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A Bond With the Wild

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A talk on how high level relationships to wild animals bring important psychological and health benefits to human beings.

A talk on how high level relationships to wild animals bring important psychological and health benefits to human beings.

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  • 1.  
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  • 3. Nature Deficit Disorder
    • A term coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, refers to the alleged trend that children are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems.
  • 4. What We’re Missing
    • Hands-on engagement with nature encourages and teaches :
    • Creativity
    • Storytelling
    • Healing of psychological wounds
    • Problem solving
    • Recognition of dangers
    • A sense of wonder
  • 5. What We’re Missing
    • Concentration:
    • Studies show that children with more direct interaction with nature have better concentration skills and ADHD symptoms are improved. Taylor, A. et al “Coping with ADHD: The surprising connection to green play settings,” Environment & Behavior January 2001
  • 6. What We’re Missing
    • Empirical, theoretical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates contact with nature positively impacts blood pressure, cholesterol outlook on life and stress reduction. (Maller et al, “Healthy Nature healthy people” Health Promotion International Vol 21 No1 2005)
  • 7. What We’re Missing
    • People with access to nearby natural settings have been found to be healthier overall. They also have increased satisfaction in home, their job and with life in general. (Kaplan, R. and Kaplan, S., The experience of Nature: A psychological perspective , Cambridge University Press,1989)
  • 8. What We’re Missing
    • Interacting with nature in its purest form, witnessing the daily cycle of life creates an understanding, appreciation and respect for the sacrifices of life that are made simply by taking up space.
  • 9.  
  • 10. Working with the Wild
    • A Successful Working Relationship with a Wild Animal Requires & Teaches:
    • Clear communication
    • Unfailing use of positive reinforcement
    • An depth of natural history understanding
    • Complete immersion in a natural environment
  • 11. Working with the Wild
    • A Successful Working Relationship with a Wild Animal Invariably Results In:
    • A deep connection with the land and desire to preserve it
    • An understanding of humanity’s place as a part of nature not outside of it
    • The ability to forge and maintain healthy relationships
    • A perspective on life that encourages healthy living
  • 12. On Wings
  • 13. www.rebeccakoconnor.com

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