Back2Nature, Wellness & Ecotourism Genres

Back2Nature, Wellness & Ecotourism Genres

Why do we contribute to events of this Nature?

 

Humanity as a collective has moved away from its natural state of being, that is in harmony with all of nature. It is from nature that humanity has arisen and derives its sustenance.

Humanity in its pursuit of consumerism in a predominant state of doing, as opposed to being, is destroying the environment on which it depends for survival, creativity and wellbeing.

 

This apparent inability to live in harmony with nature reflects disharmony within ourselves collectively.

We tend to ridicule and even attack any that attempt to live outside of the accepted paradigm or demonstrate to others how to be self sufficient of mind, body and soul. This reflects deep insecurity and surely a lack of wisdom, or at least a lack of willingness to act wisely. Most of us are complicit in this, either by action, inaction or both.

We support and advocate any activity that helps others to remember this most important aspect of our lives. Humanity has drifted far from nature and it would seem that it is attempting to ‘conquer’ nature and even destroy it. This has arisen in the pursuit of false dreams of happiness derived from possession, consumption and obedience to corporatism, and one may say, addiction to obedience. Not to mention extreme indifference and arrogance relating to the rest of life on planet earth.

True there are many people in the world living harmoniously with the rest of life, but on average as a collective, we still have a lot we can do differently.

We have ‘unlearned’ all that was once considered wise. It seems we need to reverse this process, which is surely a process of remembering, it is instinctive, many of us know this to be true, it is felt in our hearts and we feel the growing pressure of its re-emergence. We can not deny it……we ignore it at our own demise.

It is for this reason we are committed to working in the fields we do. Any activity, action or endeavour that leads an individual or more to this remembering process is highly valuable. Essentially also, if it is achieved with no ‘real cost’ to the environment or disadvantage of others.

This is no small achievement!

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Creating Awesome Nature Experiences

Creating Awesome Nature Experiences

Welcome to Eco Freelance!

 

We help good people create and manage experiences, venues and projects that support wellness, natural health, return to nature, conservation and education.

Retreats, ecotourism, self discovery and nature affinity are what we do, providing wise, contemporary and professional support for such endeavours to thrive.  We are Paul King and Merle Diekmann, welcome to our new website launched April 11th 2017.

These are types of projects we love to get awesome for:

  • Back to nature experiences
  • Ecotourism, sustainable & responsible tourism
  • Nature retreats
  • Outdoor & survival skills training
  • Meditation and yoga retreats & venues
  • Spiritual retreat centres
  • Wilderness adventures
  • Holistic health training venues
  • Wellbeing and wellness retreats
  • Environmental conservation
  • Spas & health resorts
  • Voluntourism & experiential tourism
Alternative ways of living are a massive interest for us, to explore different ways of relating to the world, working, contributing and growing.

 

For us it doesn’t have to be the standard way of doing things, in fact, the more different the better in our book.  To be mobile and adaptable allows us freedom to explore.  We like to ‘put down roots’ for interesting long term projects in beautiful environments too!

Our Mission Statement

The wellbeing of humanity and viability of earth and all its species is dependent on all people re-establishing a healthy relationship with the natural world.  To be eco-tourists and conservationists is not enough, we all must realise our interdependence with nature.

To this end we wish only to support and promote projects, individuals, groups and communities engaged in providing experiences and places to rediscover this affinity.  By contributing the skills, experience and dedication for such ventures to thrive. It is our work, our vocation and life.

Our Journey To Here

We love nature obviously, and exploring this big wide world.  Leaning towards the quiet zen like approach we are our happiest when in nature and being part of experiences that bring others into connection with the world around us and the deeper experience of self

We have travelled different paths encompassing: environmental work, wellness therapies, meditation, retreats, construction, project management, consulting, nature and survival skills, broad travel and cultural exploration, extensive volunteering and an innate connection to nature.

Our respective journeys of experiential research have shown us that we are here to support humanity’s return back to nature and self.

Custom Collaborations

Your project is unusual, it’s niche, extraordinary.  We know that projects, experiences and venues like yours are altruistic in nature and need support of a similar ethos.

Thus we are interested in collaborations combining:

  • hire payment
  • revenue sharing in onsite project collaboration/partnership
  • on project living arrangements
  • on-site project management
  • services and experience exchange and barter
  • community participation
  • project caretaking, short to long term
  • travel adventures

Please enjoy our website, follow the links for an Overview, Services we offer, About Us, Collaborate with Us.

Contact Us today to chat about your needs, your ideas and inspirations.  We look forward to collaborating with like minded folk!

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Amazing Facts About Nature Connection

Amazing Facts About Nature Connection

The Power of Nature

We humans are a part of all the natural life on this planet, we come from nature.

Throughout evolution we have always been in and with nature, in fact we are inseparable from our environment.  No organism can exist without an environment.  We rely on our environment, nature, for food, water, air, shelter and energy.  Without nature, we can not exist.

But the modern lifestye has distracted us from a healthy relationship to the natural world and our consumption habits and addictions are altering and destroying our environment, the nature on which we rely for our existence. Most of us are never without our smartphones or far from an internet connection

We are seemingly more networked and connected with each other than ever before, but are we really?  Instant access to information is prevalent in modern society.  But information is not neccessarily knowledge, or wisdom.

It is clear, and there is plenty of research out there to demonstrate it, that our preoccupation and distraction with information technology and modern consumerism are major factors in our diminishing relationship to the natural world and thus ourselves.

This diminishing affinity with nature has serious effects on our health, wellbeing and happiness.

Nature Deficit Disorders

American author Richard Louv says in his book The Nature Principle, people living in high-tech societies often suffer from what he calls “nature deficit disorder.

As described by Louv, this is not a medical diagnosis, but a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. These costs include: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.

Benefits of Being in Nature

During the last two decades more and more research studies have demonstrated the benefits of reconnecting with nature.

Here are some of them:

  • Walking in nature may reduce the risk of mental illness.

Participants who went on a 90-min walk through a natural environment […] showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to risk for mental illness compared with those who walked through an urban environment.

Source: http://www.pnas.org/content/112/28/8567.abstract

  • Experiencing nature decreases rumination and anxiety and improves cognitive abilities.

Nature experience produced clear benefits for affect (e.g., decrease in anxiety and rumination).

Nature experience produced some benefits for cognition (complex working memory span task).

Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615000286

  • Certain microbes present in soil may increase serotonin production, making you happier and relaxed.

Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier.

Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems. The bacterium appears to be a natural antidepressant in soil and has no adverse health effects.

Sources: “Identification of an Immune-Responsive Mesolimbocortical Serotonergic System: Potential Role in Regulation of Emotional Behavior,” by Christopher Lowry et al., published online on March 28 in Neuroscience.

And: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jul/raw-data-is-dirt-the-new-prozac

  • Nature contact may enhance the wellbeing of individuals experiencing chronic mental, emotional and physical health difficulties.

Evidence demonstrates that separately, physical activity, social connection, and contact with nature enhance human health and well-being. The case example illustrates how ‘active’, ‘social’ and ‘adventurous’ contact with nature may be combined within a treatment intervention to protect and enhance the health of individuals experiencing chronic mental, emotional and physical health difficulties.

Source: Health and well-being naturally: ‘contact with nature’ in health promotion for targeted individuals, communities and populations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16916314

  • Spending time outdoors is associated with greater vitality.

Being outdoors was associated with greater vitality, a relation that was mediated by the presence of natural elements.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494409000838

Excerpt from our work with Nature Schooling Ireland:

With the rapid and all encompassing emergence of consumer technology in the last 20 years, many disturbing childhood trends have also appeared: obesity, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression are rising fast.

Research clearly indicates that Nature Connection is essential for children to develop physical, mental and emotional health.

Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!

Nature School is transformative and transferable as it engages multiple intelligences, and therefore offers each learning type opportunities to grow and shine.

The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young also talks about “nature smart” in a You Tube clip from his own experience over 30 years working with children and youth in the wilderness.

He also points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.

Another good reason why Nature School is so important in our time of uncertainty and climate change is to build resilience and resourcefulness into our children so they can react and adapt appropriately in different circumstances.

And finally Nature Connection develops love and respect for Nature, the realisation of our interconnectedness and our role as humans to take good care of it to secure our future on earth.

Some additional very helpful resource links:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/

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