We all know that being in nature relaxes and soothes us. The very act of unplugging and looking at something other than a screen instantly can replenish our senses.
Humans have understood “plant medicine” for epochs. But it’s only since our drastic isolation from nature in the last half-century has science put nature as healer under its clinical spotlight, quantifying the ways nature can heal.
For example, in a study conducted in the 1980s with patients recovering from gall bladder surgery, researchers compared recovery times of patients whose room faced a stand of trees to those patients whose room faced a brick wall. The patients whose room faced the brick wall not only needed an extra day to recover, they were also more depressed and anxious. The study suggested that the patients who were able to gaze at a natural scene were four times better off than those whose view consisted of a brick wall.
Imagine then, what this means for people who come to Nosara, where your view is a panorama of nature on steroids. How much healing is being done while you sit quietly on your veranda, eyes awash in shades of green you never knew existed, ears alive to the clicks and chirps and hoots and drone of the jungle?
The presence of nature alone, research points to, is a significant buffer against stress. It leaves people in a relaxed, focus state—a natural remedy for ADD and even PTSD. Why is nature such a powerful restorative? It attracts our attention involuntarily, without bombarding us with stimulus. The rustle of leaves, wild animals, bright flowers, dangling fruit, all allow our senses to rest in ways the man made world does not.
Nature is the ultimate stress reliever. The Japanese practice a version of natural therapy called shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Participants walk take mindful walks in the woods, soaking in the forest with all of their senses. The results are not only calming but physiologically significant: lowered blood pressure, pulse rates, and cortisol levels have all been measured.
At Nosara Retreat, you can experience for yourself the full impact of a nature-based intervention. Observe white-nosed coatis climbing trees, feel a crowd of hermit crabs moving underfoot at the beach, or simply lie in a hammock under a canopy of trees bursting with blossoms. You won’t just feel better–you will actually be stronger, sharper, and more resilient to stress.
Want to experience this bliss for yourself? Visit us at NosaraRetreat.com to book your stay or inquire about hosting a retreat!