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The healing powers of nature

There is an increasing body of evidence supporting claims that various human conditions, both physical and mental, can be healed by nature.  

Before we jump to conclusions and describe this as exaggerated or unsubstantiated, let’s consider at least one persons real life experience.

This is the story of Sarah Allely, who, in 2015 following a bicycle accident was left, in her own words: “unable to read, write, watch TV or listen to podcasts.”

To her and many other people pleasant surprise, she, “… discovered my path to recovery was through nature.”  Titled Brain on Nature

This narrative documentary series follows my quest to find out why the natural environment helped me recover from a mild traumatic brain injury.

I take listeners back to the morning everything in my life changed. I bring them on my tumultuous journey of recovery, replete with twists and setbacks.

With rich sound design, this podcast recreates the intensities of my experience. Loud cafes, bars, social gatherings, my kids – all were unbearable.  But the sounds of nature had the opposite effect.

What’s the science behind my experience? Many academics acknowledge nature’s health benefits, and scientists are yet to pinpoint exactly what it is that heals.

This series returns to the forests and coastlines to immerse you in the sounds of nature that improved my focus and concentration, relieved my headaches and lifted my depression and anxiety.

This story confirms what we have known for some time.  And so when we say, as we have in the Fivefold Vision for Munibung Hill, that she can do wonders for our health and wellbeing, we do so on the basis of sound science and the personal experiences of people who visit Munibung Hill on a regular basis. As it turns out, there is nothing hifalutin about it.  Listen to the six part series here: Brain on Nature