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Feng shui meets eco sway

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Atmosphere, ambience and mood are elements found to some degree in every home, and they are as important as bricks, beams, mortar and granite, says Kevin Fraser.
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What Google knows about greener offices

What Google knows about greener offices | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
"The driver has been studies that help validate what a lot of designers feel intuitively."
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"The driver has been studies that help validate what a lot of designers feel intuitively." Well thank god for research!


As a culture, we need science to validate our feelings...too bad we no longer trust our inherent intuition, as indigenous cultures once did. 

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The Worst McMansion Sins, From Useless Pilasters to Hellish Transom Windows

The Worst McMansion Sins, From Useless Pilasters to Hellish Transom Windows | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Kate Wagner's blog McMansion Hell is like a snarky DSM-IV for all that ails contemporary over-building in suburban developments.
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I mention this in my book, due out next Spring 2018. Her blog certainly has the #architectural knowledge that puts these "sins" into content. I don't ...but these homes are so off-putting to me. They have so many poor #FengShui details in them. A bit strong opinion, but educational nonetheless!
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Video: Biophilic Design in New York City - Terrapin Bright Green

Video: Biophilic Design in New York City - Terrapin Bright Green | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Bill Browning was interviewed for a news clip looking at biophilic design in New York City and how it leads to better health and wellbeing in the workplace.
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There are so many advantages to #biophilic #design. More businesses are apt to catch up. Just feels like it's taking a while! Incorporates #fengshui elements from nature. Wood, fire, earth, metal and water. 
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Crime and Public Safety :: Green Cities: Good Health

Crime and Public Safety :: Green Cities: Good Health | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Trees may reduce crime by signaling to potential criminals that a house is better cared for and, therefore, subject to more effective policing by owners than a comparable house with fewer trees.
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"Trees may reduce crime by signaling to potential criminals that a house is better cared for and, therefore, subject to more effective policing by owners than a comparable house with fewer trees." - Interesting! And there are real estate stats that show how trees increase property values. Trees are important to our feeling of well being!
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How to find Harmony with the Hygge Practice.

How to find Harmony with the Hygge Practice. | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
At a time when technology creates fake closeness with hundreds of Facebook friends, hygge provides the opportunity for kinship and true connection.
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My recent article in elephantjournal.com 
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10 Wellness Trends to Watch in 2017

2017 beckons wellness trends that are cost-effective and awe-inspiring. Explore the newest and brightest trends in wellness, from forest bathing to moringa.
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Sustainability, Health and Property Values – Why Australia Needs Greener Cities - TheUrbanDeveloper.com

Sustainability, Health and Property Values – Why Australia Needs Greener Cities - TheUrbanDeveloper.com | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Australia’s population growth is being felt in our cities, but are we adequately prepared for the future of high-density living? Higher density urban livin
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My Imperfect Feng Shui Home—Learn to Honour your Space.

My Imperfect Feng Shui Home—Learn to Honour your Space. | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
“You’re home must have perfect feng shui!” a woman attending my latest workshop said. Oh yes, if that were only true.
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WHAT'S NATURE? Scientists and Poets Struggle to Find the Answer, but Each of Us Must Capture the Mystery

WHAT'S NATURE? Scientists and Poets Struggle to Find the Answer, but Each of Us Must Capture the Mystery | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I worked with a council of neuroscientists who were experts on childhood development. When I asked how experiences in the natural world shape young brains, they drew a blank.
“How do you define nature?” they replied, rhetorically.

Ironically, these same scientists were simulatin
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"We know this nature when we see it. And we need it."
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In ‘Half Earth,’ E.O. Wilson Calls for a Grand Retreat

In ‘Half Earth,’ E.O. Wilson Calls for a Grand Retreat | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
In a new book, the renowned biologist argues that it is time for humans to abandon much of the planet to other species.
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Optimistic viewpoint of our future from a wise man. Not sure how feasible this concept is, but we can strive toward it. 
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How Frank Lloyd Wright Influenced Japanese Architecture

How Frank Lloyd Wright Influenced Japanese Architecture | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
During his time in Japan, the pioneering U.S. architect inspired other designers there, who integrated his philosophy into their work
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So interesting to read how Wright influenced Japanese architecture - when I thought it was the other way around...
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Home design for nature lovers

Home design for nature lovers | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
an old tree from the property, cut and trimmed to find its final resting place in a foyer; or a giant oak, dried and built into an enormous bench.
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This is a perfect blend of #biophilic design and #fengshui. Honoring the land and creating a sense of place..."an old tree from the property, cut and trimmed to find its final resting place in a foyer; or a giant oak, dried and built into an enormous bench." 
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Don’t Be Surprised If Your Doctor Prescribes a Park

Don’t Be Surprised If Your Doctor Prescribes a Park | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Why some doctors are writing prescriptions for time outdoors
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Again, going back to slower times, less 'synthetic environments.' That is the mission for Re-Nature Feng Shui: to create nature-rich indoor environments that support my clients mind-body-spirit.
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Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment - BBC News

Cities need 'hedges as well as trees' for environment - BBC News | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Scientists suggest smaller plants are better at absorbing air pollution around tall buildings.
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Here's too the neglected hedge. Interesting. 
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Best Repositioning 2016: Taking Independent Living to New Heights - Senior Housing News

Best Repositioning 2016: Taking Independent Living to New Heights - Senior Housing News | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Biophilic design is meant to create harmony between buildings and nature, rather than degrading the natural world and separating people from it.
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"Biophilic design is meant to create harmony between buildings and nature, rather than degrading the natural world and separating people from it." This statement echoes the foundation of feng shui.
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THE WISDOM OF WATER: Reflections of an Outdoor Educator

THE WISDOM OF WATER: Reflections of an Outdoor Educator | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
A few years back I worked as a surf instructor, ocean lifeguard, and marine science teacher at YMCA Camp Surf in San Diego. It was a brief stint, just the spring season of  March through May. But it was enough to make a big impact on me.
Located on the south end of Silver Strand, San Diego, Camp Su
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Spent my childhood on the beaches of Long Island, NY...what great memories this brings back. 
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Plant power: The Biofit organic gym concept

Plant power: The Biofit organic gym concept | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
At Portfolio we bring you the exclusive insights of the world’s leading designers, creators, chefs, artists, critics and connoisseurs.
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Very interesting! There are so many applications for #biophilicdesign and how it will improve health and well-being!
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Platforms for Experiencing Nature

Platforms for Experiencing Nature | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

For millennium, designers of our built and natural environments have positioned the viewer in nature, setting benches in just the right spots with gorgeous vistas, or even creating pavilions or pagodas that offer both a respite from the world and a vantage point for engaging with it. Contemporary landscape architects and architects are creating singular platforms for experiencing nature. In these examples, the biophilic platforms are as appealing as the surrounding nature.


Via jean lievens
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These are also called "power spots." Power spots are places that provide a sense of well being and connection to nature. They can offer grand views or quiet, restorative views. 

They are often the intersection of two or more positive energy lines, be they earth energy or grid lines. 
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Eight Feng Shui Tips to Improve the Energy at your Front Door.

Eight Feng Shui Tips to Improve the Energy at your Front Door. | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Improve the chi of your entire home and, therefore, your life by following these simple suggestions.
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Prepare for this New Year by allowing the best energy into your home. Simply focus on the front door. Here are some new tips from my recent article in elephant journal. 
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Celebrate Winter with a Waldorf Solstice Spiral - Simplify, Live, Love

Celebrate Winter with a Waldorf Solstice Spiral - Simplify, Live, Love | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The Waldorf Winter Solstice Spiral is a great way to teach kids about the winter solstice and is a fun homeschool activity for parents and kids!
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What a beautiful #natureconnection ritual for #WinterSolstice. Inspired me to come up with all sorts of things that I can incorporate. Most people do love and crave ritual - reverence, stillness and awe which are rarely found in our daily lives.  
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Continuing Education: Biophilia

Continuing Education: Biophilia | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
researchers found the most frequent point of praise from guests who had stayed at a biophilic hotel was its design (whereas praise from guests who had stayed at one of the conventional hotels pertained most frequently to maintenance and service). This matters: according to a recent report from Deloitte, a global financial consultancy, in “the race for guest loyalty,” basics like cleanliness and comfort are no longer enough for hotels to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Millennials, in particular, who will make up three-quarters of frequent business travelers by 2025, are looking for a more memorable experience.
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Love it! ..."researchers found the most frequent point of praise from guests who had stayed at a biophilic hotel was its design (whereas praise from guests who had stayed at one of the conventional hotels pertained most frequently to maintenance and service). ,,,in “the race for guest loyalty,” basics like cleanliness and comfort are no longer enough for hotels to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Millennials, in particular, who will make up three-quarters of frequent business travelers by 2025, are looking for a more memorable experience."  And biophilic design will certainly enrich the hotel experience!
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A Web Of Trees And Their 'Hidden' Lives

A Web Of Trees And Their 'Hidden' Lives | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
What is the connection trees have to each other? Alva Noë discusses a new book about trees, what they know, what they need and how they act.
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Love this finding:
"Even personality, or character, are in evidence in the forest. There may be two oak trees, side by side, one of which opts to shed its leaves at the first sign of weather change ...— and the other of which holds on and takes advantage of late heat waves to store up more sugar for the long winter ahead. Same soil, same air, same needs, same species, but different choices. Individual trees, like individual people, have different characters, or so Wohlleben would have it."
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Biophilia? I feel ya

Biophilia? I feel ya | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The word “hydrophilic” has bounced around since 1901. Hybridized from the Greek roots for water (hydro) and love (philos), it means, “Possessing an affinity for water.” Regular readers of this column may recall references to hydrophilic soils, plants, and water-harvesting techniques. But please don’t worry if you’re new to this. You don’t have to be a permaculture practitioner or an etymologist to understand this month’s topic, biophilic design.
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Another good article on Biophilic Design. 
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Tending To Our Interior Nature(s)

Tending To Our Interior Nature(s) | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
It is frequently observed that we have become an indoor species, spending more than 90 percent of our time inside our homes and offices. When we are not in these spaces, we are often traveling in cars on our way to or from these spaces. Relatively little of our day is actually spent outside enjoying
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#FengShui is a great roapmap on how to reconnect to nature indoors. 
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Biophilic Design at Living Future unConference 2016

Biophilic Design at Living Future unConference 2016 | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Biophilic design is a crucial component of the Living Building Certification requirements for Health & Happiness, yet many designers still struggle to understand how to implement this emerging practice.
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"Biophilic design is a crucial component of the Living Building Certification requirements for Health & Happiness, yet many designers still struggle to understand how to implement this emerging practice."
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Abandoning Hostile Design for a Living Architecture - Point of View - March 2016

What makes hostile vs. welcoming environments
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As I read this (and I am a feng shui consultant, not an architect), I can't help but think that the word "emergent" is in essence "chi." Chi is an intangible presence that can make an environment welcoming or hostile to the visitor or occupant. It can be either positive or negative. 
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