Nature-based mindfulness for environmentally-engaged people, so that you can let the Earth heal you while you work to heal her.
You likely became engaged in environmental action because of your love of nature.
You've been deeply moved by her expansive beauty and are not about to sit around while she's destroyed.
You might be on the frontlines of the climate emergency.
Or you may be designing/building/selling/proposing more regenerative alternatives for how we live and work.
But committing oneself to addressing the climate crisis is exhausting, heart-wrenching work and it's easy to burn out.
We've seen it too many times. Frustration, anger, inner chaos, spinning, overwhelm.
While your intentions are positive, you know that overwhelm is not the most helpful stance on such a critical mission. You're not going to get very far if you're worn out and strung out.
And meanwhile the future generations, of all species, are counting on you. . .
So - what if you could exchange anger, inner chaos, and overwhelm for more optimism and vision?
What if you could be more skillful in helping to heal our relationship with the Earth?
What if you could gain deeper benefit from the time you already enjoy outdoors?
The good news is that - nature herself can offer you all this and more when you learn how to engage her more deeply.
That's exactly what's in store for you and your attendees in our custom Nature Practice programs. Through a mix of nature immersion and world wisdom traditions, we turn your next offsite, retreat, gathering or special event into a transformative experience.
Let the Earth take care of you, so that you can do a better job of taking care of her!
“This isn’t your average meditation and mindfulness session. Natasha weaves a number of wonderful practices into her ‘nature practice’ and makes them all accessible to everyone.”
One steamy morning, I was making a documentary in Havana, feeling overstretched with many pressured roles in life. As a mother. As a wife. And as a filmmaker who had perhaps overcommitted herself to too many projects. . .
I remember feeling my mind racing and my heart beating just a tad too fast, as I recognized the telltale symptoms of burnout on its way.
Then, almost out of nowhere, a powerful tropical rainstorm stopped me in my tracks.
With its rushing rain, its rhythmic sound and its scent of iron-filled soil, it enveloped me in a way I hadn't been held in a long time. The storm reminded me that everything was ok: that I was safe, earthed, alive and at home in the world. That I was at home in myself.
I slowed down, breathed in, breathed out and was nearly moved to tears in gratitude.
In an instant, I noticed myself practicing my own mix of nature-centered methods that I had learned as a child in the jungle with indigenous people in my native Venezuela and over the many years of studying with the Dalai Lama. I had a sort of s l o w - m o t i o n experience where I noticed the practice calm my mind, open my heart and inspire my soul.
When I got home and shared this story with a few friends, they asked me to show them how to do it.
Before I knew it, I was teaching a wide range of people from those working in humanitarian organizations like the United Nations, in wellness retreat centers like One World Ayurveda and in technology companies like Airbnb and Google.
Through live events, we have practiced finding support for our wellbeing from the Pacific beaches or redwood forests or tropical jungles, while we heal our relationship with the earth and get on with living our wildest dreams.
natasha deganello giraudie
Creative Director and Nature Practice Instructor
As humans, we used to spend 99% of our time in nature. We were attuned to the cycles of the moon and the sun. We were highly skilled in and committed to looking after our environment.
Our physiology is still made for those times. Scientists have found that when we're outdoors we get more energy, it's good for our vision, our immune system in strengthened, our creativity is enhanced, we get our vitamin D, we restore our focus, helps us value relationships, sharing & community.
And yet the average person in the US spends 95% of their time indoors.* We’re experiencing “biological homelessness.” This, in turn, is exasperates the stress in our lives from working longer hours, being sedentary and staring at digital screens. It also detaches us from the actions necessary for co-existing in a thriving, life-giving, regenerative environment.
How might we become more attuned to the gifts of nature?
How might we restore the sense of wellbeing — of calm, clarity and courage — that comes from deep and intentional connection to the outdoors? How might we become better stewards of our natural home?
These are the questions at the heart of Nature Practice.
* John Spengler, Harvard School of Public Health
* John Spengler, Harvard School of Public Health
"Transformative experience. Connecting with nature and your inner calm in such a short span was amazing. Natasha has a calming soul and I highly recommend this experience."
"Natasha draws on personal narratives, traditions, and scientific research to bring her “nature practice” to life. You’ll remember why it’s important to find even small moments of peace and presence in nature. "
"Great experience, particularly the connection between mindfulness and nature. I came away with some valuable takeaways, thank you!"
"I brought my colleagues to spend some time in peace, away from our desks, and it couldn’t have been better. Everybody relaxed, enjoyed nature and learned more about meditation with Natasha. "
"We spent 3 hours at the beach completely immersed in nature. Natasha helped me realize how grounding and rejuvenating it can be. And she made the whole experience fun!"
"A beautiful experience that I wholeheartedly recommend. Natasha was kind, insightful, and provided our group with valuable perspectives on mindfulness, nature, and the connection between the two. "
"This retreat allows you to reconnect with nature through powerful awareness and mindfulness practices. I left feeling calm, alert and inspired to come back and practice more often! Namaste, Natasha. "
With Nature Practice, you don't have to struggle to focus on your breath. Instead we get outside and learn to tune into the sounds of the ocean waves, the scent of the eucalyptus trees or the unfolding of a spring blossom.
In doing so, we gain insight and inner wellbeing so that your team can be more grounded and connected to each other - and the planet around them.
Our custom mini nature retreats range from half-day offsite to multi-week onsite wellness experiences.
I will teach you how to go to nature to:
We get on a strategic session via video call with you to tailor the experience to the needs of your group.
Your group enjoys a custom-designed private Mini Nature Retreat personally led by Natasha Deganello Giraudie including elements like:
We send downloadable Nature Practice resources for ongoing support for your attendees.
And finally, we get back on a video call with you to debrief and capture learnings for next time!
Let's discuss how you can infuse your next offsite, event or gathering with Nature Practice.