The Wisdom of Nature
‘Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.’
Winnie the Pooh (A.A.Milne)
Many people feel disconnected from the natural world and yet, they also feel an underlying pull towards it. We fill our homes with natural fragrances and flowers, seek out a room with ‘a view’ and even our computer desktops often depict a natural landscape. We can all feel distant from nature, observing the natural world remotely through television or other media.
It is, in many ways, unsurprising; humankind has spent a mere fraction of its time on the planet in urbanised, industrial and manicured environments. For the 200,000 years modern humans have existed, only in the last 6,000 years have people begun to live in urbanised environments – approximately two thirds of our shared existence has been in the ‘natural’ world and even then, we have remained heavily reliant on innumerable natural resources to sustain us.
Steve Buss – Ecotherapist, Writer and Trainer
Having grown up with a love of the natural world, I enjoy working closely with nature. I express this creatively through my writing and through nature connection facilitation.
My professional background is in counselling, teaching & training and writing. As well as being involved in voluntary work focused on habitat conservation and other environmental issues, I decided to set up a business aimed at re-connecting people with Nature and with each other, incorporating the activities I found had helped me through life such as creative writing, photography and walking.
In founding NatureWise, I am actively engaged in addressing a number of social issues by tackling society’s growing alienation from the natural environment. The key aims of NatureWise are to end social isolation, break self-destructive habits and offer the opportunity for people to forge new, meaningful connections. Working in nature with people experiencing a range of challenging issues, I run training and open workshops. As part of our social mission, I also run a free, monthly nature connection workshop for low income groups.
Using nature as the tool to explore, examine and evaluate our relationships with the world, I aim to help equip people with the resilience, confidence and self-esteem to achieve their goals and a happier, healthier way of being.