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Pastoral Care

There has been a movement in recent years in pastoral care that appreciates the role of nature in human health and wholeness. Howard Clinebell lifts up the part that a relationship with nature can serve in the therapeutic process. Michael offer psychological support for human wellness in relation to nature. He has some very interesting insights about the role of the senses. Richard Louv has lifted up the problem with raising children apart from a relationship with nature. He depicts it as “nature deficit disorder.” Indeed there is a movement to “leave no child indoors.” A connection to nature in childhood leads to wholeness in adulthood. Here are a few of the sources for this movement.

Ecotherapy: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World, by Howard Clinebell (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996)

Reconnecting with Nature: Finding Wellness through Restoring Your Bond with the Earth (Third edition) by Michael J. Cohen (Lakeville, MN: Ecopress, 2007)

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv (Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2005).

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