CONNECT TO NATURE WITH ART
Humans + Nature = Happier Humans
Connect to Nature Guided Walks
- Fri, Jun 23Golden Gardens Park
- Sat, Jun 24Golden Gardens Park
Being outside and in nature helps our bodies and minds be happier and healthier! It gets even better when we slow down and make time to enjoy, play, or be creative. It's definitely something I've experienced in my art practice, when I'm out walking, journaling, or painting outside. But artist or no, creativity + nature is a great formula for wellness!
As humans, especially in more urban settings, spend more time indoors and more time with screens, we get more distanced from nature. But humans evolved to be outside, surrounded by nature. Studies show that being outside with trees or water views for as little as 15 minutes can improve overall wellness and improve mood and deep thinking. Forest Therapy (aka shinrin yoku) research in Japan showed that spending time surrounded by trees, sky, and water could reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, reduce the resting heart rate, and lower blood pressure. The benefits of spending time this way for 2 hours can last for up to 30 days! Even better if you don't have to wait that long...
THE CONNECT TO NATURE WITH ART 'ZINE
This little zine packs a lot of zing, with ideas for using each of the five senses to explore nature wherever you are - from urban parks to farther afield.
The Connect to Nature with Art zine was created with partial funding by: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
WHERE TO FIND THE 'ZINE
Over 200 copies of the first printing of the Connect to Nature with Art 'zine were distributed at locations across Seattle on April 24th, 2023. Locations are shown on the map. Catch one of the limited edition launch copies in the wild, or if you would like to purchase a copy or order a set for a local community group, please get in touch!
Be a part of the project, and share your art activities, 'zine photos, or favorite nature spot on social media, tag @teresasternarts
Pause and observe. View the unique tapestry of the day – ever-changing colors, foliage, blooms, and animals or their tracks. Pick up a branch, feather, or leaf. Look at its texture, shapes, edges, and colors.
Explore with your hands and feet. Place your fingers on the bark of a tree. Walk barefoot on the grass. Notice edges, textures, and temperature changes. Gather petals, leaves, rocks, shells, or sticks; feel their weight in your palm.
Close your eyes, listen to the chorus all around you: wind, rain, water, animals, people, maybe even traffic… Become part of the melody. Add your own beat; drum on a fallen log, tap your feet, or whistle along with a nearby bird.
Breathe in deeply. Discover a medley of scents from damp earth to fresh herbs, marine life to pine needles. Discover what is in bloom; follow your nose. Gather branches, leaves, or flowers.
Connect with the season’s tastes, in your garden, a community p-patch or market. Seek out the rainbow of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are in season all around.