In this episode, Melanie Choukas-Bradley talks about her newest book, Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis.
Melanie explores the 'Silver Lining' of the time we are living in: many people are finding that the slower, quieter pace is opening new possibilities for contact with nature. She shares how to really notice and become intimate with the life all around us and how to lift our spirits when we need to find solace. Being outdoors also brings a new level to restorative mindfulness practices like Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation.
Her book is an inspiring guide to forest bathing at home and it also offers many practical ideas and tips about connecting with nature in other ways, such as gardening, becoming a backyard naturalist and foraging for wild food!
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Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning nature book author, naturalist, and certified forest therapy guide. Melanie leads forest bathing walks for many organizations in Washington, DC, including Smithsonian Associates, the US Botanic Garden, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Rock Creek Conservancy, the National Bonsai Foundation and Politics and Prose bookstore. She also gives forest bathing presentations and leads walks in Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Institute (2018) and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (2019) and has led forest bathing walks for the YMCA in Austin, Texas and spoken about forest bathing at Austin's Central Library. Melanie has authored six books, including The Joy of Forest Bathing. Her walks and interviews have been featured on NPR and NPR affiliates in DC and Aspen, the Travel Channel website, and in many print and online publications. Melanie grew up in Vermont, wandering the hills and fields from a young age and stealing icy sap from the maple buckets lining her dirt road.
Link to all of Melanie Choukas-Bradley's Books