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WAY GOOD GIFT BOOKS: A Few Dangerous Suggestions for Your Consideration : The New Nature Movement

WAY GOOD GIFT BOOKS: A Few Dangerous Suggestions for Your Consideration : The New Nature Movement | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Wow - looks like wonderful books! Only read one - Birthright. But have several on my list now : )

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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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Connecting to Nature: Hot New Design Trend for 2015 | PRLog

Connecting to Nature: Hot New Design Trend for 2015. Connecting to Nature, Hot New Design Trend for 2015, is Also the Theme for New Re-Nature Feng Shui Training Program - PR12412757
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Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books

Interior designers must take a leaf out of architects' biophilic books | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath invites BD readers to share examples of using nature in interiors
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Oasis of Resilience

Oasis of Resilience | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Healing and Empowering Syrian Children in the Za’atari Refugee Camp In the midst of refugee camps and suffering from difficult journeys necessitated by war, Syrian children suffer from traumas, unc...
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There are many elements of biophilic design in this concept. Would also benefit the adults of the camp. 

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Karlie Kloss Visits Sweden’s Treehotel

Karlie Kloss Visits Sweden’s Treehotel | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
The science is in: Nature really does make you happy. Elizabeth Weil on the restorative power of the great outdoors.
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Two bigs in the "design" world for #biophilia #biophilic design #fengshui in one week:


First, one of the hottest new design trends for 2015 is NATURE, and now this article in the December issue of Vogue - "In September 2014, a meta-analysis of 21 studies and more than 8,500 subjects declared firmly that connection to nature “significantly predicts happiness.”


This is a sign, as I'm launching, yes, this week, my Re-Nature Feng Shui Training Program! See http://www.luminous-spaces.com/luminous-spaces-mentor-program

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Interface picks Natural History Museum for launch

Interface picks Natural History Museum for launch | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Read Interface picks Natural History Museum for launch and the latest events news, destinations & venues on C&IT - Conference & Incentive Travel
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Biophilic architecture: building better buildings for happier inhabitants

Biophilic architecture: building better buildings for happier inhabitants | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Environmentally conscious design doesn’t necessarily stop at the building’s sustainability performance.
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EDC September 2014 Page 14

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Does nature really improve feelings of well-being, memory, productivity, or morale? Yes, it does, according to this article. 

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Connecting to Nature: My Wild Utah Vacation - Luminous-Spaces

Connecting to Nature: My Wild Utah Vacation - Luminous-Spaces | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
I posted some photos from my wonderful vacation to Utah and Arizona last week and received many requests for my itinerary. So, here it is! Flew into Las Vegas and next day (or same day, depending on when you arrive), drove to Zion National Park. (For most of my hiking information, I used this great …
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Sharing some photos and information on a wonderful trip to Utah this summer. 

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Re-awakening the Green Man

Re-awakening the Green Man | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

The degradation of our environment is accelerating beyond the point of our being able to repair it. The problems are many and complex—from the destruction of our forests, to the dying off of our fish. Our impure air and water is causing worldwide increases in chronic diseases including severe challenge to our immune systems. Most threatening of all, climate change may raise temperatures and cause extreme weather conditions for thousands of years. Scientists and experts such as Al Gore can show us charts of what is happening, but the facts and figures don’t reach into the depth of our heart and motivate us to change.  Joanna Macy, author and deep ecologist says, “We need to love the world in order to save it.”  Using our intellect in this area is not enough; we need to feel an emotional connection to the planet. Advertisers know that the best way to stir us is through images and stories, often culled from myths that deeply affect our psyche...

 


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Do these buildings turn you on? The strange psychology of curvy architecture

Do these buildings turn you on? The strange psychology of curvy architecture | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Are things looking a little wavy to you?
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Yes, this supports our need to connect with the natural world. 

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5 Green Architects, Architectural Firms & Frank Lloyd Wright | BuildDirect Green Blog

5 Green Architects, Architectural Firms & Frank Lloyd Wright | BuildDirect Green Blog | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Who are the green architecture leaders making an impact in sustainable building in the 21st century? How has Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy impacted them?
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Conscious Apocalypse: Outliving Our Ruling Institutions

Although zealots have maintained for centuries that the world is about to end, is there nevertheless something apocalyptic about global warming, mass extinct...
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Why designing 'tree views' into your hospital is so important

Why designing 'tree views' into your hospital is so important | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Designer, writer and television presenter Oliver Heath digs through the research to demonstrate how biophilic design can improve lives and save money for healthcare clients
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Soft lighting and music cuts calorie intake 18 percent | Cornell Chronicle

Soft lighting and music cuts calorie intake 18 percent | Cornell Chronicle | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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FAST FOOD ZEN
Very interesting research shows that softening the lighting and music in fast food restaurants does not change buying patterns, however, diners eat LESS of what they purchased (18% less in fact) and rate their food tasting better. What a huge finding! Make the environment more cozy and enjoyable, and people slow down their eating, have higher satisfaction...and eat less! What a concept.

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New International Dark Sky Park opens in Michigan; Only nine others in the world

New International Dark Sky Park opens in Michigan; Only nine others in the world | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Michigan's nightlife is looking up. The state's first International Dark Sky Park has been created. It's now one of only six in the U.S. and 10 in the world. Think about that. In lots of (too many?) places on Earth, you don't see
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I was first aware of the issue of artificial light in the skies when I saw a map of the US at night and saw how we were so lit up! Interesting that I saw this map when I was at a meeting in Michigan at the headquarters of my employer. That was in the 1980's...

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RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World : The New Nature Movement

RESTORING PEACE: Six Ways Nature in Our Lives Can Reduce the Violence in Our World : The New Nature Movement | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Can a humble houseplant make you more creative?

Can a humble houseplant make you more creative? | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Look beyond survival to well-being, build on primitive preferences and connections to nature, and design for the senses as well as the body.
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Wonderful, to-the-point article. Love the examples they show of various biophilic spaces. Although the words were not mentioned once, this IS all about the feng shui of a space. Natural materials and colors, symbols of nature, natural lighting/air, good form.  

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Why biophilic architecture works: five reasons and case studies

Why biophilic architecture works: five reasons and case studies | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Here are five case studies where biophilic design has made a positive impact to the lifestyles of those touched by it.
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Love seeing more case studies. As I'm writing my book on Feng Shui and Biophilic Design, this is extremely helpful!

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Ensouled on the Planet ~ Marion Woodman

Ensouled on the Planet ~ Marion Woodman | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it

We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don't change, we are going to our own extinction. This is precisely what addicts do.

NR: You have said we have to overcome our addictions before we can connect to nature.  Does our refusal to confront our addictions lead directly to our destruction of Mother Earth?

MW: I think so, yes. As children many of us feel a deep connection to Her.  But our culture warps our natural instincts. That warping leads to addictions.  But there’s a suicidal drive in the addicted individual and in the addicted society.  Our planet is coming up against the wall.  

Yet, despite all the horrors we have created, we are still doing precisely what we know will be ultimately destructive. Denial!  Denial!  We are still accepting a cultural value that annihilates the Earth. If we don’t change, we are going to our own extinction.  This is precisely what addicts do.  Addicts—in other words most of our society—pretend there’s nothing wrong.  As they laugh and talk and plan, they deny their dying souls.  That’s what we’re doing to the planet.  We fight about things that won’t matter if we are extinct... (click title for more)


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A beautiful, eloquent, inspiring woman - Marion Woodman. Concretizing the state of "rapture" through materialism rather than finding it in observing the miraculous, spontaneous, sacred world around us. 

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16 of The Most Magnificent Trees - Luminous-Spaces

16 of The Most Magnificent Trees - Luminous-Spaces | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Okay. I admit it. I am a tree lover. Everywhere I go, I notice the trees or lack of trees. But I am sure you notice them, too. Even if you don’t consciously think about it, when you scan you’re environment, you are feeling the effects of the trees around you. How they filter the …
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Amazing, sacred trees...

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Welcome to Luminous Spaces - Luminous-Spaces

Welcome to Luminous Spaces - Luminous-Spaces | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
We bring your environment into balance with nature. With as much as 90% of our days spent in buildings and surroundings that drain energy and create stress, balance and harmony can seem very far away from everyday life. My holistic design approach uses the principles of feng shui, environmental psychology and biophilic design (nature design) to bring …
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My website on my training and consulting services on a holistic design approach - creating positive environments for well-being. 

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Latest developments in biophilic design to be presented at the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto

Latest developments in biophilic design to be presented at the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has announced that Bill Browning, a world leader on biophilic design, will be a keynote speaker at the Grey to Green Conference. Browning will be presenting his latest research findings on the neuroscience behind...
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This is such awesome news! Bill Browing has been involved in some very cool research that shows how incorporating nature into design will enhance not only the workplace, but employee productivity and improved profits. 

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Soothe Your Spirit With a Buddha in the Garden

Soothe Your Spirit With a Buddha in the Garden | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
You can enjoy the serenity of a Buddha statue even if you haven’t been called to the monkhood
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I love these images. They are so tranquil and inviting a chance to stop and re-connect to the beauty of these garden environments.

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Gazing at Virtual Nature Is Good for Your Psychological Well-Being

Gazing at Virtual Nature Is Good for Your Psychological Well-Being | ReConnecting to Nature | Scoop.it
This blog post originally appeared on The Conversation. Environmental psychologists have long known that encounters with the natural world are good for us.
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I firmly believe in the need for nature more than ever in our lives. First, we need to spend more time in the outdoors, however, bringing nature indoors is essential, given that we spend so much time there (roughly 90% of our days). Virtual nature also helps. My laptop has wallpaper image of my husband and son when we visited Muir Woods with magestic redwoods. How about you?

 

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