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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