Your well-being, Naturally

Nature based programs, tailored by science, to improve your well-being.

Our Mission is to make you feel like this....

"I take a deep breath and close my eyes, the cool, earthy mountain air filling my lungs. The gurgling of the stream by my side and a male lyrebird nearby reciting his repertoire of calls makes me smile. It feels so good to be out in nature, among the tree-ferns and towering Mountain Ash forest. It's like a weight is lifted off my shoulders as I pause and feel the natural world around me. What a contrast to an hour ago, when I slammed the front door, rushing from my frantic morning pace."

Increased Well-being

Being in nature increases psychological wellbeing by increasing happiness, subjective wellbeing and positive social interactions. It gives a sense of meaning and purpose in life and can make life tasks feel more manageable. It positively affects cognitive function, memory and attention, imagination and creativity.

Reduced Mental Illness

Being in nature reduces the risk and severity of mental illness. Time spent in nature can improve self-esteem and mood. It can reduce stress and decrease the occurrence of depression, anxiety and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Get into Nature

Spending as little as 20 minutes in a natural environment can benefit your health. Nature is everywhere if you look for it and stopping to notice small things like a bird singing is good for you. Stop in nature, close your eyes and let the natural world liven your senses.

Our Programs

Melbourne Forest Therapy

A great way to give yourself a mental break in your busy routine is to immerse yourself in the forest at one of our locations conveniently located around Melbourne.  We offer Forest Therapy walks at several locations including the Dandenong Ranges and Gresswell Forest.

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Gippsland Retreat & Research Centre

We offer longer nature-based well-being retreats at our beautiful east Gippsland property. “Murrindal” is set on 400 acres of forest near the junction of the wild Bemm and Goolengook Rivers. Individual, family or group based retreats, catered to your needs are offered with a choice of accommodation available.

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Media

September 15, 2021

Taking a Nature Pact

I took a pact to spend time in nature every day for a month. Here's what happened and how it helped me survive lockdown.
June 24, 2021

Plant a Tree for a Glossy Black Cockatoo

At 'Its’ Naturally You', we believe in giving back to nature, which gives so much to us. That's why we'll be planting 300 she-oak trees to provide food and habitat for the vulnerable South-Eastern Glossy Black Cockatoo.
May 16, 2021

Five Reasons to Keep a Nature Journal

I think my favorite practice from the training in becoming a Forest Therapy Guide was keeping a nature journal. It
May 16, 2021

Balance or Replace: The Net Benefit of Health Based Decision Making

Like most of us I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle but I do have my moments of weakness. Devouring
May 16, 2021

Our Well-being Needs and the Impact of Place - The Supportive Environment Theory

Does the physical environment around us influence how we feel and experience the world? The ‘Supportive Environment Theory’ would say
May 16, 2021

Magic of the Bigger Picture

Stop and see the entire view I have worked as a scientist in ecology and environmental evidence-based research for over
May 16, 2021

Key Human Understandings in the New Millennia

As a species we have always asked questions about what it is to be human – our ethics, morals, values,

What people are saying

This is how people feel after a forest therapy walk.

"I feel lighter and stress-free."

JOHN SALUSTRI

"I noticed the beauty around me and feel relaxed and re-energised."

KARLIE GARTNER

"I feel more present and my senses are sharper."

ILAN ABERGEL

“I feel more in the land, more in my body, tuned into nature, happy. I feel more like me.”

RYTA KUNCIANAS

“I feel happier and more centred. I also have a greater sense of my place in nature, allowing me to shift perspective and be positive and relevant."

NAOMI GRAY

“An incredibly memorable experience”

RORY HAYES

Free Gift - nature sounds

We're recording the stunning soundscapes of our remote Gippsland property 'Murrindal.' Feel relaxed and inspired by the sounds of the natural world and bring some wildness into your day. Click below for the free track 'Bemm River Birdsong.'

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