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Nature Referrals: the original prescription for health and wellbeing

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

by Matthew Zylstra PhD

This presentation covers some of the latest scientific findings linking nature, health and wellbeing with specific relevance to the emerging concept of Nature Referrals (Nature on Prescription). We will review the rationale, trends and international examples supporting nature-based interventions with relevance to our local context.

We will look at the distinction between ‘nature contact’ and ‘nature connection,’unpacking the evidence that demonstrates why the latter better promotes a wide range of psycho-social wellbeing outcomes and should be prioritised in efforts aimed at enhancing human and planetary health. Finally, we will explore how these emerging insights can shape an effective Nature Referrals (NRx) programme in South Africa, highlighting lessons learned, pathways and practice.

Matthew Zylstra is a systems ecologist with over 20 years of international experience in social-ecological research and practice. His outdoor facilitation focuses on deepening the human-nature relationship for the health of people and planet. Matthew has an MSc in environmental science (Wageningen University, 2005) and a transdisciplinary PhD in conservation ecology & education (Stellenbosch University, 2014).

His doctorate research explored how meaningful nature experiences and nature connectedness motivate pro-environmental behaviour and personal growth. Insights from this research have informed several global initiatives – such as #NatureForAll and the Planetary Health Alliance’s education framework – and university curricula. Matthew has since completed the University of Exeter Medical School’s (ECEHH) Nature & Health CPD programme, obtained a diploma in Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) and is completing his TRE training.

Matthew is currently Programme Coordinator for the Kwendalo Institute (Plettenberg Bay) and Scientific Advisor for NatureFix. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Fee: Members can still pay upfront for the rest of the year @ R130 per session.
All once off payments = R170 per lecture
Please note that attendance is essential for CPD points😉

Booking: deposit fee and send POP to elma@integrativemedicine.co.za

Contributions to SASIM Account number: 1357 003986 Nedbank Stellenbosch.
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May 28
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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