Thanks to Michael for inviting me to chat on his brilliant "Awaken to Nature" Podcast.
Listen to our conversation here:
"COMMUNITY, CONNECTION and COMPASSION are important values that she brings to the work she
does. They are also strong themes in our wide ranging conversation, which starts off with Ruth sharing a
story about how she landed up in ICU a few years ago.
She shares her story of recovery which included visits to a woodland she explored as a child. You will hear
how that woodland rekindled her connection to nature and how it helped give her a new found appreciation
for its healing power.
Ruth's journey to becoming a Forest Therapy Guide included her own healing experience, which included
learning to manage PTSD symptoms through nature connection.
We talk about the various experiences of lockdown and the impact it has had, we talk about Polarisation, a
term we hear a lot more these days. One of the antidotes to this state in society is Reciprocity, a core
principle in Shinrin Yoku, Ruth shares her thoughts on what it means and how to go about developing a
reciprocal relationship with nature.
She also shares some great tips on how to go about maintaining human and nature connection and why it is
important for us to do so.
Ruth believes that through community and the human connection it creates, we can find more meaning and
purpose which ultimately leads to a more fulfilled life."