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The Eco Retreat

Resources & Links

Related Wellbeing, Nature Therapy and Mindfunless research, programs and resources to help you connect with nature and place and reclaim a life-sustaining community, lifestyle and local environment.

Nature Therapy

Barragan-Jason, G., Loreau, M., de Mazancourt, C., Singer, M. C., & Parmesan, C. (2023). Psychological and physical connections with nature improve both human well-being and nature conservation: A systematic review of meta-analyses. Biological Conservation, 277, 109842. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109842

Djernis, D., Lerstrup, I., Poulsen, D., Stigsdotter, U., Dahlgaard, J., & O'Toole, M. (2019). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Nature-Based Mindfulness: Effects of Moving Mindfulness Training into an Outdoor Natural Setting. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(17), 3202. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16173202

Ecopsychology: How nature immersion benefits your health. Article.

Guided Nature Based Mindfulness Trail at Anderson Park in Hawthorn East can be found at the Vic Walks website.

Kotera, Y., Richardson, M. & Sheffield, D. Effects of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy on Mental Health: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Int J Ment Health Addiction 20, 337–361 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-020-00363-4

 

Mental Health and Climate Change; Policy Brief, WHO. PDF

Nurtured by nature. Psychological research is advancing our understanding of how time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition. Discover the latest research links in this APA article.

Sustainability and Environmental Projects and Programs

Rewilding Stonnington environmental volunteer community in Stonnington website.

My Smart Garden Program, Sustainable gardens made easy. Website 

Nature Stewardship program. Nature Stewards is a 6 to 10 week program that connects curious people with their local and wider habitats. It’s a great way to gain knowledge, learn practical skills and meet like-minded others in the local community. You will discover all sorts of ways to help nature at home and through local volunteering. Website.

ClimateWatch was developed by Earthwatch Australia with the Bureau of Meteorology and University of Melbourne to understand how changes in temperature and rainfall are affecting the seasonal behaviour of Australia's plants and animals. Website

The Port Phillip EcoCentre has been transforming the way Melbourne understands wildlife, waterways and climate change since 1999. Website.

Eco art and Creative Installations

Lost Lands Found is a 4x4 metre living installation packed with indigenous flowers, grasses, herbs and lilies that once flourished throughout Victoria prior to European settlement. Less than 1% of this vibrant habitat remains today. Website

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