What it is & Who it's for

Wellbeing programs are geared for business leaders who are aware of the current stress and burnout health epidemic and want to protect their teams from its ravages.

Our Nature connection practice, forest bathing, provides a powerful facilitation and team-building framework that can be customized to address specific challenges.

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    Our focus is to prevent burnout with overall wellbeing benefits covering four levels see below):

    Emotional

    • Emotional regulation improvement
    • Rumination, stress, anxiety and depression reduction
    • Pleasure, enjoyment and positive attitude reinforcement
    • Happiness and subjective wellbeing, and imaginal activity increase

    Physiological

    • Physiological stress management via parasympathetic system
    • Health (brain and body) and immune system boost (natural killer cells)
    • Heart health improvement (heart rate, blood pressure) and reduced myocardial infarction rate
    • Respiratory health improvement
    • Reduced risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes
    • Reduced inflammation and pain
    • Faster healing

    Cognitive

    • Behavioral stress management via “soft fascination” effect
    • Executional (directed) attention restoration
    • Listening, focus, mood and memory improvement
    • Improved motivation and growth mindset

    Social

    • I-decentredness, sense of belonging, desire to contribute
    • Self confidence improvement
    • Sense of equality, respect and group trust
    • Development of empathy and deep listening skills

    In addition, our Wellbeing programs help address some key HR challenges:

      • Burnout prevention (& absenteeism)
      • Team performance & productivity
      • Team empowerment
      • Differentiated Employer branding
      • Employee engagement
      • Turning into ambassadors
      • Improved recruitment speed & performance
      • Employee retention (millennials in particular)

    Our Wellbeing programs deliver all four levels of benefits through forest bathing walks, an experience accessible to all employee profiles, regardless of age or fitness level.

    Some programs are customized to specific employee profiles by delivering experiences that go deeper into 1-2 levels of the wellbeing benefits. (e.g. burnout recovery, cardiovascular, metabolic & immune nurturing).

    We craft a Wellbeing program for your objectives, team profiles, available time and budget.

    In addition, we offer a free trial walk for you to taste what it’s all about, as well as Assessment tools to help decide on best program for your employees.

    Forest Bathing is the core practice. It has scientifically been proven effective for all four levels of benefits.

    In a recent Wall Street Journal article, forest bathing was labelled “The new 10,000 steps” to tap into Nature’s therapeutic benefits.

    WSJ on Forest Bathing

    "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better"

    ~ Albert Einstein

    Benefits

    Forest bathing is a unique practice in that it is a proven antidote to the two known types of stress:

    • Physiological stress (stress recovery)
    • Behavioral stress (executional attention restoration)

    In Natural Leadership’s Wellbeing programs, Nature is the Healer.

    On occasion, some participants additionally experience unlocking of their intuition (by entering alpha wave state).

    In addition, this is a powerful facilitation framework to address a range of objectives that can be seamlessly integrated, for conflict resolution, or simply for team-building.

    Emotional health

    • Emotional regulation improvement
    • Rumination, stress, anxiety and depression reduction
    • Pleasure, enjoyment and positive attitude reinforcement
    • Happiness and subjective wellbeing, and imaginal activity increase

    Physiological health

    • Physiological stress management via parasympathetic system
    • Health (brain and body) and immune system boost (natural killer cells)
    • Heart health improvement (heart rate, blood pressure) and reduced myocardial infarction rate
    • Respiratory health improvement
    • Reduced risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes
    • Reduced inflammation and pain
    • Faster healing

    Cognitive health

    • Behavioral stress management via “soft fascination” effect
    • Executional (directed) attention restoration
    • Listening, focus, mood and memory improvement
    • Improved motivation and growth mindset

    Social health

    • I-decentredness, sense of belonging, desire to contribute
    • Self confidence improvement
    • Sense of equality, respect and group trust
    • Development of empathy and deep listening skills

    How it works

    Forest Bathing is the core practice of all programs.

    It has been scientifically proven as effective for all four levels of benefits.

    In Forest bathing walks, invitations are focused on our 5 basic senses in nature.

    As each one of our senses reciprocates with specific “active ingredients” in nature, we directly reap health benefits (e.g. phytoncides and smell stimulates our immune system).

    In addition to these direct benefits, our brain switches to alpha waves, which causes a deep restorative state that beneficially affects our mental, physiological and social wellbeing.

    Our programs be held in any type of natural environment (e.g. urban parks, forests).

    Types of programs

    • Introductory (basic or “themed” team-building)
    • Foundational (series of walks where participants learn nature connection techniques)
    • Special needs (for profiles that need specific attention: burnout recovery, cardiometabolic, life transition, etc…)

    Workshops & Retreats

    Natural Leadership designs and facilitates workshops and retreats based on your company’s needs.

    Workshops can be given on site or remotely,  retreats in our two main locations:

    • Stanstead, Canada (border between Quebec and Vermont, USA)
    • Sant Corneli, Spain (in the Pyrenees Mountains, border between Spain and France)

    Please contact us for details.

    During COVID pandemia, this Program can be experienced remotely.