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Wendy van Dijk over Bosbadderen

Op 23 april ging Meike Marchand bosbaden in Trompenburg. ‘Jaaa, je gaat bosbaden, … ‘hadden ze bij Wendy van Dijk geroepen toen de afspraak was gemaakt. Dat enthousiasme spettert van artikel af.

Bedankt Meike, – en tot ziens op je volgende bosbad.

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Uitnodiging voor 19 juni

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Wist je dat bomen de oudste levende wezens zijn waar we de aarde mee delen?

Bomen over bosbadderen #1

Wetenschappers zeggen dat veel bomen een zichzelf vernieuwend immuun systeem hebben.

Wist je dat bomen de oudste levende wezens zijn waar we de aarde mee delen? Sommige bomen, die ver weg van cirkelzagen en bosbeheerders groeien kunnen wel 1000 jaar en ouder worden.“

In humans, as we age, our immune system begins to start to not be so good,” “the immune system in these trees, even though they’re 1,000 years old, looks like that of a 20-year-old.”

Richard Dixon, bioloog bij de University of North Texas,

Wil je ook in contact komen met zo’n oeroud levend wezen? Doe dan eens mee aan een Bosbad.

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Relaxed het weekend in met een VrijMiBosbad

Een VrijMibosbad is een weldadig alternatief voor de vrijdag middag borrel. Gemaakt om de stress van de week los te laten en voor een relaxte start het weekend in.

Je gaat op natuurreis in Rotterdam. We hebben de mooiste plekjes in de stad uitgezocht.

Een bosbad heeft niets met baden van doen, laat je zwempak maar thuis. Je neemt een figuurlijk bad in de atmosfeer van het bos. Als je dat op de juiste manier doet dan heeft dat het effect van een fijne vakantie.

Wat is het precies?

Een VrijMibosbad duurt maar 2 uur maar heeft alle goeds van een klassiek bosbad. Vanaf de start lopen jullie naar een rustige plek in het groen. Hier kom je aan met een korte meditatie die Power of Presence wordt genoemd, dat doet aan mindfulness denken maar is naar buiten gericht in plaats van naar binnen. Dan begint jouw eigen authentieke natuurreis. Soms leg je maar een kort stuk af, maar deze meters zijn vol gewaarwordingen en zintuigelijke sensaties. Al onze bosbaden zijn zeer verzorgd en inclusief de Japans georiënteerde theeceremonie.

Bosbaden is super gezond

Wetenschappers zijn het erover eens: Forest bathing is goed voor de gezondheid en vooral voor stadsmensen een goede methode om tot rust te komen en het welbevinden een boost te geven. Je voelt je net zo licht en geactiveerd na een bosbad als na een fijne vakantie. Na een bosbad slaapt bijna iedereen beter dan voorheen. Je kunt je aandacht weer richten op wat belangrijk is. Spanning en obsessieve gedachten laten los, men  ervaart de verbinding met de omgeving en geniet van het moment.

Wie doet dat?

Je doet mee aan een bosbad van Bosbadderen.nl  Gudrun Feldkamp is eigenaar en een van de eerste bosbad gidsen in Nederland. Je gaat met haar mee of met een van de andere gediplomeerde gidsen die je graag begeleiden.

Kosten

VrijMiBosbaden kost €22,- per persoon inclusief theeceremonie.

Datums en locaties

Vroesenpark. Vrijdag, 10 juni 2022, 17.30–19.30 uur

Park bij de Euromast. Vrijdag, 24 juni 2022, 17.30–19.30 uur

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Na de dood ben je boom

Wat gebeurt er als je dood gaat?

“Het universum heeft er een mooie ster bij gekregen”, las ik op de in memoriampagina van mijn onlangs overleden buurvrouw.

Een ster.

Het universum.

Woorden die bedoeld zijn om te troosten, maar ze resoneren niet bij me. Koude zonnen, lichtjaren verwijderd, ze raken geen doel.

Enanuele Coccia, de Italiaans Franse filosoof en schrijver van The Life of Plants hoorde ik vertellen over wat er gebeurt bij een crematie.

Het lijf verandert door het vuur en wordt CO2. Bomen nemen je CO2 op.

Na je dood ben je boom.

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Nieuw: Vrijdag middag bosbaden (VrijMiBo)

VrijMibosbaden is een compact bosbad op vrijdag middag, gemaakt om de stress van de week los te laten en voor een schone start naar het weekend. Na dit bosbad ben je geactiveerd en relaxed, zo haal je het beste uit je weekend.

Je gaat op natuurreis in Rotterdam. We hebben de mooiste plekjes uitgezocht. Na een bosbad kun je je aandacht weer richten op wat jij belangrijk vindt. Spanning en obsessieve gedachten laten je los, je ervaart de verbinding met je omgeving en geniet van het moment.

De unieke events duren hooguit 2 uur maar hebben alle goeds van een klassiek lang bosbad. Al onze bosbaden zijn zeer verzorgd en inclusief de Japans georiënteerde theeceremonie.

Doe je mee?

VrijMiBosbaden© kost €22,- per persoon inclusief theeceremonie. Alle locaties zijn goed bereikbaar met fiets en OV.

€22 per persoon

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Taxus herkennen

Veel mensen vinden de taxus maar saai, bij nadere beschouwing blijkt het een van de meest fascinerende planten van Europa te zijn. Wist je bijvoorbeeld dat de oudste taxussen 3000 jaar oud zijn? Heel wat voor een levend wezen dat zich niet uit de voeten kan maken als een vijand nadert. Ooit was Europa begroeit met taxusbossen, die zijn allemaal gekapt, bijvoorbeeld om er bogen van te maken voor krijgers.

Taxus kan helen en kan doden. Tot een jaar of 5 geleden werd mensen gevraagd om snoeisel van taxus in te leveren omdat er een kankergenezend middel van werd gemaakt. Tegelijkertijd sterven elk jaar dieren omdat ze taxus in hun hooimaaltje voor kregen geschoteld. De taxus is dodelijk als je niet uitkijkt. Drink hem daarom nooit in je thee en was je handen als je hem aan hebt geraakt.

Hoe herkennen?

Kijk naar de foto’s. Bij twijfel niet doen!

De taxusbladeren zijn zacht, eenh beetje floppy, andere naalden van naaldbomen zijn juist stevig en puntig.

Let op de kleur, Taxus is diepdonkergroen, met een zweem van petrol.

Taxus heeft soms bessen, heel mooie bessen. kijk maar naar hoe die eruit zien

De schors van taxus bladert af in afgeronde plakken die soms een roze zweem hebben.

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We gaan Bosbaden

De agenda staat bordevol leuke gelegenheden om te bosbaden.

Wilde u het altijd al eens voor uwzelf ontdekken? Een bosbad is verrukkelijk en iedereen zou dit eens moeten ervaren. Bij Bosbadderen zijn er gelukkig weer volop mogelijkheden dit voorjaar. Zien we u binnenkort?

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Dankbaar voor de kleurenblindheid van bladluizen

Dankbaar voor de kleine dingen in het leven:  vandaag ben ik dankbaar voor de kleurenblindheid van de bladluis.

Herfst. Overal gekleurde bomen van groen naar geel,  oranje, roze en zacht bruin. Zo mooi!
Maar hoe? En waarom?

Bomen trekken het groene chlorofyl uit hun blad af om het op te slaan in takken en wortels tot het voorjaar. 
Het geel in de bladeren was er dus altijd al maar dat merkte je niet op vanwege al het groen.

Met bladeren die rood kleuren is iets raars aan de hand. De kleur rood ontstaat namelijk niet door dat er iets uit het blad verdwijnt, maar omdat de kleur rood naar het blad toe word gepomt. Dus een tegenovergestelde beweging dan je in de herfst verwacht: naar de bladeren toe in plaats van van de bladeren af de wintervoorraad in.
Waarom doen ze dat nou weer?
Om te beginnen blijkt dat niet alle bomen dat doen. Vooral bomen die vaak last hebben van bladluis pompen in de herfst rode kleurstof naar hun blad. De bomen met de mooiste rode kronen in de herfst hebben in het voorjaar erop minder bladluis.
Een boom die prachtig verkleurd is de appel. Appelbomen zijn heel gevoelig voor bladluis. Niet alle appelbomen verkleuren even mooi. De bomen die het mooiste rood tevoorschijn brengen hebben het minste last van bladluis in het erop volgende jaar.

Wetenschappers dachten lang dat een boom met de kleur rood een signaal afgeeft aan bladluizen: leg hier geen eitjes want ik ben sterk genoeg om jou kroost volgend jaar af te weren.
Helaas is gebleken dat bladluizen blind zijn voor de kleur rood.
Nee, dat kan het dus niet zijn. De kleurenblindheid van de bladluis voor rood is echter wel de sleutel. Dat de bladluis in die mooie rood gekleurde bomen geen eitjes legt is waarschijnlijk omdat hij de boom zelf veel minder goed kan zien. Een roodgekleurde boom ziet er grijs uit voor de bladluis. .Als je moet kiezen tussen grijs blad, groen blad en geel blad, dan weet je het wel, je gaat voor het levende groene blad want dat is het beste voor je eitjes volgend jaar. Dikke kans dus dat de betoverend mooie herfstkleuren vooral te danken zijn aan de kleurenblindheid van bladluizen.

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The mind and nature

Green is good for you

Psychologists’ research explains the mental and physical restoration we get from nature–and has important implications for how we build our homes, work environments and cities.

By REBECCA A. CLAY April 2001, Vol 32, No. 4, 9 min read

When psychologist Rachel Kaplan, PhD, switched offices at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she was only a little surprised by how good she felt in the new space. The office where she had spent the past 17 years looked out on a barren wall in a courtyard whose sole tree had long since been removed. Her new office offers a tree-top view.

As Kaplan works at her computer or chats on the phone, she can now gaze out at trees and watch the birds and squirrels as they leap from branch to branch. The effect these sights have had on her outlook only confirms what she and husband Stephen Kaplan, PhD, have found over decades of research: Green is good for you.

“My previous office was harder on me than I realized,” says Kaplan, a professor of psychology and the Samuel T. Dana professor of environment and behavior in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. “I have to admit I was more convinced of my own work after I changed offices. I realized that all of our results were right.”

The Kaplans are at the forefront of research on what they call “restorative environments.” They and other psychologists are exploring nature’s impact on people’s mental functioning, social relationships and even physical well-being. Others are putting that research into practice by working with interior designers, architects and city planners to create psychologically healthy buildings and cities.

Restoring mental clarity

The Kaplans didn’t start out with a professional interest in nature. Back in the 1970s, USDA Forest Service funding pulled them into research on the effects of an outdoor challenge program in a wilderness setting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. That was the beginning of a series of investigations with findings that have influenced a generation of environmental psychologists.

“What we found was incredibly impressive,” says Stephen Kaplan, a professor in the departments of psychology and computer science and engineering at Michigan. “That wilderness became a laboratory for studying nature’s effect on people.”

What grew out of that work was the influential theory of restorative environments outlined in such books as “With People in Mind: Design and Management for Everyday Nature” (Island Press, 1998). Drawing on William James’s distinction, between two kinds of attention, which they refer to as directed attention and fascination, the Kaplans argue that using too much of the former can lead to what they call “directed attention fatigue” and the impulsivity, distractibility and irritability that accompany it. The inherent fascination of nature can help people recover from this state.

“Directed attention fatigues people through overuse,” Stephen Kaplan explains. “If you can find an environment where the attention is automatic, you allow directed attention to rest. And that means an environment that’s strong on fascination.”People don’t have to head for the woods to enjoy nature’s restorative effects, the Kaplans emphasize. Even a glimpse of nature from a window helps. In one well-known study, for instance, Rachel Kaplan found that office workers with a view of nature liked their jobs more, enjoyed better health and reported greater life satisfaction.

Terry A. Hartig, PhD, MPH, is one psychologist who draws on the Kaplans’ work in his own research. In a series of lab and field experiments, he has explored nature’s ability to help people recover from what he calls “normal psychological wear and tear.”

In one study, for instance, he asked participants to complete a 40-minute sequence of stroop and binary classification tasks designed to exhaust their directed attention capacity. After the attentionally fatiguing tasks, the randomly assigned participants spent 40 minutes walking in a local nature preserve, walking in an urban area, or sitting quietly while reading magazines and listening to music. After this period, those who had walked in the nature preserve performed better than the other participants on a standard proofreading task. They also reported more positive emotions and less anger.

“These are not spectacular natural environments or horribly oppressive urban environments,” says Hartig, an associate professor of applied psychology at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University in Gävle, Sweden. “We try to represent typical local conditions, using what’s available to people in the way of places they can enter if they’re feeling stressed and want some relief.”

Even when represented with brief photographic simulations, local natural and urban comparison conditions can have differential effects, says Hartig, an avid hiker and climber who finds restoration in the Sierra Nevada range of California. In one study, he showed people photographs of a forested area and downtown Stockholm and found that the forest slides boosted people’s mood.

Frances E. Kuo, PhD, is also busy testing nature’s impact on people. In her case, the goal is to determine whether nature can help mitigate the negative impact of living in bleak, urban environments. Instead of heading to the wilderness, she conducts most of her research at the notorious Robert Taylor Homes–the country’s largest public housing project–in Chicago.

“The ‘green’ landscapes in these studies are not what most people would call green,” says Kuo, co-director of the Human­Environment Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana­Champaign. “We’re talking about isolated pockets of green containing just the bare bones of grass and a tree.”

That limited amount of nature nonetheless has a marked impact on children living nearby, says Kuo. To test her theories, she puts children through a battery of tests and then compares the performance of children living in buildings near a green spot and those living in buildings surrounded by barren concrete. Children who live in greener environments have greater capacity for paying attention, says Kuo, and they’re better able to delay gratification and inhibit impulses.

Kuo has also examined nature’s impact on children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in middle-class settings. Parents reported that their children exhibited fewer symptoms after spending time in green surroundings than when they pursued activities indoors or in non-green outdoor areas.”You could say that the kids who had greener settings were just richer,” says Kuo. “But that doesn’t explain the fact that even rich kids do better after green settings than after brown settings.”

Healing the body

Nature doesn’t just have an effect on the mind. Roger S. Ulrich, PhD, director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M University, has found that nature can help the body heal, too.In his most well-known study, Ulrich investigated the effect that views from windows had on patients recovering from abdominal surgery. He discovered that patients whose hospital rooms overlooked trees had an easier time recovering than those whose rooms overlooked brick walls. Patients able to see nature got out of the hospital faster, had fewer complications and required less pain medication than those forced to stare at a wall.

Like other researchers, Ulrich has found that simply viewing representations of nature can help. In a study at a Swedish hospital, for instance, he found that heart surgery patients in intensive care units could reduce their anxiety and need for pain medication by looking at pictures depicting trees and water.

These and other findings form the basis of Ulrich’s theory of supportive design, a series of guidelines for designers of health-care facilities. To soothe patients, families and employees, he says, facilities should incorporate such features as nature views and nature-related art in patients’ rooms, aquariums in waiting areas, atria with greenery and fountains and gardens where patients, family and staff can find relief.Of course, what people see isn’t the only aspect of the environment that has an impact. Gary W. Evans, PhD, a professor of human-environment relations at Cornell University, studies the effect of noise pollution.

“One of the interesting things about work on restorative environments is to think about the question of restored from what?” says Evans.Evans has found that noisy environments have effects that go beyond hearing damage. In a study of first- and second-graders, for instance, he found that children attending a school with airplanes flying overhead scored 20 percent lower on word recognition tests.

Even small amounts of noise can be harmful. Evans has found that clerical workers exposed to conversation and other mild office noise showed higher stress levels and gave up on performance tests faster than those with quiet offices did.

City planners, architects and others need to pay more attention to this and other research from environmental psychologists, says Evans.

“Architects think of themselves as sculptors and see what they’re doing as leaving their signature on the landscape,” he notes. “But architecture has profound implications for human health and behavior.”

Designing with nature in mind

Joseph B. Juhasz, PhD, president-elect of APA’s Div. 34 (Population and Environmental), agrees. In fact, he believes that one explanation for the current epidemic of depression lies in the near-universal experience of uprootedness and alienation fostered by the environments in which we live.

“What we desperately need is connection with our blood and soil,” says Juhasz, a professor of architecture and environmental design at the University of Colorado in Boulder. “We’re estranged from our blood–ourselves as human beings, and our soil, our natural environment–at this moment in our culture.”

Juhasz has proposed a solution in numerous design competitions: high-density cities that are long and thin instead of round and fat, giving all inhabitants easy access to the surrounding countryside.

Psychologist Judith H. Heerwagen, PhD, is already putting the principles of restorative environments into practice in the work she does as a consultant to designers, companies and others.

Heerwagen began her career studying animal behavior. Gradually her interest shifted to how humans’ prehistoric experiences on the African savanna shape their environmental preferences. Now she’s trying to find ways to make people more psychologically comfortable by “naturalizing” interiors.

To achieve that goal, Heerwagen is working with designers to take natural patterns and render them in abstract ways suitable for interiors. For example, she replaces bold geometrics with abstracted natural patterns in floor-coverings and uses branch-like forms overhead to make ceilings reminiscent of tree canopies. In an upcoming experiment, Heerwagen will test whether these abstracted forms of nature have the same impact on people as nature itself.

“Once you start thinking about it, this kind of design makes perfect sense,” says Heerwagen, principal of J.H. Heerwagen and Associates and senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Seattle. “We didn’t evolve in a sea of gray cubicles.”

Rebecca A. Clay is a writer in Washington, D.C.

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Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

Published at the Yale School of the Environment

Luisa Rivera for Yale Environment 360

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

By Jim Robbins • January 9, 2020

How long does it take to get a dose of nature high enough to make people say they feel healthy and have a strong sense of well-being?

Precisely 120 minutes.

In a study of 20,000 people, a team led by Mathew White of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces — local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spaced over several visits — were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t. Two hours was a hard boundary: The study, published last June, showed there were no benefits for people who didn’t meet that threshold.

The effects were robust, cutting across different occupations, ethnic groups, people from rich and poor areas, and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

“It’s well-known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people’s health and well-being, but until now we’ve not been able to say how much is enough,” White said. “Two hours a week is hopefully a realistic target for many people, especially given that it can be spread over an entire week to get the benefit.”

The study by White and his colleagues is only the latest in a rapidly expanding area of research that finds nature has robust effects on people’s health — physically, mentally, and emotionally.

The studies “point in one direction: Nature is not only nice to have, but it’s a have-to-have for physical health and cognitive function.”

“When I wrote Last Child in the Woods in 2005, this wasn’t a hot topic,” said Richard Louv, a journalist in San Diego whose book is largely credited with triggering this movement and who coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder. “This subject was virtually ignored by the academic world. I could find 60 studies that were good studies. Now it’s approaching and about to pass 1,000 studies, and they point in one direction: Nature is not only nice to have, but it’s a have-to-have for physical health and cognitive functioning.”

These studies have shown that time in nature — as long as people feel safe — is an antidote for stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. Attention Deficit Disorder and aggression lessen in natural environments, which also help speed the rate of healing. In a recent study, psychiatric unit researchers found that being in nature reduced feelings of isolation, promoted calm, and lifted mood among patients.

The growing body of research — combined with an intuitive understanding that nature is vital and increased concerns about the exploding use of smart phones and other forms of technology — has led to tipping point at which health experts, researchers, and government officials are now proposing widespread changes aimed at bringing nature into people’s everyday lives.

For example, researchers and policymakers now talk about “park deserts” in urban areas. Cities are adding or enhancing parks, and schools and other institutions are being designed with large windows and access to trees and green space — or blue space, as in aquatic environments. Businesses are increasingly aware of the desire among employees for access to green spaces. “It’s needed to attract a skilled work force,” said Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix. “Young people are demanding high-quality outdoor experiences.”

A park ranger leads a hike through the Kahuku unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

The number of “forest schools” — which have long been a tradition in Scandinavia and where much of the learning takes place in natural settings in the outdoors — has mushroomed in the United States, up by 500 percent since 2012, according to Louv. Oregon recently passed a ballot measure to raise money for outdoor schools, and the state of Washington just became the first state to license outdoor preschools, where much of the play and learning occurs outside.

The organization Children & Nature Network, founded by Louv and others, advocates for more time in nature for children, tracks the research, and has a long list of abstracts that summarize studies on the subject on its website.

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And The Trust for Public Lands (TPL) has just finished a seven-year project to map the parks of the U.S., with the aim of identifying places in need of parkland. “We’ve mapped 14,000 communities, 86 percent of the nation, and looked at who does and doesn’t live within a 10-minute walk of a park,” said Adrian Benepe, a senior vice president of TPL. The organization has a Ten Minute Walk campaign to work with mayors across the U.S. to make sure all people have that kind of access.

An increasing number of healthcare providers are also embracing the back-to-nature paradigm. One organization, Park RX America, founded by Robert Zarr of Unity Healthcare in Washington, D.C., declares its mission “to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare by a diverse group of health care professionals.” The organization has 10,000 parks in its “prescribing platform.”

One expert says he’s concerned that the growing interest in more contact with nature relies too much on only experiencing it visually.

The global Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides shows clients how to use immersion in nature for healing. “The forest is the therapist,” the group’s slogan reads. “The guides open the door.”

Studies show that the effects of nature may go deeper than providing a sense of well-being, helping to reduce crime and aggression. A 2015 study of 2,000 people in the United Kingdom found that more exposure to nature translated into more community cohesion and substantially lower crime rates.

And while more vegetation is thought to encourage crime by providing security for criminals, another study found the opposite — vegetation abundance is associated with a reduction in assault, robbery, and burglary, although not theft.

Still, many of these studies are correlational rather than causal. That means it’s hard to show that natural landscapes cause these effects, though these things happen when people are in a natural environment.

Sara L. Warber, professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan, noted that there are no “randomized, controlled studies” on the effects of nature on human health. Nonetheless, she said, there are epidemiological studies and measurements of before and after exposure to nature, and the results from this research are robust.

The view from atop Swiftcurrent Mountain in Montana.

The view from atop Swiftcurrent Mountain in Montana. Brendan T Lynch/Flickr

Peter H. Kahn, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington who has worked on these issues for decades, is encouraged by the new focus on the subject but concerned that the growing interest in more contact with nature relies too much on only experiencing it visually. “That’s important, but an impoverished view of what it means to interact with the natural world,” he said. “We need to deepen the forms of interaction with nature and make it more immersive.”

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Reconnecting with nature through green architecture: an interview with Stephen Kellert. Read more.

What are the active ingredients in a dose of nature? Pioneers in this work, Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, who began studying the subject in the 1970s, devised Attention Restoration Theory, which holds that paying attention in bustling cities, at work, or in other stressful environments requires a good deal of effortful attention. In a natural environment, however, the Kaplans found that people paid attention more broadly and in a less effortful way, which leads to far more relaxed body and mind.

Japanese researchers have studied “forest bathing” — a poetic name for walking in the woods. They suspect aerosols from the forests, inhaled during a walk, are behind elevated levels of Natural Killer or NK cells in the immune system, which fight tumors and infections. A subsequent study, in which essential oils from cedars were emitted in a hotel room where people slept, also caused a significant spike in NK cells.

However this growing field might be defined, it is gaining momentum. In a recent paper, 26 authors laid out a framework to create a formal role for the positive impacts nature has on mental health and to formulate a model for conserving nature in cities and integrating it into planning for these health effects.

“There is an awakening underway today to many of the values of nature and the risks and costs of its loss,” says one researcher.

“We have entered the urban century, with two-thirds of humanity projected to be living in cities by 2050,” said Gretchen Daily, director of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University and a senior author of a recent paper arguing that the cognitive and emotional benefits of nature should be factored into economic ecosystem service models. “There is an awakening underway today to many of the values of nature and the risks and costs of its loss. This new work can help inform investments in livability and sustainability of the world’s cities.”

While the research has grown leaps and bounds, Kahn and others argue in a recent review paper that research into the topic is still lacking in many ways, and they lay out a research agenda they say would help formalize the role of nature in public health policy.

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Understanding nature’s therapeutic effects may be arriving at a propitious moment. Some studies have found that anxiety over climate change is a growing phenomenon. Ironically, one of the best antidotes for that might be a dose of green space.

“If I am feeling depressed and anxious and worried about the environment,” Warber said, “then one of the best things I can do is go out in nature.”

Jim Robbins

Jim Robbins is a veteran journalist based in Helena, Montana. He has written for the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and numerous other publications. His latest book is the The Wonder of Birds: What they Tell Us about the World, Ourselves and a Better Future. More about Jim Robbins →

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Bosbad op de Landtong

Zaterdag, 20 november van 13.00 – 16.00 uur

Zondag, 19 december van 13.00 – 16.00 uur

Een echt natuurgebied binnen de stadsgrenzen van Rotterdam? De landtong Rozenburg is ligt dan ook niet op wandelafstand van het station. je komt bij dit juweeltje door langs eindeloze havens te rijden, of door op de fiets de pont vanuit Maassluis te nemen. Op zich al een super uitje. En dan mag het bosbad nog beginnen.

Op de heuvels van de landtong kun je eindeloos struinen zonder een mens tegen te komen, zie reusachtige zeeschepen langsvaren, en begroet een kudde Schotse hooglanders of Konikpaarden. De Landtong is rijk aan bloemen, insecten en broedvogels. de bomen krijgen alle kans om precies zo te groeien als het hun past.

Bij ons bosbad gaan we kennis maken met dit uniek stukje natuur. Wat spreekt jou aan? met wel dier of met welke plant kun je contact maken?

Bosbaden of forest bathing is geïnspireerd op het Japanse shinrin yoku. Met zwemmen hebben de activerende wandelingen niets te maken, wel met jezelf onderdompelen in de natuur. Het idee achter forest bathing is eenvoudig. Door te vertragen en met alle zintuigen te observeren, kunnen we een verbinding met de natuur opmerken die ons misschien ons hele leven is ontgaan.

Bij afloop is er een Japans georiënteerde theeceremonie.

Er is geen goede of foute manier om te bosbaden en het is geweldig voor alle leeftijden; kom gewoon en ervaar het eens voor jezelf. Bosbaden in het algemeen zijn geschikt voor mensen zonder outdoor ervaring maar speciaal voor de landtong zullen we extra tips geven voor wat betreft kleding.

Kosten

€ 32,- per persoon  

Start: Bij de ingang van het gebied ligt het Educatief Informatie Centrum van het Havenbedrijf Rotterdam met een ruime gratis parkeerplaats

Adres: EIC Mainport Rotterdam, Noordzeeweg 6, 3181 ML Rozenburg

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