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Forest culture, spirituality, nature connection and forest based health practices in ecological transformation 
Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri (University of Mons)
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Henrik Ohlsson (Södertörn University)
Friday 29 October, 15:00-16:30

Short Abstract:

In our panel we would like to discuss research on forest culture, spirituality, nature connection and forest based health practices and how they are impacting processes of ecological transformation.

Long Abstract

According to Rio Forest Principles “forest resources and forest lands should be sustainably managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations” [1]. Social values of the forests include positive psychological effects, aesthetic quality, and emotional and spiritual benefits [2]. Understanding of nature connection, spiritual needs and benefits related to ecological transformation, sustainable urban forest management is multicultural with different cultural, religious and educational backgrounds [3]. Some attempts to understand the meaning of spirituality to contemporary individuals and to investigate links between nature-based recreation, spirituality and health in urban environments have been published [4]. In 2009 Roscoe addressed spirituality in terms of a system of personal values and beliefs that help human being to find meaning and purpose in life through “a shared connection or community with others, nature, the universe, and a higher power” [5].

In this panel we would like to go beyond those findings and to investigate more profoundly how forest culture, spirituality, forest based health practices and ecological transformation are interacting in those times of changes. [1]

Chiesura, A. The role of urban parks for the sustainable city. Landscape Urban Plan., 2004, 68, 129-138 [2]. [3].

Baur, J. W. R. Urban green spaces, recreation and spiritual experiences, Leisure/Loisir, 2018, 42(2), 205-229 [4].

Roscoe, L. J. Wellness: A review of theory and measurement for counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 2009, 87(2), 216–226 [5].

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