Abbie Hausermann, MSW, LICSW, discusses why ecotherapy works for former service members. “The aim of these ecotherapy programs and services is to connect veterans back to nature in a way that will conjure positive emotions and elicit a sense of confidence when reintegrating into the civilian world. This form of treatment is a way to garner the benefits of supportive therapy while being out in the wild.”
Seems like an interesting idea, although I wouldn’t go out in the woods during deer season, when invisible idiots are cranking off random shots from all directions. Maybe that’s why I like picking mushrooms, trusting my visual ability to keep me from poisoning myself (and nobody around to crank off random shots). I recall my delight at learning to recognize Deadly Galerinas, though I obviously couldn’t eat them (I already knew my amanitas, the family that contains your basic poisonous mushrooms).