise up and stand tall often to approx 140 feet high. They spread their canopies out to nearly as wide to approx 130 feet, offering a cool and dry place on the forest floor. Her bark is smooth and silky and invites your hands to…

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Balance

Balance is what we all strive for. Sometimes I think this can be missed with the focus always on slowing down, meditating and the parasympathetic nervous system. However in reality we need all elements in our life. I was reminded of this recently, by one of teachers and mentors Lucas Rockwood, when he was discussing…

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Touch Wood

An expression that most of us know and use. I read this post below this morning from Ian Banyard a fellow nature connector and found it quite thought provoking. 🌳 TOUCH WOOD 🌳 A saying originating from the pagan (country dweller)belief that good spirits reside in trees such as oak, and hence, touching wood helps…

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Getting back to nature: how forest bathing can make us feel better

It is believed that time spent under the green canopy is critical in fighting a number of diseases and conditions. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Observer The Japanese have known for years that spending mindful time in the woods is beneficial for body and soul. Now western doctors – and royals – agree Harriet Sherwood @harrietsherwood Sat…

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Tree Hugger

The origin of the term “Tree hugger” The first tree huggers were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Bishnois branch of Hinduism, who, in 1730, died while trying to protect the trees in their village from being turned into the raw material for building a palace. They literally clung to the trees, while…

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Are you Time Sick?

Time Sick – a fabulous phrase coined by one of my ANFT teachers, Vicky Kyan. She used this and explained what this meant to her, on one of our training sessions. This phrase has stayed with me and mulls around into my mind at various times begging to be explored and then again and again,…

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Nature relationship vs Nature reconnection

A Different Way…… A great article written by friend and fellow ANFT graduate Scott Poynton where he explores the difference between connection and relationship with nature. A great read and video. He says…. “We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how good it is for our overall well-being to spend time in Nature. I believe…

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Do you need to be guided in nature?

We all know that spending time in nature is good for us and many of us have turned towards spending more time outside during this last year. So, why would we need to be guided in nature? We all know how to walk, hike or just spend time in nature; is this not the same…

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We own the Forests

Poem by Hans Børli Tanslated from Norwegian by: Louis muinzer 1952. I have never owned a tree. None of my people have ever owned a tree – though my family’s life-path winds over centuries’ blue heights of forest. Forest in storm, forest in calm – forest, forest, forest, through all the years. My people were…

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