About

The wellbeing of people is interconnected with the health of nature.

We know in our hearts from everyday experience that we thrive when we have healthy relationships with ourselves, other people, community/society and with the rest of nature, there is now mountains of research that backs  this up.   Some people call these types of feelings a sense of connection;  connection is at the heart of wellbeing and wellbeing is what allows us to thrive.

Reason for being

HumaNature Connect was founded in 2013 in response to the mechanical and siloed way in which our society is addressing the environmental crisis we face. Whole conversations and solutions could be crafted in offices in the name of environmental sustainability without even mentioning the word plant or animal or ocean or any reference to any of the natural world including people, that we are trying to sustain.  I made it my mission to bring nature back into every day consciousness by working across the environment and wellbeing sectors to ‘pollinate’ each  with new ideas about how they could take an integrated approach toward a thriving natural world including humans.

Programs, workshops and presentations introduce human wellbeing into the conversation about environmental sustainability and introduce the health of the natural environment into the conversation about human wellbeing. We will thrive if we can  notice nature again, see how we are part of nature, see that nature is an essential part of human wellbeing and if we remember that it is nature that we are trying to sustain.

See nature- see self in nature – see nature in wellbeing and environmental sustainability. 

Drawing on twenty years of experience working in the fields of biological science, outdoor education, bush and adventure therapy, and health promotion, as HumaNature Connect I offer a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities. 

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What we value and how we work

Understanding our responsibility: We all are indigenous to this earth, every human being has the responsibility of environmental stewardship. There is much we can learn from Aboriginal people that will help us  move beyond the western utilitarian definition of  the human-nature relationship and foster a more holistic understanding that encompasses our physical, psychological and spiritual relationship with the rest of nature.

Re-inspiring creativity, curiosity and contribution:   Imagine how much the world would thrive through meaningful productivity and positivity  if everyone had the scope to purse their passions in their work and personal life. I wonder what, how, where, why..? These are curious questions that broaden our vision and lead to meaningful exploration;  this in turn leads to passion.  Lucky for us everyone has something that brings a spark to their eye, lets find and activate that spark in creative ways and then help ground the passion and give it some direction in meaningful actions.

Interconnected approach: Environmental health and human wellbeing are intrinsically linked. To truly understand this  concept requires a paradigm shift which can only be achieved through  a deeper, broader level of inquiry that fosters empathy.

Learning is a transformational process of experience, reflection and meaning making. We work with the key questions:  What have I experienced, what do I think I know, value and believe, what does that mean now and how will I take that new knowledge forward? The learning we gain needs to be understood and valued along side of the ‘scientific’ evidence base.

Informing fields of thought

The work is informed by many different fields of thought and techniques associated with personal and social transformation including:

  • Health Promotion
  • Strength based and narrative approaches
  • Social transformation processes  -e.g. Utheory (deep listening); future visioning; collective thinking, human centred design
  • Behaviour change theory and Social Marketing
  • Creative inquiry process; art therapy
  • Nature and outdoor education; bush adventure therapy
  • Permaculture
  • Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Education for Sustainability
  • EcoPsychology
  • Social Ecology; Human Ecology

 Who we work with 

Organisations, groups and individuals who are interested in thriving. We also believe everyone has the  human right to access nature and so we work with some of the most excluded in the community through community mental health programs.

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