Nature, wellbeing and finding our own ‘sacred groves’

It was a privilege to be invited to speak at this month’s Urban Water, Urban Culture Symposium, hosted by Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. This ambitious symposium featured speakers from around the world and across time zones.

Sacred groves, in Japanese, ‘chinju no mori’ are often found associated with Shinto shrines, but are also found widely across Asia.

My presentation focused on the connection between nature and wellbeing, and the potential to find (or even better, create) our own ‘sacred groves’ in or near the places we live. This theme built on a previous envirohistory NZ post ‘Discovering our own sacred groves‘, and drew on my research exploring human-nature relationships in Japan. 

More information on this symposium can be found at this website.

2 thoughts on “Nature, wellbeing and finding our own ‘sacred groves’

  1. Anonymous October 26, 2021 / 2:30 pm

    Thanks for putting your talk up on Youtube, Catherine. A worthwhile quarter of an hour listen! Paul Star.

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