Ecotherapy is not a new concept but the defining of the approach as a specific therapeutic intervention may seem like a new and outrageous idea. The purpose of “Ecotherapy” is to simply allow nature and our interactions with nature to sooth the soul. I base my Ecotherapy approach upon the foundations of Shinrin-yoku or Japanese forest bathing. Forest bathing, simply “being in the presence of trees” became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982. As a member of the National Association of Forest Therapy and a longtime outdoor adventurer and “tree hugger”, nature has always played a large part in my philosophical approach to healing both myself and others. This evidence-based practice not only promotes physical health but allows space for mental and emotional healing as well as meditative practice. We live in a time of great technological innovation. As a consequence of this gift, we have forgotten how to slow down and spend time with ourselves as we bustle through our ever increasing daily responsibilities. Ecotherapy allows for this time while utilizing the natural offerings of our beautiful planet.
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