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Where wild things grow: Friluftsterapi as a preventative, health promoting, and sustainable method for children with neurodivergence in school, health care, family and leisure settings in Southern Norway

Marie-Eve Langelier

University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, Canada

Marie-Ève Langelier is a family physician, psychotherapist, and mindfulness meditation guide. She practiced and taught medicine for seven years before joining the Outdoor Intervention Teaching Unit at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, where she now teaches the Nature and Adventure-based Intervention Graduate Diploma. She is still an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke and she collaborates with the collective Prescri-Nature which promotes contact with nature as a healthy lifestyle habit in Québec, Canada. Her areas of professional interest include mental health, healthy lifestyle habits, social determinants of health, and the impact of nature on health.

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Combining experience with evidence - appreciating the benefits of nature to better protect it

More and more studies are reporting the benefits of contact with nature on physical, psychological, and social health. Many authors recommend integrating this practice into health care and nature prescription programs supported by health professionals have emerged around the world in recent years, intending to contribute positively to physical and psychological health through low-cost, easily accessible, nature-based solutions. In both English and French-speaking Canada, a nature prescription platform is available for any healthcare provider willing to encourage connection to nature for improving health. 

In this workshop, participants will be invited to experience some mindfulness activities in nature and learn about inspiring research results. In addition, a reflection on ecological reciprocity in health care and equitable access to nature will be initiated.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Testify to the effect of mindfulness activities in nature  
2. Demonstrate the role of contact with nature in promoting health, and even healing, based on the scientific literature  
3. Recognized the interdependence between environmental and human health.

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